We all adore our furry babies and there are many good reasons to try new activities with your dog. Including your dog in activities can help prevent boredom (which can lead to behavior problems) and helps strengthen your bond with your most loyal companion. Fortunately, there is no shortage of dog-friendly activities here on Oahu.

 doggie thru hoop

Doggie Classes in Waimanalo

In addition to boarding and obedience training, A to Z Dog Training in Waimanalo offers “Agility for Fun” and “Hounds on the Town.” In agility training, you work with your dog to complete an obstacle course that can involve jumping over barriers, going through tunnels and balancing. Agility training is recognized as a great way to work off a dog’s excess energy as well as strengthen his or her muscles, and increase endurance and confidence. And, it’s good for you, too!

Each “Hounds on the Town” class takes a group of dogs and owners to locations around the island to help foster good doggie manners.  This is a great opportunity for owners who wish to bring their doggie along more often – it’s a chance for your companion to refine his behaviors in a real-life setting with a trainer present to help address problem behaviors as they occur.

How fun does that look????

A to Z Dog Training (Waimanalo)



Chill in Haleiwa

In addition to a locally inspired menu, creative cocktails, board games, shuffle boards, live music and karaoke, Kawailoa Tavern now has entertainment for your furry companion.  A new off-leash area provides your dog with a place to play and socialize with other canines while you relax with an adult beverage.

Kawailoa Tavern (Haleiwa)



Dine al Fresco in Kailua  

The al fresco seating area in the Kalapawai Cafe welcomes well-behaved doggies to join their humans for a meal. Wait staff is always willing to provide a head pat and a water bowl for guests. Just remember to come along with another human so someone can stay outside with the dog while the other person goes in to order (at breakfast and lunch when it’s counter service) or to go inside and request a table (at dinner when it’s table service).



Frosty Treats in Haleiwa and Waialua 

Scoops of Paradise two locations in Haleiwa and Waialua are both dog-friendly. As long as your dog is trained and well-behaved, you are welcome to bring him in with you for a frosty treat.  Dogs receive a free scoop of vanilla ice cream as long as their accompanying human is also purchasing ice cream. 

Scoops of Paradise (Haleiwa and Waialua)

(*Disclaimer: Feeding ice cream to your dog is an independent decision.  In small amounts, it can be harmless; but, dairy and sugar can cause digestive issues for dogs.)

doggie ice cream


Doggie Theme Park in Waipahu

Kama’aina K9 Adventures has a 2.5 acre facility in the Kunia mountainside with six individual adventure parks, including a jungle park with pools, a miniature city, a puppy surf and socialization park, a tiny tot park, an agility park, and miniature livestock park. The facility is mainly for doggie day care and boarding, but it can also be rented out for private play dates or doggie birthday parties.



A good resource for dog lovers is https://bringfido.com/ to discover dog-friendly establishments wherever you roam. 

Next week, come back to read about off-leash dog parks and the best local beaches for dogs.



Holly Collier and her dog, Harriet, enjoy a vanilla ice cream at Scoops of Paradise.
Credit: Holly Collier 

Milo jumps through a hoop as part of his agility training at A to Z Dog Training.