7 Ways to Spoil Your Dog in Philly
It’s only fair that your furry companion enjoy the city as much as you do.
Now that we’ve all got dogs (congrats!), it’s only fair that they enjoy Philly as much as we do.
Buy Them Baked Goods
With a menu of dog-friendly doughnuts, seasonal iced “cookies,” custom coconut-flour birthday cakes and so much more, Amelie’s can supply everything from just-because treats to special-occasion confections. (Bonus: The shop also sells sets of matching dog bandannas and human face masks.) 1544 East Passyunk Avenue, East Passyunk, 267-758-6151, barkshopbakery.com.
Take Them to Happy Hour
The beer garden at Wissahickon Brewing Co. hosts food trucks every day it’s open, which means humans can snack on noodles from Wokworks or Dos Hermanos tacos while their pooches nosh on dog treats that the Clean Plate Club truck makes from the brewery’s spent grains. 3705 West School House Lane, East Falls, wissahickonbrew.com.
Give Them the Full Salon Treatment
with Stylish Pooch
As seen on Queer Eye: Philadelphia, Stylish Pooch owner Rahanna Gray specializes in flawless cuts and vibrant dye jobs—bright blue mohawks, hot pink paws — that’ll transform your pup from shaggy to show dog. Even better? The grooming services are mobile, so she’ll come to you. 267-582-6413, stylish-pooch.com.
Outfit Them for Game Day
While you’re cheering for the Birds from home, your pup can help boost team spirit with the mini Eagles jerseys, hoodies, bandannas and collars available at Doggy Style’s multiple Philly locations. (More of a Flyers fan? They’ve got orange jerseys, too.) Doggiestylepets.com.
Bring Them to an Outdoor Concert
In pre-COVID times, the bustling events calendar at this Bella Vista dog park included a summer “Woofstock” concert series and a Halloween costume contest. This month, they’ll be hosting their annual “Santa Paws” photo booth — sans the big bearded man himself, unfortunately—with proceeds benefiting the Saved Me dog shelter in Grays Ferry. 1001 Rodman Street, Bella Vista, segerdogpark.org.
Sign Them Up for Online School
with Pet Parent Allies
Even the doggos are getting in on the Zoom action this year, with Old City-based certified trainer Curtis Kelley offering his private and group obedience and agility training classes virtually. Given that dog training is also about training humans, it’s a great way to work through all of your new-pet-parent queries. 240-750-4141, petparentallies.com.
Order Them Room Service
at the Rittenhouse Hotel
Book your next staycation at the Rittenhouse, where dogs are given the full VIP treatment, with personalized dog bowls and pastry-chef-crafted treats at check-in and a full doggie room service menu featuring filet mignon and salmon. 210 West Rittenhouse Square, Rittenhouse, 855-216-1242, rittenhousehotel.com.
Published as “How to Spoil Your Dog” in “The Dog Days of COVID” article in the December 2020 issue of Philadelphia magazine.