10 things to do in Atlanta with your dog

Take your furry best friend out for a day of fun
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Atlanta Braves Bark in the Park
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1. Take him out to the ballgame at the Atlanta Braves Bark in the Park. All dogs receive a free ceramic bowl with the owner’s ticket purchase for this September game. atlanta.braves.mlb.com

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2. Dress up your dachshund for Brook Run Park’s HowlOWeenie in October, which also includes howling and face-kissing contests. (Non-wiener breeds are invited, too!) dreamrescue.org

3. Animals take over the Georgia International Convention Center at November’s Atlanta Pet Expo, where you’ll find everything from talent shows to vaccination stations. atlantapetexpo.com

4. Pets of all kinds are welcome at Woofstock, an annual May festival in Suwanee featuring dog diving, Frisbee demos, animal adoptions, and a beer garden. star94.com

Photograph by Rafterman Photography
Photograph by Rafterman Photography

5. Is your pooch so good at Frisbee he could go pro? Compete at the annual Disc Dog tournament, held each April as part of the Dogwood Festival and an official qualifier for the World Finals. dogwood.org

6. Mosh with your mutt at Boxerstock, a dog-friendly music festival held in Marietta’s Jim Miller Park in October. Music and food trucks will keep pet parents happy, while dogs can play with Frisbees and learn new tricks. boxerstock.org

7. Walk in the Pet Costume Parade at the March Brook­haven Cherry Blossom Festival. Buddy might just take home the prize for “Cutest Critter.” brookcherryfest.org

8. For one day each December, the Atlanta Botanical Garden opens its doors to pups for the Reindog Parade, where pets and owners can show off their holiday duds. atlantabg.org

Photograph courtesy of Dog Jog
Photograph courtesy of Dog Jog

9. Turn your daily walk up a notch at the 5K (or one-mile) Dog Jog, held in Dunwoody’s Brook Run Park in May. atlantadogjog.org

10. Pups get the last lap at Piedmont Park’s Splish Splash Doggie Bash, where four-legged friends can take a dip before the pool closes for the season in October. piedmontpark.org

This article originally appeared in our August 2015 issue.

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