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Spring Adventures: 5 Dog-Friendly Things to Do This Spring in Clayton


It’s not for nothing that dogs are referred to as our best friend. In fact, humans have relied on pups for millenia – for both protection and companionship. At Two Twelve Clayton, we want to celebrate the partnership you share with your loyal hound. Use this list and treat your best friend to one of these fantastic dog-friendly activities nearby. Why? Because life’s just better with a dog by your side.

Go Shopping

You like to browse retail stores and your dog likes to be with you. Then, it follows that shopping together is a win-win, and Lola & Penelope’s on Forsyth in downtown Clayton is a great first stop on your day out together. Aside from sampling treats and seeing what’s new in the canine fashion and accessory world, Two Twelve residents also get additional perks in store, including:

  • Earn rewards on purchases, and each time a Two Twelve resident checks in to the Lola Rewards Program, they are entered to win a random prize varying from a FREE chew to a $25 off boutique discount
  • Get a special reward on your birthday for both you and your pet
  • Receive email & text notification for monthly and exclusive flash sales
  • Order online 24/y, get free delivery & earn a referral bonus

Also, check out their events page for more fun things to do with your best friend.

Or swing by Treats Unleashed at the Ladue Crossing Shopping Center for a free pet food consultation, a post-adventure bath, and a great menu of treats and snacks for your pup.

Play Frisbee & Fetch in These Spectacular Clayton Greenspaces

We’re pretty sure spending time in the great outdoors is on every doggie’s bucket list and we recommend nearby Shaw Park for checking that box. Sprawling spaces offer dog-friendly areas that encourage you and your pet to romp, play fetch, and catch a frisbee. Or immerse yourself in the dog-friendly beauty of Forest Park – there are plenty of walking and running routes and gardens to explore. One thing is for sure, these dog-friendly natural areas will have you reconsidering your afternoon schedule and making more time for your smiles and their wags.

Adventure & Swim

Looking for a spectacular adventure? Head to Castlewood State Park and explore together. Start with a hike on the Castlewood Loop Trail, or head straight to Lincoln Beach so both of you can dip your toes in the cool waters of the beautiful Meramec River. Another stellar spot for keeping things cool is Unger Park – find your eddy in this large pool surrounded by quiet forest. It’s the perfect spot for the two of you to spend some quality time together.

Schedule a Doggie Playdate

Just like us, dogs like hanging out with friends. Playdates are a great alternative to dog parks when it comes to making sure your dog is socialized, matched with the right-sized pooch, and able to run and play safely. Simply schedule a time to get together with a friend and their pup – at your home or at a nearby park – and let the pups do the rest. Be sure to have fresh water available for breaks. For a fun activity, try a few games like fetch and hide and seek or some obedience contests like who can sit the longest or do the most tricks.

Dog-Friendly Outdoor Dining

Fortunately, we live in dog-friendly Clayton, Missouri, and the outside is always in when it comes to the springtime pet-friendly scene. This means your furry friend can join you on many of your urban explorations. Try Kaldi’s Coffee for pooch-friendly patio relaxation. For a vintage spin on Italian, give Pasteria a try on a weeknight. The outdoor seating sets the perfect ambience to enjoy the yummy menu options offered here. For simply made, tasty meals, try Companion, a Clayton favorite, and enjoy your breakfast or lunch alfresco with your pal at your feet.

Whether you choose to find pet-friendly public spaces or take in the urban perks of Clayton, Missouri, having your furry best friend at your side means more smiles and meaningful memories. Get to know your neighborhood even better, take a look at our Neighborhood page for more reasons to love where you live.