by Robin Layton

Spending a day wandering around Prescott doesn’t mean your puppy gets stuck alone at your house.

Our four-legged companions are welcome to come along while we hike, grab a meal, enjoy Courthouse events and more.

Gabrielle, the owner of Draco, a 1-year-old German Shepherd, said, “As a pet owner I have never lived in a place that has opened its arms so wide to include my dog as Prescott has. The city and its people are so welcoming. They’ve made us feel right at home. We love Prescott.”

The Courthouse Square is a popular and dog-friendly central spot in downtown Prescott.

“Besides being a beautiful place to walk, it’s a great place to meet the wonderful people and their dogs of Prescott. We also go to all the vendor events as well. The Courthouse Square is a great place to socialize Draco,” said Gabrielle.

Just for Doggie

Prescott dogs have their own downtown store, Whiskers Barkery, where they are encouraged to walk through with their owners and pick out snacks and toys. They also have their own locally famous park, Willow Creek Dog Park. Check out the story on the park’s creation on page 150.

“Our favorite times in Prescott are all the events that are put on in town specifically meant for the dogs. We love the Dog Easter Egg Hunt,” Gabrielle said. “We went into 19 different stores to find Easter eggs and were given treats for the dogs. What a fun event. We also did the Walk for the Animals and the Woof Down Lunch, too. I can’t wait for DOGtoberfest.”

The 12th annual DOGtoberfest is set for Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Watson Lake Park. The day is packed with dog activities including a Pet/Owner Look-A-Like Contest, Best Trick or Talent competition, Best Costume Contest and more. Demos and vendors will be available. Admission is free, parking is $5 to benefit the YCSO Sheriff’s Posse. Check out for more information.

Don’t miss the Bark For a Cure Walk by the American Cancer Society the same day.

Check out Woof Down Lunch next summer, held annually by the United Animal Friends. The event features vendors, live music, dog obedience, agility and K-9 unit demonstrations, raffles, dog contests, kid activities, adoptable dog introductions and more. Learn about it at

Another popular fundraiser is the Walk for the Animals, for the Yavapai Humane Society. Held in May 2018, every dollar raised through provides medical treatment, behavior programs, and compassionate care to the more than 3,000 animals who come through YHS each year. Check out for the next event.

Eating out

Restaurants in downtown Prescott with patio seating often welcome our furry friends. Farm Provisions, Bill’s Pizza, The Palace, Cuppers, Augie’s, Hassayampa Inn, Two Mamas’ Gourmet Pizzeria, Wild Iris, Prescott Station and the Barley Hound are a few, according to Trip Advisor and Just to be sure, though, give your favorite restaurant a call to check on its dog-dining status.

Skyler Reeves of the Barley Hound said, “We love it when guests bring their well-behaved dogs to our restaurant and dog-friendly patio. We offer hooks for leashes at each table, water to each dog (we have our own dog bowls, so no need to have to carry your own), and we even have a dog menu. Our dog food items on our menu are chicken and rice or steak and rice. We serve the dog food on a Barley Hound Frisbee that you are free to take home with you.”

“Having the restaurant dog friendly was always part of our concept from the very beginning. It has really blossomed and become a more central part of who we are. Guests really love bringing their dogs with them and with websites like more people search us out because we are dog friendly and not just as an added value,” said Skyler.

The Barley Hound supports dog-related charities and hosted the United Animal Friends Barks ‘n Beers on Sept. 22.

“We love the way that dogs can create a more social atmosphere. Often we witness tables sitting near each other strike up a conversation because their dogs are being friendly, or are the same breed, etc. The social aspect of dining out is a big part of going out to restaurants and having a friendly pooch there simply adds to that social experience,” Skyler said.

A few friendly reminders when taking your dog out for the day

  • Your pet must have a current license
  • Have your contact information on your dog’s collar in case it gets away from you
  • All dogs must be leashed
  • All dogs must have current vaccinations
  • Be courteous and clean up after your dog; bring your own bags