Dog-friendly SXSW tips for Austinites and Guests


If you live in Austin and you haven’t rented out your abode for the next few days while South By Southwest descends on the city, you might be wondering where you can go to enjoy the festival with your pooch. Dedicated dog-owners may have even brought their dogs to town with them to attend the event!

A couple of things to consider if you think you want to take your dog around town with you to check things out:

  1. Be certain that your dog will be able to deal with all the sites, sounds and possibly a random clown on a unicycle--you never know what you might come across during SXSW and only the most chill of pups will actually enjoy themselves.

  2. Make sure to pack all the necessities for a day on the go-- things like a collapsible water bowl, poop bags, treats, etc. A doggy backpack could be awesome for this adventure--they can carry their supplies AND yours!

  3. Remember that on a normal day, most dogs spend the majority of the day sleeping, so make sure you’ll be able to run your dog home if they become overwhelmed or super tired. Dogs get grumpy, too.

Once you’ve checked off those things, here are some spots for both Austinites and tourists to mark on your “must-do” list:

  • Take a stroll down “Dirty Six”. Sixth Street will have lots of music to hear and people to see.

  • Extend your walk across the Congress St. bridge to South Congress Ave. Tons of hotels in the area are pet-friendly, so you’ll find like-minded folks and you might be able to hear some performances as you wander down the street.

  • Shake Shack on South Lamar has Pooch-inis and ShackBurger dog biscuits, so you’ll want to duck in for a little reward if your puppy has been behaving well.

  • Anywhere with a patio will be a good spot to stop with a pet to people watch, including:

  • If you want to escape the crowds downtown, here are a few places you should go for a bite or a beer that are outside of the throngs:

Of course, if your dogs are like ours and would prefer to hang out with other pups just playing or if you’d like a little dog-free time to explore, we’re here for doggy daycare and boarding! Just tell them they’re going to doggy camp while you go unwind, guilt-free, while we pamper your pup! It will be a win/win for everyone!