Dog at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel

Why Detroit is Perfect for Traveling with Dogs

Story By: Ilene Wolff

Photos By: 3 Dogs 1 Cat, Grand Circus Dog Park and old Tiger Stadium by Michelle and Chris Gerard; Bow Wow Baketique by Jacob Lewkow, Detroit International Riverwalk by Bill Bowen


Detroit is the perfect pet friendly vacation spot for you and your four-legged companions, from hotels to dog bakeries, here’s why you and your fury friend should come to Detroit.

Detroit is the perfect pet friendly vacation spot for you and your four-legged companions, from hotels to dog bakeries, here’s why you and your fury friend should come to Detroit.

1. Where to Stay with My Dog in Detroit: Pet-friendly Hotels

After a day on the town, you and your pet can relax in one of metro Detroit’s many dog-welcoming accommodations, ranging from historic downtown hotels to suburban chains. Take it from Melissa Halliburton, author of the pet travel book Ruff Guide to the United States.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Madison Friske (@madison_the_wheaten) on

Additionally, Visit Detroit recommends:

  • Detroit Foundation Hotel allows two pets of any size for a fee of $75 per pet, per night. Double check pet-friendly room availability and call 877-411-3436.
  • The Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney rolls out the red carpet for its four-legged guests up to 40 pounds. Their pet-friendly program offers a special bed, bowl, and a doggie bag of delicious treats and toys, all complimentary to use during your stay.
  • Have a pup under 35 pounds? They can stay at The Siren Hotel free of charge.
  • Trumbull & Porter allows dogs 50 pounds and under for a $50 fee.
  • Stay overnight in style at The Shinola Hotel. Pets stay for free at the stunner.



View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Yoshimura Duesterberg (@it_me_yoshi) on

Photos by: from Pexels and Bill Bowen.

The Motor City is going to the dogs — in a good way.

2. Where to Take Your Dog: Dog Parks, Day Cares & Bakeries

The Motor City is going to the dogs — in a good way. Here are some attractions and addresses designed to make your dog’s days happy ones.

    • The Mall at Partridge Creek is an open-air mall and a popular spot for pooches. Several dog comfort stations are located in the common areas. Look for signage at store entrances that denote dog-friendly stores.
    • The Pet Beastro is sort of a health food store for pets. Owner Jill Tack stocks high-quality food, safe treats, natural toys, organic herbs and essential oils, and offers alternative health treatments for dogs and cats. She’s also working toward a doctorate in pet naturopathy.
    • Grand Circus Dog Park is in the heart of downtown and is operated by Detroit’s Recreation Department. Fenced with shade trees, tables for sitting and artificial turf.
    • Midtown Dog Park is sponsored by Midtown Detroit Inc. and Shinola, maker of luxury watches, leather goods, bicycles and pet accessories. Fenced with picnic tables. Admire the large Shinola city clock.
    • Camp Bow Wow offers boarding, day care and grooming (excluding hair cuts). This business will come to your home or hotel room to pet-sit.
    • Oakland County Parks have three dog parks, and canines are welcome on leash also at Addison Oaks, Catalpa Oaks, Groveland Oaks, Highland Oaks, Independence Oaks, Rose Oaks and Waterford Oaks.
    • Traffic Jam & Snug is a bakery/brewery/restaurant in Midtown welcomes pets to join the party on the outdoor patio.
    • Some Canine to Five doggy day care locations in metro Detroit host leashed riverfront pack walks weekly, May through October. Canine to Five also offers grooming for your four-legged friend.
    • In Grosse Pointe Farms, Lisa Bardy not only bakes organic and nonorganic treats at her Bow Wow Baketique, including wheat-free and gluten-free offerings, but she also hosts a weekly ice cream social year-round on Thursday evenings.
    • City Bark is a pet supplies store in Capitol Park featuring food, treats and Detroit-themed clothes, collars and leashes. There are plenty of patios nearby to grab a drink with your dog after your shopping spree.
    • Detroit Shipping Co. is a dog-friendly restaurant collective and beer hall. It’s perfect for summer nights out with your pooch.

Other pet-centric places where you can pamper your pooch — or favorite feline for that matter:

Cass Corridog in Midtown • Teacups & Toys Pet Boutique in Birmingham • 3 Dogs 1 Cat in Detroit • Bone Appetite in Utica • Halliday’s Pet Resort and Day Care in Canton • The Urban Dog in Rochester Hills • Three Dog Bakery in Clinton Township • Woofhaven Dog Park in Woodhaven • Bark-A-About Pet Activity Center and Resort in Shelby Township


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Zephyr (@zephy.the.aussie) on

3. Traveling With Pets

  • Detroit Metro Airport treats four-legged travelers are VIP guests. All pets must stay in their travel crates, except when nature calls. Then they can use either of two animal relief areas at each of the airport’s two terminals. Look for signage indicating “Service Animal/Pet Relief Area.”
  • Catch a ride with Crown Limousine, which is dog-friendly and will gladly transport crated animals and their owners to their accommodations, said owner James Daniels. Only catch: Dogs must stay inside their carrier during the entire ride to minimize any allergic reaction for subsequent limo guests.

See more things to do in Detroit while you and your pet are traveling.

Photos by: Hannah Ervin, Michelle and Chris Gerard, and Ed Serecky.