How Dog Friendly is Omaha, Really?

You’re on your way to Omaha for a new job, a new school or just a new place to live. And while you’re excited, you may be wondering about what your furry little friend will think of its new home.

Though you and the pup may not enjoy long walks during the snowy winter months, rest assured you’ll have plenty of places to bring your canine for fun, food and fresh air.

With downtown businesses that put out water bowls in the spring and summer and coffee drive thrus that will toss you a dog treat when you order a latte, you’ll find out quickly that Omaha’s definitely a dog-friendly place.

And there are lots more for you and your pet to enjoy.

Dog-friendly restaurants and bars

If you’re out for a bite to eat, a cup of coffee or even a beer, there are plenty of places in town you can bring your hound. Howlin’ Hounds Coffee on 16th Street was founded as a pet-friendly place where you can grab a latte and bring your pup. When you walk into the brewpub at Benson Brewery, you’ll likely be greeted by the bar’s silver lab, Barley. And lots of restaurants and bars, like the Dundee Cork and Bottle, leave out dog dishes and treats for pups passing by, and they’re happy to have you bring your dog with you while you dine or drink al fresco.

Dog parks

Omaha’s city parks are located all over town, and they’re great places to take your dog for a walk. But if you want to let your little buddy roam free, Omaha also has two completely fenced dog parks where you can let them off the leash. Hefflinger and Hanscom dog parks welcome dogs of all sizes and have sections for different kinds of dogs to play together.

Dog bakeries

If you have to have the best treats for your fuzzy friend, Omaha is host to a quite a few bakeries tailored specifically for dogs. Long Dog Fat Cat has three locations featuring all-natural food as well as homemade dog treats and custom cakes. The Green Spot and Wag both offer a more full selection of pet supplies as well as fancy treats for your pet. Then there’s Two Tails Dog Bakery, an online retailer that also sells its treats at local events and farmers markets.

Dog-friendly events

If you’re looking to have fun with your dog or meet other dog-lovers, you’ll find plenty to do. Outdoor events such as Shakespeare on the Green and Jazz on the Green encourage people to bring their leashed dogs out for some fun in the sun, and Leashes at the Lauritzen is an opportunity to walk the gorgeous botanical gardens with your pet.

Bring your pet to work

Check with your boss before bringing your bulldog to the office, but many employers have office dogs or let you bring your pets to the office. Marketing agency Emspace Group has an office dog, and architectural firm AO encourages clients to bring their dogs to meetings.

Kevin Coffey