Dogs in Sausalito
Note: The dog pictured above (Miss T.’s try-anything buddy, BBoy) did not actually jump into the Bay, swim to the sailboat and shout “Avast there, mateys! Set sail to Tortuga for a life of glory, plunder and adventure!”
But he wanted to!
Sausalito is a popular place for dog walking, not just for residents but for visitors from San Francisco and northern Marin. Here are key things for local dog lovers to know.
1. Unless you have a small breed, to take your dog on the Ferry you’ll have to take the Blue and Gold Fleet between Sausalito and Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. Dogs must be on leash and under the owner’s control (i.e. not frightening other people or dogs) or carried in a carrier.
Golden Gate Ferry allows small animals to be brought on board if they are kept in hand-carried pet carriers. If they’re too big for a one-person carrier, only assistance animals, service animals and service animals in training are allowed.
2. Sausalito ordinances require dogs to be on leash on city streets and property. You’ll see the signs posted around town
3. The Sausalito Dog Park offers an enclosed place for dogs to run and play. As with all dog parks, check out the behavior of the dogs already there before bringing in your dog.
4. The Sausalito parks, especially those along Bridgeway, are frequent places where owners bring dogs to play. Many parks have free waste pick-up bags in dispensers, and the new bag designs make it easier and less gross. Our offices have a view of two Sausalito parks and the percentage of owners who clean up is really high.
Reader Feedback: We get emails from readers who read the prior paragraph and want to tell us that their property regularly gets unwanted gifts. I like to carry extra bags in my pocket just in case, and I still feel really bad about that time in 2011 near the O’Connell Memorial where I thought I had bags and I didn’t. (Somewhere up on The Hill a neighbor is reading this and shouting, “Honey! Honey! It’s those OurSausalito.com people who left a mess near our lawn!”)
5. Dining with your dog — Many Sausalito restaurants offer sidewalk dining where leashed dogs are welcome. See our page on Outdoor Dining in Sausalito. The links there will let you call ahead to check on a particular restaurant if you want to confirm their policies. This is one of the great joys of being in a town with so many restaurants that offer sidewalk dining –Miss T loves watching the people and dogs go by on Bridgeway if we’re having lunch downtown, although she’d like every single person to stop and rub her head and ever single dog to stop and play! Most restaurants with back patios (like Bar Bocce), however, are not allowed to admit dogs there under the health regulations, so look for places with seating out front.
6. Sausalito’s stairways offer access to some of our greatest views, and will get you and your dog away from the crowds. Give yourself time to climb the steep slopes — the longest stairways have rest spots as you go up the hill.
Miss T. likes to give me the look to say, “OK, if you need a rest I’ll stop while you catch your breath. Or we could just run the rest of the way up the stairs and be at the top before you know it!”
7. At the risk of stating the obvious, please be careful about leaving dogs in the car. There are times when we have a cold breeze here in Sausalito with a bright sun. Though you may be shivering outside the car, the sun can bake the interior and dogs can be severely harmed much faster than one might think.