Mammoth Lakes is super dog-friendly.  Some businesses even allow leashed (and well-behaved) pups inside.  On nice days, some restaurants will open up their outdoor patios and dogs are welcome to hang out with you.  Make sure to bring potty bags with you, and take them with you if no trash cans are available. 


Getting Around Town:

* Dogs of any size can ride the trolley around town IF they have a muzzle on.  Even the nicest, sweetest, wouldn't-touch-a-fly pups must have a muzzle on.  You can find these at the local pet shops (call to see if they have them in stock: Mammoth Pet Shop @ 760.934.4417 or Tailwaggers @ 760.924.3400). Otherwise, feel free to explore the town with your pup on-leash.  The town does a pretty amazing job at clearing the sidewalks all along Old Mammoth Road, Main Street and around The Village.


Snow Play & Off-leash Hiking

Dogs love fresh powder as much as you do!  Even the smallest pups have a blast, although some may hesitate to potty in the white stuff. 

All dogs must be on a leash within the town of Mammoth.  However, outside of town borders is Forest Service land, where pups are allowed off-leash.  If you find yourself in these areas, be prepared to encounter other dogs off-leash.  If your dog is even slightly aggressive or prey-driven, or if not under voice command control, please keep that pup on a leash!  Before allowing your pup to rush up to passersby, holler ahead, "Is it okay for my dog to say hi to yours?"  If they say, "No," don't take it personally.  Just recall your pup and wait until they've moved on. 


Where to hike: 

·      The “Unofficial Dog Park” is located on Sherwin Creek Rd (near The Stove on Old Mammoth Rd) – unfenced, potty bags/trash bins not provided, not a groomed trail, so bring snowshoes after a heavy snowfall!  Not a great place when the wind is blowing, as there’s no trees nearby for shelter.

·      The road out to Shady Rest Park (across from McDonald’s) is now plowed!   Drive about a mile til you get to the big parking lot.  You must keep your pup leashed until you’re off the paved road (as tickets are handed out within town property for disobeying leash laws).  A gorgeous place to walk when the snow is falling, and the trees protect you from the wind.

·      The “Old Substation Rd” is the road that parallels Hwy 395.  You keep going south on Hwy 203 under the bridge and parking can be found right after the road curves sharply to the right.  Be careful, as this road does get icy.  And you will encounter occasional traffic, so keep an eye/ear out.  Turn back before you get to the end of the road, since the Mammoth dog sledding team (a group of 30+ huskies) is currently housed out there and you don’t want to disturb them!

·      Sherwin Creek Road is great for longer hikes!  It’s a 5 minute drive south of town, which means that there’s not quite as much snow down there to deal with.  Not a groomed trail, however, so boots are recommended! 


Pet Neccessities

For leashes, dog booties or other clothing, food, treats, toys or other comfort items, try Tailwaggers @ 760.924.3400 or the Mammoth Pet Shop @ 760.934.4417.  For grooming, try Spoiled Rotten @ 760.934.1646 or for a self-wash station, try Tailwaggers @ 760.924.3400.  As for someone to take care of your pet while you can't, there are currently two daycare / pet sitting companies (as of Dec 2011), Après Pooch @ 760.924.DOGS (3647) and the Long Valley Dog Retreat @ 760.935.4751.  Yes, there are several unpublished, hobby sitters around town who will watch your pets, but please take a look at "Before Hiring Your Pet Care Provider, Ask" below for some good questions before hiring anyone.


A few sites to help you out with your research:

The Town of Mammoth Visitor's Info

Après Pooch (Dog Daycare)

Long Valley Dog Retreat (Dog Daycare)


Before Hiring Your Pet Care Provider, Ask:

* Do you have a business license (we should all pay our taxes, right?)

* Are you insured for liability? What are the terms (including limitations) of your liability?

* Do you have a plan to handle emergencies, both personal and those involving my dog?

* Can you provide a copy of the legal terms of your contract (cancellation & other policies)?

* What are the exact services provided with the rate you quote?

* What payment methods do you accept?

* If I provide you a key to my hotel, condo or other rental, how do you secure it?

* Will the same sitter provide service the entire time, or will others (family, friends or employees) take care of my pets, too?

* Have you ever cared for my type of pet in the past? How long have you been in business?

* How will I know what happened while I was away? Do you leave any notes or records?