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My Town Is Dog Friendly
What about yours?
Flagstaff is known as a mountain town but it's also a dog town.

The latest issue of a local publication (Northern Arizona’s Mountain Living Magazine) contains an article called Citizen Canine: Flagstaff and Its Commanding Dog Presence. In it, the author discusses why Flagstaff is such a great place for dogs. The top reasons include:


Flagstaff boasts many great places to walk, run, or bike with dogs. The clean air, fresh water and endless miles of trails are popular with dogs and people.


Dogs are allowed inside many businesses throughout the city, and lots of these have dog treats and water bowls for canine visitors.


The city is full of animal lovers, animal activists, outdoor enthusiasts, philanthropists, artists and community organizers.


One popular restaurant, Biff’s Bagels, is named after an American Eskimo named Biff. The décor of this restaurant is all photos of dearly departed dogs, and patrons proudly share stories of their dogs with each other.


There are multiple organizations that help dogs find homes, including humane associations, shelters and rescue organizations.


Dogs are regular and welcome visitors to the countless outdoor restaurants and bistros in the downtown area.


Is the place that you live a good place to have dogs? If so, what does it offer that makes you say so? And if not, what is it lacking?


Karen B. London, PhD, is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and Certified Professional Dog Trainer whose clinical work over the last 17 years has focused on the evaluation and treatment of serious behavioral problems in dogs, especially aggression. Karen has been writing the behavior column for The Bark since 2012 and wrote The Bark’s training column and various other articles for eight years before that. She is an adjunct professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University, and teaches a tropical field biology course in Costa Rica. Karen writes an animal column, The London Zoo, which appear in The Arizona Daily Sun and is the author of five books on canine training and behavior. She is working on her next book, which she expects to be published in 2017.

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