Wag like a local
#8 - Practice proper pooper etiquetteIf you don’t have a dog, go borrow one, because Bend locals love their four-legged friends. Visit one of our many dog parks to see why the city was named the nation’s dog-friendliest by Dog Fancy magazine. If you’re out and about with Fido, obey the leash laws and do your duty when he does his doody. At the end of the day, buy Rover his own pint of Dawg Grog. He’s earned it.
#1 - Smile (and wag) at strangers on the trail
A funny thing happens to people in Bend. The corners of their mouths tug up and their eyes start sparkling like the Deschutes River on a sunny day. Give in to the urge to grin at random strangers. Not only will folks smile back, but they’ll take you for one of their own. When you’re in Bend, you pretty much are.
#3 - Pack it in, Pack it Out
Good visitors know it’s courteous to pack out garbage at the end of a picnic, but why not take it to the next level? Tuck a small trash bag in your day pack and pick up bits of rubbish along the trail. Now your favorite spot is just a little nicer than you found it!
#9 - Take the 'rove' out of 'Rover'Leash upDogPac for a comprehensive list of leash regulations in Central Oregon. Oh, and one last thing, if you find yourself visiting Bend and you forgot to bring Fido's leash along (it happens to us, too), there are plenty of pet-supply stores to pick up that leash and harness your dog has been jealously lusting over for years now from locally-owned Ruffwear.