A new pet-friendly California law takes effect on January 1, 2015. The new law allows a pet-owner to dine out with their dog at restaurants with outdoor dining areas. This act is great news for dog lovers!

If hygiene and food sanitation standards are an issue for you; do not fear, the law sets out specific conditions to prevent food contamination. Such as, all dogs must be on a leash, dogs are restricted to the outdoor dining section during meal times, and food and drink preparations occur in a separate area. For additional requirements, read the full text of the law here.