Where to take the Dog in Minneapolis

Best Dog Walking Places in Minneapolis

Minneapolis has become increasingly dog friendly over the years, even boasting one of the Nation’s top 5 dog parks. The Alimagnet Dog Park, www.alimagnetdogpark.org, has a heated shelter, heated water bowls, night lighting, swim area, small dog run and was featured in Dog Fancy Magazine! Minneapolis also has a number of other off-leash dog parks including: Columbia Park, Franklin Terrace, Lake of the Isles, Minnehaha Park, and Loring Park. Many of these off-leash play areas have strict licensing requirements so please check with the city of Minneapolis at http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/animal-control/off-leashparks.asp to see the individual requirements.

Other interesting ideas and businesses geared around pooches have been springing up all over the place as of late. One popular site is www.sidewalkdog.com. Sidewalk Dog offers everything from dinners out in Minneapolis restaurants that are dog-friendly so Fido doesn’t have to stay at home on your night out and other events and pet friendly businesses around town to the best places to travel with your dog.

Where to go with your dog in Minneapolis used to be all about restrictions. Today it seems dogs are welcomed almost anywhere in the city, as long as you clean up after them of course. Want to take in some of nature’s beauty? Taylor’s Falls and surrounding cliffs offer beautiful hiking trails along the St. Croix river valley for you and your dog. Looking to stay in the city? Take a walk Uptown Minneapolis and have a glass of wine while people-watching on the patio while your pooch has some water at Lucia’s Uptown.

The Prior Lake Farmer’s Market is one of the few that regularly welcomes dogs while you are shopping for fresh, homegrown produce. You’ll even find a pet food booth www.wellpetfoods.com selling natural, organic dog food at the market. When you get tired of walking, the Nomad World Pub offers a regular event called “Beer with your Buddy” where you and friends can enjoy an ice cold beer while the dogs enjoy outdoor, fenced play and yummy goodies.

Minneapolis and outlying suburbs boast high-end kennels, some of which have an on-line monitoring service so you can monitor your dog’s playtime on-line while you’re at work or away. www.downtowndogs.comis a business that offers on-line monitoring of your pooch. Top Dog Country Club, www.topdogcountryclub.com, is hardly a boarding kennel and books several months ahead. It boasts elevated, orthopedic dog beds, single or double rooms for your dog, a swimming pool for summertime fun, and separate play areas for dogs of different sizes staffed with adults giving the dogs 5-6 hours of supervised group play per day.

In Minneapolis, the question has no longer become, “where can I take my dog?”, but “where are we taking the dog this weekend?”.