The Midwest Pup

Exploring topics and trails for adventuring with your dog in the Midwestern United States.
Focused on Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.

Dog-Friendly Hiking Trails

From State Parks to Local Trails,
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Gear Reviews

Find out which products we take on our hikes
...And which we leave behind

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from creating a first aid kit to avoiding heatstroke, find posts about general health and Training topics for the adventurous dog.

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Recent Posts

  • How far can a dog hike in a day?

    Hiking is one of the most rewarding activities you can share with your dog. There are so many health benefits for both you and your pup. But just like anything, there is a point where too much of a good thing can become a bad thing. So how do you know how far a dog […]

  • Is Hiking Good for Dogs?

    Recently, I was searching the internet for information about hiking with dogs. This question came up and I didn’t find any great answers. So I have set out to compile a complete answer to whether or not hiking is good for dogs. The short answer: Overall, yes, hiking is good for dogs. It provides both […]

  • Hiking with Dogs at William O’Brien State Park

    Less than an hour from the Twin Cities, is a beautiful Minnesota State Park along the St. Croix River. William O’Brien State Park is one of our favorite state parks for year round enjoyment. This might have something to do with the fact that it is also the closest state park to our new home. […]

  • The Ruffwear Webmaster vs. Front Range Harness Debate

    Ruffwear is a leader in the dog hiking gear world. They offer a range of products from sleeping bags to boots to leashes. Today’s post will discuss two of Ruffwear’s most popular products: the Ruffwear Webmaster Harness vs. the Ruffwear Front Range Harness. But before we compare these two harnesses, let’s take a look at […]

  • 3 Dog-Friendly Frozen Waterfalls within 90 minutes of the Twin Cities

    Winter in Minnesota can be long and brutal. But true Minnesotans know how to make the best of the cold. One way to make the most of the winter, is to search out experiences that are unique to the season. And hiking to frozen waterfalls is a great way to find the beauty amidst the […]

  • The Great Migration: 7 Essential Tips for Moving with Pets

    Moving takes a lot of time and advanced planning. And moving with pets, whether cats, dogs or both, adds even more details to consider. In the hustle and bustle of packing up the house, arranging the truck, and the actual move itself, it can be easy to overlook a few simple steps that will help […]

  • A Dog-Friendly Guide to Banning State Park: Winter Edition

    Banning State Park is located just minutes off of I-35 near Sandstone, MN. This state park is stretched along the Kettle River, offering dramatic views of turbulent rapids. In fact, there are five sets of rapids, ranging from Class III to V, located inside this state park. Some of the hiking trails parallel this river, […]

  • Muttluks Fleece-Lined Dog Boots Review: “The Boot That Works”

    Here in the Midwest region of the United States, winters can get cold and snowy. But that doesn’t mean that outdoor adventures stop. It just means that your dog may need some cold-weather gear. As Ranulph Fiennes once put it, “there is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.” And one piece of gear that can […]

  • 7 Great Dog-Friendly Hiking Locations in the Twin Cities East Metro

    When a dog-loving, avid hiker moves to a new city, the first thing she has to do is find the local hiking trails. Every city has a great hiking trail within an hours drive, but the ones you really have to search for are the trails within 20 minutes of your house. The ones that […]

  • 3 Tips for Choosing the Best Harness for Your Dog’s Next Adventure

    In a perfect world, our dogs would accompany us on every adventure off leash, wild, and free. For a variety of reasons, this is not always practical or safe. Many trails have leash regulations and many dogs have incomplete training resulting in a variably reliable recall. These situations often make it necessary to utilize a […]

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