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,
FInd your next Great Hiking Adventure

Gear Reviews

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

Tips and Tricks for the Trail

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

  • 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 […]

  • Baking with Dogs: Christmas Cookie Edition

    It’s Christmas time! Snow has covered the grass and the houses are lit with hundreds of bright lights. It is a time to gather with friends and family. And at almost every holiday party one item will appear: Christmas cookies. Here at Pawsitively Intrepid we aim to include our four-legged companions in as many of […]

  • Groundbird Gear Harness and Trekking Packs Review

    Finding the perfect backpacking set-up for your dog can be a challenge. There are many options available, but it can still be hard to find the perfect fit. This is where Groundbird Gear comes in. Groundbird Gear is a small company with a big passion for creating a great backpack for dogs. Founded by an […]

  • Falling For A Rescue

    The leaves outside my window are starting to change. They slowly morph from green to gold and then drift down to the ground. The air is finally crisp and I am comfortable in hats and gloves outside. The apple orchards are open and the pumpkin patches are full of the large round squash. As I […]

  • The Great Backpacking Misadventure

    The Incomplete Planning In July of 2018, after spending 3 months in an RV, I was itching to strap my gear to my back and head deeper into wilderness. Fortunately for me, I had a family event to attend in Eagle River, Wisconsin. Eagle River is only a hop, skip, and a jump to Michigan’s […]

  • Crossing the Border with Pets: Canada Edition

    If you grew up in the United States like I did, there are only two borders that you can cross when taking a road-trip out of the country: Mexico or Canada. Crossing into Canada is relatively easy, but what about when you are taking a pet with you? Read on to discover what you need […]

  • How to Plan a Pet-Friendly Road Trip

    Road trips are a tried and true method of adventuring and traveling the nearby world. There is something so invigorating about hitting the open road and cruising to places previously unknown. As an added benefit, driving is one of the most pet-friendly modes of transportation. However, traveling with pets does take a little added planning. […]

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