Dog-friendly vacations in Duluth, Minnesota. Traveling with dogs in Duluth can be a blast if you know where to go. Check out these dog-friendly Duluth attractions. #raisingyourpetsnaturally

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Dog-Friendly Duluth, Minnesota: Duluth Lakewalk

Dog-friendly vacations in Duluth, Minnesota. Traveling with dogs in Duluth can be a blast if you know where to go. Check out these dog-friendly Duluth attractions. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
Dog-Friendly Duluth, MN

For those of you who have been following my dog blog, you know I HATE winter, snow, and the cold. But I love Dexter The Dog, and he loves dog adventures, no matter what the weather. My brother moved to Cotton, Minnesota, just outside of Duluth, last year. Dexter and I have not been too far west, and my step-dad wanted to try a little ice-fishing, so off we went.

Driving from Ohio to Minnesota the first weekend in March was a bit sketchy. We traveled in some scary wind and snow. Not a ton of snow, but enough snow and wind to create white-out conditions during our drive. But my step-dad is a trooper when it comes to road trips, so we did just fine. Slow and steady.

My brother lives in a small cabin in Cotton, Minnesota on Lake Elora. This was the perfect place to call home for an extended weekend. My brother and step-dad, Ed, were able to go out on the lake for daily ice-fishing. Unfortunately, they were not too successful in their catches, but they did have a great time!

Dog-friendly vacations in Duluth, Minnesota. Traveling with dogs in Duluth can be a blast if you know where to go. Check out these dog-friendly Duluth attractions. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
Standing on Lake Superior

Throughout the weekend, we had a few dog-friendly day-trips to Duluth. Today, I want to share with you our day on the Duluth Lakewalk. This was one of our favorite days in Duluth. The Lakewalk, sometimes referred to as the Boardwalk, offers a scenic path around Lake Superior for walking, running, rollerblading, or biking. Duluth Lakewalk has a dual path to accommodate everyone. One path is paved and one is a nice boardwalk, which I found very helpful. Since Dexter cannot walk for long periods, I have to pop him in his dog stroller for rest times.

Admittedly, we did not walk the entire three-mile walk, which runs from Bayfront Park to London Road, on the northeast side of town. After all, it was cold! It was a great walk and watching the waves crush developing ice around the shorelines was breathtaking. I had to hold Dexter back because he wanted to dip his toes in Lake Superior. Sorry, Dexter—not on this trip!

Dog-friendly vacations in Duluth, Minnesota. Traveling with dogs in Duluth can be a blast if you know where to go. Check out these dog-friendly Duluth attractions. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
No swimming today

Even though there was snow and slush around, I could tell the grounds were well-maintained, with a variety of fun sculptures and landmarks for photo opportunities. Dexter and I love our photo ops. Okay, him, not so much. The Lakewalk takes you through a variety of Duluth attractions, including the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge, Lake Superior Marine Museum, and Canal Park. The walk also provided easy access to restaurants, cafes, pubs, and restrooms, but it did not have a commercial feel—it was very pleasant and relaxing. There were also plenty of park benches and even poop stations. This made the Lakewalk a great dog-friendly park.

Dog-friendly vacations in Duluth, Minnesota. Traveling with dogs in Duluth can be a blast if you know where to go. Check out these dog-friendly Duluth attractions. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
Fun dog photo-opportunities

The Duluth Lakewalk is such a great opportunity to access both Lake Superior and historical attractions, it’s a must-do. I am happy to say that the family will be back in July, and I can’t wait to take Dexter back to the Duluth Lakewalk!

Dog-friendly vacations in Duluth, Minnesota. Traveling with dogs in Duluth can be a blast if you know where to go. Check out these dog-friendly Duluth attractions. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
Dog-Friendly Duluth Lakewalk


Where is your favorite pet vacation spot? Tell me in the comments.

Dog-friendly vacations in Duluth, Minnesota. Traveling with dogs in Duluth can be a blast if you know where to go. Check out these dog-friendly Duluth attractions. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
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Dog-Friendly Retail Stores in Manchester, Vermont | Dog-Friendly Orvis Retail Store. The Orvis flagship store. We enjoyed exploring the dog-friendly Orvis store. The employees were so nice and friendly. It seemed that Dexter The Dog and his friend Levi were a hit. Employees and guests came up to us to say hello.

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Dog-Friendly Orvis Retail Store

Dog-Friendly Retail Stores in Manchester, Vermont | Dog-Friendly Orvis Retail Store. The Orvis flagship store. We enjoyed exploring the dog-friendly Orvis store. The employees were so nice and friendly. It seemed that Dexter The Dog and his friend Levi were a hit. Employees and guests came up to us to say hello.
Dog-Friendly Orvis Stores

Dexter The Dog and I love visiting dog-friendly stores and we love our outdoor adventures, so the Orvis Retail Store in Manchester, Vermont was a must-see. After all, it is the Orvis flagship store. We enjoyed exploring the dog-friendly Orvis store. The employees were so nice and friendly. It seemed that Dexter The Dog and his friend Levi were a hit. Employees and guests came up to us to say hello.

Orvis is known for their fly-fishing gear and Dexter and I snooped around at all their displays. My step-dad is a fly fisherman and I knew he would have loved all that Orvis had to offer. They even had a neat bulk fly fishing section where you can purchase and make your own flies. To top it off, Orvis offers FREE fly fishing classes. Yes, I’m thinking Vermont may need to be a do-over with my step-dad and Mom.

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Dexter and Levi

After Dexter, Levi, Chris and I toured the inside of Orvis, we headed to the outside. It was time to see the trout pond that doubles as a hands-on experience during the fly fishing classes. But before stepping out, we purchased a handful of trout food to feed the trout. Dexter was thrilled and excited to see the big trout coming up for the food. He really loves watching fish—he’s a fishing dog! After we had given the trout all of their food, we walked around the pond and even sat for a few moments on one of the many benches while we watched the families enjoying feeding the trout.

The Orvis flagship store is definitely a great place to stop on any dog-friendly vacation. Don’t forget to bring some spending money, as Orvis sells a nice variety of dog supplies, including beds and collars.


Do you take your pets to pet-friendly retail stores? Tell me in the comments.

Dog-Friendly Retail Stores in Manchester, Vermont | Dog-Friendly Orvis Retail Store. The Orvis flagship store. We enjoyed exploring the dog-friendly Orvis store. The employees were so nice and friendly. It seemed that Dexter The Dog and his friend Levi were a hit. Employees and guests came up to us to say hello.
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Pet enrichment is so important for a pet's well-being. Dogs and cats are very smart and engaged animals that need activity and mental stimulation in order to thrive. I'm a huge fan of feeding a dog out of a food toy, particularity if that dog is a puppy, adolescent, or active dog breed. These dogs need as much enrichment as possible just to keep them out of trouble. ;)

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Pet Enrichment is Necessary

Today is National Puzzle Day. I thought this would be a good day to talk about the importance of dog games and encourage you to think outside the box when finding interactive dog puzzle toys for your dog. I absolutely love all the great manufactured dog puzzle toys, dog treat and food puzzle games and toys that are on the market today to help keep our dogs busy. I remember back when I first started my career, there were only a few dog puzzle toys for dogs and none for cats! But now, there are loads of them.

Pet enrichment is so important for a pet’s well-being. Dogs and cats are very smart and engaged animals that need activity and mental stimulation in order to thrive. I’m a huge fan of feeding a dog out of a food toy, particularity if that dog is a puppy, adolescent, or active dog breed. These dogs need as much enrichment as possible just to keep them out of trouble. 😉

Dog and Cat enrichment is so important for a pet's well-being. Dogs and cats are very smart and engaged animals that need activity and mental stimulation in order to thrive. Learn how to keep your pets engaged. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
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But let’s not forget about cat games and cat puzzle toys. Cats, too, need enrichment, entertainment, and interaction with their human family. Once again, particularly if you have a kitten, adolescent, or active cat breed.

A word of caution when using interactive pet toys. Don’t assume that this is the only activity your pet needs. Tossing your pet a great food-filled toy does not mean you don’t need to spend quality time interacting and playing with your pet. I mean, if you brought your pet into your home, that means you are their entertainment, their life—their whole world. Please take that commitment seriously and get out there and play, connect and bond with your dog and cat daily. They deserve it and are only on this planet for a short time, so make their time here rich. You don’t want to think to yourself, “if I only.”

Go live today.


What activity do you and your pet enjoy the most? Tell me in the comments.

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4 Fun Things To Do with Your Dog Outside. This post was prompted by some Facebook friends who asked me what kinds of things they could do with their dogs outside if they do not have a fenced-in yard for exercise and are avoiding dog parks and doggie day cares. These ideas may not be suitable for all dogs depending on their health and behavior. So choose which options work for you and your dog and edit as needed.

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4 Fun Things To Do with Your Dog Outside ON LEASH! Fun things to do with your dog outside on his leash. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
4 Fun Things To Do with Your Dog Outside.

As some of you probably already know, I am a big advocate for keeping your dog on a leash when out in public, or even in your own yard unless it is securely fenced. Some people may think I’m a bit nuts, or too cautious, but I feel I am only being safe, and most importantly, ensuring the safety of my own dog. I do not appreciate or tolerate unleashed dogs coming up to my dog or me when not invited. I even wrote a blog post on how to keep your dog safe in this situation. You can read that article here. Just because my dog Dexter is friendly, social, appropriate, and under verbal control does not give me the right to break the leash law. It’s that simple. Okay, time to get off this rant.

This post was prompted by some Facebook friends who asked me what kinds of things they could do with their dogs outside if they do not have a fenced-in yard for exercise and are avoiding dog parks and doggie day cares. These ideas may not be suitable for all dogs depending on their health and behavior. So choose which options work for you and your dog and edit as needed.

1. Take your dog to the park as often as you can.

Taking your dog to various parks on his dog harness and 6′ dog leash is great exercise both physically and mentally. Don’t forget to bring the high-value organic dog treats for keeping his attention on you and for dog training along the way. I love to mix it up by visiting different parks and taking different trails. The goal is to not be boring and predictable.

2. Take your dog for a bike ride!

There are a few options in this selection. The first is to use a dog bike attachment made exclusively for dogs. It hooks to the core of your bike and has a metal arm that goes out with a dog leash that you attach to your dog’s BACK clipping dog harness. Of course, you will need to slowly build your dog’s confidence and conditioning before going out for a full run. Learn how in this post.

Biking with Dogs
Hugo is just starting to bike with his Mom.

The second way to bike with your dog, and what I do with Dexter, is to use a dog bicycle trailer that hooks to your bike. Dexter really loves this adventure, and we can go for longer rides since he won’t get too tired. Perfect for senior dogs, puppies, or dogs with medical conditions. Read my review of the Track’r Houndabout Dog Bike Trailer.

4 Fun Things To Do with Your Dog Outside. This post was prompted by some Facebook friends who asked me what kinds of things they could do with their dogs outside if they do not have a fenced-in yard for exercise and are avoiding dog parks and doggie day cares. These ideas may not be suitable for all dogs depending on their health and behavior. So choose which options work for you and your dog and edit as needed.
Outdoor games with dogs

3. Outdoor games with your dog on a long leash.

When I say a long leash, I mean you can purchase a dog leash that is 10-100′ in length. By attaching this long dog leash to your dog’s harness, you can ensure safety when playing in your unfenced yard, on the beach, field, or open area in a park. With this type of leash attached, Dexter has the freedom to move around, fetch, run and sniff and I have the security of him being on a leash. We can pretty much do anything this way! I tend to use a lead that’s 20′ or 30′ long or more, depending on what I’m doing.

4. Swimming is a great exercise for dogs and a nice way to cool down.

Again, you have a few options. First, you can get a child’s swimming pool and allow your dog to wade in it, or for the smaller dogs, they can even swim! They now have portable dog pools that can fold up for the winter!

The second way would be in a regular size pool, lake, or pond. But just keep in mind that a lot of dogs need help in learning how to swim, even our retrievers and water dogs! You can purchase a dog life jacket to help your dog learn and to give you a little security as well. Dexter always wears his when we are boating. ***Keep in mind, if you are still not in a fenced-in area, you will want to keep your dog leashed. I made Dexter his own long leash out of boat line and a lobster claw clip. Unlike the 30′ cotton dog leash, which absorbs water and sinks, the boat line floats!

I hope you find some of these ideas helpful. Just keep in mind, the games you can play with your dog outside or inside are endless! I will work at teaching you some games in future blog posts. There are just so many to choose from!

4 Fun Things To Do with Your Dog Outside. This post was prompted by some Facebook friends who asked me what kinds of things they could do with their dogs outside if they do not have a fenced-in yard for exercise and are avoiding dog parks and doggie day cares. These ideas may not be suitable for all dogs depending on their health and behavior. So choose which options work for you and your dog and edit as needed.
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Tips:

  • Always keep the weather in mind. Dogs can get overheated or too cold very quickly. Have lots of fresh water for both you and your dog. I prefer to use a stainless steel water bottle for Dexter.
  • I am a fan of dog cooling jackets too! I made Dexter’s, but there are some nice ones available on the market.
  • Build your dog’s tolerance for exercise slowly. Just like we need to start an exercise program slowly, so does your dog. Dogs under 2 years of age are still developing and growing their bones and muscles. Talk with your holistic veterinarian prior to starting an exercise program.
  • Bring healthy dog treats for attention.
  • Have a dog first aid kit in your car or in your backpack.


What are your favorite outdoor games with your dog?  Tell me in the comments.

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