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Day Hikes with Your Dog

Here at Wagging Tails, we love fall. While most people are mourning the end of summer, we can’t wait for the cooler temperatures. Don’t get us wrong, we love playing with the dogs under the hot sun during Pool Days, but nothing beats the crisp fall air and the crunch of leaves under our feet. Plus, cooler temperatures make it the perfect time to hike with your favorite canine companion!

Day hikes around town are a great way to enjoy the season while exploring new parts of the city. One of our favorite places is Fort Snelling State Park. With more than 20 miles of trails, this park is easy to reach and full of easy to moderate hiking. There are many options for hiking in the Twin Cities year-round, to find a hike near you visit

Before heading out, here are a few tips to help you enjoy time outdoors with your four-legged friend:

  1. Not all parks and trails allow dogs. Make sure to call or visit websites before your visit.
  2. It’s a good idea to keep your dog leashed at all times even on trails where it is not required.
  3. Make sure to pack water for your dog even in cool weather.
  4. Bring basic first-aid supplies such as bandages, tweezers and antibiotic cream. It can come in handy for you and your dog!
  5. Depending on the length of your hike, bring some snacks for you and Fido.
  6. If you have a really energetic dog, consider getting them a doggie backpack to carry their own water and snacks. Remember not to add too much weight, especially the first time out.
  7. Don’t forget the poop bags! Even in the woods, you have to pick up after your dog.


Day hikes are only the beginning. If you want to take hiking to the next level, make sure to get expert advice on outfitting your dog to keep him safe on longer adventures.

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