What to do with your dog this spring: Heartland edition

Spring is finally here and the only member of your family that hated winter more than you is your dog. Now that the sun is shining, it’s time for you and the pup to go stretch your legs. Whether that means a nice long walk nearby or a full-blown dog adventure, we’ve got some great tips for enjoying the Spring with your dog. Until the pollen comes, that is.

Take a walk but better

All dogs, big small and everything in between, love to let their inner Grey Wolf out whenever they can. And what better what to make that happen with a nice walk in the woods? There are tons of great resources for finding the perfect trail or stream to explore but we like Hike with Your Dog. They have lists of dog-friendly trails in every state so pick one close to you and get out there.

Here are the links for the trails in the Heartland:

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Related: Gorgeous views await at the end of this waterfall trail in southern Illinois

Go for a weekend getaway

Want to get outdoorsy with your dog but don’t own hiking boots? Well then Barkwells in Asheville is here for you. These cabins and cottages are built around a pond and feature fenced in private yards, doggy doors, and other amenities like dog beds and bowls to make your trip as easy as possible. Booking at Barkwells can also get you discounted passes to the Biltmore Estate so you can go for a walk in the lap of luxury. If you know of a great dog hotel nearby… let us know!

Get out on the water

Dogs love the water. You love the water. It’s a match made in heaven. Professional services like Aqua Dawg in Savannah, Georgia or Lazy Dog in Key West, Florida can get you and your four-legged friend in a kayak this spring. Out on the water, you’ll find new smells for your dog and a good Instagram pic for you.

Try a new dog park

Look, we all love the neighborhood dog park but maybe it’s time to try a new spot. Dogtown Dog Park in Cape Girardeau is always a good time. Friends of Murphysboro Dog Park is awesome too! And, if you’re ever in Kentucky, we recommend visiting the Paducah Dog Park.