Dog Boarding in Minneapolis
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Brendan was amazing with our three dogs, he did a home stay with them for 2 weeks. One has extreme anxiety and Brendan was like a dog whisperer with him. He was patient, kind, and purposeful, including our multiple meet and greets. We are so thankful!!
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Wendi's review on Jul 08, 2019
Brittany watched our dog Wrigley while we were away on vacation. She was a great caretaker and communicator, sending us updates about Wrigley’s stay. We were happy with the experience and would book Brittany again.
Andrew's review on Jul 01, 2019
Jonna was quick and responsive. She was great to work with and flexible with her schedule. She look great care of Memphis and even took her out to a lake to enjoy the water.
Michelle's review on Jun 20, 2019
Angela is great with our two dogs. One of the dogs is a puppy and the other is an older special needs dog. She interacts with both dogs so well and they really enjoy her visits. I would recommend Angela!
Leland's review on May 31, 2019
Christian and his wife were wonderful with our two senior American Eskimos. They sent pictures and updates and made sure Lilly took her medication.
Aimee's review on May 13, 2019
We always feel so comfortable leaving Millie with Lucia. She takes amazing care of her and sends us lots of fun photo updates. Millie is a happy girl when we pick her up. Thank you!
Veronica's review on May 08, 2019
Taryn was amazing! Highly recommend her. She will treat your pet as if it was her own and gives updates all day long. Fully recommend!
Josh's review on May 04, 2019
Meghan did a great job with Ellie and gave me regular updates! My border collie was suffering with a UTI while I was out of town, but Meghan took great care of her and made sure she got her meds. Would definitely book again / recommend!
Emily's review on May 02, 2019
These fine people are amazing! They probably take better care of our dog then we do :). Book em. You won't be disappointed.
Top Dog Parks in Minneapolis
Minnehaha Park, featuring the 53-foot Minnehaha Falls, is one of the oldest parks in Minneapolis. The cascading falls provide seasonal wading pools, and there are paths for biking or walking your dog, disc golf, and a children’s playground. Some of the gardens within the park include Longfellow Gardens, Minnehaha Falls Pergola Garden, and Song of Hiawatha Garden. The walking paths follow Minnehaha Creek all the way to the Mississippi River. Nearby you can visit the historic Longfellow House, refurbished Princess Depot, and John Harrington Stevens House. In the northern part of the park, there is a 6-acre, off-leash dog park where your dogs can run around under the mature green trees or play on the riverfront beach.
Minneapolis Chain of Lakes Regional Park, the city’s most popular park, is made up of four main lakes: Lake of the Isles, Cedar, Bde Maka Ska (once called Lake Calhoun), and Harriet. In the spring, you can walk along the trails, view the gardens like Lyndale Park Gardens and Roberts Bird Sanctuary, or hit the beach along any of the beautiful lakes. In the winter, when the lakes are frozen, you can cross country ski, ice skate, or play hockey. Many people love the Lake of the Isles, which is laid back and has an excellent dog park. You can grab a cold craft beer at Lola’s on the Lake when you and your dog are tired of the dog park.
Located on the Walker Art Center campus, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is an 11-acre park featuring the work of over 40 artists. Perfect for dog sitters who love posting social media pictures, and welcome to dogs, the art is incorporated into the stunning, lush grounds. In 2017, reconstruction was completed, making it a more sustainable, accessible space and adding more artwork. One of the most iconic works of art is the 50-foot tall Spoon and Cherry, made by Pop artists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. It’s connected via the Hixon Whitney Footbridge to Loring Park, which is another park that is great for walking, and has one of Minneapolis’s seven off-leash dog parks.
Developed way back in 1883, Lake Harriet is a 470-acre park in the southwest section of Minneapolis with excellent trails for walking or biking. Its picturesque Band Shell is a venue for the Minneapolis Music and Movies in the Parks concert series. There are two beaches, North Beach and Southeast Beach, and you can rent canoes, kayaks, or paddle boards to enjoy the lake. There is a fishing pier, boat dock, and garden. On the northeast section of Lake Harriet Park, you can find the open space of the Lake Harriet Rose Garden, Lyndale Park Peace Garden, or The Thomas Sadler Roberts Bird Sanctuary.
Minneapolis's Bark Score
How Minneapolis got their Bark Score
We love crunching numbers almost as much as we love caring for dogs, which is why we came up with the Bark Score. It's all about how dog-friendly a city is, and is determined using census statistics, local business information, and our own data. Minneapolis received a 72 out of 100 in vet availability, which includes the number of emergency veterinarians, regular vets, specialists, and the average premium for pet insurance in the area. For pet services—like groomers available, number of dog trainers, and count of Rover sitters—this city earned a 87. For the parks and fun category, Minneapolis received a 84 for its number of dog parks, sunny days, and dog-friendly restaurants and hotels. And last but not least, for quality of dog life which includes overall dog population, average yard size, and number of dog-friendly property rentals, this city earned a 77.
Top Dog Neighborhoods in Minneapolis
Made famous by Prince’s song “Uptown,” Uptown is a hip, trendy district known for its nightlife, fashionable boutiques, and theaters. It’s near the city’s Chain of Lakes, the biggest of which is Bde Maka Ska (formerly Lake Calhoun), which is also a great place to take your dogs out for a walk to enjoy the lake views and people watching. For foreign, art, and cult films you can head out to Uptown Theater, or for newer films, including indies, visit Lagoon Cinema. And for a night out on the town, get a Minneapolis dog boarder, and then check out some of the night spots including Libertine, Amazing Thailand, or The Pourhouse Uptown. Don’t forget to shop at some of Uptown’s unique stores, including a massive kitchen store, Kitchen Window, a socially conscious apparel shop, My Sister, or independent bookstore, Magers & Quinn Booksellers.
Downtown Minneapolis is split into Downtown West, known for its skyscrapers, Nicollet Mall, and the warehouse district, and Downtown East, know for the Metrodome, historic mill district, and a combination of residential and commercial buildings. Minneapolis is a major business center of the Midwest, with headquarters in businesses like Target, Ameriprise Financial, and Wells Fargo. There are many cultural activities downtown, like the Guthrie Theater, The Hennepin Theatre District, and Orchestra Hall. If you are walking your dog, some excellent landmarks to see include the architecturally stunning Minneapolis Central Library, the Stone Arch Bridge, and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.
The Warehouse District, or “North Loop,” is the hippest part of Minneapolis. Late 19th and 20th century warehouses have been transformed into trendy stores and restaurants, with a bustling nightlife. The Warehouse District is home to Target Field—where the Minnesota Twins play baseball—and the Target Center—where both the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx play basketball. You can walk your dog in the area to see the Bob Dylan Mural created by Eduardo Kobra. If you like beer, you can take a brewery tour at Fulton Brewing or Inbound Brew Co. There are excellent dining options, including The Bachelor Farmer or Spoon and Stable, which has a James Beard award-winning chef. Many restaurants welcome dogs to their patios, including Smack Shack, famous for its lobster rolls. They always have water bowls and treats on hand.
Northeast is known for its artist studios, galleries, and live performance spaces in old warehouses. The arts events and galleries are organized by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association. For an amazing experience, plan to attend the annual Art-A-Whirl, where the area’s artists open their galleries. The best area to eat in the Northeast neighborhood is the riverfront’s Main Street, with its spectacular views. You can go to Pracna on Main, Minneapolis’ oldest running tavern, Wilde Cafe and Spirits, which has a dog-friendly patio, or Aster Cafe. The best place for Minneapolis dog boarders to bring their furry charges in the winter is Stanley’s Northeast Bar Room, which has a “Mutt Hutt,” a heated outdoor tent that feeds dogs for free Sundays through Thursdays.
Why do dog owners love Minneapolis?
Minneapolis sits on the Mississippi River, near the river’s confluence with the Minnesota River. Along with its neighbor city, St. Paul, it forms the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Minneapolis is the state’s most populous city, and has 22 lakes and 170 parks. It is home to the main portion of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus, and contains many cultural landmarks, like the Minnesota Opera, the Walker Art Center, the Hennepin History Museum, and the eight-acre Minneapolis Institute of Art. Then there’s the Mill City Museum, which resides in what was once the world’s largest mill. If you live in town, make sure to hire a Minneapolis dog sitter and boarder for a day, so you can take in some art at the museums, and then go to the theater at the Guthrie Theatre, without worrying about your pooch back home. Oh—and if you love to shop, don’t forget to schedule a trip to the Mall of America, home to a whopping 520 shops and more than 50 restaurants. Minneapolis is a dog-friendly city, with plenty of places to stay, activities to do, and specialized dog stores where dog sitters can treat their charges. If you are visiting the city, you can stay at The Grand Hotel Minneapolis, a Kimpton Hotel, or Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West. Neither hotel charges extra for up to two pets of any size. If you get antsy in your hotel room, you and your dog can head out to any of Minneapolis’s seven off-leash dog parks Franklin Terrace, St. Anthony Parkway, Victory Prairie, Minnehaha, Lyndale Farmstead, and Lake of the Isles. All of the parks have their own unique benefits, but one of the most popular is Minnehaha, where you can visit the falls and spend some time playing on the lakeside beach. First, go online to buy an off-leash permit from Minneapolis Parks. Remember that all money goes to support Minneapolis’s amazing park system. Minneapolis has some wonderful shopping to do with your dogs, starting with Birchbark Books where you can bring your dog to browse for books with you. For the more adventurous, you can bring your pooch to Midwest Mountaineering to stock up on your camping, climbing, or paddling supplies. When you are ready for some snacks and drinks, you can head over to Lakes and Legends Brewing Company, Twin Spirits Distillery, or Inbound BrewCo. Two popular dog supply stores are Urban Tails pet supply in Uptown, or Chuck & Don’s Pet Food and Supplies, a Minnesota chain dog supply store.