Lake Sakakawea State Park is located in Pick City on the south shore of Lake Sakakawea, which is one of the three largest man-made reservoirs in the United States. Water sports are popular at the park, which includes a full-service marina, along with trails that can be used for hiking and biking. You and your pup can enjoy a hike together or take a kayak or canoe out on the lake. Make sure to keep your dog on leash while on land and clean up after them when necessary. Lake Sakakawea State Park is a great place to spend an hour or the entire day!
Located in Rugby, the International Peace Garden is an outdoor garden and nature park that is right on the United States and Canada border (though no passport is required if coming from the US side). The garden and accompanying walking trail are rectangular in shape with a level cement sidewalk. You and your dog can start anywhere along the trail and explore the park at your own pace. While the garden is fenced to keep wild animals out of the flowers, your pooch is welcome to join you on your walk; just keep them on their leash and clean up any mess they make. Your pup will appreciate the variety of smells they get to experience, as well as time with their favorite human.
Located in Minot, Scandinavian Heritage Park includes replicas and remembrances from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland. On a visit to the Scandinavian Heritage Park, you can check out statues of historical Scandinavians, a waterfall, a Nordic pavilion, a Stabbur with a grass roof and a granite map of the countries in Scandinavia. Your dog can accompany you as you tour the exterior parts of the park as long as they remain on a leash and you clean up after them. A trip to the Scandinavian Heritage Park will not only be educational, but an excellent way to spend quality time with your pup.
A great way to spend a nice day in North Dakota is to take a trip to a dog park. The state offers multiple dog parks for you and your pup to explore. For example, check out Village West Dog Park in Fargo, which offers a separate area for smaller dogs, water spigots, and shelters for the dogs so that they can remain cool. Century Bark Park in Bismarck has an area for large dogs, an area for small dogs and an area specifically for training. Regardless of which park you choose, your dog will have the opportunity to get plenty of exercise and meet some new friends!
On a nice day in North Dakota, a game of hide and seek will provide mental and physical activity for your pup, as well as a fun time for both of you. The game is easy to play in your yard; tell your pup to "stay" and then go ahead and hide. If your dog is not good at following the command "stay" you may want to have a friend hold on to them while you hide. Once you call for your pup, they can come and find you. When your inquisitive buddy tracks you down, reward them with a treat...and then play again!