Activities For Dogs In North Dakota On Nice Days

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Introduction

On a nice day in North Dakota, you and your pup will likely be eager to spend some time outdoors, especially after the chill of the state's winter. Fortunately, if you are seeking opportunities to spend time outdoors with your pup, you will find that there are numerous options available, some of which will require minimal effort to engage in. Whether you choose a place to visit or embark upon an activity outside your front door, your dog can expend some energy while you spend time together taking in the nice weather.

Lake Sakakawea State Park

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
1 - 3 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Water and Bowl
Dog Life Jacket
Waste Bags
Activity description

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!

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Plan your visit
How much planning is necessary for a trip to Lake Sakakawea State Park will depend in part on how far you are from the park. If you are more than a few hours away, you may need to plan for a place to stay overnight. Otherwise, any planning you do will revolve around what you would like to do with your pup at the park. There are options to spend time on the water in the watercraft of your choice, as well as to hike on the park's trails. Plan the amount of time you would like to spend at the park based on the activities you intend to participate in and for how long you plan to do so.
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Put together your pack
Once you have a plan, you will want to put together the items that you want to bring with you. Of course, what you need will depend on what you plan to do while at the park. Should you plan to spend time on any sort of watercraft, for example, you may want to bring a dog life vest for your pooch. A leash is imperative to have as well as waste bags and water for your pup. It is a good idea to bring treats as well, so that you can reward your dog for positive behavior and distract them when necessary.
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Enjoy your adventure
Once you arrive at Lake Sakakawea State Park, it is time for you and your pup to have fun! After finding a place to park you can begin to participate in the activities that you have planned. Make sure to offer your dog plenty of water (and drink enough yourself) to ensure that they remain hydrated. Should you decide to explore the lake by watercraft, it is important to not tie your dog's leash to the boat; if it were to tip over your dog could remain trapped underwater. Whichever activities you and your four-legged buddy decide to engage in, you will both enjoy the chance to spend time together in a beautiful place.
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International Peace Garden

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Easy
3 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Water and Bowl
Waste Bags
Treats
Activity description

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. 

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Make a plan
The International Peace Garden is available to visit on a daily basis from 10 am to 6 pm. Planning your visit will depend in part on where you are coming from and how long you intend to visit. If you will be making a long drive to explore the International Peace Garden, you might choose to spend the night before or after your visit.
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Pack the essentials
You likely won't need much at the International Peace Garden. A leash is necessary for your pup, as well as waste bags so that you can clean up any mess made by your pooch. You will also want to bring plenty of water and a bowl so that your dog can keep hydrated. Treats are also a good idea; you can reward your pup for positive behavior as well as offer a distraction when you need to.
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Explore and enjoy
When you arrive, you can drive around the park and will find parking spots located in different areas. You can start at any point on the trail; choose a place to park your car and begin your walk and exploration. Enjoy the variety of plants and flowers, moving at whatever pace you and your canine companion choose. The International Peace Garden is a great place to enjoy a beautiful day while spending time with your best buddy.
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Take a Trek

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Waste Bags
Treats
Water and Bowl
Activity description
On a nice day in North Dakota, a simple way to spend time with your pup and ensure they are active is to go for a walk. One of the best things about taking a walk with your pup is that you can go at the pace that works for both of you and continue for as long as you like. You may choose to walk around the area where you live or drive somewhere else (like a hiking trail for example). If you and your pup are high energy, you can choose to go for a run instead. Regardless of where you walk (or run) or for how long, your dog will appreciate being outside taking in new scents and being active.
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Decide where to trek
First, consider where you would like to walk with your pup. Walking around the streets where you live is always an option, or you can drive somewhere else, like a walking or hiking trail. If you are not familiar with trails in your area, some research online will help you get some ideas. Some areas have more hills than others, and you will want to keep this in mind (as well as the fitness levels of you and your pup) when considering where to trek.
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Pack wisely
No matter where you are walking, you will want to have certain things along with you. A leash is imperative so that you can ensure the safety of your dog during your walk. Make sure to bring along waste bags, so that you can clean up after your buddy when needed. Water is also important to have with you as it is essential that your dog gets the water that they need to remain hydrated. Bring along some treats as well. You can then reward your dog for good behavior and distract them should you need to (like if another pup is crossing your path).
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Walk or run
When you have the items you need and know where you are walking, it is time to head out. Put your pup on their leash and either walk outside your front door or drive to the trail or other location you have chosen. During your walk, be sure to let you pup smell the flowers and plants that peak their interest so that they can get the full experience that they seek. If walking is not enough activity for both of you, start jogging to increase the heart rate of you and your pup. Most of all, relish the time with your dog while taking in a beautiful North Dakota day.
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Hide And Seek

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!

Dog Park Frolic

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!

Scandinavian Heritage Park

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.

Conclusion

On a nice day in North Dakota, you will have no trouble coming up with ways for you and your pup to spend time together while meeting their activity needs. The state offers multiple unique places to visit where you can engage in different activities and if you are looking to stay close to home, fun can be had simply by walking out your front door. Regardless of the activity that you choose, you and your pup will be able to enjoy one another's company as well as the beautiful weather the day has to offer.