Dog days: Where to take your pup in Middleton

Who’s got four paws and is excited for their next trip to Middleton? Dog lovers will find plenty of pet-friendly places to visit, whether looking for a refreshing craft beer or hard cider, a cozy hotel, or a place where your pooch can run and play. Here’s a look at some of the dog-friendly spots you’ll discover in Middleton.

Get out and play

As long as they’re on a leash, your dogs are welcome on all trails in city parks and conservation areas. (Find more information about Middleton’s parks here.)

There are also two off-leash dog exercise areas in the city. The MRD Dog Exercise Area, located on Highway Q north of Middleton, is a three-acre dog park that includes a fenced agility course. The park is open daily from 8am to 10pm year-round. Daily visitor permits are $5 and available at a self-registration station at the park. Here is a map of both dog parks.

Penni Klein Park is a 34-acre community park in northwestern Middleton with a six-acre fenced-in area that will allow Rover to, well, rove. Visitors can purchase the $5 daily pass at a self-registration station at the park, which also features a trail system that connects to downtown Middleton.

Grab a beer or hard cider

Middleton is home to the award-winning Capital Brewery, which has crafted delicious ales, pilsners, lagers and more for more than 30 years. On sunny days, head on over for a visit with your pup — leashed dogs are welcome at Capital’s outdoor Bier Garten (though not on nights with live music).

Hidden Cave Cidery is a new establishment, just opening in summer 2021 in Middleton. Enjoy a glass of Wisconsin-grown apple hard cider and feel free to bring your doggy friends, as long as they are on a leash and well-trained, they are welcome.

Take care of your dog

Need someone to look after your dog while you explore all that Middleton has to offer? Let Fido play with some canine companions at Happy Dogz, a doggy daycare that offers your pooch outdoor fun and an indoor playground. Dogtopia, located on the north side of Middleton, also provides daycare for your dog in addition to spa services if your pupper needs some pampering. You can also find grooming and boarding services at Tabby & Jack’s.

Find a place to stay

If you’re staying overnight, don’t worry: Marriott Madison West, Residence Inn Madison West/Middleton, Staybridge Suites Middleton/Madison-West, Fairfield Inn & SuitesThe Residence Inn Madison West-Middleton, and The Country Inn & Suites Madison West-Middleton are all pet-friendly, though additional fees may apply. The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Madison West-Middleton welcomes service animals. Mendota County Park & Campground also allows pets.

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