Dog days: Where to take your pup in Middleton

Who’s got four paws and is excited for their next trip to Middleton? Why, your furry best friend of course! Dog lovers will find plenty of pet-friendly places to visit, whether you’re looking for a refreshing craft beer 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.

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

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).

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 and Staybridge Suites Middleton/Madison-West are all pet-friendly, though additional fees may apply. Mendota County Park & Campground also allows pets.


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