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It’s Your Party!

June Birthday Roundup



Our Birthday Club kept us busy celebrating all June long with nearly 40 parties!!

Are you a member of our Birthday Club? It’s FREE and comes with a Playday, bandana, and a birthday party! Don’t miss out on your dog’s celebration, ask us for details today.

See all of our June party pups in our Photo Gallery!


By |July 9th, 2018|blog|0 Comments|

Making the Most of Summer

5 Fun Ways to Celebrate with Your Dog

If you ask us, the Fourth of July officially marks the start of summer. With only two months left before fall returns, we want you to make the most of it! This week we’re here with fun ideas to help you make the most of the season with your dog.

  • dog with hoseMake a splash. When you’re looking for a fun way to beat the heat with your dog, turn on the sprinkler! This simple idea is an easy way to take your next game of fetch to the next level. And, if your dog loves water, don’t forget to schedule some time for POOL DAYS!
  • Explore Minnesota! With our extensive state park system, it’s easy to find a new hiking trail to explore. New to the trails? We can help you get started hiking with your dog.
  • Try agility. Do you have a sporty or energetic dog on your hands? Build an agility course in your backyard! A hula hoop, mesh tunnel, and a broom can help get you started – or check out these simple plans from Modern Dog Magazine.
  • Get cooking. Summers are all about the BBQ which means fun for you AND your dog! Call up some friends and pull out the grill; the extra social time and delicious food will do you both good.
  • Go for ice cream. I scream, you scream, and now your dog will scream for ice cream! When you ask for their serving, keep it dog-friendly and request a Pup Cup. These treats are available at several places like Dairy Queen and Starbucks.

Looking for more ideas to have some summer fun with your dog? We’ve got you covered, just click here! And remember, when the temperatures are on the rise, don’t forget to keep your dog safe.

By |July 2nd, 2018|blog|0 Comments|

Hitting the Road!

Making the Car Safer for You and Your Dog

It may seem like a good idea to drive with your dog on your lap — or let them ride shotgun — but that can lead to distracted driving and accidents. And, in newer cars, you run the risk of an airbag deploying which could cause serious injury.

Whether you’re hitting the road on a summer adventure or running your dog to Wagging Tails for a Playday session, there are several safety options available that can keep you both safe until you reach your destination.

  • dog in car windowBuckle Up! Seatbelts aren’t just for humans anymore. There are harnesses and confinement systems available for dogs too!
  • Crated for Comfort. There’s a reason why so many dogs love their crates; their den-like qualities make them feel safe and secure.
  • Create a Barrier. If your dog is always on the move, try a barrier to keep them where they belong. These specialty systems can be secured in place in no time at all.
  • Zip Lines for Movement. To give your dog freedom to move that’s safe for both of you, install a zip line system from your cargo hooks. This keeps your dog tethered in place!
  • Give them a Boost. Car seats and boosters are not only designed to keep smaller dogs in a secure location, they can also give them a better view out the window!

Not all car restraint systems designed for dogs have undergone safety testing. To choose the right seatbelt or car crate for your pooch, visit the Center for Pet Safety to review their recent tests and recommendations.

And for those times when you can’t take your dog with you, remember that we’re here to pamper your pooch in one of our overnight luxury suites.

By |June 25th, 2018|blog|0 Comments|

Water Safety Tips for Dogs

Keeping Your Dog Safe in the Land of 10,000 Lakes

If POOL DAYS have wet your dog’s appetite for swimming adventures, we’ve got a few tips and tricks to get you ready for the beach this summer!

  • dog in waterNot all dogs are good swimmers. In fact, some dogs aren’t built for it! If your dog has a shorter snout, for example, they might prefer hanging out poolside. Remember, never force a dog in the water.
  • Size matters. Water makes everything heavier, including your dog! If you already have a hard time lifting your dog on land, make sure you have an exit strategy to help them out of the water if they need it.
  • Life vests are good for everyone. When you hit the water in your boat, canoe, or kayak, don’t forget a life vest for your dog. Not only do they help them float, life vests make it easier to spot your dog and get them back onboard if they end up in the water.
  • Supervision is key. Dogs don’t know how to float or tread water, so they can tire out quickly while swimming. Be sure you stay close so you can help your dog if they need it, and never leave them unattended.
  • Wait to take the plunge. This may not surprise you, but a dog who doesn’t listen on land won’t listen in the water either. Before you take your adventures into the deep end, make sure your dog knows basic obedience commands like “come” and “stay.”
  • Don’t drink the water. Not all water is safe for drinking or swimming, so learn to recognize the signs of blue-green algae. When in doubt, stay out of the water or contact Minnesota Pollution Control at 651-757-2419. If it’s safe for your dog to swim, keep them parasite-free by having plenty of fresh drinking water nearby.
  • There can be too much of a good thing. Believe it or not, your dog can drink too much water – especially while swimming. When they drink too much, it can cause serious health problems and even death. Water intoxication can affect all types of dogs, so supervise them at all times and don’t allow them to consume too much water while playing.
  • Rinse your dog. When your dog is done in the lake, river, or pool, be sure to rinse them off and dry their ears. This step removes anything that might irritate their skin and dry ears prevent infections from developing. Take it to the next level with a bath or full service groom!

Don’t have a water lover on your hands? There’s still plenty of fun to be had on dry land! Check out of our list of dog-friendly activities to make the most of summer, take your dog on a hike, or whip up some simple frozen treats for your pup! Whatever you do, remember to keep those paws safe when the temperatures are on the rise!

By |June 18th, 2018|blog|0 Comments|

Tail Waggers of the Month

Meet Fielder, Duke, and Fiona!

Bloomington Tail Wagger

Our Bloomington Tail Wagger is a two-year-old American Staffordshire terrier who has been enjoying doggy daycare “Playday” sessions and Overnights with us since he was a puppy.

June Tail WaggerFielder loves meeting and playing with new dogs everywhere he goes, but he loves wrestling with his human, Brady, best! Each wrestling match ends with a cuddle session on the living room floor while Fielder lays there happy and content.

When owners Brady and Monica get home, Brady loves to greet them with hugs. Joining them on the couch, he rests his head on their shoulders until he’s had enough affection is ready to play.

Fielder is a curious and joyful dog. He’s happy lounging with Brady or being active with Monica. While he can be a bundle of energy, his sweet nature always makes him a joy to be around. He’s also an adorable boy who loves to cuddle, but sometimes forgets his size. When Brady and Monica least expect it – usually while they’re sleeping – Fielder plops down on their stomachs and knocks the wind out of them!

What’s the best part of having Fielder in their lives? “The companionship,” Monica and Brady told us. “We both travel for work, so having a dog who is so excited to see us every time we come home is one of the best things!”

Eagan Tail Waggers

Siblings Duke and Fiona take the honors this month in Eagan!

Duke and Fiona June Tail Waggers An eight-year-old Great Dane mix, Duke takes his responsibilities as a big brother very seriously. When he’s not enjoying the water during Pool Days, he’s always watching out for little sister Fiona to make sure she’s okay and safe.

Sweet natured Fiona loves to greet the Wagging Tails staff with big smiles that brighten their days. But, this five-year-old Chihuahua mix is absolutely devoted to her older brother. When they join us for Overnight boarding, they come with their own bed so there’s plenty of room for cuddling.

Duke and Fiona have been part of the Wagging Tails pack since 2014. Sometimes they interact with other dogs during their visits, but they prefer people far more – especially when those people deliver butt scratches! When you get the scratch just right, Fiona will even sing to let you know just how much she loves it!

Most of all, though, Duke and Fiona adore their owners Jeana and Jada.

Congratulations Fielder, Duke, and Fiona!

By |June 11th, 2018|blog|0 Comments|

It’s Your Party!

May Birthday Roundup

It may have been unseasonably hot last month, but our Birthday Club pups were totally cool! All of these dogs celebrated their birthdays in style at each of our locations with parties, Playday “doggy daycare” sessions, and flashy bandanas.

Our Birthday Club is FREE, has your dog celebrated with us yet?

See all of our May party pups in our Photo Gallery!


By |June 4th, 2018|blog|0 Comments|

Celebrating Spring

With the Return of Pool Days!

Spring is back which means it’s time to reopen the pools for summer!

This year from May 22 through August (weather permitting), dogs attending “Playday” doggy daycare sessions can join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays for POOL DAYS!

Pool play at both of our locations begins at 8am and goes until 3pm, so your dog has plenty of time to dry off before heading home for the night.

Our kiddie pools are filled in the outside play areas to provide plenty of space for splashing, jumping, or just plain sloshing around. Still, reservations are recommended to guarantee that space is available. After you drop your dog off, join in on the fun! You can spend the day watching your dog enjoying their POOL DAYS fun via the outdoor camera feeds.

Canine Coaches encourage all of our guests to take the plunge, but POOL DAYS are completely optional. If your dog prefers staying dry, they’ll still enjoy their Playday visit without taking the plunge.

By |May 28th, 2018|blog|0 Comments|

Happy National Pet Month!

Five Books That Highlight the Connection Between Dogs and Wellness

We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our love of dogs this month than sharing a list of our favorite books highlighting the powerful dogs play in our lives. These books have something for every dog lover, whether you’re looking for heartwarming images, moving personal stories, or an inspirational page-turner.

Devoted: 38 Extraordinary Tales of Love, Loyalty, and Life with Dogs by Rebecca Ascher-Walsh

More than a collection of stunning images, this book from National Geographic highlights inspiring stories of dogs who have comforted and loved their humans.

The Dharma of Dogs: Our Best Friends as Spiritual Teachers by Tami Simon

People who love dogs know they have a lot to teach us. In this book, Tami Simon reveals the wisdom our four-legged friends have to offer.

Paws & Effect: The Healing Power of Dogs by Sharon Sakson

In this collection of moving stories, dogs who have helped their people through illness and crises take center stage.

Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me from Myself by Julie Barton

This compelling autobiography chronicles Julie Barton’s struggles with clinical depression and how her dog, Bunker, ends up changing her life.

How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain by Gregory Berns

Nothing compares to the bond between dogs and humans, but do they love us the same way we love them? Follow along as a neuroscientist tries to answer that very question.

What book would you add to our list? Tell us in the comments below!

For more of our favorite books featuring dogs, check out our favorite Kids Books, Christmas Books, Top Dog Resource Books, Great Summer Reads, and Classics for Dog Lovers.

By |May 21st, 2018|blog|0 Comments|

Tail Waggers of the Month

Meet Luna and Miles!

Bloomington Tail Wagger

Luna Tail Wagger of the Month May

Luna is a 7-year-old Labrador retriever mix who’s originally from Wapello, Iowa. She’s been enjoying walks and pool time at Wagging Tails for the past year and a half.

This playful girl really loves tennis balls. Her owner Cathy once had a bag of tennis balls in the car. Even though the windows were rolled up and Luna hadn’t seen Cathy put them there, this smart girl somehow knew the tennis balls were inside. When Cathy finally let her in the car, Luna grabbed the bag and ran inside the house where she promptly released the balls all over the living room! Luna is now busy learning scent recognition, so she can put her excellent hunting skills and sense of smell to work.

What’s the best part of having this snuggly, focused, playful, and confident dog in her life? “Luna definitely has her own personality and has lots of interests!” Cathy told us. “The best part of owning her is she keeps me company and keeps me active every day.”

Eagan Tail Wagger

Six-year-old Miles has been coming to Wagging Tails since 2012. During his visits, Miles loves spending time with his Play Coaches, enjoying peanut butter Kongs at lunchtime, and frolicking in the pool during the summer.

This Labrador retriever mix is not only high energy, loving, and protective, he’s also intelligent and bilingual – his owner Sam tells us Miles is fluent in English and Chinese!

When Miles isn’t at Wagging Tails, he loves romping around the yard with his neighborhood best-friends, Sadie who’s a black Lab and Walter who’s a white lab. When the three of them run together, Sam calls them Team Oreo because Sadie and Miles run with Walter in the middle like the creamy filling.

This charming pup is incredibly loving. If Sam asks him for a hug, Miles will come over and lower his head for immediate affection. Miles also adds a nudge or two for extra pets and a back massage.
What’s the best part of having such a special dog in their lives? “He makes us smile and happy!” Sam told us.

Congratulations, Luna and Miles!

By |May 14th, 2018|blog|0 Comments|

It’s Your Party!

April Birthday Roundup



While we spent April eagerly waiting for spring to arrive, we kept ourselves busy celebrating birthday parties!

Our Birthday Club is FREE and comes with a Playday, bandana, and a birthday party! Has your dog celebrated with us yet?

See all of our April party pups in our Photo Gallery!


By |May 7th, 2018|blog|0 Comments|