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Tails on the Trails

Visitors and their dogs walking on a paved trail.

Saturday, May 14, 2016
Saturday, September 10, 2016

There are only a few days each year when you can enjoy a "paw"fect day out with your pup, meandering down the Arboretum's 16 miles of hiking trails. You can also shop from local businesses and organizations in the pet expo, test out the agility course, and join us for guided hikes. Meet dogs available for adoption and inquire about volunteering with local pet shelters. Sign your pooch up for some doggy games, including the crowd-favorite peanut butter licking contest!

Don't forget to pick up your pet bandana at The Morton Arboretum booth at the vendor expo; it's included in the $5 admission fee per dog. (The humans each dog brings pay regular admission.)

Picture it! See snapshots from the 2015 Tails on the Trails.

Tails on the Trails event is from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but dogs are allowed on the grounds from 7:00 a.m. to sunset for hiking.


Demonstration Area 1
11:30 a.m. Dog Trick Show

Robin’s Dog Stars

11:30 a.m. Water Rescue and More!
Glenbard All Breed Obedience Club

1:00 p.m. Police K-9 Demonstration and Q & A with a Veterinarian
Dr. Alexis Newman, Partners and Paws Veterinary Services
Officer Volek and K-9 Artos, Willowbrook Police Department

1:30 p.m. Nosework-Scent Detection
Medallion Rottweiler Club

2:00 p.m. Rescue Dog Show
Learn more about local rescue groups and their dogs available for adoption.

Demonstration Area 2

Noon and 3:00 p.m. Agility Demonstration
German Shepherd Dog Training Club

12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Audience Participation in Agility Course. Try the agility course, and see if your dog makes the grade!

Games and Contests at Meadow Lake

Team up with your pup for doggy games and contests.
Space is limited. Sign up at location 3 to participate.
10:15 a.m., noon, and 1:15 p.m. Spoonful of Fun: First dog to lick the spoon
clean of peanut butter wins. Limit 15 dogs per round.
10:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. K9 Kissing Contest: Longest continuous kiss wins.
Pucker up!
11:15 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Best Pet Trick: Show off your dog’s hidden talents.

Guided Hikes

10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.
Take a walk through our beautiful Northern Illinois Collection, and then head out to some of our 16 miles of trails where you and your furry friend can continue to explore.
Limit of 10 people per walk. Meet at P2 parking lot.
Each walk is approximately 45 minutes.

Pet Vendor Expo at Meadow Lake

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Find local vendors for grooming, training, treats, portraits,
and more. 

Participating Vendors

3 Goldens and a Mutt
4 Greyhound Racers
Adoptabull English Bulldog Rescue
All American Pet Life
Animal Medical Clinic of Wheaton
Art by Sanda Mehl
As Good As Gold Golden Retriever Rescue
B.A.A.R.K. Dog Rescue
Canine Companions for Independence
Chicagoland Eskie Rescue
Collie Rescue of Greater Illinois
Dog is Good
Dr. Grover: The Friendly Vet
Echo Dogs White Shepherd Rescue
Feel So Good Canine Massage
Floofins & Co
Furry Expressions Photography
Glenbard All Breed Obedience
Happy Dog Barkery
High Hopes for Pets
Hinsdale Humane Society
Houndstooth Pets
Integrative Pet Care
K9 Swim & Trim
Lovin' Tails
Mamie's Toffee
Medallion Rottweiler Club
Pampered Pooch Couture
Paradise 4 Paws
Peace for Pits Rescue
Pet Supplies Plus
PurrFurred Pet Styling
Raw Bistro Pet Fare
Safe Haven Dog Rescue
Sandeez Embroidery
Sophia Maxim Design
West Suburban Humane Society
Zumo Wood Design

Contributing Sponsor:
Partners and Paws Veterinary Services


Please adhere to the following rules while visiting The Morton Arboretum with your dog:

Dogs must be attended and on a leash at all times.
All dogs must have updated vaccinations and registrations.
For the safety of both your pet and the natural environment, do not let dogs go off the marked trails.
Please clean up after your pet, bags are available at the Visitor Center.
Dogs are not allowed in the following locations:
                     Children's Garden
                     Maze Garden
                     Visitor Center
                     Thornhill Educational Center
                     Administration Building and Research Center
Restrooms for humans who need to bring their dogs with them can be found at the following locations:
                      Thornhill Picnic Shelter
                      Prairie Visitor Station
                      Big Rock Visitor Station

Remember, pets are only admitted to The Morton Arboretum on specific event dates. Don't miss the May 14 and September 10 dates for Tails on the Trails.

If you're interested in becoming a vendor or sponsor for this event, please contact


The Arboretum thanks the following sponsor

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