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Tails on the Trails


  • A dog jumping over poles in a dog agility demonstration
  • Visitors walking dogs on a paved trail around a lake
  • Visitors walking with their dog on a paved trail
  • A dog licking peanut butter off of a spoon

Schedule and location

September 7, 2019
7 am - Sunset: Dogs allowed on the grounds
10 am - 4 pm: Vendor expo and activities
$5 admission fee per dog

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, watch special demonstrations, and 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!


Demonstration Schedule 

Location 4: 

10:30 a.m. - Water Rescue Demonstration, Glenbard Obedience Club
12:30 p.m. - Police K-9 Demonstration and Q &A with a Veterinarian, Dr. Alexis Newman, Partners and Paws Veterinary Services
1:30 p.m. - Dog Trick Show, Robin's Dog Stars
2:30 p.m. - Understanding Dog Body Language and Behaviors, SWAAG Chicago

Location 6: 

11:00 a.m. - Audience Participation, Try the agility course and see if your dog makes the grade!
1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. - Agility Demonstration, Lyons Township Dog Training Club


Games and Activities 

10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

Potato Race: How good is your dog on a leash? Each dog owner is given a spoon with a potato.  Owners and dogs must navigate obstacles together without dropping the potato. 
Spoonful of Fun: Each dog owner is given a spoon with peanut butter.  How fast can your dog lick it clean?


Tips to help you prepare for your September 7 visit:

  • The event is from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but dogs are allowed on the grounds beginning at 7:00 a.m. to sunset for hiking.
  • Arrive early and allow plenty of time to get to the Expo, as you may have to walk up to a quarter of a mile.
  • Dress for the outdoors. Boots are recommended for the hiking trails. 


We want you to have a "paw"-fect day, however, we ask that you please adhere to the following rules while visiting  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. 


Interested in becoming a vendor? Email specialevents@mortonarb.org

Save the date for our next Dog Admission Day on November 2, 2019. 



Fees and admission

Regular admission applies, all dogs are $5 each

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