Rosedale Center Canceled Indoor Dog Walking. Here’s What to Do Instead.

Bad news, pups: Rosedale Center has canceled its indoor dog walking on Sunday mornings. Even worse, abandoned poops were a big, smelly part of the decision.

When we asked, a Rosedale Center rep stated, “The main reason we had to cancel was our inability to clean up all of the accidents before the mall was open to the public. We also just went through a multi-million-dollar renovation and the messes were beginning to wear down our center.”

What a puppin’ shame. Rosedale’s last dog-walking event will be 8-10 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 24. 

Now fur the good news: There are still more dog-friendly places ‘n parties around town than kibbles in a bowl. Here’s a pawful of our many faves:


On sunny (non-Pawler Vortex) days, there’s nothin’ better than a good romp in the great outdogs. Sniff and be sniffed at a local dog park, or layer up for an adventure through one of these doggone gorgeous dog-friendly hiking trails.

Have a pup who ruvs to pull? A little skijoring could be perfect for the two of you.


Take your bestie for some re-tail therapy at these dog-friendly Minnesota malls and more than 200 shops that’ll let you have your doggo in tow.

Check out an indoor dog park. Stone Mountain Pet Lodge has two locations, and a new dog park in St. Cloud even benefits senior rescue dogs.

Sidle up to the bar for a pint with your pooch at these local breweries that welcome dogs inside.

Prefer lattes to lagers? Here are a few coffee shops that allow woofers indoors, too.

Plan your dog’s next birthday party.

Get your dog started in agility training.

And if you really wanna get away, plan staycation at a dog-friendly hotel. Prefer a weekend road trip? Chicago hotels heckin’ love the pups, too.

Check out our Twin Cities event calendar for more tail-waggin fun. And for the love of dog, BYO poop bags.

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11 thoughts on “Rosedale Center Canceled Indoor Dog Walking. Here’s What to Do Instead.

  1. Sharon Dee

    Lazy, unprepared dog owners are everywhere…pick up your dog’s poop…How did they handle pee though? Indoor walking is not good for dog who cannot be trusted to not potty indoors.

  2. Rosemarie Campbell

    Cold cold cold winter….understand alot of irresponsible people with pets. I have also witnessed so many people “handicapped” walking their pets inside – elderly who cannot withstand a fall – wheelchair humans who need their therapy pets to excercise – those of us who cannot get around on snow covered corners, streets, sidewalks. Roseville Mall – I will not shop here –

  3. Wendy McNiff

    That’s a shame. We always brought bleach wipes and extra poop bags. We cleaned smears, pee, and missed poop from other dog owners. We also made sure to thank any janitorial staff we saw.

  4. Chef Diane

    I wonder if people volunteered to clean? If it goes from 8-10, what if each week, 10 people signed up to help clean? Obviously it’s not ideal, but maybe now that people are aware of the problem, there would be a better chance of cleaning up after their dogs, and then a few people could volunteer to help clean? It’s infuriating that so many dog owners would be so disrespectful, but maybe they would consider a trial run with volunteer cleaners. And at that point, if I saw anyone not pick up after their dog, I would have NO problem telling them to clean it, since it cost us this privilege before. Just a thought.

  5. Rp

    Freakin ridiculous! If you can’t bend over and pick up your own dog’s poo, don’t come to these events or better yet don’t have a dog!! Irresponsible, lazy owners ruin it all for us… So sick of these people.

  6. A.

    This is infuriating. Who do these people think they are? You go into a public facility, watch your dog shit on the floor, and choose to just walk away and leave it there?? Who does that? Your dog is on a leash, it’s happening six feet away from you, and you don’t have the human decency to lean over and pick it up? Honest to god. Some people don’t deserve to have nice things, and those jackholes ruin it for the rest of us. Unbelievable.

  7. Marie

    Unreal. I’ve been there many times and never witnessed dog poop that wasn’t picked up. Just another example of a few people ruining it for everyone. 🙁

  8. AR

    This is so frustrating. Irresponsible dog owners, once again, ruin it for the rest of us. This says a lot about our society and the increasing number of people who feel they are entitled. They think rules don’t apply to them. What a shame.

  9. Dog Mom

    Those lazy, irresponsible dog owners are at the dog parks too! Who do they think they are watching their dogs void and failing to clean up? We are all effected by the potential contagious diseases that our healthy companions can be subjected to.
    Instead of quietly watching I say we politely ask them to clean up after their dogs!
    Speak up!!


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