Let's just start off by saying Bozeman is a dog town, period. If you go camping with friends, I guarantee you there will be almost as many dogs as people.  Go downtown and sit in a restaurant with a window facing the street - you'll see dogs in every shape, color and size.  Bozemanites LOVE their canines. In my house - 1 human / three dogs.  Needless to say I have had my yahoos everywhere, and here are my thoughts on some of the best places to take your dog(s).

1 - Cooper Park -  If you're a local you know this as "the dog park", and if you are new or just visiting Bozeman its located on 11th and it's a must. EVEN if you have a dog in your possession for over an hour, you must take them to Cooper Park.  It's like a dog code they seem to all know about - Dogs LOVE Cooper Park.  If you don't take them there, they will know. You will also meet cool peps at Copper Park that also share your furry friend obsession.

2 - Pete's Hill -  If you are headed up to Pete's Hill you should make sure your dogs are on a leash.  Its very popular due to it's absolute beauty, but also has a ton of kids, families and other pets due to it's close proximity to the Bozeman Library and Outdoor Swimming Pool.  Don't be a jerk and scare the children.  :) Pete's Hill holds the best views you can find right in town, and has a trail system (OFF of main roads) that goes forever.  It's a dog walkers paradise.

3 - Storm Castle - This hike is close and located in the Gallatin Canyon.  Its very easy to get to and a fairly easy hike.  After about a mile the trees open up and you can see the canyon via panoramic view - it's spectacular.  PLUS, for some reason dog lovers have overtaken the place.  Make sure you have your leashes with you, but you can feel ok letting fido run around a little bit.  Don't forget your bear spray - the danger up there is for real.

4 - The Drop & Trot 5k - Ok, maybe I am a little partial because this run benefits my favorite Non-Profit Haven - but this is the only 5k in town that allows you to run with your dog.  It adds a certain fun factor to running, something I don't particularly enjoy (I SUCK at running!).  They also encourage costumes!   If you decide to sign on for this run, not only will you get in shape - your doggies will too.  AND it benefits the fight against domestic violence, it doesn't get any better than that.

5 -  Dee-O-Gee - This store is located at the intersection of 8th & Main, and it's a dog lovers paradise.  Don't leave fido at home, he/she is more than welcome at Dee-O-Gee.  In fact, most of the time he's going to leave with a new bandana around his neck - thanks to their wonderful staff.  My favorite item, a simple magnet that reads "Wag More, Bark Less".