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Ruffwear Puts the ‘Dog’ in Dog-Friendly Midwest Outdoor Experience

{Bend, OR} If you live within driving distance of the Eastwood Metro Park in Dayton, OH, you have no excuse for boredom this weekend, October 4-5. The Midwest Outdoor Experience is a fun, family-friendly event offering outdoor demos, classes, and competitions along with live music, craft beer and on-site camping. The multi-day event also happens to be dog-friendly. So bring your trusty companion and run the Ruffwear Ruff 5K, watch the canine experts as they launch off the docks or fly through the air catching their Frisbee, or enjoy a mellow Yappy Hour at the Zuke’s Bark Zone.

Schedule of Ruffwear Dog Events:

  • The Ruffwear Ruff Run 5K. The first 25 registered dogs get a free Quick Draw™ Leash.
  • Backpacking With Your Dog. Taught by Greg Freyberg from Ruffwear, learn the basics of getting out on the trail with your dog and the best gear for the adventure. Friday, 7:30 PM, REI School booth. 
  • Paddling Adventures With Your Dog. SUP With Your PUP taught by Maria Schultz of How To SUP With Your PUP. Saturday, 2:00 PM, REI School booth. 
  • Ultimate Air Dogs Splash Finals. The first 25 registered for the Ultimate Air Dogs get a free Ruffwear Lunker™.

Ruffwear will also be on site offering gear demos and selling product in partnership with Dayton’s newest Ruffwear Dealer, Great Miami Outfitters.


Other Dog-Friendly Events and Features:

  • Ultimate Air Dogs Splash Zone
  • Pooch Island Off-Leash Dog Park
  • Pooch Swim Zone on Pooch Island

For more information, times and directions to Midwest Outdoor Experience, please visit their website. Admission and parking are free and families are encouraged to attend.

About Five Rivers Metroparks

Established in 1963, Five Rivers Metroparks is a park system composed of natural area parks, gardens, high-quality river corridors, urban parks and the country’s largest bikeway network. Its mission is to protect the region’s natural heritage and provide outdoor experiences that inspire a personal connection with nature, educational programs and recreational opportunities.

About Ruffwear

Ruffwear’s mission is to build performance product to enhance and inspire outdoor adventures for dogs and their human companions. Ruffwear Performance Dog Gear™ combines technology, quality, fit, function, and safety to meet the needs of active and adventurous canines and their humans.

Ruffwear is committed to preserving open lands and waterways, providing important habitat for wildlife and recreational opportunities for humans and canines. Ruffwear partners with The Conservation Alliance to protect these special places so important to us. Additionally, Ruffwear works with regional grassroots organizations, giving back to the community, and creating opportunities to strengthen the bond between humans and their dogs. 

Based in Bend, Oregon, Ruffwear sells their products through specialty pet and outdoor retailers as well as at For sales inquiries, please contact Dove Gibson,