Welcome

A Ruff Break is a break for your dog from the stresses of living in a human world. A break from sitting around all day and not being able to release pent up energy. A break from feeling nervous that its owner has left, a break from having to chew on anything it can sink its teeth into because it has no other outlet during its day, a break from the humdrum daily routine!

Dogs… Exercise… Adventure…

Those three words sum up what The Ruff Break is all about! We are a unique exercise service for dogs located in Rochester, Minnesota. We provide the exercise dogs need in fun and exciting ways so they can lead healthy balanced lives.

  • Do you have a high energy dog that never seems to tire out?
  • Is your dog overly dominant or even aggressive?

We specialize in exercising difficult and high energy dogs. Check out some of our Ruff Break videos to see some of the dogs in action! We give your dog the break it needs during the day with one of the many exercise activities listed here. We use these activities, together with leadership and boundaries, to challenge their minds by rewarding calm behavior and letting them earn the various forms of affection. These principles help transform dogs into healthy balanced pets.

  • Is your pet overweight?

More than 45 percent of dogs and 58 percent of cats are estimated to be overweight or obese in the United States, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention.
“Obesity is now the biggest health threat to pets in the US,” said lead researcher Dr. Ernie Ward, in a press release. “The costs of obesity in illness and injury make it the number one medical issue seen in today’s veterinary hospitals.”
Source: PR Web. ”Pet Obesity Continues to Grow in U.S.“ http://www.prweb.com/releases/2010/03/prweb3703974.htm 10 March 2010

The Ruff Break can help shed your pet’s extra weight and teach you how to maintain it through a variety of exercise options.

Outfitting your dog for adventure…

Our Ruff Shop has all the gear your dog needs to enjoy the outdoors in any weather. We carry Skijoring gear from SkijorNow including x-back and racing dog harnesses, Skijor belts, bungy towlines, Cordura and ToughTek booties, and one of the best primers to get you started in the sport “Ski Spot Run”. Call or email us for rental rates on gear. We also carry dog boots for hiking and running on rough surfaces and snow, dog packs and bowls for day hikes and overnight adventures, coats to keep them warm during the winter and much more! Get all the details on our exercise memberships and pet sitting packages and even sign up online.

We offer…

  • Exercise memberships and pet sitting.
  • Quick breaks for your pets while you are at work.
  • Skijoring rental gear so you can “try” before you buy.
  • Performance gear for dogs.
  • Behavior advising for dog aggression and dominance issues.
  • Training to help you exercise your dog with inline skates, bikes, and treadmills.

Explore the site to learn why your dog will be begging for a Ruff Break!

Members of Pet Sitting International since 2008. Offers education, best practices and certifications in the pet care industry.

Insured and Bonded with Business Insurers of the Carolinas. Added protection for your peace of mind when we care for your pets.

Pet CPR and First Aid Certified

Proud supporters of our local Humane Society. We give our time, our expertise and financial support to Paws and Claws Humane Society of Rochester. Consider contributing today.