Dawg Daze

What is Dawg Daze? Dawg Daze is a fun event that celebrates the winter, trails and dogs. There will be four events: a time trial skijoring race called the “Perimeter Dog Derby” that circumnavigates the Perimeter Loop, a dog and human costume contest, a best trick contest and an award for the furriest dog.

When: March 5, 2022     

Loop Race 11am – 1pm     

Costume Contest: 1:30pm – 2:00 pm        

Awards Ceremonies 2:00pm

Where: The event will be held outside on the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge grounds.


Perimeter Dog Derby” Is a time trial style event. Dogs must be leashed or tethered at all times. Teams consist of one person and one dog. Teams start at the starting line and must complete one loop around the Perimeter Trail. Fastest time wins. 

Costume Contest” Is a costume contest for dogs. Costumes will be judged on a scale from 1 to 10 on  “originality”  “cuteness” “human costume.” Bonus points for matching dog and owner costumes.  

New for 2022 will be a “Best Trick” contest and a “Furriest Dog” award!

Registration for both events is done in person, the day of the event.

Launch of the official KML Dog Treats – with random dog treat tastings throughout the day.

Lodging guests will have their pet fee waived for their entire stay, if their stay includes Saturday, March 5, 2022. Pets must still be registered with guest services.

Both events are free to enter. A donation box for pet related items (used linens, blankets, sheet, pillowcases, towels, dog/cat treats and toys.) and a donation jar for monetary donations will be set up for the Copper Country Humane Society. https://www.cchumanesociety.com/

Overall Rules: 

  1. Dogs must be leashed at all times while on the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge.
  2. No aggressive dogs.
  3. Waste must be picked up immediately except during race.
  4. Michigan social distancing practices will be in place.
  5. Masks must be worn inside the lodge.

Perimeter Dog Derby Race Rules: 

  1. Only 1 dog and 1 person per team.
  2. Dog must be leashed or tethered at all times.
  3. A specific team only gets one chance around the course. 
  4. You can start anytime between 11am and 1pm. There will be no starts after 1pm. Please practice social distancing when waiting to start.

Prizes: Prizes will be gift certificates good towards the Lodge Life Shop and Lodging.

Race Course:  You are welcome to bring your team to practice any day. Course closes to practice on Race Day at 10:30 am March 5, 2022.