Dog walkers in Boston need to be prepared for a variety of weather. Winters are cold and snowy with occasional severe winter storms. You will need warm winter gear to be comfortable walking with your dog during the winter months. Summers are warm and humid and occasional heat waves may require you to walk your dog at cooler times of the day. Spring and fall can be rainy and wet, so you will want to keep a rain jacket and umbrella handy. Thunderstorms are also frequent in warm weather and can be severe with high winds and hail which can pose a hazard to exposed people and their dogs.
Streets are narrow with closely set homes and heavy landscaping. Mature trees provide plenty of shade to streets where sidewalks are present and provide cool, safe, separate pedestrian paths in the region. There are some inclines in the district but no steep grades, so it is not difficult to get around the area on foot when walking with your dog.
On the west side, the Southwest Corridor Park and trail provides 52 acres and extends for 4.7 miles. This park provides several recreational amenities and a great hiking path for people and their pooches. Dogs must remain on a leash in community parks.
For off-leash fun, you can take your dog north about a 10-minute drive to Carleton Court Dog Park or Peters Park Dog Run. These enclosed dog parks are fenced and are a great opportunity for your dog to play off-leash, but your pup should be well socialized, supervised, and under control at all times.