Peabody, Massachusetts, isn’t wildly known for its dog parks, but it does have a dog-friendly trail: the Peabody – Middleton Rail Trail. Lace-up your shoes, leash up your pooch, and pack a snack or two because you won’t want to stop exploring for lunch! The Peabody – Middleton Rail Trail is a flat, wooded trail that weaves in-between Crystal Lake and Lt. Ross Park. You’ll see bikers, skaters, rollerbladers, joggers, and many other smiling faces on this trail. Make sure your dog is always leashed and cleaned up after while enjoying this trail.
For these next two parks, a quick car ride to Salem is needed. The first park is Leslie’s Retreat Dog Park on the corner of North Street and Bridge Street. A permit is needed to enjoy this dog park, so be sure to check in with the city beforehand. Leslie’s Retreat has lusciously green grass and refreshing drinking water enclosed within sturdy fencing, ensuring dogs can play leash-free safely.
Salem Common is located on Washington Square in Salem and isn’t as large as its big brother, Boston Common, but that doesn’t diminish its fun atmosphere. A few benches and trees outline the perimeter of the park, while a gazebo, basketball court, and a children’s playground rest within the middle. A wide-open, sunny area is also within the park, which is perfect for playing fetch with your dog.
If your four legged friend is a sports fan, put a leash on him and head over to O’Connar Park or Marrs Park in the Main Street/ Washington Street area of Peabody. Both of these parks have baseball diamonds and tennis courts so you’re sure to catch a game or a friendly match of tennis. When you’re done rooting for the home team, take him for a walk around the park or wander into the surrounding residential neighborhoods. This area is also home to North Boston Dog Training. If your dog needs some help with his manners, call and schedule a private lesson, group class or in home dog training. He’ll be a regular gentleman in no time!
Is your dog itching to learn some new skills? Take her over to Loyal Canines Academy in the Jubliee Drive/ 1St Avenue neighborhood. This is not your regular dog training facility; Loyal Canines offers puptastic classes that will get your pup’s tail wagging. Sign her up for the Track and Scent Detection class so she can learn to put her sniffer to good use. With Protection Training, your dog can learn to guard her two legged family members. Or give the action-packed Sport and Agility a try. In this class, watch your dog dart through an obstacle course that includes ramps, jumps, tunnels, weave poles and sea-saws. Whatever you choose, your furry friend is sure to have a doggone good time.
When it’s time to give your canine friend a new ‘do, book an appointment at Doggone Purr-Fect in South Peabody. These professional groomers will treat your pup as one of their own. Your dog can get a shampoo, brush or cut in this well maintained grooming salon. Once she’s looking her best, take your leashed fur baby over to Raddin Park. She’ll appreciate the opportunity to show off her new style while getting some fresh air and exercise. This park has a playground, so your pup will have a chance to socialize and get to know some new two legged friends. If it’s a hot day, make sure to bring water.
If your pup has a hankering for a waterfront walk, there are a couple options to choose from in West Peabody. Start with a stroll around Winona Pond. This tree and shrub lined path winds around the pond and is an excellent place to get those four legs moving. The occasional sound of frogs may perk up your dog’s ears and get his attention. You can also head over to Suntaug Lake. As you make your way around the shore of this local lake, let your pup sniff and explore the abundance of new smells. Make sure to pause and catch a view of Humphrey’s Island.