50.7% of the households in New Jersey own one pet or more, the majority of the pets being cats and dogs. While this puts the state of New Jersey in the top 10 of lowest pet ownership rates in the country, it is paramount to remember that the state is also the most densely populated state in the United States. There may very well be more pet owners in Montclair, New Jersey, than similar sized cities elsewhere.
A good number of the pets in Montclair, New Jersey, are dogs. To cater to the dog owners in the area, the township of Montclair sports an off-leash dog park. The Brookdale Dog Park has been very well received by the locals and is divided into a section for small dogs and a huge play area for large dogs. The park is fully fenced and offers amenities such as agility equipment, waste stations, water fountains and more.
There are various hiking trails in the regional parks and conservations in the Montclair, New Jersey, area for those who fancy a more challenging outing with their dog(s). The Eagle Rock Reservation located in West Orange is a great choice. The trails command scenic views and range in length and difficulty. Dogs have to be on a leash at all times.
Don’t wait for national love your dog day- make any day special by taking your furry child to Mills Reservation. This is a perfect spot to burn off energy, so your dog won’t have to blame the cat for the chewed up shoes. There are great walking trails surrounded by woods, which offers a different environment than most dog walking areas. This is an ideal choice for dogs that are not dog friendly, as it is an on leash walking trail. Puppy’s birthday coming up? Stop by the Pupcakes Bakery, where you can order a doggie birthday cake or pick up some treats that are made especially for pups.
Located in Lyndhurst just north of Montclair are some great dog friendly attractions for pups and their humans. Just 4 Paws Pet Spa will make your pup think he is at a 5 star resort, being pampered the way he deserves to be. There are a number of spa packages, which include facials and peppermint pad treatments. Also in the area is the Lyndhurst Dog Park. This dog park was just re-vamped in 2016 and features two separate areas for large and small dogs. Gravel lined paths are great for digging paws into, and gaining traction when chasing cute poodles. After a day in the Lyndhurst area full of play and spa treatment, your dog will know why it’s a great to be a dog.
While spending time north of Montclair in the town of Arlington, check out the Puppy Palace. This dog grooming salon will leave your dog fresh, fluffy, and fabulous. Make a quick stop at the Doghouse Bakery afterwards for a great selection of doggie cakes and cookies, all made without preservatives or additives. They offer low calorie substitutes for the pudgy pug or lab with flab. Work off those calories across the highway in the Assunpink Wildlife Management Area, where leashed dogs are allowed to roam this 6,000 acre park, complete with hundreds of trails and a lake, from September 1st to April 31st, and from May 1st to August 31st. You can let your dog run leash free in the dog training area located inside the park.