Boston is well-known as a dog lover's city, and generous city rules make it possible for Fido to go with you just about everywhere outdoors, as long you're furbuddy is leashed. There are several dog-friendly bars and restaurants to bring your pup to, but if you live in downtown Boston, you know that socialization and unrestrained exercise for your pupster can be hard to find. Enter Boston Common in the storied Beacon Hill neighborhood that features off-leash dog areas where fur babies can run, roll, and romp to their heart's content.
Leashed dogs large and small can accompany their pet parents to the 50-acre Common's gardens, paths, and grassy expanses. And when they want to play off-leash, there are two areas set aside for well-behaved, liberated pups, one near the Beacon Street entrance and the other near the entrance from Tremont Avenue. These areas rotate, so that only one off-leash area is open at a time to allow the other's turf to replenish. Signs are located near the section that's available when you and Fido arrive. It's a good idea to carry some water and a bowl for Fido and you may want to bring some for yourself as drinking fountains are scarce.
Play area surfaces are a mix of packed soil and natural wood chips surrounded by lush grass made for pup play. The city's decision to leave the off-leash areas' boundaries unfenced may be your biggest challenge, as it assumes all pups will stay inside the designated areas. Voice recall is an important skill for Fido to have before visiting, and parents are responsible for seeing that their doggo stays safely within the boundaries.
Naturally, there are some rules. Proof of rabies vaccination and a current license is required, along with an ID tag. Digging and excessive barking are discouraged, as are aggressive dogs, and any turf damage needs to be repaired by the pet parent. All pet parents are asked to clean-up after their pups, however since bags are not provided, be sure to bring some from home.
If you live in or visit the Beacon Hill area of Boston, bring your social pup to the Boston Common Off-Leash Dog Area for a grrreat time!
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