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Dog Friendly Boston: Great Hoods for Dog Owners

May 21, 2013 | Best Cities and Neighborhoods, Best Neighborhoods

When you’re hunting for a Boston apartment, you may want a rental with a gas stove, a city view, or a convenient T station. If you’ve got a four-legged friend, however, you better also consider the greenery. You’re now looking for dog friendly Boston.

Where you’ll walk your furry friend is only one extra consideration if you’re a dog owner. Not all neighborhoods are equal when it comes to accessing pet-friendly services such as groomers, supply shops, or off-leash areas. Boston is keen on canines, however, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble staying out of the doghouse.

In terms of excellent exercise areas, sticking close to one of Boston’s many large parks can make for a happy hound. Boston Public Garden and the Commonwealth Mall both get regularly decorated with paw prints. During certain hours, your dog can even run leash-free in Boston Common. Adjacent neighborhoods include the Back Bay, Midtown, and Beacon Hill—definitely hot spots for dog friendly Boston.

If you’re looking for a place between Kenmore Square and Brookline, the Emerald Necklace sets up a string of green stretching from the Charles River to Jamaica Plain. There are ponds, the Back Bay Fens, and other perfect places for a pet to play fetch. One highlight is the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain.

Not every dog needs to run full speed after sticks, though. Some pet owners will prefer living along streets all set for leisurely strolls. Certainly, having a nearby place for your pet to do his or her business will make life easier. If your apartment doesn’t have a yard, the South End is well apportioned with tree-lined streets and small parks perfect for Fido.

Dog friendly Boston isn’t just about where to get your dog some outside time. In terms of keeping your pet well cared for, it isn’t challenging to find pet supply shops or groomers in Boston. South Boston, for example, offers up a fine selection of dog-centric services, plus there’s the South Boston Bark Park and the beach (dogs not allowed in summer).

The South End probably has more pet supply shops, dog walkers, and dog friendly businesses than any other section of the city. You’ll also appreciate the patio-style dining if your pooch is calm enough to chill out by your feet while you eat. A little canine company can make summer evening meals that much sweeter!

Any discussion of Boston’s dog scene would be remiss to leave off the Charlestown Navy Yard. Sure, it’s across the river, but it’s convenient to Downtown and excellent for animals. The Esplanade is also lovely for a sunset stroll, but it’s on-leash only.

While it’s important to consider how and where your dog will find fulfillment, most Boston neighborhoods allow ample opportunity. Depending on your dog’s temperament and your schedule, you should be able to keep tails wagging from a wide selection of Boston apartments.

 

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