If you are moving to Boston and looking to rent a dog friendly apartment. You are about to face Boston’s greatest challenge as a dog owner. Dog friendly apartments can be difficult to come by, particularly is your dog weighs over 40 pounds or worse, considered and aggressive breed by insurance companies.
In the past couple of years and coming into 2013-2014 there are more and more dog friendly buildings becoming available as leasing companies and developers recognize the demand. Below is a link to the guide to dog friendly apartments in Boston & Cambridge. It should offer a great start to those looking for a place to live with a dog in Boston. I will develop similar guides for other areas as well.
I will add a directory of the official off-leash dog parks. I typically avoid spelling out where the “official-unofficial dog parks” are located as other dog owners are very protective of these coveted areas.
Boston does have a leash law, sometimes it is enforced and other times it is not. Much like the speed limit and countless other laws. I highly recommend, getting a licence for your dog. Having an unlicensed dog is the wrong place to start when you are hoping to not get fined for something else.
I also highly recommend training your dog to come immediately when called. Dogs jumping on or barking at pedestrians, bicyclists, and most importantly children; is not OK. This would probably the second biggest reason dogs are kicked out of parks and buildings.
The biggest reason dogs and their owners are banned from parks and cause friction with other people: The failure to pick up after your dog. It does not just disappear and dog waste left behind is the number one problem for dog owners living in the city. It is a solvable problem as well.