In my opinion the Boston Common and Public Gardens are the beating heart of Boston. On any day you will find Bostonians with and without dogs milling about, socializing and sometimes just catching a noontime nap. The Boston Common is the first public park in the United States and has a rich history much like the rest of Boston. Still today, many events take place here, only history will tell which moments will be remembered.
When you live in Beacon Hill, Back Bay or Downtown Crossing; the Boston Common is a perfect place to take your dog for a walk or socialize. Thanks to the local dog owners and the Friends of the Pubic Garden Boston has approved a rotating off-leash dog park park. If you are a dog owner living in Boston, take the time to introduce yourself to other dog owners on the Boston Common and get involved with the Common Canine facebook group. It is a group open only to local dog owners in order to keep discussions focused on the needs of Boston dogs.
While you are welcome to walk your dog anywhere in the Boston Common on a leash. The Off-Leash section rotates through five locations in order to minimize damage to the grass from over use. None of the areas are fenced in. Your dog will need to have excellent recall and you will need to have excellent voice control with your dog. The Boston Common has many distractions for your dog; squirrels, birds, horses, other dogs and plenty of people passing by.
Dogs are allowed off-leash during the morning hours between 5 am and 10 am, and then again in the evening between 4 pm and 9 pm. As mentioned earlier, excellent voice control will be needed. Make sure your dog is licensed and pick up after your dog.
Our dog an English Pointer usually comes the moment I call him. Although, the lure of birds, squirrels and horses can prove challenging to maintain perfect control. As these are just a few of his favorite things where I cease to exist and his prey drive takes over. As I understand the importance of controlling my dog in the city, we compliment his training with a remote e-collar to insure nothing goes wrong. While an e-collar is controversial, it is in essential component in keeping our dog safe and under control even during the most challenging situations.
Regardless, the Boston Common is an excellent place to exercise and allow your dog to socialize with other dogs. It is also a great way for people to meet their Boston neighbors. I have always felt that people who care for something other than themselves, like dogs, have a base level of compassion which the perfect starting point for great friendships.
The folks over at The Common Canine are working very hard to make the Boston Common more dog friendly. Get involved and remember, the local dog owners are funding this off-leash project on the Boston Common, consider contributing as well.
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