I am always amazed how our dog knows when Boston’s Public Garden is near. It does not matter whether we are in the car or on foot, but within a block or two, he knows either by the scent or simple recognition. The Boston Public Garden might be one of my favorite places to take our dog for a walk; on a leash of course.
As a centerpiece for the park you will find a large pond surrounded with tall trees, beautiful lawns and gardens. Crossing the center of the pond is a beautiful stone bridge, allowing you to overlook the landmark Swan Boats gliding along with passengers; a pretty idyllic scene. Granted my dog only notices any of this if he needs to pee or is hunting one of the countless squirrels, pigeons or geese. But for my dog, the Public Garden is the perfect place to go for a walk, in the center of Boston.
Because the Public Garden is so beautiful it attracts plenty of people. Some are just out for a stroll while others are having their wedding photos taken. This is a place where people come out to say hello to their neighbors. For a dog owner this is a fantastic opportunity to walk and socialize your dog right in the heart of Boston (Directions).
The Public Garden offers both contact with other dogs and people, as well as solitude. You can always find a quiet place when your dog needs a moment to relax. Any one of the park benches will allow you to relax while people passing by say hello to your dog. Dogs, especially when puppies, need this interaction to avoid poor behavior. Perhaps this common need for a bit of socialization now and then might lead to an explanation of the bond between dog and man for all these years.
Here, you will be able to introduce your dog to other dogs. Just remember, all dogs in the Public Garden need to be on a leash at all times; which most people seem to respect. If you have a puppy or an older dog which prefers not to be bombarded with a pack of dog playing off-leash, this is a good park to consider.
If your dog could use a little off-leash socialization, across the street you will find the Boston Common dog park. A small area set aside by the city of Boston for off-leash dogs.
Below are links for directions and links to other articles on the finer points of socializing a puppy which are well worth reading.
- How to Socialize your Puppy by the ASPCA
- Puppy Socialization by Paw Rescue
- Socializing Your New Puppy by the Amherst Animal Hospital