Best Boston Restaurants and Bars to Bring Fido


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Since dogs are like our family, it’s no surprise we like to take them everywhere with us. Thankfully in Boston, the third-most puppy-loving city in the country, there are plenty of public places where Fido is very welcome. Check out our top 10 restaurants and bars to bring your pup in Boston.

1. The South End Buttery
The South End Buttery is a well-known hangout spot for dogs and their owners in the city. The café and bakery offer both sweet and savory options, and doesn’t leave out Fido’s stomach, either. You’ll find dog-shaped cookies and water bowls waiting by the door for your pup pal.

2. Jacob Wirth Restaurant
While on the smaller side, this German pub is no stranger to four-legged visitors. Dogs are welcome to sit outside while you enjoy some food and drinks.

3. JP Licks
While JP Licks serves coffee, they are better known for their flavorful ice cream. But who says ice cream is only for humans? The shop is also the creator of Cow Paws, a peanut butter and honey sorbet that your pup will love!

4. Moonshine 152
This restaurant and bar combo has a dog-friendly outdoor patio that seats 30 people. Dine on some great food at Moonshine 152, and your pup might even get his very own cookie, too!

5. Cambridge Brewing Company
Cambridge Brewing Company, also known as “CBC,” has a wide selection of beer and welcomes leashed dogs in its outdoor seating area. You’ll be sure to find some serious pub grub to go with your beer while a server brings a water bowl for Fido.

6. Stephanie’s On Newbury
When weather permits, Stephanie’s is a great choice for a meal alongside your loyal pup. The Newbury Street restaurant seats 80 and is closed on rainy days.

7. Coppa
Coppa’s outdoor patio seats 20, and is open to four-legged friends, too. Open until 10pm, the area is shaded with umbrellas and around the corner from Peters Park, where you and your pup can swing by afterwards to burn off the calories from your meal.

8. Brendan Behan Pub
A truly dog-friendly bar, “The Behan” allows pups of all kinds to enter its doors, no ID required. The traditional Irish pub entertains with live Irish music Saturday evenings and is a hot spot for locals and their canine companions. The bar allows pups indoors since they don’t serve food, but you’re free to bring your own food and take a seat inside for a rowdy time!

9. The Kinsale

The Kinsale has plenty of outdoor seating for you and your pup in a dog-friendly part of town. College students and sports fans alike frequent this Irish pub and restaurant and enjoy the food and drink it has to offer, as well as an energetic atmosphere. This is a great place to spend some time with your pup after a long walk in the area, or just to unwind among friends.

10. Tremont 647
Last on our list of dog-friendly restaurants and bars in Boston is the aptly named Tremont 647, a restaurant known for its tasty and unique menu of American cuisine. Enjoy a $2 taco on Taco Tuesday, or roll in with your PJ’s during the weekend for “Pajama Brunch.” While you sip on a Margarita on the outside patio, your pup can enjoy a drink from his own water bowl.

Dog Parks in LA, Ranked


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Dog parks are the perfect opportunity for your pup to get exercise, socialize with other canines and blow off some steam. Luckily, if you’re looking for a park in Los Angeles, there are plenty of good ones to choose from. Grab your doggy bags and check out these 8 awesome dog parks to visit in the second most puppy-loving city in the nation!

1. Lake Hollywood Dog Park
Lake Hollywood Dog Park is oft considered the best dog park in Los Angeles despite its off-leash prohibition. It has everything you could want in a dog park: plenty of open, grassy space, lots of parking and even a great view of the Hollywood sign. Your pup won’t be without a playmate at this popular park!
Hours: 5am to sunset daily.

2. Laurel Canyon Dog Park

One of the largest Los Angeles parks, Laurel Canyon Dog Park offers a place for pups and people alike to play and unwind. Nestled in the hills of Mullholland, this park has separate fenced-off play spaces for large and small dogs, with plenty of area for both to run and play. The grass-surrounded park also has a play area for children, and shares the space with dog walkers as well.
Hours: Thursday 6am to sunset; closed Fridays from 6am-10am for maintenance.

3. Silver Lake Dog Park
This intimate park setting provides separate play space for large and small dogs to enjoy the picturesque atmosphere of Silver Lake. The largely dirt-floor park has ample shady spots to enjoy a sunny LA day in cool comfort. Parking in the area can be sparse, so be sure to plan the outing ahead of time.
Hours: 6am-10pm daily; closed Wednesdays from 6am-8:30am for maintenance.

4. The BoneYard
This Culver City dog park is a favorite among its dog-loving locals, who bring their pups here for some off-leash fun. With plenty of parking in the area. Enjoy the water fountains and shady areas while your pup roams on the dusty flea-deterrent ground.
Hours: Open from sunrise until 10pm daily.

5. Alice’s Dog Park
Located in Pasadena, Alice’s Dog Park keeps its borders protected with a secure double fence, and offers separated play areas in its grassy space. Its picnic tables and shady areas also make it a valued choice among its visitors.
Hours: Open from dawn to dusk daily; closed Tuesdays for maintenance.

6. Hermon Dog Park

Fenced play area? Check. Separate yards? Check. Plenty of shade? Check. Hermon Dog Park in Montecito Heights has everything you need for a fun outing with your furry friend. They also
hold “Yappy Hours” on the last Sunday of the month for pups and their owners to socialize!

7. Sepulveda Basin Dog Park
The grassy, spacious Sepulveda Dog Park is a great place for your pup to run and play off-leash in a secure area. With ample parking available, it’s well worth the drive to this clean, award-winning doggy oasis.
Hours: Open from dusk to dawn daily; closed Friday from 6am-11am for maintenance.

8. Griffith Park Dog Park
One of the hidden secrets of Griffith Park is its dog park hidden by big, shady trees. The lovely park has separate play areas, water fountains, benches and plenty of parking for a day of puppy play.
Hours: Open from dusk to dawn daily; closed Tuesday from 6am-10am for maintenance.

Hiking Hot Spots in LA to Try with Your Dog


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Hiking is a quintessential Los Angeles activity that your dog is bound to partake in. If your pup is fit enough (and here are some of the best hiking breeds), then she’ll love the following trails we’ve picked out for you in the City of Angels!

1. Runyon Canyon Park
It wouldn’t be an LA hiking roundup if we didn’t mention Runyon Canyon. Popular among celebrities (and celebrity-seekers), this huge, off-leash park provides spectacular views of the city, including the famous Hollywood sign. You and your pup will get a workout while also having an opportunity to socialize with trendy hikers and their playful pooches.

2. Fryman Canyon Loop
Another dog-friendly hiking favorite is the Fryman Canyon Loop, a medium-difficulty trail that goes through lovely residential area and has stunning views of the San Fernando Valley. The trail, which follows along the Betty B. Dearing Trail through Wilacre Park and Coldwater Canyon, has multiple paths to explore, as well as water fountains for both you and your furry friend. Be sure to keep your dog on leash and make use of the multiple poop bag stations in the park.

3. Temescal Canyon
This hiking hot spot in the Santa Monica Mountains offers areas for on-leash dog walking through its beautiful scenery. More lush than other hiking options in the area, the trail provides a grand view of the Pacific Ocean, plenty of shade and even a seasonal waterfall. Make sure to read the signs to see where exactly your pup can accompany you on this hike.

4. Griffith Park

Griffith Park, the second-largest park in California, offers several great hikes for you and your pup pal. There’s Mount Hollywood, where you and Fluffy can catch a view of the Hollywood sign. Or try Bronson Canyon, a roomy trail where your pup can move around freely and take a look at the Bat Caves. There’s also Amir’s Garden, a picturesque, shady spot where you and your pup can take a breather from the uphill hike. Make a day out of exploring some of the trails Griffith Park has to offer you and your pooch!

5. The Wisdom Tree and Cahuenga Peak

With a steep path and rugged terrain, this hike is for a team ready to take on a challenge. You’ll get a view of the Hollywood sign at the top, but the real feature of this hike is the “Wisdom Tree” sitting atop the peak, which was the only tree to survive the Hollywood Hills fire of 2007. Watch out for other four-legged friends as the climb upwards gets more narrow.

6. Elysian Park
Looking for a leisurely hike on a low-key trail? Elysian Park might be just the place for you and your pup. The hidden spot close to downtown has lots of grassy areas to play in and is not as crowded as other popular hiking spots in the area. It’s a great place for some light exercise and beautiful views out of the beaming Los Angeles sun!

7. Zuma Ridge Trail
This Malibu trail is not for beginners, but its views are rewarding for whoever seeks to take on the challenge. Dogs are allowed off-leash at this beachside park, where you’ll catch breathtaking views of the Pacific.

7 Top Dog Parks of NYC


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New York City is home to hundreds of thousands of dogs, and with all those pups, there needs to be somewhere for them to play. Check out these 7 dog parks to take your pup in the most puppy-loving city in the nation.

1. Tompkins Square Dog Park

Located in Manhattan, Tompkins Square is the oldest and largest dog park in NYC, first opened in 1990. The beautiful, spacious park attracts dog owners from all over the city for its three swimming pools, off-leash play areas and picnic tables.

2. Madison Square Park
Also located in Manhattan, this smaller, but widely popular dog park is securely double- gated and provides water for its furry visitors. In addition, the area is shaded and provides benches for the comfort of both dog owners and their four-legged friends.

3. Hillside Dog Park
Hillside Dog Park in Brooklyn is a spacious and unique off-leash park developed from land that was cut into a hill. Some perks of the park include 24-hour access, separate areas for large and small dogs to roam freely, watering holes and a wood chip ground made of recycled Christmas trees.

4. Chelsea Waterside Park

This park will both challenge and excite your pooch with its interactive obstacles and rocks that an athletic dog will love to jump on. Close to the waterfront, the park also provides a nice view for dog owners.

5. Sirius Dog Run
No, this is not a Harry Potter reference; the name of this Manhattan dog park pays homage to the only K9 to die in the September 11 terrorist attacks, a Labrador Retriever named Sirius. The park offers great amenities such as newly paved ground, pools and shady benches.

6. Central Park
How could we list the top dog parks of NYC without mentioning Central Park? Aside from its beautiful scenery and various activities, the park offers 13 dog fountains within its 843 acres. The park requires dogs to be kept on leash, but also offers designated times during which your pup can run freely.

7. Silver Lake Dog Park
Silver Lake Dog Park, the largest dog run in Staten Island, delivers a natural oasis within the urban environment. Here, you can bring your dog off-leash for a walk by the lake, and there’s a separate area for smaller dogs, too.

Your Puppy’s Development: 3-6 months


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Between three and six months old, your puppy is starting to find his place in the “pack” that is your family. It is important to provide leadership that establishes a healthy balance of power between you and your furry member of the family, while also making him feel loved and welcomed. This is an exciting time in your puppy’s life and marks the transition from puppyhood to adolescence.

Training
Since dogs are evolutionarily pack animals, they will have a tendency to “rank,” or form a hierarchy in their perception of the household. This hierarchy will encompass other dogs as well as the humans in the household. If your puppy thinks he can, he may try to become the leader of your family pack and demonstrate unwanted behaviors or aggression. That’s why, during this period of growing confidence and independence in your puppy, it is necessary to enforce the desired household hierarchy.

Your puppy should continue to receive exposure to other dogs and people throughout this time, which will be influential in shaping his behavior. Practice obedience and any desired working commands with your puppy, and enroll him in puppy obedience classes if available. Your puppy needs a firm set of rules, but also plenty of love and attention to prepare him for the potential turbulence of adolescence.

At four months old, your puppy may alternate between feelings of bold invincibility and cowering anxiousness. Support your fragile puppy with gentle direction and continued positive reinforcement. While your puppy may test out his dominance in the pack, he is also learning and may be overly skittish when reprimanded. It is important to be firm but gentle with him when correcting unwanted behavior to show that you are the leader, but clearly demonstrate that he doesn’t need to be afraid of you.

Physical Changes
Your puppy is now starting to act more like a dog, and look like one, too. He will soon be reaching his adult height and will be developing his adult coat. Small-breed puppy growth tends to slow around now, and they start to settle into their adult appetites. Larger breeds are still maturing and may continue to grow and maintain their puppy appetites until they are over a year old.

Around three months old, your puppy’s baby teeth fall out and his grown-up teeth begin to grow in. Your pup may be a little restless from the discomfort that comes with his new teeth growing in, so be sure to have plenty of chew toys available for him. To prevent your favorite shoes from becoming a favorite chew toy, you will need to communicate to your puppy what is OK to chew on and what is not. Having plenty of approved chew toys available will help with this process.

If you have a male puppy, he will be reaching sexual maturity between five and six months old. Females will experience their first heat a bit later, between 6 months and a year for small dogs and possibly as late as 18 months for large dogs. We recommend spaying or neutering your pooch at six months to prevent unwanted litters and any behavioral issues or unwanted attention from other dogs that may arise when your puppy reaches sexual maturity.

This is a period of physical as well as mental transformation for your puppy. Some people refer to this as “elementary school age” because of the social and physical growth that happens during this time. By the end of this stage, your puppy should find a healthy place in his “pack” and recognize you as the leader.