Brookline is an ideal place to socialize your dog. With parks designated for dog play, quick access to the city, and a variety of dog service organizations, you can be sure to find exactly what you need. Below are some ways you can help your dog get socialized with other dogs in the area:
Brookline Dog Parks – Green Dog Program
The Town of Brookline has implemented a wonderful program to open local parks to dogs and their owners for socialization. If you’re new to the area, check out our Guide to Brookline for New Dog Owners.
In order to participate in the Program, your dog must be at least 6 months of age, licensed in Brookline, up-to-date on vaccines, and in good health. This ensure’s everyone’s safety, as many of the parks are off-leash. Here is a map to help you find the dog park closest to you.
There are many benefits to using these parks for socialization. Not only will your dog be able to meet and interact other local dogs, but you can meet local owners to discuss training tips, your favorite spots, and arrange playdates. May parks have regulars and have become small communities.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Green Dog Program, download the brochure located here.
One of the best ways to get started with socialization as a puppy is to speak with your vet about recommended local trainers. Puppy classes will not only allow your dog to play with other puppies, but you will begin to work on commands such as sit, down, focus and recall with distractions. This kind of training is especially important if you hope to utilize off-leash parks in the area when your dog is a bit older.
Socializing your puppy with other dogs is just the beginning. Here is a checklist created by Dr. Sofia Yin, DVM, MS to help you begin the journey of socialization and desensitization with your puppy.
Daycare is a great way to help your dog socialize with a variety of dog breeds and sizes. Your dog will also gain experience interacting with daycare handlers such as sitting politely for petting and being led by the collar. Daycare is an excellent option for a few hours of play, or all-day entertainment for your pup.
At-home walking is a perfect solution for dogs who may be slightly overwhelmed by the daycare environment. In groups of 1-3 other dogs, your pup will explore the local neighborhood and be exposed to different sounds, smells, people, and other dogs. Walks are a great solution for a bathroom break, exercise, and mental stimulation.