8 Tips to Keep Your Pet Happy & Healthy This Winter

8 Tips to Keep Your Pet Happy & Healthy This Winter

Whether your pet loves or hates it, winter is an inevitable part of all our lives. Knowing what is best for your pet is the key to keeping them happy and healthy through the cold and usually dreary months. Fun fact, when our pets feel safe and healthy they will naturally enjoy whatever season they are experiencing. So, let’s dive right in to eight great ways to keep your pet happy and healthy this winter!

1.      Know Your Pet

No one knows your pet like you do. Therein lies the joy and responsibility for using your best judgement when it comes to pet activities and outings during the winter months. Only you can discern if Lily the kitty can play out in the screened in porch a few minutes in the afternoons, or if Duke your Chihuahua should be indoors 100% of the time since he never stops shivering, or if Esmerelda the St. Bernard can spend hours enjoying the backyard and never get too cold. Trust the knowledge you have of your pet and keep a watchful eye on them so you can adjust as necessary.

A cat sitting on a windowsill inside to keep warm during winter

A cat sitting on a windowsill inside to keep warm during winter

2.      Paw Check!

Snow and ice and sand OH MY! After every outing be sure to wipe your pet’s paws thoroughly. Make sure you remove any snow/ice clumps and clear out grainy ice melt or sand as it can get embedded in their fur and paw pads making a simple task like walking extremely uncomfortable for them. Not getting anywhere with the typical towel cleaning? Try a Dexas Mudbuster to make life a little easier and ensure your pet’s paws are free of debris every time!

3.      Shine Bright

Surprise! It gets dark around 4:00 PM during the winter, so chances are at least one walk a day is in the dark. Always wear reflective gear (both you and your dog) along with a light (preferably flashing) to ensure you are visible to other walkers and vehicles. Why you AND your dog? Heaven forbid your dog gets away from you! Being able to SEE them is of paramount importance to getting them home safe and sound. Shine brightly and stay safe this winter!

4.      Leash up!

Did you know that pets have a greater chance of becoming lost during the cold season due to a lack of scents accessible to them? It is true! When heading out for a winter excursion or play date consider keeping your pet leashed up or making sure their play space is enclosed. In addition, always keep a collar with an up-to-date ID tag on them. Unsure about the terrain of a trail or what wildlife you may come across? Better to be safe than sorry, leash up and keep your loving companion safely by your side all winter long.

Cat hiding in car wheel to stay warm during the winter

Cat hiding in car wheel to stay warm during the winter

5.      Beware of hiding spots

Outdoor/stray cats and other small animals are always looking for places to stay warm during the winter. Before starting up your car or using a piece of machinery in your shed double check that somebody has not made themselves a cozy little home in there! Likewise, winter can be tough on nature. Pay close attention to where birds, squirrels, and other less “pet like” animals are nestling down on and around your property. Be mindful and do your best not to disrupt or destroy their winter homes.

6.      Grooming

The winter is for letting ourselves go a bit, isn’t it? Well, our pets are right there with us for that one. Much like the cracking finger tips we experience from excessive hand washing our pet’s skin dries out much more quickly in the winter. While bathing is important unfortunately it washes away helpful oils that keep their skin moist, thus causing itching, irritability, and even painful cracking. In addition, when it comes time for a trip to the groomer be sure to ask that they leave a little more length than they do in warmer months. Our pet’s fur is a natural and necessary part of keeping them protected during the bitter winter months.

7.      Antifreeze

Antifreeze is a deadly liquid that attracts pets due to its sweet taste. YIKES! Always clean up thoroughly after use and keep an eye out for any spills/leaking from your vehicle. Consider trying an alternative antifreeze that uses propylene glycol. Propylene glycol is less tasty, biodegradable, and does not cause kidney damage like ethylene glycol. No matter what product you use always keep out of reach of your pets to ensure their safety.

White dog with large stick enjoying winter snowfall

White dog with large stick enjoying winter snowfall

8.      Winter Rule of thumb

Remember, if it’s too cold for you, chances are it is too cold for your pet. There are always exceptions to the rule but even if your dog is the “made for winter” type, such as a Husky or Newfoundland, they all have their cold weather limits. A great way to discern whether your winter loving pet will be safe and comfortable outside is to put on your winter coat and head outside yourself. However long you feel comfortable in the current elements is probably close to the same for your pup. Never assume your furry friend can handle the cold, snowy, or icy weather, test it out to keep them safe.

Winter is unavoidable here in New England so we might as well make the best of it! Understanding your pet and their needs will help you decide what actions to take when it comes to outdoor activities, proper grooming, and knowing their limits. Always cleanup toxic spills, remain visible when out at night, be mindful of the nature around you, and do what is best to always keep your pet safely in your care. These 8 simple tips will have your pet enjoying winter all season long.

Just Around the Corner offers daily Dog Walking , Dog Hiking, and Pet Sitting in Plymouth, MA. To learn more about how Just Around the Corner can help, check out our Services Page. You can also Contact Us for more information. Be sure to Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Instagram!

 

5 New Year’s Resolutions Your Dog Will Thank You for

5 New Year’s Resolutions Your Dog Will Thank You for

Well, 2020, you have been REAL, but we can’t say that we are sorry to see you go… Thanks for the tough lessons but now it’s time to level up and set ourselves and (most importantly) our dogs up for success in 2021! Getting intentional about how you can improve your dog’s quality of life, increase their day to day enjoyment, and strengthen your relationship is what it’s all about as we head into the New Year. So how the heck do you set resolutions for your dog you ask? Not to worry! We have broken down 5 pawesome New Year’s resolutions for your dog and given you ways  to follow through to make them happen all year long.

1.      Exercise 5 Times A Week

Whether your pup could stand to lose a few pounds, or you just want to improve their overall health increasing the amount of exercise your dog receives is the way to go! Exercise outside of the home provides mental stimulation, helps to maintain a healthy digestive and circulatory system, and makes them a happier more well-rounded pup. Tired of the same old walking routine with your dog? Try spicing up your exercise schedule with one of these:

  • Go for a hike
  • Bring them along on a leisurely bike ride
  • Head to the beach for a swim
  • Play Fetch
  • Give skating a try (Inline skating, rollerblading, or skateboarding)
Dashchund getting annual vet exam in Plymouth MA

Dog getting an annual vet exam

2.      Schedule Annual Physical

Our pets can’t talk (well not in English anyway) to let us know that their teeth are bothering them or that their hips are aching. Fortunately, having your pet seen for an annual exam helps to identify those hard to detect issues and so much more. In a nose to tail exam a vet will be able to detect small problems before they escalate and become serious issues. When health issues  are caught early they are often easier to resolve, less expensive, and allow your pet to avoid any intense pain that may have come with late detection. Everything from eyes and skin to vital organs such as the kidneys, liver, and heart will be checked at their appointment. Aside from the full physical exam there are also a few other perks to having your pet seen by a veterinarian.

  • Nail clipping by a pro (you may have to ask)
  • Up to date on Rabies and other vaccines (required for a License)
  • Set up on heartworm prevention
  • Updated flea and tick treatment for the year
  • Microchipping (discuss your options)

Having an annual physical is the way to go. Keep your pet’s health first and schedule their appointment with your local vet today.

3.      More Playdates, Please!

Socialization for our pups is a key component to a happy life. Just because our dog gets to see us every day (sometimes all day) does not mean they are being fulfilled socially. Playtime with other dogs is important to giving them a well-rounded personality and life. Playdates are more than great exercise; they teach our pups how to behave in public, providing far more mental stimulation than just snuggling on the couch every night. Socialization will boost your dog’s confidence with each new interaction. Enjoy having people over? By exposing them to other people, places, and dogs they will be better behaved when you have parties or friends and family over to the house. Here are 5 examples of playdates for your pup:

  • Go for a walk with a human friend
  • Doggy Daycare!
  • Meet up with a friend and their dog on the beach or at a local trail (click here or here to find dog-friendly trails in Plymouth, MA)
  • Hit the dog park
  • Enjoy dinner at an outdoor, pet friendly restaurant

All this socialization will make your dog well adjusted for most any situation.

Group dog training

Group dog training

4.      Join A Class/ Activity Group

We all enjoy learning a new skill or joining a hobby group like a book club or knitting group. Why not give your dog the same opportunity to expand their abilities or practice something they enjoy in a group setting? Many dogs enjoy the challenge of training not to mention the bonding time gained. Experts also recommend a training refresher course every 2 years. Here are 3 pawesome opportunities to develop a new skill or enjoy some of their favorite activities in 2021.

  • Enroll in a weekly hiking group. Just Around the Corner offers group hiking up to 5 days a week Monday-Friday in Plymouth, MA. Now accepting new hiking clients.
  • Obedience training. Whatever their skill level in the training department there is a class that can help your dog grow and thrive.
  • Swim class. If your dog enjoys the water have them attend a class that allows them to enjoy it in the best way for them such as dock diving, water rescue training, or swim lessons.

 

5.      Increase Bonding

We all have those relationships in our lives that we work to make a priority day in and day out. The relationship with our pets is one that should go at the top of that list. Much like a spouse, when the bond of a dog and their owner is strong the whole household runs smoother, am I right? Try these 7 tips to grow your bond and strengthen the relationship you have with your pet.

  • Remain Calm: Breathe, speak softly, avoid sharp movements and yelling.
  • Physical Affection: Belly rubs, booty scratches, ear massage, add your pet’s favorite spot!
  • Do things together: Go for a walk downtown, grab an ice cream, take a drive.
  • Communicate Clearly: Give directions they understand and only give one command at a time.
  • Special treatment: add some extra love to their food with something delicious and dog safe.
  • Learn more about them: Take note of what they like/dislike, activities they enjoy, and where they feel most comfortable.
  • Educate yourself: Spend some time learning more about your dog’s breed(s) to know the best ways to exercise, groom and take care of them.
Dog paw and human hand

Dog paw and human hand

Pets are part of the family and we believe in treating them like family. Take some time to choose and set a few of our 5 New Year’s resolutions for your dog. Not only will these resolutions benefit your pup they will positively impact your entire household. When every member of the family is at their best and being appreciated for all they bring to the table 2021 cannot be anything but great!

Ensure that your pets are taken care of this holiday season with Just Around the Corner. Just Around the Corner offers pet care of all kinds, including daily Dog Walking , Dog Hiking, and Pet Sitting in Plymouth, MA. To learn more about how Just Around the Corner can help, check out our Services Page. You can also Contact Us for more information. Be sure to Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Instagram!

 

Pet Sitting Offers Peace of Mind for the Holidays

Pet Sitting Offers Peace of Mind for the Holidays

Let me ask you something…What is your peace of mind worth to you this holiday season? What if I told you that hiring a pet sitter would not only add to your peace of mind but check off some pretty big “to do’s” on your list not just one day but as many days as you need it! As the days get shorter and the lists get longer “peace of mind” seems to fly out the window for most of us as we go full throttle into the merry mayhem. All the while our pets just sit lovingly by and let it happen. Hiring a professional pet sitter is the greatest gift you can give your pet this year. Whatever your circumstances, there is always room for pet centered peace of mind.

What does your holiday season look like?

  • Working from home
  • Day Trip(s)
  • Checking off your “to do” list
  • Weekend getaway
  • Long Workdays (out of the home)
  • Simply not enough hours in the day

The holidays can be stressful but the care for your pet does not have to add to the strain. You may think pet sitting is only for when you are away on vacation or on a long holiday; hiring a pet sitter can actually transform your holiday season even if you never leave town! If you are like me, you have a to do list that is a mile long: gifts to buy, meals to prep, a house to decorate. Let’s not forget your non-holiday duties  -ahem-  work, clean the house, rake the leaves, help the kids, walk the dog, feed the cat, *DEEP BREATH* dinners to cook, work outs to do, friends to see, even if only on zoom…the list really does go on and on! So, we plan, make our to do lists, and then we divi up tasks, right? You give the “clean house” item to a professional, check. You’ve started letting someone else do the grocery shopping with that easy breezy “pick up” option, check. Now you can graciously give away the time consuming and repetitive pet duties to free up time for more fur baby snuggles! Don’t be a stressed-out pet parent this holiday. Just Around the Corner is here to do what we do best, take care of your pets!

JAC employee feeding a cat and dog treats.

JAC employee feeding a cat and dog treats.

JAC Facts

  1. We operate 365 days a year to be there for your pets whenever you need us!
  2. Visit times start as early as 7:00am and can be as late as 9:00pm and anything in between.
  3. Our pricing is based on the visit length, we charge the same for 1 pet as we do for 5 pets.
  4. Visit length options are 30 minutes, 45 minutes, and 1-hour
  5. Our scheduling is 100% customizable for you and your pets needs.

Ex. Up early and out of the house all day? How does this sound…

  • 7:00am visit to feed your pets and take the pup(s) for a walk (1- hour visit)
  • 11:00am-1:00pm visit to walk the dog (45 min visit)
  • 4:00-6:00pm visit for a let out in the backyard and dinner served to the dog(s) and cat(s). Just in time for you to come home from work and relax.

Check out JAC FAQ  here.

JAC cat client waiting for their breakfast to be served.

JAC cat client waiting for their breakfast to be served.

Customize Your Pet Care

Just Around the Corner offers customizable pet care options to create a sustainable schedule that works for both you and your pet(s). Whether you need early morning visits, have 4 dogs, your chickens need tending for the weekend or you are away on vacation and need 5 visits a day for a week, JAC has you covered! Below you will find 3 custom pet care schedule examples. Please note these are only 3 of hundreds of ways to establish visit schedules for your pets that are tailored to the needs of you and your furry family.

The Working-from-Home Dog Walk

  • 8:00am 1 hour visit to take the dog out for a nice walk to start the day and ensure they will sleep a good portion of it while you work.
  • 12:00pm 30 minute visit for an easy stroll around the neighborhood so you can enjoy your full lunchbreak without having to tend the dog.
  • 4:00pm 1 hour visit to take the dogs out for a nice walk followed by serving their dinner. This way when 5 o’clock hits you can settle in for the evening and just relax.

Long Days out of the home with Cats and Dogs

  • 7:00am 45 minute visit. Feed the cats and dogs. Then take the pups for a nice morning walk. (adjustable start time depending on when you leave the house)
  • 12:00pm 30 minute visit for lots of loving and play time for everyone!
  • 4:00pm 45 minute visit. Feed cats and dogs. Walk the dogs.
  • 9:00pm 30 minute visit. Provide love and affection to all before they settle in to bed and mom/dad get home.

Day Trips with Kitties

  • 9:00am 30 minute visit to refresh water and food as well as play and give lots of love.
  • 4:00pm 30 minute visit to feed dinner, play, and clean litter boxes.
  • You are home by 10:00pm and don’t have a single thing you need to do regarding the kitties except snuggle and tell them how much you missed them!
JAC group dog hiking clients enjoying a rest.

JAC group dog hiking clients enjoying a rest.

Benefits of a holiday season with JAC

  • Happier Pets
  • Great exercise for your dog(s)
  • Extra love and play for your pets
  • Pet meals served on schedule, even if you are not home
  • Less stress for you
  • Less stress for your pets
  • Peace of mind as often as you need it
  • More time for YOU to do what you need to this holiday season!

Whatever your life looks like this time of year there is a pet care option that will make you and your pet’s life merry and bright! Ensure that your pets are taken care of this holiday season with Just Around the Corner. Schedule your pet care visits with us today and head into the holidays with peace of mind and very merry pets!

Just Around the Corner offers pet care of all kinds, including daily Dog Walking , Dog Hiking, and Pet Sitting in Plymouth, MA. To learn more about how Just Around the Corner can help, check out our Services Page. You can also Contact Us for more information. Be sure to Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Instagram!

 

The Benefits of Group Dog Hiking with JAC

The Benefits of Group Dog Hiking with JAC

Life is certainly different these days and our furry companions have been there for us every step of the way. What would we do without them?! With everything that is on your plate let Just Around the Corner ensure your dog gets the exercise, socialization, and enjoyment they deserve through our group dog hiking program. Whether you are working from home, hitting the office, navigating the wild world of virtual schooling, or some combination of these you can take “exercise and socialize the dog” off your to-do list. Instead enjoy your happy, tuckered out, pup without ever leaving the house.

Four reasons to enroll your dog in a hiking program

1. Exercise

Our group hiking program is an hour-long hike spent fully committed to exploring the beautiful trails Plymouth, Ma has to offer. (learn more about trails in Plymouth in our blogs about hiking trails here and here) Keeping a steady pace is sure to give your dog the exercise they long for. The dogs experience both physical and mental exertion from the endless new scents to the ever-changing terrain. Exercise is a crucial component to any dog’s life no matter their age and can even increase their life span. These are just a few of the jaw dropping benefits of exercise.

Benefits of exercise

  • Positive for overall health
  • Reduce the risks of heart disease, nasty infections, and even depression
  • Keep obesity at bay
  • Stimulate healthy joints, for ultimately fewer visits to the vet
  • Improve behavioral problems
  • Lessen chewing and other “bored” behaviors
  • Build confidence
Group of 4 dogs out for a hike with JAC dog walker in Plymouth, MA

Group of 4 dogs out for a hike with JAC dog walker in Plymouth, MA

2. Socialization

Socialization is a wonderful way to build your dog’s confidence. Meeting a new person and building trust with them will expand your dog’s “social circle” which lessens fears and apprehension they may be carrying. Likewise, while hiking they will meet the other dogs in their group allowing them to hang out and play in ways that might not be appropriate at home. Once they have been matched with a group of dogs this will become their “hiking family” week after week. This can help to lessen the alpha dog mentality they may have, making them a happier more well-rounded pup.

3. Car Ride

Is anyone else’s dog OBSESSED with riding in the car? For many of our furry friends the car ride to and from their daily hike is the best part of the group hiking experience. The journey to pick up each of their four-legged pals is like Christmas morning! “Who will we pick up next and where will we go?”, they wonder! The excitement builds until everyone has been picked up and they head to their trail of the day. Imagine your dog feeling so fancy as they are chauffeured around town before landing at the trail of their doggy dreams. Then they hit the ground running with a few of their closest friends! Sounds like doggy heaven to us. We end the hike, of course, with a car ride to return the dogs home safe, sound, and ready for a nap!

JAC mascot, Quinn, ready for his first group dog hike in Plymouth, MA

JAC mascot, Quinn, ready for his first group dog hike in Plymouth, MA

4. Time Saver

Are you managing working from home, visits to the office, and remote learning, never mind the duties that come along with running a household and keeping everyone under your roof happy and healthy? There simply aren’t enough hours in the day to give the family dog the exercise and socialization outside of the home they deserve. JAC is here to ease the stress of one more thing on your to-do list. Enjoy the happy, tuckered out, post-hike pup and the peace of mind of knowing your dog received the exercise they needed without the stress of squeezing it in.

How the JAC Hiking Program Works

All hiking groups are not the same, and each one has its own way to enroll a new dog. Just Around the Corner takes extreme care and attention to match each of our clients with the perfect group for their dog. These are the 5 simple steps you can expect in our enrolling process:

  1. Phone Intake: Discuss your dog, their characteristics, temperament, and other prequalifying questions.
  2. Meet & Greet For new clients and clients who will need to meet a new Dog Hiker.
  3. Schedule 2-3 one hour long solo walks with the hiker only.
  4. Match with the group that best works for your dog’s temperament and physical ability.
  5. Start your dog’s group hiking. Enroll 1-5 days a week based on your preference, same days each week.

*Due to COVID-19 we are currently keeping the groups small,  2-3 dogs per group

JAC employee with a dog hiking group in Plymouth, MA

JAC employee with a dog hiking group in Plymouth, MA

Ready to sign your dog up for hiking?

Does hiking sounds like it would ease some of the stress of your daily life while making a positive and healthy choice for your pup? Could your dog use more exercise daily/weekly? If your dog exhibits the following traits group hiking might be just the thing for your them:

  • Leash trained
  • Friendly with other dogs
  • Free of any significant health risks
  • Rides in the car with ease

If you are ready for  your dog to experience the exercise and socialization they desire while saving time, then it is time to enroll your four legged friend. Call 508-245-1389 to start your dog’s group hiking intake today!

Just Around the Corner offers pet care of all kinds, including daily Dog Walking , Dog Hiking, and Pet Sitting in Plymouth, MA. To learn more about how Just Around the Corner can help, check out our Services Page. You can also Contact Us for more information. Be sure to Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Instagram!

 

Celebrating National Dog Week

Celebrating National Dog Week

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, National Dog Week! As canine lovers we hardly feel there is a week full of more love, fur, and slobbery kisses than this one. We have an entire week to celebrate the beloved pups that make our lives full, but what the heck IS National Dog Week? NDW is dedicated to celebrating dogs and generating awareness of causes that focus on improving the lives of all dogs. Human personal education and mindfulness as a dog owner, lover, or even an acquaintance is as much a part of this special week as celebrating the dogs themselves. Without further ado let’s jump into how to celebrate this glorious week, shall we?

Volunteer

Volunteer, Volunteer, Volunteer! Local dog shelters and dog adoption organizations always need volunteers especially those passionate about our furry friends! This is something we can do all year round but if you are looking to give it a try for the first time what better time to start?  This is a great option for individuals and families with older children to make a big impact right in their own town. Becoming a foster home is also an excellent way to volunteer. Bringing a homeless pup into your life while they wait for their forever home is one of the most rewarding ways to help the dog community. As a starting point below is a list of a few local volunteer opportunities.  Happy Volunteering!

Local Volunteer Opportunities

Friends of Plymouth Pound (Plymouth, MA)          www.Friendsplymouthpound.org

Papas Pet Project (Manomet, MA)          https://papaspets.org/          774-205-5151

Helping Hands for Plymouth Animal Shelter (Plymouth, MA)         508-888-1186

          www.helpinghandsforpas.org

          [email protected]

Standish Humane Society (Duxbury, MA)          www.standishhumane.org          781-834-4663

Tag Buy Local

Support Local

Celebrate Dog Week by supporting the places your dog likes to shop. Head to your locally owned pet supply store for those special treats for Fido or that new rope toy for Gino. Stores like Papas Pet Project in Manomet, MA are non-profit organizations dedicated to improving the lives of animals. Supporting local businesses with a passion for helping the dog community is like donating and pleasing your pup at the same time, it’s a win-win! Local pet supply stores often have volunteer opportunities as well as strong ties to animal advocacy/adoption organizations. Get to know the locally owned pet shops near you and discover ways you can become involved. If you are in the Plymouth area check out Papas Pet Project & Pet Supplies Plus.

Donate

Donations are the life blood of local shelters, adoption agencies, and advocacy organizations, during National Dog Week and all year long. Whether you donate your time as a volunteer or your money these organizations can’t do what they do without you! Research organizations that interest you and find one that aligns with your beliefs when it comes to the dog community, such as adopting less adoptable dogs or groups with a mission for stopping animal cruelty. Wherever your dog passion lies there is a place to match for you to donate.

Library dog beagle with glasses

Education

Celebrate National Dog Week by giving yourself the gift of education. Read books, blogs and articles dedicated to awareness in the dog community. Discover how you can be an advocate for dogs in a sustainable way all year long. Take some time to understand your own dog or any dogs you encounter regularly. Get to know the breed/mix, learn how to be the best dog owner/friend you can be! Knowledge is power, as the saying goes, what you learn will translate into your daily dog loving life. From understanding the current needs of your local shelters to learning how you can socialize your own dog the list of things to learn is endless!

Break the mold

Okay, so we have talked a lot about how to help the dog community but what about the precious pup in your home? Branch out from your dog’s regular routine and explore new places, friends, and fun! Try a dog friendly trail that is new to you and your pooch (see Dog Friendly Trails in Plymouth, MA Part: 1 & Part 2 for local options). Eat out at a restaurant that loves when you bring your pup, like Stack Shack in Plymouth. Head to the dog park to meet new friends! Does your dog LOVE a special type of bone they only get on Christmas or their birthday? Treat them to one or two during a week devoted entirely to them! Break the mold of your dog’s normal routine and spice it up for them this week.

party dog brown dog with party hat

Time to Celebrate!

National Dog Week is here and it’s time to get out there and celebrate! Whether you volunteer your time, donate, support local, educate yourself, or get out there and experience new people, places and things with your fur baby there is no better time. During your newfound advocacy don’t forget to provide some special touches for the pup that loves you unconditionally at home. Fun new toys and tasty treats go a long way with our fur babies. Let us know how you are choosing to celebrate National Dog Week; we can’t wait to hear from you!

Just Around the Corner offers daily Dog Walking , Dog Hiking, and Pet Sitting in Plymouth, MA. To learn more about how Just Around the Corner can help, check out our Services Page. You can also Contact Us for more information. Be sure to Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Instagram!

JAC Mascots Misha Quinn brown newfies

Sources

dog.com – National Dog Week article

https://www.facebook.com/NatDogWeek/

 

Dog Friendly Trails in Plymouth, MA: Part 2

Dog Friendly Trails in Plymouth, MA: Part 2

The sun is out, a light chill fills the air, and the tourists have all gone home. It is a perfect day to explore a dog friendly trail with your precious pooch right here in Plymouth. Summer has faded fast and fall is quickly approaching which means our furry friends are once again welcome to roam on most beaches and trails, yay! If you are looking to spice up your routine with Buster or get Lucy out for a nice run why not hit a wide, well maintained, trail that offers scenic views just minutes from home. On the surface our town is stunning, this we know, but hidden throughout its 100 square miles are trails you never knew Plymouth had to offer. Did you catch Part 1 of our Dog Friendly Trails in Plymouth series? Learn about 5 more totally PAWesome trails that you and your pup will love here.

What to pack?

Anytime we take our dog somewhere there are basics we want to have on hand, right? For example, we can all agree that it is never a good idea to leave home without poop bags. But what about when you are planning for a long-distance hike in a pretty remote location? When you are preparing for a venture to one of these trail locations the list of essentials is a bit more extensive. Being prepared is paramount to ensure the safety of you and your pup as you embark on your new adventures. Download our FREE list of Excursion Essentials for Your Pup and share with friends!

Plymouth MA wooded area

5 Plymouth Hiking/Walking Trails

ATTENTION: Check the Massachusetts Toxic Algae Pond Advisory list before you or your dog enter or drink the water of any pond listed in the following descriptions.

Little Pond Loop @ Morton Park

We could not resist starting the list off with Little Pond Loop at Morton Park. The towering forestry and beautiful blue water of Lout Pond and Billington Sea are unlike any other trail views in Plymouth! The wide, well worn paths make for easy use and keeps social distancing effortless. There are picnic tables and a recreational area near the parking lot at the main entrance. Your pup is sure to enjoy running the open trails and taking a dip before the car ride home. The trail itself is not clearly marked so if you are not interested in exploring a few paths that lead to nowhere we suggest downloading the All Trails app to ensure your 2.7 miles does not turn into 5+. Overall, the beauty, easy to use trails, and variety of activity options in Morton Park make this trail a must use!

Trail Length: 2.7 miles

Address: Morton Park Rd.

Route Type: Loop

Parking: Large lot just down from the main entrance

Map: Morton Park Trail

Mascot Misha at Plymouth Pond

Cranberry Bogs via Eel River Preserve Trail

If you love observing nature this is the trail for you! The abundance of wildlife in their natural habitat all along this trail is well worth the low land sludge you may encounter. The trail is low lying land so depending on recent weather patterns it may be quite muddy. If you are looking for a lesser known trail to explore all to yourself, this is the way to go! Excellent option for dogs who do not prefer the company of other dogs or humans. Come prepared with your waterproof shoes and bug spray to make this trail a positive experience.

Trail Length: 2.2 miles

Address: 204 Long Pond Rd. Plymouth, MA

Route Type: Loop

Parking: In lot at 204 Long Pond Rd.

Map: Eel River Preserve Trail

East Head Pond Trail @ Myles Standish

Rated the number 1 trail in all of Plymouth according to All Trails, East Head Pond Trail will not disappoint. This picturesque trail leads you around the full loop of East Head Pond. Stunning views of the water and blooming flowers are sure to keep your attention throughout the entire 2.6-mile loop. The flat terrain makes it an excellent choice for all skill levels and all size dogs. Its easy use and clearly marked signs will keep you on the right path without a second thought about it. Note that the trail is a bit narrow, but the light foot traffic makes social distancing easy. Wonderful choice for the whole family!

Trail Length: 2.6 miles

Address: 194 Cranberry Rd. (area of)

Route Type: Loop

Parking: Parking areas along the entrance of the State Park

Map: East Head Pond Trail/Myles Standish

Smiling big white dog with dog walker

Bentley Loop @ Myles Standish

Measuring in at just under 4 miles, Bentley’s Loop will get the blood pumping and lungs working for you and your pooch. Popular activities on this trail include mountain biking, horseback riding and of course hiking. Most importantly, dogs are more than welcome but must be kept on leash for this loop. Soak up the lovely seasonal flowers and foliage while catching a glimpse of the many varieties of birds who occupy this area. On a trail nearly 4 miles clearly marked navigation signs are a must and Bentley’s Loop does an excellent job of it. While there is no direct access for pond swimming there are a few access paths that lead to various small ponds for you and your pup to take a dip. Be sure to check the list of local Toxic Algae Ponds before letting your dog (or you) dive in.

Trail Length: 3.8 miles

Address: 194 Cranberry Rd (area of)

Route Type: Loop

Parking: Parking area near east entrance off Upper College Pond Rd..

Map: Bentley Loop/Myles Standish

Gramp’s Loop Trail @ Halfway Pond Conservation

Enjoy the gentle hills and impressive forestry while exploring 2 miles of well-kept trail. The hills increase in some areas of this trail making it ideal for larger dogs or fur babies not so low to the ground. Sneak peaks of Halfway Pond and benches at the most opportune times make Gramp’s Loop a wonderful spot for picnicking or an afternoon relaxing in the great outdoors. This is a lightly trafficked trail with clearly marked navigation signs to ensure you are never lost. Dogs are welcome here year-round, so don’t miss out on this hidden gem!

Trail Length: 2 miles

Address: Mast Rd. Plymouth, MA (area of)

Route Type: Loop

Parking: Parking area at entrance of the Conservation off Mast Rd.

Google Maps directions HERE

Map: Gramp’s Loop/Halfway Pond Conservation Area

Tick Check? You bet!

Don’t forget to do a tick check on your pup as well as yourself after every trail adventure. No time of year is 100% free from ticks as they can survive in temperatures as low as freezing. Even if your pet is on a tick preventative you should still give them a once over after having been in wooded and thickly settled areas. Don’t let a splendid adventure turn into a pest nightmare for you or your furry friend. Need more information about ticks? Check out our Blogs 6 Tips to Keep Your Dog and Cat Flea- and Tick-Free and Ticks Trailside

We’d love to hear from you!

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Resources:

www.Alltrails.com

https://www.plymouth-ma.gov/marine-and-environmental-affairs/pages/town-plymouth-trail-maps

https://www.mass.gov/alerts/harmful-cyanobacterial-bloom-advisories-in-massachusetts#undefined