In Temple Grandin's book "Animals Make Us Human: creating the best life for animals," Temple explores how we can give animals a good mental life. What can we do to provide the animals we care for a happy life? One of the five guidelines from the Animal Welfare Movement is "freedom to express normal behavior". For a dog, normal behavior is to roam many miles a day, which is illegal in most places, if not downright dangerous.
Rather than let your dog roam on its own and invariably run into a hot mess (turkey sandwich anyone?), here are our top 3 best hikes on-island where you and your pup can really stretch your legs!
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This beautiful trail system is located in Chilmark off of Tabor House Road and provides stunning views for both you and your dog. There's plenty of freedom to roam off-leash as this area is lightly trafficked and well maintained.
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Full of local history and fun hilly terrain, Waskosim's Rock is a spacious dog playground. Access this trail from North Road in Chilmark.
Great Rock Bight
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Last but not least, our favorite place to go is Great Rock Bight on Brickyard Road in Chilmark. Best during the off-season, It offers an extraordinary refreshing reward at the end of a great hike.
What are your top 3 best dog hikes on Martha's Vineyard?