About Mass Dog Hikes
Destinations and Education
Mass Dog Hikes is a community of dog people who want freedom for their dogs in exciting places, and safety and responsibility while we're there.
Explore Massachusetts' incredible dog hiking destinations.
Learn about how to make those hikes safe and enjoyable for all of us.
Brian Burke, Founder Mass Dog Hikes and Burke's Pet Care
How MDH Works
With our "All Access Pass" (coming soon), you will have access to ALL of our members-only exclusive content.
"Mass Dog Hikers" get ALL of these benefits with the All Access Pass:
- Super-informative online destination guides...including doggie day trips to awesome hiking areas and local attractions--secrets about trails, advice to get the most out of your hike and more.
- Our "Leash Liberation Method" (coming soon) to ensure that you not only find great destinations, but that you enjoy "liberation" from the leash ... and liberation from safety concerns while you're there!
- Other online courses for tick prevention, winter hiking tips, conservation of the places we take our dogs, and more.
- Meet up's to hike with other members and their dogs
- Access to HIDDEN dog hiking goldmines that Brian learned from his dog walking clients who knew the secret spots around them, and from his own explorations as a dog walker
- Dog Hike online destination guides based on history, geology and other themes--teach the kids and learn a little yourself about the area.
- "Smaht Dog" Training courses to learn how to keep our dogs safe and happy out on the roads and trails with instruction for real incidents that occur
- Members-only zoom-type sessions to connect, share ideas, learn some new stuff and more.
- Receive live check-ins from the trails to see conditions, cool parts, etc.
- Cool Swag and Merch, such as an MDH bumper sticker to the display that let's others you "Get It" about dog etiquette and dog adventure when you're parked at a trail head
- Get more out of being on the trails in terms of how to discover wildlife, learning about the woods, and learning to "just be" while you're out there and soak in the peace with online guides that we provide!
The Best Way to take advantage of Mass Dog Hikes while we wait for the All Access Pass to become available, is to download the "Leash Liberation Method".
AWESOME LIMITED TIME OFFER!
Want more freedom for your dog to roam a bit while still maintaining control?
Concerned about ticks, wildlife and other situations when your dog is in the woods and fields?
Be "Liberated" from holding a leash constantly and also liberated from fears of ticks and other concerns while you're on the trails!
Download my 3-step "Leash Liberation Method" for only $47 for a limited time! Have more peace of mind today,
When you have some extra time...
Learn About How it all Started:
How Mass Dog Hikes started
A Legacy of "Class" and "Sass"...
It all started in 2014 when I founded a dog walking and grooming company which became known as Burke's Dog Care, LLC. Skip forward 6 or 7 years, 16 employees, over 1,000 clients later, and Burke's Dog Care ended up receiving literally all 5-star online reviews and built an impeccable reputation in the community. (Burke's Dog Grooming is still thriving today, now separately operated.)
We had an awesome mascot called "Wags". He was a high-class butler who was all about the highest in customer service to our local clients.
But he (and Brian) knew one day it was time to reach more dog owners with quality dog care knowledge that we learned in the dog walking world. It was time to move the platform online--to reach more people and dogs through the internet, instead of just local dog care.
So two new Mascots were literally born out of this online focus...from Wags passing on his Mascot legacy.
Gracie and Asa (the mascots for Mass Dog Hikes) were "born" to carry on the legacy of quality that Wags delivered, and also to bring us to the cool places around Mass...while being "smaht" about it.
I learned of these awesome dog destinations and "smaht" ways to handle situations through my experiences while walking and caring for my clients' dogs with Burke's. So now I want to spread all of this knowledge to exponentially more people online--and Gracie and Asa help me out with this.
A Wise Guy in More Ways Than One
Asa was named after a street in Stow, MA (Asa Whitcomb Way) where, as a dog walker, I had an "interesting" incident with a human...not fun. But that's a story for another time.
Suffice it to say, the incident made me a bit jaded (not only about dog walking, but about humans in general), but it's all good now. So much good came out of that day for the rest of us--lessons that I can now pass on about some of the issues (with other humans) that we run into when walking and hiking with our dogs.
So Asa was named after that street. He is the "Smaht" Dog. Smart in teaching people dog etiquette and about real life situations on the streets and trails, and sometimes smaht in other ways, like a typical Mass wise guy with that Boston-area attitude.
Handled with Grace
Gracie, is our guide for the best dog hiking destinations in Mass. She is always sniffing out cool places to bring your dog! She's like a butler (as her father, the mascot of Burke's was--explained above).
Gracie is named after a hiking destination in Mass, Mt. Grace Conservation Land, due to Mass Dog Hikes' huge focus on preserving and protecting the precious lands that our dogs lead us to. It is also an example of the out-of-the-way and cool hiking areas that Mass Dog Hikes points out for you.
Gracie finds the cool places, and Asa teaches you street "smahts" to make sure you're safe and it's fun when you go there...and all together, we learn how to preserve and protect these precious areas of our state as we enjoy them.
What is the "Smaht Dog" all about?
You'll see "The Smaht Dog" referenced all throughout Mass Dog Hikes content. Yes, it's a play on the Mass accent...and attitude!
The Smaht Dog Training is sort of like dog obedience training 2.0; the next logical step to "sit and stay" training, which is certainly valuable also.
But The Smaht Dog training covers issues that happen when you hit the roads and trails...the "real life" scenarios that aren't always taught in typical obedience dog training.
It's more like human training to handle unexpected and stressful situations, so that you can prevent them altogether and just enjoy time with your dog! More to come on this curriculum, so stay tuned!