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New! Running The Pack To Offer Training Classes At Cambridge’s The Pet Republic

We’ve had such a great response to the classes offered at our Natick location Metro Pets that we wanted bring the experience to our clients in the Boston area! Starting in September, Running The Pack will be offering a variety of classes at our Cambridge office The Pet Republic. Classes will include Basic Manners, Level 2 Manners, Puppy Class, Tricks, and Beginner Nosework.




We will also be offering private lessons and behavior consults at The Pet Republic and in-home (Cambridge area only). Visit The Pet Republic website to view the full schedule. We are thrilled to be able to expand the services that we offer to our Boston-area clients. See you at The Pet Republic soon!


Power to the Pet!


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Posted in Dog Friendly Places, Puppy Training, Training techniques

Cambridge Scoop Alert AUGUST 6th: BYOP (Bring Your Own Pup) Wine Tasting Presented by Cambridge Local First

 ***Due to expected thunderstorms, the date of this event has been moved to Thursday, August 6th***

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Looking for a fun, free way to relax after work with your canine companion? Your friendly neighborhood dog walkers at Running The Pack will be scooping our famous doggy fro-yo at Cambridge Spirits in Kendall Square Thursday, August 6th from 5PM – 7PM as part of Cambridge Local First‘s Bring Your Own Pup wine tasting event! Relax and sip on some wine while you and your pup get to know local pet-centric business owners and other area pet parents.

Sound like fun? RSVP HERE

We’ll see you there!

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Posted in Animal Events, Dining Out, Dog Friendly Places, Rex in The City

Somerville Scoop Alert THIS WEEKEND: SomDog Pet Palooza at Assembly Row!

It wouldn’t be Pet Palooza without your favorite neighborhood dog walkers Running The Pack and our signature doggy fro-yo cart! Come grab a scoop of our ice cold sugar-free fro-yo for your hot dog and enjoy the festivities! We’ll be at Assembly Row for both days of SomDog‘s Pet Palooza along with local pet-centric businesses and vendors, Beantown Disc Dogs, dog aquatics, test-it-out activity areas, music, face painting, and more!


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Posted in Animal Events, Dog Friendly Places, Rex in The City

NATICK SCOOP ALERT JULY 19TH: Dog Days Of Summer Frozen Yogurt Party @ Metro Pets!

Mark your calendars, MetroWest – Your favorite neighborhood dog walker and pet sitter Running The Pack will be scooping our dog-friendly frozen yogurt at Metro Pets pet boutique! Stop by between 5:00PM and 8:30PM to give your hot dog a super cool treat. 


And don’t worry about your pups tummy! Out sugar-free Greek frozen yogurt treats are made just for dogs so they will go down easy.



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Posted in Animal Events, Dog Friendly Places

Preventing Fleas and Ticks

Spring and summer bring lovely weather for walking and playing outdoors with your dog, but that also can come with some nasty pests intent on pestering your pet. Fleas and ticks are very uncomfortable for your dog, and can also carry disease. Here are some ways you can help keep your dog free of fleas and ticks.

"I used to have fun...Now I have fleas :( "

“I used to have fun…Now I have fleas 🙁 “

First, some signs of fleas in dogs:

  • Flea droppings (commonly referred to as flea dirt) in a dog’s coat – this will look like black or brown debris, but will turn red when exposed to water
  • Flea eggs on your dog or in her environment
  • Redness/rash
  • Excessive scratching, licking or biting at skin
  • Hair loss
  • Scabs and hot spots
  • Pale gums
  • Tapeworms


Please note that even if you only see a few fleas, there are likely many more that you cannot see. Just the presence of flea dirt can indicate an active infestation, even if you don’t see any live fleas.

Prevention and treatment:

  • Comb your pup regularly with a flea comb and wash her bedding weekly.
  • Vacuum carpets in your home frequently and dispose of the bags immediately. Mow your lawn regularly and remove tall weeds.
  • With the help of your veterinarian, choose a species-specific flea and tick treatment for your pet. This is commonly a chewable tablet or a topical, liquid medication applied to the back of the neck between the shoulder blades. Also keep in mind you should NEVER use products intended for dogs on cats, and vice versa.
  • Treat all of your pets for fleas, not just those who display signs of infestation. This includes cats!
  • Regularly check your pet for ticks. If you spot one, take care not to touch the tick or any bite wounds directly (use gloves!), as some diseases carried by ticks are also transmissible to humans. If you are unsure of how to properly remove a tick, ask your vet!


By keeping an eye out and doing some preventative maintenance, you can help to keep your dog flea and tick free, healthy, and comfortable through the warm months.

Jackie D. is a dog walker for Running The Pack, a certified Vet Tech, and a graduate of the Veterinary Technology degree program at North Shore Community College.
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Posted in Health

Celebrate Summer Safely With Your Pet

While many of these safety tips were written with Independence Day in mind, Running The Pack’s team of dog walkers and pet sitters think they’re relevant to ANY summer celebration where there might be crowds of people, loud noises, and unsupervised hot dogs 😉

From the ASPCA’s “ Fourth of July Safety Tips ”

“…Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals. Ingestion of sunscreen products can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. The misuse of insect repellent that contains DEET can lead to neurological problems.”

“…Do not put glow jewelry on your pets, or allow them to play with it. While the luminescent substance contained in these products is not highly toxic, excessive drooling and gastrointestinal irritation could still result from ingestions, and intestinal blockage could occur from swallowing large pieces of the plastic containers.”

From the MSPCA’sFireworks And Your Pet

“…Their ears are far more sensitive than ours, so help them by drowning out the noise. Find a quiet, comfortable area for your pet indoors and turn on the TV or radio to help reduce the ability for him to hear the fireworks. This includes making sure all windows, screens and doors are closed tightly.”

If your dog does not have a history of fear over fireworks or loud sounds, do not be complacent if they are outside with you. Make absolutely SURE they cannot get out of their harness or collar should they panic. A panic attack can happen suddenly in a pet’s life, even when it has not happened in the past. Sadly, many dogs become lost after running away from loud noises like fireworks.”

From the MSPCA’sBBQ Safety Tips

“Speak with guests about what your pet can and cannot eat. Several foods to avoid include fatty sausages (pancreatitis), chocolate from s’mores (chocolate toxicity), and wild mushrooms (mushroom toxicity can prove fatal to certain dog breeds).”

“…Before bringing your pet to a barbecue or allowing guests to bring theirs, make sure you know if all of the animals will get along. When it doubt, leave your dog where he is safest: at home!”


The below infographic from also offers some great tips:





Have a safe and happy Independence Day!

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June 13th Is National Get Outdoors Day!

This Saturday is National Get Outdoors Day! How will you and your pup celebrate? Running The Pack has some ideas that will be fun for the whole family!


Boston Dragon Boat Festival

MIT Pierce Boathouse, Cambridge, MA

7:00AM – 2:00PM

Enjoy a stroll with your pup along the banks of the Charles while taking in the sights of the 35th Annual Boston Dragon Boat Festival. Saturday will have the teams competing in time trials before Sunday’s races.


Pets & Pals Weekend

Prospect Mountain Campground, Granville, MA

Prefer to get out of town? While the campground always allows pets*, they have special events scheduled for this weekend including a pet parade and pet-friendly hayrides!

*See Prospect Mountain Campground’s website for specific rules and guidelines.


Visit Your Local Parks & Trails

For more info on dog-friendly parks and trails near you, visit the Running The Pack Service Map right here on our website! Click on any of the towns we service for a list of nearby places to explore with your pet.

Now, what are you waiting for? Get outdoors!




Weekend filling up fast?  Your pup can still celebrate! Request a pet sitting walk with your neighborhood Running The Pack dog walker HERE.

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Posted in Dog Friendly Places, Hikes and Trails, Parks and Beaches, Rex in The City

Heartworm Disease – What You Need To Know To Keep Your Dog Safe This Summer

Although dogs can develop heartworm disease at any time throughout the year, the prevalence of mosquitoes in the spring and summer make education about the disease especially relevant this time of year. There is a wealth of information available online and through your veterinarian – I’ll just go over the basics here.

What is heartworm?

Heartworm disease is caused by a parasitic worm called Dirofilaria immitis and is spread through mosquito bites. The worms live inside the mosquito for a short period while they become infective (able to cause the disease). The worms mature into adults, mate, and produce offspring while living inside a dog. The name of the worms comes from the place they live inside a dog – the heart, lungs, and blood vessels.



Talk to your vet about heartworm disease prevention.


What are the symptoms?

Severity of heartworm disease can vary depending on the number of worms living inside the dog, how long the dog has been infected, and how active the dog is. Recently infected dogs will show fewer symptoms, as will dogs with fewer worms or dogs that are not very active. Some dogs will not show any symptoms until later stages of infection.

Symptoms can include:

      • labored breathing

      • coughing

      • vomiting

      • weight loss

      • listlessness

      • fatigue after only moderate exercise.

If you think your dog may have heartworm disease, make an appointment with your vet right away. Heartworm disease can be diagnosed by a veterinarian’s examination, x-rays or ultrasound, or a blood test. All dogs should be routinely screened with a blood test for heartworm either annually in spring or before being placed on a new prescription for a heartworm preventive.


How is heartworm disease treated?

The most common course of treatment is a series of injections into the dog’s muscle. While this treatment has a high rate of success in treating the disease, all treatments also require a period of exercise restriction. This is a disease that is much easier and better to prevent than it is to treat. After treatment, your dog should be placed on a preventative medication to reduce the risk of becoming infected again.


How is heartworm disease prevented?

There are a couple of easy-to-administer options to prevent heartworm disease. A common method of prevention is a monthly chewable tablet – flavored so that most dogs think they’re getting a treat! There is also an injectable heartworm preventative that can be administered by a veterinarian every six months, although this carries some additional risks not associated with monthly tablets. Your veterinarian can help you decide what’s right for your dog.

While heartworm is a severe and potentially fatal disease, it is easily prevented. Keep your pups safe and happy with consistent heartworm preventative and regular veterinary care!
 Jackie D. is a dog walker for Running The Pack, a certified Vet Tech, and a graduate of the Veterinary Technology degree program at North Shore Community College.
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Natick & Somerville Scoop Alert: THIS WEEKEND!

That’s right, we’ve dusted off our trusty Running The Pack Fro-Yo cart, filled it with delicious handmade puppy frozen yogurt, and are ready to welcome the warm weather!


Our first post-winter weekend is a doozy with events in both Natick AND Somerville. Details below:


Satisfied customers enjoying a cool treat. Photo by Seanna Lee Whittaker

Satisfied customers enjoying a cool treat. Photo by Seanna Lee Whittaker

Saturday: We’ll be at Elm Bank Reservation on the Wellesley/Natick line for the Petco Unleashed Doggie 5k

Sunday: We’ll be scooping up a storm in Somerville at the Somdog Spring Fling


Check our Facebook Page for this weekend’s flavor.


Hope to see you and your pups this weekend!

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We’re Hiring!



Want to spend your day playing with dogs?


Running the Pack, a Dog Walking, Running and Pet Sitting Service is looking for a few reliable, responsible and caring individuals to join our walking/running/pet sitting team. 

Currently looking to fill routes in: 

Jamaica Plain 
(Walking/Running M-F 10:00-3:00) 

(Walking/Running M-F 10:00-3:00) 

Click Here to apply 

Must be 21 or over. 
Available M-F 10-3 for full time walkers is a must. 

People with limited availability may apply as sub walkers and pet sitters 

Car, e-mail, and cell-phone

Must love animals and the outdoors, we walk rain or shine, cold or hot!

Prior animal experience strongly preferred but we will training the right applicant

To Apply 
Check out our web site to learn more about our company at 
Interested in joining the team? 

Click Here to apply 

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Dog Running

Running The Pack offers a variety of services for animals of all ages and abilities. A Maximum of two dogs will be run at one time.

Dog Walking

Your dog's not able to run or just needs extra walking services? Running The Pack's staff are also available as dog walkers.

Pet Sitting

While you are away, Running The Pack offers pet sitting services so that you can feel safe & secure that your beloved pet is with a pet professional.

New Puppy Sessions

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Things I love about running the pack? Scheduling and payment can take place on line. There’s flexibility so if we need to cancel a walk one day, it’s usually not a problem… Also, we get daily updates from the walker who gives us a quick run down of what they did on the walk (park, trails, etc) and whether or not our dog did her business.
Kristen D.