Dogs in Wellesley


The town of Wellesley is a dog-friendly community. All dogs must be licensed through the Office of the Town Clerk. Dogs are welcome in parks, conservation land, and town trails from dawn until dusk, unless specifically posted otherwise. While the town does not have a leash law, per say, all dogs must be under the immediate voice control of their owner or remain on a leash at all times. Additionally, Wellesley has a restriction allowing the walking of only two (2) dogs per person or three (3) dogs per person with the appropriate permit. 

Residents wishing to apply for a permit to walk three (3) dogs may do so at the Natural Resources Commission Office in Town Hall. 

Owners must pick up after their dogs and properly dispose of any waste. While biodegradable dog waste bags are provided by the Wellesley Trails Committee at some parks and conservation areas, owners are also encouraged to carry their own supply.

Park Information 

All parks, conservation land and trails are equally suitable for dogs, based upon their health and stamina. Proper voice control is important as none of these areas are enclosed. 

Perrin Park in the northwest area of Wellesley is the the only park thus far with specific regulations regarding dogs.

Perrin Park Rules