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10 Great Places To Bring Dogs In New York City

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Updated: 13 December 2016
Owning a dog in New York City is no walk in the park (even when it’s exactly that); you love your dog, and the last thing you want is for your furry pal to stay cooped up in a tiny one bedroom apartment all day. The good news is that with the warmer weather comes countless local activities for you to partake in with your canine companion.

Central Park

If you live in Manhattan, you know that Central Park is a great spot for any and all occasions. But did you know that designated spots in the park allow you to let your dog off the leash before 9 am and after 9 pm? There are 23 areas around Central Park for your dog to dig, sniff, roll, and run around without the confines of a leash – a great way to grab some fresh air and kickstart your day with your better half.

Central Park, New York, NY, USA

Prospect Park Dog Beach

Yes, summer is great. It means longer days, warmer afternoons, and a lot of outdoor fun. But don’t let your four-legged friend fry in the heat – take them to Prospect Park’s Dog Beach, where they can go for a dip or a swim with other furry pals. It’s a great place for both you and your pup to mingle.

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY, USA

SPOT Canine Club

Why not spoil your pooch? SPOT Canine Club is a facility that caters to even the grubbiest of dogs and sends them off looking and feeling their best. Pamper your dog with a ‘buff and puff’ (a doggy blowout) and some delicious treats at their dog bakery, which even includes dog ice cream. Treat yourself to some edible human cakes too so that your dog won’t be the only thing to leave happier.

SPOT Canine Club, 105 West 72nd Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 362 7387

Bark In The Park

Nothing says ‘summer’ quite like baseball season, so why not bring your best bud along? Each year, the Brooklyn Cyclones host Bark in the Park, and this year it will be held on August 14th. From 2 pm until 5 pm, they have a pet adoption for those seeking a new canine companion. They also offer dog licensing and an ‘Emergency Preparedness Clinic’ in case you and your four-legged friend are caught in an emergency situation. Next is a pre-game parade around the field for you and your pooch. There will also be special performances by canine performers from Pawstars.

MCU Park, 1904 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA

School For The Dogs

Who says that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? At School For The Dogs, everyone will leave learning something new. Attend Puppy Kindergarten, Prep School, and Secondary School. They also have a great ‘Puppy Playtime’ for your pooch to socialize with some new friends. Older dogs are welcome as well – they offer behavioral classes to help dogs feel more comfortable and less threatened on those pesky NYC sidewalks and classes to teach pups not to freak out on skaters. They even have ‘Breed Meetups’ so that dog owners can make some life-long human friends of their own.

School For The Dogs, 155 East 2nd Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 353 3647

Water4Dogs

This rehabilitation center catering to canines is a great place for you to bond with your pal. Located in Tribeca, Water4Dogs allows you to swim around with your pooch for up to one hour. Not only is this a one-of-a-kind experience, but it’s also a great way for you to help and bond with your puppy. If your dog is in need of a little TLC, Water4Dogs offers dry and hydro-therapy.

Water4Dogs, 77 Worth Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 646 214 8186

Petography

Keep the spirit of your pet alive forever with a photo session from your favorite ‘petographer.’ Photographer Jim Dratfield will immortalize your pooch and capture their true spirit and nature. This project is very personal to him as he was inspired by the photos that he took of his late dog Kuma. Shaina Fishman also offers portrait sessions for pets. She can take breathtaking close-ups and full-body images, forever immortalizing your best friend.

Petography Inc, 421 Fair Street, Carmel, NY, USA, +1 845 306 7338

Shake Shack

No, this isn’t a typo. Shake Shack, the one located in Madison Square Park, was opened in 2004 and became a staple NYC tradition shortly thereafter. Bring your furry friend along this time because there is something awaiting the both of you. As you delve face-first into a delicious burger and some mouthwatering fries, treat your pooch to a ‘Pooch-ini’: a chilled doggy-treat, coated in peanut butter with dog-friendly vanilla custard.

Shake Shack, Madison Avenue & East 23rd Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 646 747 2606

Running Paws Athletic Club

As much as you want to, you can’t spend 24/7 with your puppy pal. Instead of leaving them behind, drop them off at Running Paws Athletic Club. New York’s premium doggy fitness center is the perfect place for your pooch to exercise and make friends. If you’re worried about your little guy being harassed by bigger dogs, fear not: the club consists of two dog runs, one for the larger and energetic and one for the more timid (and for the senior pups as well). You also won’t have to worry about any mean bullies at this club as all dogs are tested for aggression.

Running Paws Athletic Club, 1105 1st Avenue, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 317 1222

Inwood Hill Park Trail

It’s time for you and your furry friend to get some exercise. Forget that you’re in Manhattan for a moment and walk the two-mile hike in Inwood Hill Park. It will take about one hour to complete, and Fido will thank you. This is the only natural park on Manhattan Island. It’s a great place to take your dog and forget about the fast-paced streets that surround you.

Inwood Hill Park, Dyckman Street and Hudson River, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 408 0100