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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.