New York City is an extremely dog-friendly city with hundreds of thousands of dogs calling this incredible city their home. Whether you’re looking for something new to do with your pup around your neighborhood, or you are just visiting for a short weekend, you’ll be sure to find something in this list which will suit you and your furry friend. John Woods from All Things Dogs lives in a busy city with his own dog, so he understands the importance of finding activities and destinations for you and your dog, no matter the area you live in. He shares with us five fun activities you and your pooch can do together in NYC…
By John Woods, Founder of All Things Dogs
A Walk in the Park
Central Park has got to be the ultimate place to take your dog for a walk, and the best thing about it is that there are designated spots that you can walk them off leash! There are 23 different areas spread out over Central Park for your four-legged friend to run around without being stuck on a leash. All dogs must have an NYC license tag and valid rabies tag, and they must not dig, chase, or harm wildlife. With over 843 acres of land to explore, you and your dog will never tire of walking around this colossal park.
If your dog loves to run and burn off all that excess energy, perhaps a running club could be worth investigating. If you don’t have the time to go running with your dog, this club has fully vetted and safety-trained staff members who range from cross-country and track runners to endurance athletes and marathoners who will run with your dog. They can arrange private jogs, fast walks, and buddy fitness, which includes pairing two dogs of a similar ability and fitness. These sessions can be great for dogs who have behavioral issues and could use an opportunity to relieve stress and anxiety.
Boris and Horton is the first dog-friendly café in New York. Located in the East Village, this café recently underwent a huge expansion and is undoubtedly dog central of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. They host dog adoption events and fundraisers and are open every day of the week. The café is named after Boris, a pit bull terrier mix rescued in 2016, and Horton, a mystery breed who’s named after Houston.
With 585 acres of beautiful scenic beauty, Prospect Park is a great place to enjoy a day out with your dog. Prospect Park also has Dog Beach, which is a very popular swimming area for dogs. This is great for summer months when your dogs want to cool down and take a swim around. As with other parks, your dog must be vaccinated against rabies and you must carry a dog license. There are a few off-leash areas for your dogs to run around freely.
Every year, the Brooklyn Cyclones host Bark in the Park. If you love ball games, you are invited on August 18th to bring your dog to the annual Bark in the Park baseball game. This event includes a dog parade around the pitch, fun family activities, and pet adoptions. During this event, dog licensing and an emergency preparedness clinic will also be available in case you need any emergency help. There is a reserved section in the stadium for guests who bring dogs along, renamed ‘The BOW-WOW Zone’ for one day only!