Published: June 30th, 2016 | Jeremy Feldman

You might think that compact apartment-living and crowded sidewalks would deter dog lovers from calling New York City home, but you would be wrong. From Great Danes to teacup Chihuahuas, walk down any street at any time of the day or night and you will be sharing the pavement with a pooch. Here are three great ideas on how to make living in the Big Apple more fun and accessible for you and Fido.

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Tips for Having a Dog in NYC

1. New York City is far from being a concrete jungle. Your dog will thank you for taking advantage of the many parks and green spaces the city has to offer. Central Park alone commands over 800 acres, and stretches from 59th street to 110th. In addition to dedicated enclosed dog parks, Central park offers endless walking or jogging routes. Take a turn around the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, meander through Strawberry Fields, or stroll down The Mall. Other excellent dog-friendly hangouts are Riverside Park on the West Side and Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village. For a full listing of parks, check out the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation website.

2. If you live in New York City then chances are you are well aware of the profusion of dog daycare centers available. For those New Yorkers who spend their days in the office, dog daycare is a wonderful way to ensure that your beloved pet gets the proper care, socialization, and attention even when you aren’t there. Be sure to try PetYen to find the perfect service provider in your neighborhood. On PetYen,  send out a personal request about your specific service question and needs and have the best providers in your neighborhood reply directly back to you with answers to your questions. Many establishments offer grooming, training, and veterinary care in addition to walking, feeding and fun.

3. Need to get around town and want to take your dog along for the ride? No problem. Dogs are permitted on the subway as long they are in a container and do not bother other passengers. For those of you with small breeds this may sound like an obvious option, but what if you have 60 lbs. of canine to cart around? The answer is – get creative! With a little training your dog can learn to hop into a extra large canvas bag that rests on the floor for the journey.  Like crate training, being nestled safe and sound in a container can provide a sense of security for your dog and make riding the subway a breeze.

New York is a city of dog lovers and therefore rich in canine-friendly resources, both outdoors and in. Explore public parks to find numerous enclosed green spaces where your dog can meet friends and run off-leash. When long walks outside are replaced with long hours at the office, dog daycare centers are a superb way to make sure your dog’s needs are met, both basic and social. When you and your pup are ready to take on the city and explore outdoors, the subway is a fast and available option as long as you keep your canine contained for the journey. With some planning and creativity you and your dog can enjoy all New York City has to offer.

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