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Dogs Dos and Don'ts in New York City Parks

BY MARTA
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7/17/2016

Pet ownership requires levels of early-morning alertness not all New Yorkers are built for. Luckily, New York City has so many public parks that your super early mornings can still be pretty epic – yes, even if you have to drag yourself out of the house at 6am to walk your dog.

 

The only downside of living in such a crowded Metropolitan area is that no matter the time of day, it will never just be you and your buddy walking around. So maybe Central Park is not the most private place you can go for a stroll with your dog, but it’s full of amazing paths, lawns and dog runs for the to make new friends, run, collect sticks, and chase after squirrels.

 

As everything in New York, there are plenty of rules for fido – here’s the skinny for dogs dos and don’ts in the park:

 

Off-Leash hours are 9pm to 9am and yes, that means that any other time your puppy needs to be on a leash no more than six feet long.

 

Dog-friendly areas where you can often find a lot of other dogs off leash during permitted hours include:

  • Harlem Meer
  • East Meadow
  • Cedar Hill
  • Mineral Springs
  • Also, the areas surrounding the Great Lawn are a dog-owner favorite, though the lawn in itself does not open until later than 9am.

 

Dog fountains are available throughout the park, plus yon can often find drinking bowls next to many non-dog-friendly fountains. Please remember that it’s very important for your dog to hydrate, especially during the hot summer months.

 

Dog runs are also sprinkled through New York City parks – our favorite being the one in Theodore Roosevelt Park on 81st street just north of the American Museum of Natural History.

Other great Dog Runs in Manhattan include:

  • In Riverside Park @72nd Street
  • Peter Detmold Park @51st & the East River
  • In Riverside Park @ 87th Street
  • Madison Square Park (yes, you can grab Shake Shack AND bring your dog along)
  • Chelsea Waterside Dog Park @23rd street (awesome dog run with a watering station and fun structures for the dogs to climb on)

Clean Up after your dog! No news here.

You must prevent your dog from chasing birds, squirrels, and other animals. Yep, that’s an actual rule, and if you could notify Mother Nature to send around a memo to all canines in the city, that’d be great.

Dogs are not permitted in playgrounds, zoos, fountains, ball fields, on basketball/handball/tennis courts, in swimming pools/facilities, bathing areas, and New York City beaches

 

Finally, there are 9 places where you must always have your dog on a leash:

  • Arthur Ross Pinetum
  • Bridle Path
  • Cedar Hill
  • Conservatory Garden
  • Kerbs Boathouse Plaza
  • Shakespeare Garden
  • Strawberry Fields
  • Turtle Pond Lawn
  • Woodlands

 

Whenever you are in doubt if you can or cannot bring your dog along to a specific area of the park you can take a look at Central Park’s Dog Owner’s guide, which summarizes all rules, and also provides a nice handy map of all dog-friendly areas and dog drinking fountains.

 

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