Activities For Dogs In New York On Hot Days

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Introduction

It is a hot, summer day and you and your dog are looking for something to do. But what is there to do in New York when the summer heat is pounding on the sidewalks? You need an activity that will be fun and engaging for your dog, but not too hot that you both want to just lay down and succumb to the heat. Don't worry though, New York is full of activities and possibilities for you and your dog despite the heat! A fun day summer day is in your future.

Dog Park

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
1 Hour
Items needed
Waste Bags
treats
collar
leash
Activity description

There are dozens of dog parks in the city that are calling your name. Some are small, neighborhood areas that encourage pups to run while others are the size of a full city block with water fountains and doggy obstacle courses! A dog park is a perfect place for your pup to get in some exercise, meet up with some doggy friends and have a chance just to be outside. It is also an easy place for you to bring your dog as you can sit in the shade as they play or get involved in a game of fetch. 

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Search
Find a park that looks good to you on a hot day. Dog parks with water fountains and trees for shade are ideal and may not be as rare as you think in New York. Look online for dog park reviews and pictures so you are sure to scope out the best places. Keep in mind that the best parks may be crowded at certain times, so bring treats for your dog to keep them in control.
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Head out
Head out the door for the doggy park you have in mind. Since the heat can take a toll on you and your dog, be sure to pack plenty of water for you both. A water bottle will do for you and a small plastic travel bowl will be perfect for your pup. Grab a towel as well if you are going to a park with water features.
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Play
Let your dog run and play in the dog park as long as they would like! Dogs are smart enough to know when they are too hot and need to stop running around to cool down. So let your dog have fun with the other dogs, run through a water fountain and sniff the entire park while you sit and relax under a shady tree.
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Lunch Date

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Hot Day
Moderate
Easy
1 Hour
Items needed
Money
Water Bowl
Towel
Activity description

Despite the hot weather, you and your dog both need to eat! So why not plan a trip to a do friendly restaurant where you can both sit outside under an awning and grab a bite of food? There are many dog friendly restaurants in New York that will welcome your pooch. Some places even have mini menus for your dog! What will your pup order? Maybe a nice piece of chicken and a cold bowl of water will do! As always on hot days, be sure to travel with water just in case the restaurant doesn't have a bowl for your pup.

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Read reviews
Find a restaurant in your neighborhood that allows dogs. Many restaurants let dogs in the outdoor seating area which will work just fine as long as it is not in the direct sun on a hot day. You may also want to scope out some of the restaurants and bars that let dogs inside where you and your pup can enjoy some nice air conditioning.
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Walk over
Grab your dog's leash, a travel bowl for water and head out the door. It may also be helpful to pack a towel to lay on the ground for your dog to sit on in the restaurant - the sidewalk outside may be hot! If the restaurant is close, walk over to let your dog stretch their legs before their meal time.
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Eat!
Enjoy a nice meal with your favorite dog. Be sure to share your food or order something specifically for your dog - this date is partially for them too! Always be aware of what is in the food that your pup is eating and avoid foods dogs can't have (don't share that slice of chocolate cake with your pup!).
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Pool Day

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Hot Day
Cheap
Easy
1 Hour
Items needed
Towel
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Pool
Activity description

Jumping into a nice cool pool sounds like a dream on a hot day. Luckily, New York has pools that have been created just for dogs! Not only are there locations that allow dogs in the pool but there are facilities built just for dogs only, no humans allowed! These pools are not treated with any chemicals (like chlorine) that you may be wary of with a sensitive pup. So bring your dog to a pup friendly pool for a quick dip. This is a guaranteed way to cool your dog down on a hot summer day in New York. 

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Find a pool
Check your neighborhood for dog friendly pools. While some areas have pools that are just for dogs, others will have public pools that are for both humans and their pups. While a dog only pool is nice (especially if you are wary of swimming with a lot of other dogs), it can be nice for you to be able to jump in as well.
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Prepare for the fun
Plan your visit and pack up anything you may need. Some pup pools will provide towels but it is a good idea to bring your own - a wet dog spells trouble! Make sure the location you are going to has fresh water for drinking or bring your own. You want to make sure your dog drinks from a water bowl rather than lapping up pool water!
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Dive in!
Dive in! Or let your doggy dive in. Watch as they dog paddle with glee or simply sit in the shallow end of the pool, basking in the cool water. Throw a ball in the deep end for your dog to chase or run around the pool edge while your pup swims to follow you. Water is stimulating and fun for any dog!
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More Fun Ideas...

Ice Cream Treat

Bring you dog on an ice cream date to a doggy bakery. There are tons of ice cream shops that have frozen, dog friendly treats!

Ferry Ride

Take your dog for a ferry ride on the Hudson river. Sometimes the air on a ferry is cooler with a nice breeze over the water which will help combat the heat.

Conclusion

A hot day does not mean that you and your dog will be stuck inside. There is plenty to do in New York on hot days that your pup will enjoy. From dining out to running around or jumping in a puppy pool, you can both have fun and also stay cool on a hot summer day!