Activities For Dogs In New York On Nice Days

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Introduction

New York is known for its tasty food, modern flats and 24-hour lifestyle. But despite all of that city-slicker chic, there's still plenty of places and things that cater to dogs. In fact, New Yorkers love their dogs, and parading around the whole city with dressed up dogs is very common. There is a lot of fun to be had in the Big Apple. So, what are some activities for you and your dog on nice days? Continue reading to find out!

Grooming Session

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Activity description
If you're looking to get your best friend pampered for the day, research a reputable location for beautification, like Spot Canine Club. Membership is $350 a year, but includes everything from grooming to boarding when you go out of town. However, you can just walk in and get a la carte services like grooming even without a membership. Grooming includes but isn't limited to: pawdicures, baths, fur styling, furminator treatments, flea and tick treatments, and seasonal styling. You can even get treats from their doggy bakery, like ice cream for dogs. And treat yourself with edible human cakes too, so you can both be happy.
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Visit the salon
It's that simple, the staff at Spot Canine Club are very friendly and are sure to help you decide what your dog would best benefit from. If you're really unsure, stick to the tried and true bath and pawdicure, followed by a nice blow-out. If your dog is particularly furry and it's driving you insane, check out their furminator treatment, which eliminates loose fur in a flash.
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Build confidence
Visiting the groomer is a good way to build confidence in your pet, for the times when you may need to travel and leave them in a boarding facility. While the grooming is taking place, run a quick errand. The more often you do this, the easier it will be to leave your friend there for a longer duration.
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Carl Schurz Dog Park

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
45 min
Items needed
Doggy Bags
Leash
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Located in the top right-hand corner of the Upper East Side, to the east of Central Park, is Carl Schurz Dog Park. It offers two off-leash dog areas where well-behaved dogs can mingle, and a promenade where you can stroll alongside the East River. Carl Schurz Dog Park is ideal for doggos looking to make other doggo friends, and pet owners who want to meet other dog-loving people. It's a social place, there's gorgeous views, and it's super safe. Also, if you're worried because you have a smaller dog, don't sweat it. The two dog runs available keep size in mind: one is for larger dogs, the other is for the small ones.
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Set off for the park
It really is that simple, all you need to do is go to the dog park. Make sure to bring a leash, just to be on the safe side, although off-leash is welcome here. Dog owners ensure their dogs are well-trained enough to not wander off, plus there's fenced-in areas too. Keep in mind you'll meet many dog lovers here, and plenty of fluffy, adorable dogs. You and your best friend are bound to have a good time here.
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Enjoy the scenery
Your dog may have so much fun that they do not want to return home. And what's the rush? Relax and enjoy all that this safely enclosed park has to offer. Not only does your companion have a chance to run off energy, they can also take part in the fun of the meet and greet. This is a great opportunity to teach and work with your dog in the fine art of getting along with others. Keep an eye on your pet's interactions but take the time as well to enjoy the outdoors!
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Walk Central Park

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Sunny Day
Cheap
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1 - 2 hrs
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Doggy Bags
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Bottled Water
Activity description
Bring a reusable water bottle from home, if you're looking to be environmentally friendly, but please bring it with you to the famously gorgeous Central Park. It's a giant spot of green and serenity in the middle of such a noisy, busy city. And as such, it's filled with things to see and do, or even explore with your dog. So having water on hand is an absolute must. You'll be here a while. Also, keep in mind that this is a very common dog activity, so most New Yorkers walk around with their dogs. Your dog will need to behave, or at least take the more quiet paths if he is a bit rambunctious, to have a good time.
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Prep for the walk
Central Park is pretty massive, with plenty to do and see, so it's a good idea to wear comfortable shoes, and layered clothing in case you start to get a little warm. Your dog should be fine on a sunny day, since the consistent shade from the trees will help keep things cool in the park. Things to remember are the leash and water bottle, of course. Also important are bags to pick up your pet's waste. And if you need a map, simply check out the park's website for a map. There will also be boxes full of free maps at every entrance to the park.
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Enjoy the park
And now you're ready to go do some exploring! Some amazing places to go see are Strawberry Fields, the John Lennon memorial, Azalea Pond, Cedar Hill for picnics, and of course, the Great Lawn, where you can play fetch with a stick. Practise your furry friend's socialization skills if your happen to meet another dog, just be certain to ask for the owner's permission.
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Visit Water4Dogs

If your dog has special needs, or just really likes to swim, then Water4Dogs is the place to go. You get to bond with your dog, play toy retrieval (fetch) in the pool, and socialize with other dogs.

School For Dogs

If you're looking to train your dog, but would appreciate the extra help, check out School for Dogs. Canines get socialized with other dogs, take behavioral classes, and even get specialized NYC sidewalk training so they don't try to sniff or bother other New Yorkers.

Conclusion

Hopefully, now you feel a little more informed and inspired by life in the Big Apple. Despite its status as a modern, 24-hour, slick chic place, it's still very much friendly for those who just need to slow down and enjoy the little things as well. And there's a lot to do if you have a dog best friend to hang out with. It's a surprisingly dog-friendly city, after all.