Introduction

Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, might as well be called the City of Puppy Love. Aside from the Declaration of Independence, the Liberty Bell, and Philly cheesesteaks, this pawsome city is home to several dog parks, as well as numerous pooch-friendly hiking trails, restaurants, stores, and more. It's safe to say that Fido won't ever get bored in Philly! Though Philadelphia is generally a dog-friendly community, you might find that living here with a canine companion comes with a few challenges. Read on for tips on how to successfully navigate life in the City of Brotherly Love with your four-legged pal!

Teach Your Dog Proper Petiquette

If you're planning on bringing your pup with you to public places, then obedience training is in order. You wouldn't want your pooch to keep pulling on their leash while you're walking the crowded sidewalks of Center City or, worse, lunge across the street on a yellow light (Philly drivers have a reputation!). Whether you do it yourself or hire a pro, training is the key to a well-behaved, canine urban dweller. Some trainers can even train your pup in your own home.

Apartment Rental Agencies Are Your Friend

If your search for a dog-friendly home keeps coming up empty, use an apartment rental agency to turn your luck around. Many of Philly's buildings have weight and breed restrictions on dogs, but since agencies are already familiar with these pet policies, they can help you find the pawfect place much faster. Some buildings also have hidden monthly fees, so be sure to let your agency know what your budget is, in addition to your dog's breed and weight.

Get Enough Exercise with Fido

You'll find many furrific places to exercise your dog in Philly, from pawsome parks and trails to nice neighborhoods. Make sure your pup has access to dog-friendly outdoor spaces, especially if you live in a building that doesn't have much room for Fido to romp. Some of the spots where you can take your four-legged friend are Rittenhouse Square, Orianna Hill Park, and the Schuylkill River Trail. You can also go for a leashed stroll around Old City, where you and your pooch can explore some of the country's oldest streets!

Prepare for Philly's Seasonal Weather

Philadelphia's hot summers and cold winters can be tough on your canine companion, so make your daily walks as comfortable as possible by being ready for each season. In the summer, walk in the early mornings or evenings to avoid hot paws. During the winter months, protect your pup's feet from the salted sidewalks by having them don dog boots or using a paw wax. Prepare some indoor activities as well for days when the weather is really bad.

Discover the City's Rich History

Explore historic Philadelphia and visit some of the city's most interesting sites with your pup! Step back in time at the Independence National Historical Park, which houses Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. While furry visitors are not allowed inside the buildings, they are welcome in the outdoor areas as long as they are leashed. You and Fido can also join a walking tour to see Philly's various historical and modern features—a lot of tours are free or name-your-own-price, and let dogs tag along!
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