Located in the eastern part of Queens, the Glen Oaks neighborhood is a mix of single-family homes, apartments, and a commercial strip running down the center of the neighborhood on Union Turnpike. It is a community that used to be farmhouses and gardens and the homes that populate it are more reminiscent of the country than they are urban. This makes Glen Oaks a great place to walk your dog and while the residential areas won’t have many amenities, you will find plenty of places to grab a bite to eat and get all of your pup's essentials. Both grocery and pet superstores are available in Glen Oaks and grooming and veterinarians are no farther away.
Weather will be your biggest challenge. It can get cold and snowy in the winter, sometimes enough to make walking impossible. But with 200 sunny days a year, there is plenty of time to enjoy a walk.
The northern border of Glen Oaks runs along a ridge which provides some elevation for residences in that area. The rest of the neighborhood is flat, so you will not encounter hills to challenge your elderly or overweight pup. You can walk for blocks along quiet streets and only have to worry about the occasional cross street. Many of the sidewalks are lined with grass, so your pup does not have to walk on concrete unless he wants to. Summer months can get quite hot, which leads to concrete that is too hot for your dog to walk on. There are trees as well in most of the areas of Glen Oaks to help shade you and your short-haired dog from the worst of the sun. Many of the co-op communities also have trails and large fields of grass, so if you live in or near one of these, it might be an additional alternative.
Aside from all the green surrounding the residences in the neighborhood and the Queens County Farm Museum, there are also a few designated greenways that make a nice change of pace if you are out walking your dog.
Alley Pond Park on the western border of Glen Oaks has some nice places to walk, grass and trees to enjoy, and a unique ecosystem to explore due to its glacial history. There are many trails crisscrossing the entire park which are enough to keep you busy. To the north of Alley Park is Little Neck Bay which is home to Fort Totten and Little Bay Parks which have a beach and a dog run so you can set your pup loose to enjoy a good run with their four-legged buddies. You will also find more trails along the water front if you find yourself in need of a good stretch as well.