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How to Have a Dog in NYC

Just because you live New York City doesn't mean you can't give a dog a great life. Take these tips to make pet parenthood a cinch in the Big Apple.


  • Step 1: Get outdoors often when you are home with your pet. Visit local dog parks so your dog can socialize with other canines. Go for walks and people-watch in Central Park. Having a dog in the city is a great way to break the ice with strangers and expand your own social circle.
  • FACT: In 2010, a golden retriever saved his Texas owner by barking for help after his master fell from his bike and was paralyzed.
  • TIP: Make friends with a dog-loving neighbor who can check in on and feed your dog if you get held up unexpectedly by work, traffic, or subway malfunctions.
  • Step 2: Hire a dog walker or look into doggie daycare options to entertain your dog if you are away all day at work. Bored or neglected pets can easily become destructive pets.
  • Step 3: Observe local ordinances which require you to license your pet, obtain regular rabies vaccinations, and scoop your pup's poop off the sidewalk and greenways.
  • Step 4: Respect the people your dog comes into contact with by teaching your dog proper manners. Train him to walk on a leash close to your side and address any problems your dog may have with mounting, aggression, excessive barking, or jumping up. Seek professional trainer help if necessary.
  • Step 5: Choose a type of dog that is well-suited to apartment living. Consider a small to medium-sized dog that doesn't require a lot of room to run around, such as a terrier, spaniel, or a toy dog.

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