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NYC Dog Travel
NYC Dog Rules

New York City has a few laws it requires its pets, and their humans, to follow.


  • All dogs living in NYC should have proper licensing from the Department of Health. For more information paw here.

  • All dogs must be leashed with a 6ft or less leash at all times, unless in a designated off leash area, within off leash hours.

  • You must clean up after your pet relieves themselves outside.

  • All dogs must be current with their rabies vaccination. To learn more about proper vaccinations and boosters for your dog paw here.

  • Your pet must not be allowed to be a nuisance to anyone or anything.


For a complete list of NYC animal laws visit:

Getting around the city with a dog can be a bit challenging at times. Knowing the public transportation rules can save you a lot of hassle. Below is a quote provided by

"Only small-size pets in carriers are allowed on MTA buses, subways and trains, as well as in taxis. Properly harnessed service animals are also permitted on mass transit. Taxi drivers may, at their discretion, pick up dogs without carry cases. The City is also home to several pet-taxi companies that can help transport pets that are not allowed on ordinary public transit."

Pet Chauffeur:  (212) 696-9744
K9 Cars:  (718) 683-2152

AE Pets Go:  (347) 457-6091 (

For most Americans, walking a dog means strolling down your neighborhood sidewalk or greenbelt pathways undisturbed. For a New Yorker, this could not be further from the truth. Although there are places in the city (mainly parks) you may have the whole pathway to yourself, a usual walk in the city means (depending on your neighborhood) a run in with tourist, construction, unfriendly dog hazards, other New Yorkers and dogs, bikes, skate boards, and loud cars/sirens just to list a few.


The same walk you may take daily with your dog will usually never be the same from day-to-day. Due to the numerous hazards you may run into on your walk, we recommend not using a retractable leash.  Although they may be great for places that your pooch can run ahead (or behind) safely, this is not the case in Manhattan. Unfortunately, if your dog runs ahead here they could find any one of the multiple hazards which are left on New York's sidewalks daily. We've compiled a list of the most common hazards you'll find on a NYC sidewalk, as well as a few do's and don'ts to help make sure you and your pooch always have a safe walk.


Common Sidewalk Hazards

  • Shattered glass

  • Cigarettes (tabaco is toxic to dogs)

  • Mercury, lead, excessive amounts of zinc, iron, cobalt, copper, lead-based paint, ingestion of pennies coined after 1982, and vitamins

  • Left behind foods (Paw here for a full list of dog toxic human food) 

  • Trash

  • De-icing salts

  • Rat poising or other insect repellant chemicals

  • Paw here for a complete list of common household dangers.


24/7 Animal Poison Control Center

(855) 764-7661

$39 per incident fee applies

Pet Poison Helpline Website


Safe Walking Habits 

  • Walk with a high quality leash and harness

  • At night, visibility is safety, you can buy a reflectorized harness or use reflective tape

  • Do not allow dogs to urinate on lamp post or metal scaffolding (both can carry stray currents)

  • Be cautious of ConEdison metal plates during the winter season (these have been known to carry stray electrical currents after coming in contact with ice slush and salt de-icers).

  • Have your dog sit at cross-walks when waiting to cross. (Often times, especially when you're taking your dog to a highly reinforcing place, such as the dog run, they tend to get excited and without proper guidance can quickly try and dart out into the street).

  • During the warm months, be sure to test the pavement you and your dog will be walking on for scorching temperatures. An easy way to test if the pavement is a safe enough temperature is to place the back of your hand on the pavement for about 12 seconds. If the back of your hand is comfortable with staying there after 12 seconds, the area should be safe for your dog.

  • Always be sure to keep your pet hydrated on walks and at the dog run. There are many dog water bottles on the market.

New York gets cold, very cold. Unless your dog is a northern breed, this can be a bit much for them at times. The good news is your pet gets to strut their stuff wearing some of the latest trends in dog fashion. Besides the brutal cold that Mother Nature can let loose on Manhattan, she also tends to let a lot of rain fall on the island. Some pups are comfortable with taking a stroll in the rain, while others appreciate an adorable raincoat.


Does my dog need a sweater?


Tips for picking out a winter coat for your dog!


With the often harsh winters in NYC, its sidewalks tend to become covered in de-icing salts which can be toxic to dogs. One of the easiest ways to keep your dog safe is protecting their paws with some sort of barrier. There are many different dog boots on the market and it can be quite overwhelming trying to find what will be the best fit for your pup's paws. The Whole Dog Journal has put together an article to help make that process a bit easier. You can view their article by pawing here.


You can also use different ointments (Vaseline/Musher's Secret Paw Care) that are on the market to help protect your pup's paws. Before applying any of these ointments be sure that your dog's paws have been properly groomed to help prevent any unwanted snowballs in between their pads.

NYC Dog Safety
NYC Dog Attire

Living in Manhattan with a dog(s) is a very unique and, at times, challenging experience. We’re here to help make that experience as easy and blissful as possible. Whether you just got a new puppy, rescued a dog, moved to the city for the first time, or have been here for years - we're here to help! 

NYC Dog Parks
Other Helpful Dog Information

Living in a concrete jungle can add a challenge for letting your furry loved one get some grass beneath their paws. Although the dog runs do not provide the grass, they do provide a great fenced in area where your pup can make friends and stretch their legs. For the pups who crave the feeling of grass beneath their paws they're in luck too, NYC has designated off leash areas in places like Central Park & Prospect Park from the time the parks open until 9AM, and then again from 9PM until the parks close. To find your nearest dog run, or to find your nearest designated off leash spot paw here.

With all of the pet products on the market it can be challenging to find what the best product for your pet is.  Here are a few helpful links.


Choosing the Right Dog Food


Choosing the Best Chew Toy for Your Dog


Pet First Aid Tips

   General Tips

   Help with Dog Vomiting or Regurgitation

   Help with Dog & Diarrhea


Benefits of Pumpkin and Sweet Potato


"Thanks to their fiber content, pureed pumpkin and sweet potato (again, not pie filling, but the plain kind with no added sugar or spice, liked the canned variety made by Fruitables) can help dogs and cats with bouts of constipation and diarrhea."


Dog Food Allergies and Intolerance 


New York Pet Adoptions


Spaying and Neutering Information


New York Animal Event Calendars 

 Dogs of Manhattan

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