catNew York City is a very cat and dog friendly city. Cats are pretty easy to care for and since they can spend their time indoors, without the need to go outside. Dogs, on the other hand, can be a bit more of a challenge in a city like New York.

Our clients with dogs want us to make sure their best friends expend some energy while they’re in our care. Sometimes this just means a long walk around the neighborhood, while for others it means getting out and socializing at a local dog park. So while our cat sitters don’t have to worry about getting their little house guests out and about, our dog sitters make the most of the dog walks and dog runs throughout the city. And thankfully here in NYC we have plenty to choose from.

According to dog lovers on Yelp, here are some of the better dog parks in the New York City area.

Carl Schurz Park
1624 York Ave
(b/t 86th St & 85th St in Yorkville, Upper East Side)
85 reviews
4.5 stars

Hillside Dog Park
Columbia Heights & Vine St
Brooklyn Heights
35 reviews
4.5 stars

DeWitt Clinton Park
W 52nd St and 11th Ave
Hell’s Kitchen, Midtown West
19 reviews
4 stars

Pelham Bay Park
1 Orchard Beach Rd
Bronx, NY 10464
26 reviews
4 stars
While not specifically a dog park, there is a dog park in Pelham Bay Park.

Before taking your best friend to a dog park, you’ll want to be sure he or she is the type that gets along well with other dogs. If so, it can be great fun for your dog and you. Your dog will get the chance to get some great exercise and mingle with other dogs. And you will meet other dog-loving people and maybe make some new friends of your own.

Do you have a favorite dog park? If so, let us know if the comments section.