It’s no secret that New Yorkers love their dogs. If it’s for humans, you’re likely to find a dog-friendly version in New York (dogs on the runway at Fashion Week, anyone?)

So it’s only natural that New York City has plenty of places for pets to swim. After all, this type of exercise has the same impact on dogs as it does on humans, improving cardiovascular and musculoskeletal health. Swimming is low impact and easy on the joints, making it ideal for older dogs, pets recovering from injuries, or people with mobility issues.

 

What you need to know about swimming with dogs near New York

Swimming is a great sport, but there are a few safety tips to keep in mind.

First, make sure your dog is in good health. Keep her vaccinations up to date, and don’t go in the water if she develops diarrhea or stool problems.

If you are going to the park or beach, you will also need to have essentials like poop bags and water on hand. A dog life jacket is also a good idea, and keep track of shady areas. Finally, it’s a good idea to learn to recognize the signs of heat stroke or heatstroke in your dog.

If you need help occasionally or on a daily basis, KUOSER has you covered. Check out our list of qualified dog walkers around New York City and rest easy knowing your pet is properly cared for.

 

Best places to take your dog swimming around New York.

  1. Water4Dogs

77 Worth Street, New York City, NY

Open Monday and Tuesday 9am-9pm, Thursday 9am-8pm and closed Friday-Sunday 9am-4pm Wednesday.

Water4Dogs is a full-service canine rehabilitation facility that offers hydrotherapy, comprehensive wellness services, laser therapy, ultrasound, neuromuscular electrical stimulation and boarding for special needs dogs. It is accredited by the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians and the Canine Rehabilitation Institute, so you can rest assured that your pet will be safe and well cared for. Dogs can swim or walk along the underwater treadmill in a controlled environment heated to 90 degrees.

 

  1. All Dogs in the City

18-73 42nd Street, Astoria, NY

Open Monday through Friday 7am-7pm and Saturday 8am-5pm Closed Sundays.

Serving pets in Manhattan, Astoria and Long Island City, All Dogs is a huge, all-inclusive daycare facility. Its heated pool offers fun for water-loving dogs of all sizes, and attendants work in the water to make sure all pets have a fun, safe time. all Dogs also offers free shuttle service to make your life easier.

 

  1. Prospect Park Dog Beach

95 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY

Open daily. Dog walking allowed from 5am-9am and 9pm-1am

Take a detour on your daily walk to Prospect Park’s dog beach. Trust us, your pet will be playing in the water – especially in the summer. The dog-friendly part of the pond is fenced off so your pet can be near you.

 

  1. Sherry Dog Run

Queens Boulevard and 65th Place, Woodside, NY

Open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

This traditional dog park has sprinklers, splash pads and a hose for play and relaxation. Dogs who are nervous about swimming (or owners who are worried about choppy water and algae blooms) can come here for some cool water fun and socialization.

 

  1. Louis Valentino, Jr. Park and Pier

Ferris Street between Coffey Street and Van Dyke Street, Brooklyn, NY

Open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Some people launch their kayaks from this spot below the pier, but you and your pet can enjoy the beautiful water views. Sometimes the waves can be stronger than other swimming areas, so you’ll need to keep a close eye on your dog. That said, strong swimmers and highly active dogs can expend a lot of energy here. If you’re lucky, you may even be able to take a nice photo of your dog against the backdrop of the Statue of Liberty, as this iconic landmark is only a mile and a half from the hotel.

 

  1. Francis Lewis Park

Third Avenue between Parsons Boulevard and 147th Street

Open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

 

Head to the end of the Bronx-Whittingstone Bridge in Queens, a small enclosed area where dogs can play safely. The water here is relatively calm and there is a barrier to keep your pet close to you.