As an animal lover and dog owner, there is no doubt in my mind: dogs make life better. I mean, who doesn’t love coming home to a dog’s wagging tail and goofy smile? In New York City, where most people live in apartments and backyards are few and far between, having a dog can be challenging. Luckily, throughout the city there are plenty of dog parks where your pup can run around and socialize with other dogs.

Here are the best dog parks in New York City. With plenty of open space to run free, these six dog parks will have your four-legged friend begging for a W-A-L-K.

  1. Prospect Park (Brooklyn)

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    Two dogs cool off at Longmeadow Dog Beach in Prospect Park.

    Prospect Park in Brooklyn offers off-leash hours for pups to enjoy its spacious, sweeping terrain. There are off-leash areas in the Park’s Middle and Upper Long Meadow (excluding the ball field area in the Lower Long Meadow), Nethermead, and Peninsula. Raising bigger dogs in the city can be difficult, but Prospect Park’s open green spaces are perfect for energetic pups who need daily exercising.

  2. Chelsea Waterside Park