BPC Dogs
Battery Park City Dog Association
New York City

CLEAN UP! - Be A Good Citizen

The number one complaint of non-dog owners and dog owners alike about dogs in our neighborhood is the failure of some dog owners to clean up after their dogs, and the inconsideration of some of these same people regarding where dogs are allowed to urinate.

If we expect good will, or even just toleration, from our neighbors toward our dogs, we have to be sensitive to their legitimate complaints.

Here are some "dos" and "don'ts":
  1. Clean up after your dog, no matter how cold, rainy, snowy or late at night.
  2. DON'T let your dog urinate in the middle of sidewalks, in front of store entrances, in flower beds, along planter walls, or any place else common sense suggests might be offensive.
  3. Keep your dog on a tight leash in apartment lobbies, elevators and hallways.
  4. DON'T let your dog lead YOU around corners, into elevators or through doorways, where another dog might be waiting or a young child might be playing.
  5. Be aware that many dogs are reactive to people (including kids) on bikes, roller blades, skate boards and scooters, so be vigilant about nearby activity as you walk you dog.
  6. Use your common sense in interacting with your non-dog owning neighbors.
  7. IF you are a Gateway Plaza resident and use Gateway's "back door" entrance to the Esplanade, ABSOLUTELY DO NOT let your dog urinate near the outdoor seating areas of Merchants River House Restaurant (which are on both sides of Merchants).

If social pressure alone does not improve the behavior of the inconsiderate dog owners, we have been asked by responsible dog owners to post a "Hall of Shame" on our web site, highlighting inconsiderate owners. If you think this is a good idea, send an email to Paula with specific suggestions.

All dog owners should not be collectively guilty for the sins of a few.