The city is very pet-friendly, and dogs are especially popular. All the parks throughout the city welcome dogs, and most have leash-free areas, where you can let your best friend roam free and play with other dogs. There is no law requiring the registration of your pet, although if you import him/her into the country, you will have to present all of the required documents at the border.
There is, however, a leash law within Buenos Aires. You will begin to notice, though, that most people don’t abide by this law, and there are many dogs roaming the streets with their owners trailing several blocks behind them. The following are good resources for making your pet happy when your in Buenos Aires and when you have to travel without your furry family member.
City Pet, a well-stocked pet shop, has four locations in Greater Buenos Aires, including one near Belgrano: Manuel Ugarte 3787 in Coghlan (phone 4542-6610).
Las Lunas is an all-inclusive pet shop and training center in San Isidro. The staff is friendly and most speak English.
Pets Ventura began as a pet relocation service, but they also have a great boarding service. They are also in San Isidro and have English-speaking staff.
Pet Shop Mapache is a pet shop on Av. Federico Lacroze 3965, that has several species of exotic birds and fish, as well as special dietary food for dogs and cats, like Science Diet.
Barking’s is an all-inclusive boarding, dog-walking, grooming, and training center for dogs. The website is in Spanish, but the staff is very friendly and helpful.
Dog walkers, known as ‘paseaperros’, are all over the city and can be found on classified websites in La Nación, Buenos Aires Herald, and Craigslist, or, just as easily, by word of mouth. They charge anywhere from $150-200 per month per dog, and take care of the dog’s daily needs, including walks, grooming, exercise, and socializing.