Dog-Friendly Washington, DC | What dog owners in 20007 need to know

Afghan HoundWhat you need to know if you own a dog in Washington, DC 20007. Here you can find your local neighborhood dog friendly restaurant patios, pet photography, groomers, veterinarians, dog walkers, licensing info and more. Neighborhoods include Berkley, Burleith, Cathedral Heights, Colony Hill, Foggy Bottom, Foxhall, Georgetown, Glover Park, Massachusetts Heights, Observatory Circle, The Palisades, Wesley Heights, West End.


If our community were a dog, what dog would it be?

If we could pick a dog that represents the neighborhoods of 20007 it would be the Afghan Hound. The Afghan Hound is a relatively unknown breed. They are loyal to their owners, independent thinkers, have an elegant and refined appearance, and love a nice long walk or running around a fenced in yard.


Nearby Pet Services

DC Dog Walking/In-Your-Home Pet Sitting: Patriotic Paws Dog Walking is headquartered on MacArthur Blvd, NW.
DC Pet Stores we frequent: Chien De Luxe, PetMac, and Petco Unleashed
DC Restaurant patios we love: Millie’s, Silver, Black Coffee, Chef Geoff’s, BreadSoda, Open City at the National Catheral
Pet Photographers in and around DC: Dirty Paw Photography and Pooches Portrait Studio

*DC Pet Grooming – Diva Dogs, Chi Chi’s Grooming Salon, Bark in Style Mobile Grooming
*Veterinarians – Palisades Vet Clinic, VCA MacArthur Animal Hospital, Friendship Hospital for Animals (24-hour emergency care), Georgetown Veterinary Hospital, Collins Animal Hospital, Dupont Veterinary Clinic, CityPaws Animal Hospital – Uptown.

* Please note this is a directory listing and not an endorsement. Kim and Bella use Caring Hands Animal Hospital – Clarendon and The Groomery on Glebe. 


Dog-friendly initiatives

Some members of our community are lobbying for a dog park at Hardy Park and Recreation Center and to develop a multi-use trail in the former Glen Echo Trolley line.


Dog-friendly activities and events

The Palisades 4th of July Parade
Georgetown GLOW
Various Farmers Markets


Outdoor adventures

Nearby trails and parks include W Street Park, Triangle Park, Rock Creek Park, Carolina Park, Little Falls Stream Valley Park, Battery Kemble, and the C&O Canal. Recreation Centers include: Hardy, Palisades, Hearst, Volta Park, Glover Park, Macomb, Guy Mason, and Friendship. Learn more>> 


Dog Parks

You can exercise your dog off leash at these nearby dog parks: Newark, Guy Mason, Chevy Chase, Francis. Learn more>>


Dog Licensing in Washington, DC

Dog licenses are issued by the Animal Services Program.  To obtain a dog license, an owner must show proof of a valid rabies and distemper vaccination.  DC law requires dog licenses to be renewed annually.  Requirements:

  • A completed application.
  • Proof of rabies and distemper vaccinations is required.
  • Proof of sterilization (spaying or neutering) is required.
  • Each dog over four months old must have his/her own license.
  • Owners with seven or more dogs over four months old must apply for a hobby license.
  • Please allow our office 4-6 weeks to receive, review and process each mailed in application.

More information regarding how to obtain a valid license can be found here.


Leash Laws

LEASH YOUR DOG. Even if your dog is trained and friendly other dogs may be fearful or aggressive or may be working. Here is an excerpt from the DC Municipal Regulations for Animal Control.

900.3 No person owning, keeping, or having custody of a dog in the District shall permit the dog to be on any public space in the District, other than a dog park established by section 9a of the Animal Control Act of 1979, passed on 2nd reading on September 20, 2005 (Enrolled version of Bill 16-28), unless the dog is firmly secured by a substantial leash. The leash shall be held by a person capable of managing the dog.

900.4 The length of the leash required under § 900.3 shall not exceed four feet (4 ft.).


Neighborhoods of 20007

The 20007 zip code includes the following neighborhoods: Berkley, Burleith, Cathedral Heights, Colony Hill, Foggy Bottom, Foxhall, Georgetown, Glover Park, Massachusetts Heights, Observatory Circle, The Palisades, Wesley Heights, West End.


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