Dog-Friendly Washington, DC | What dog owners in 20009 need to know

English BulldogHere is our take on living and working with dogs in Washington, DC 20009.


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

If we could pick a dog that represents the neighborhoods of 20009 it would be the English Bulldog. The English Bulldog is popular and easy to recognize. What you see is what you get with these dogs! They are stubborn and strong willed but love their people. They would prefer relaxing at an English pub over exercise.


Nearby Pet Services

DC Dog Walking/In-Your-Home Pet Sitting: Patriotic Paws Dog Walking is headquartered on MacArthur Blvd, NW.
DC Stores we frequent: PetMac and Petco
DC Restaurant patios we love: Medium Rare, St. Arnold’s Mussel Bar, Weygandt Wines, The Diner, Tryst, Los Cuates, BreadSoda, Open City at the National Catheral, The Line Hotel lobby and coffee shop, Lapis, Philz Coffee, Bourbon, Colada Shop, Ankara, Room 11, Espita, The Pub and the People, Wet Dog Tavern.
Pet Photographers in and around DC: Dirty Paw Photography and Pooches Portrait Studio

*DC Pet Grooming – Life of Riley, Chi Chi’s Grooming Salon, Fur Get Me Not Dog Wash (Self-serve)
*DC Veterinarians – Adams Morgan Animal Hospital, Friendship Hospital for Animals (24-hour emergency care), Georgetown Veterinary Hospital, Collins Animal Hospital, Dupont Veterinary Clinic, CityPaws Animal Hospital – Uptown, Banfield – Adams Morgan.

* 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

Adams Morgan Day
Georgetown GLOW
Various Farmers Markets


Outdoor adventures

Nearby trails and parks include Fort Reno, Belmont Park, Book Hill Park, Walter Pierce Park, Triangle Park, Rock Creek Park, Carolina Park, Little Falls Stream Valley Park, Battery Kemble, and the C&O Canal. Recreation Centers include: Mitchell Park, Rose Park, Kalorama, Marie Reed, Hearst, Volta Park, Glover Park, Macomb, Guy Mason, and Friendship Turtle Park. Learn more>>


Dog Parks

You can exercise your dog off leash at these nearby dog parks: Newark, Guy Mason, Walter Pierce, S Street, 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 20009

The 20008 zip code includes the following neighborhoods: Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights, Dupont Circle, Kalorama, Logan Circle, Mount Pleasant, Shaw, U Street Corridor.

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