Dog-Friendly Activities in Washington, D.C.

Our nation’s capital is full of history, culture and national pride, attracting tourists from all over the world. Along with human visitors to Washington, D.C., come their four-legged friends ready to explore. Whether you’re a local or a tourist visiting Washington, D.C., we’ve got the dog-friendly guide you need to roaming America’s capital with your pooch!


Exploring the capital’s famous monuments does not have to mean leaving Fluffy behind. Capitol River Cruises offers dog-friendly one-hour tours throughout some of the most popular D.C. attractions, such as the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and Roosevelt Island. If travelling without a tour, you can still visit attractions such as the FDR Memorial, a completely outdoor monument with plenty of park space dedicated to commemorating the 32nd president of the United States. Dogs are also welcome at the National Mall, a must for visitors who want to experience some of the greatest history and views D.C. has to offer. Just make sure to keep your pup on a leash.

Parks and Trails
Dog-friendly parks are a must in any location, and Washington, D.C. has many beautiful parks to choose from. At Rock Creek Park, leashed dogs can wander down hiking trails and miles of green in the heart of the city, ending in picnic spots by the creek. The National Arboretum spans miles of beautiful gardens and trees you won’t see in the hustle and bustle of the city. Dogs must be kept on leashes and stick to designated paths though. Montrose Park is a recreational area that allows dog-lovers to gather and socialize with their leashed pups. In addition to an open space for dogs, there are tennis courts and a children’s play area for the whole family to enjoy.

Places to Eat and Drink
After sight-seeing and socializing, you’re bound to work up an appetite, so grab a bite to eat with you pup at one of the various dog-friendly restaurants in D.C. You and your pup can wine and dine by the waterfront at Cantina Marina, where dogs are always welcome to join on the dock. They even have a happy hour for dogs every Monday from 5 pm to 8 pm with free dog treats! Or, check out Cafe Ole for their tasty Mediterranean cuisine and spacious outdoor patio.

Don’t miss out on all the fun D.C. has to offer you and your playful pup! Is there an activity we missed? Let us know in the comments below!

Tips for Dealing with Dog Fur

It’s a known fact that most dogs shed, but this doesn’t keep us from loving them. At the same, it can be a pain to find fur all over your clothes and furniture. Some breeds, such as Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds and Siberian Huskies, shed more than others. Whatever the breed, we’ve got the tips you need to keep your dog’s shedding under control.

Brush, brush, brush!

Brushing your dog’s fur regularly (for some dogs, this means daily) pulls out the loose hair that will otherwise end up on your carpet. It will also leave Fido’s coat cleaner and softer and will prevent his fur from matting.

Invest in a good vacuum.

Especially if your dog sheds seasonally, you’ll need a good vacuum to pick up after his fur. Spare yourself the headaches that come with a weak-suction vacuum and get yourself a machine that will get the job done the first time.

Use a lint roller.

Don’t underestimate the power of a good lint roller. The simple, inexpensive product can be a lifesaver in a home with a super-shedding dog. Use an extra sticky lint roller such as this one to easily pick up stray fur from yourself and from around the house.

Feed your dog a high-quality diet.
Dog food made from mostly corn or grains can be difficult for your pup to digest, causing dry skin and excess shedding. Food allergies can also contribute to hair loss and skin issues, in which case a veterinarian should be consulted. A diet high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids can improve overall coat texture.

Choose the right brush for your pup.

The type of brush you use for your pup can make a big difference in controlling his shedding. Your veterinarian can advise on what kind of brush to use, but there are generally brushes for two fur types: short and long. For dogs like Beagles and Bulldogs with shorter coats, a natural-bristle brush or hound mitt can be used. For dogs with longer, thicker coats, especially double-coated breeds like Pomeranians and Collies, a slicker brush or rake makes a better tool for getting rid of all that fur. Start by brushing in the opposite direction of your pup’s hair growth, then brush again in the direction of hair growth to fully remove all the loose, dead fur.

Give your dog a bath.

Regularly bathing your pup is not only a staple of good doggy hygiene, but it is also key to a healthy coat. Products like NuVet Conditioning Oatmeal Shampoo help sooth itchy skin and prevent dryness that can ultimately lead to hair loss.

While shedding might be one of the few things we don’t quite love about our dogs, it doesn’t have to be a burden. Instead, grooming your pup can become a daily bonding activity for the two of you. Less fur, more fun!