Best DC Neighborhoods for Dog Owners

If you just can’t justify living in a place without man’s best friend, you’re certainly in luck. DC has some great neighborhoods for dog owners.

Dupont Circle

Dupont Circle is a relatively flat neighborhood that’s good for pet walking. If you and your pet want to get in some leash-free playtime, head to the S Street Dog Park. It was the District’s first official off-leash dog park, with a seating area and turf. All sizes of dogs mix together in the same spot, but it is fenced. There are also several dog-friendly restaurants that allow pooches out on the patio. In addition, Dupont Circle is home to the Doggy Style Barkery, Boutique & Pet Spa. 

Capitol Hill

With its tree-line sidewalks and a location that’s within walking distance of several nearby dog parks, Capitol Hill is another good option for pet owners. The neighborhood’s Art and Soul restaurant offers a menu for humans and one for dogs to dine out on the dog-friendly patio. Living in Capitol Hill also means living close to Nationals Park, which just so happens to host Pups in the Park, which lets in dogs and their owners on special nights at the ballpark.

Columbia Heights

Living in Columbia Heights means smaller and quieter streets for dog walking. The neighborhood puts you close to the Columbia Heights Dog Park. The location also means living close to the greenspace and trails of Meridian Hill Park. In addition, you’ll find some dog-friendly establishments to grab a drink in Columbia Heights.


In Arlington, there are several pet-friendly apartments to choose from in walkable Ballston. James Hunter Dog Park offers a place for dogs to run around and socialize, off-leash. The Arlington neighborhood is also home to Rustico Ballston, which is a dog-friendly restaurant. According to, Ballston is number one when it comes to “The Most Dog-Friendly DMV Area Neighborhoods”.

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