Many puppy owners seek out a safe public play area where their little darlings can run, jump and make new friends. Puppy play dates can make for a fun outing for both you and your young doggie. Thankfully, there are a number of local venues around the D.C. region that feature dog parks and, more specifically, puppy-designated areas. If you are one of the many puppy parents looking for an ideal play date venue for your pooch then here are a couple hot spots to visit.
Shaw Dog Park
1673 11th St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
(330) 737-1364

Located in the heart of D.C., Shaw Dog Park features a 15,000-square-foot enclosed park where dogs and dog owners can enjoy a whole day of fun and folly. The enclosed fence area allows for two unleashing areas. One of the divided areas is for larger dogs to run and play. The other fenced division is designed exclusively for puppies, small dogs weighing less than 25 pounds, dogs who are physically challenged and senior dogs.

Newark Street Dog Park
Newark St. N.W. and 39th St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 671-0421

Newark Street Dog Park was opened in 2010 by D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation as part of Newark Street Park. The dog site is operated and maintained by the nonprofit Newark Street K-9 Friends, which oversees cleanup, donations, costs and repairs. The objective behind the park’s establishment was to create a place for dogs and owners to enjoy together, with benches and shaded areas, water fountains, waste disposal stations and other amenities for dogs and humans. There are two separate designated areas for pooch playtime—one for large dogs and another exclusively for puppies and smaller dogs.

Lansburgh Dog Park
95 M St., S.W.
Washington, DC 20024

After years of fundraising by PAWS of Southwest, Lansburgh Dog Park opened in 2014, much to the enjoyment of dogs and dog owners alike. The 10,000 square-foot area features a host of amenities, including seating areas for pup parents and separate play areas for different sized dogs. One fenced enclosure spans 2,000 feet for small dogs and puppies, while the other spans 8,000 square feet for larger dogs. Each division has separate watering stations and dog bowls.

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Olney Manor Dog Park
16601 Georgia Ave.
Olney, MD 20832
(301) 563-7561

At Olney Manor Recreational Park you will find plenty of on-site features and amenities for an ideal day’s outing, including ball fields, sporting areas, and much more. There is even a one-acre stretch of land on the premises that makes up an individual dog park within the park. The dog park is fenced in to allow dogs an off-leash playtime experience for exercising and running, The area features different play area divisions intended for small dogs and puppies to play safely and securely in gentler areas, as well as those areas intended for larger dogs.

Dog Run Park At Carlyle
450 Andrews Lane
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 746-4343

Alexandria has plenty to offer in the way of dog parks. When selecting a great place for a puppy date, you might want to check out the Dog Run Park at Carlyle. As a fenced play area, this venue offers off-leash playtime for dogs of all ages, sizes and varieties. The park play areas are divided for dogs that are smaller, fragile or more docile and those larger and more agile dogs. The park features drinking water fountains, grassy and gravel play areas and plenty of benches and adequate seating. All owners and dogs must adhere to the Alexandria dog park rules and regulations established by the town.

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Laura Catherine Hermoza has a lifelong love for writing. Inaddition to serving as a contributor to various mediapublications, she is also a published novelist of several books and works as a proofreader/editor. LC resides in Baltimore County.