According to the American Pet Products Association, U.S. households will spend an estimated $60 billion on their pets this year. Yes, that is billion with a “b.” A significant among of that money will be spent by dog owners seeking to give Fido some extra special T.L.C. From food and treats to acupuncture and spa services, there are plenty of spoiling opportunities in the Washington, D.C. area.
Howl To The Chief
733 8th St., S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-8710

Howl to the Chief is a one stop shop for doggy spoiling overload. Located in D.C.’s Capital Hill neighborhood, it offers an array of specialty foods that accommodate dry, canned and raw diets. Patrons can even order online and request free deliver in select areas. Howl to the Chief also has onsite grooming services and has professionally trained staff available for dog walking and sitting. In addition, it supports occasional “Yappy Hour” events at dog-friendly establishments.

(703) 946-8171

Serving the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, AcuVet is a mobile veterinarian practice specializing in holistic therapies such as acupuncture . It is run by Dr. Erica Barron. She is graduate of Ohio State University and holds a certification in acupuncture from the Chi Institute. She believes acupuncture can be very helpful in treating dogs with “chronic kidney disease, urine leaking, arthritis, decreased of appetite and energy, paralysis, IVDD, hip disease and some GI diseases.” Dr. Barron also promotes her at-home service as being less stressful for her patients.

S Street Dog Park
Intersection of 17th and S Streets, N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 673-7647

There are numerous city-operated fenced-in dog parks in D.C. It’s S Street Dog Park is among the best. The park’s surface is covered in an antimicrobial artificial turf that promotes cleanliness and prevents digging. There is also a water fountain and “poop” bag dispensers. For owners, there are shaded benches and very cool artwork. The park is rather small, so it is important that visitors keep a watchful eye on their dogs.

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Doggy Style Bakery, Boutique & Pet Spa
1825 18th St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 667-0595

Located near D.C.’s Dupont Circle neighborhood, Doggy Style Bakery, Boutique & Pet Spa is best known for its hand-made treats — including birthday cakes. In addition to its bakery, it offers a selection of routine food products and supplies that are eco-friendly, all-natural, and organic and mostly made in the United States. Doggy Style also offers grooming using all-natural, chemical-free shampoos and products.

Art And Soul
415 New Jersey Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 393-7777

Art and Soul, owned by chef Art Smith, former personal chef to Oprah Winfrey, is an upscale casual restaurant serving southern-inspired cuisine. The restaurant’s outdoor patio is dog-friendly and a special “pooch patio menu” is available. Tasty offerings include house made beef and rice in a savory gravy, grilled and sliced sirloin, peanut-banana popsicles, and frozen beef bone. And extra special item is the Bowser Beer, a nonalcoholic beverage made of meat broth.

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Based in Washington, D.C., Troy Petenbrink is a freelance writer, blogger and social media influencer. A member of the North American Travel Journalists Association and the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association, he has written for Fodor’s, Travel Channel, and Miami Herald, among other outlets.