Space is limited for pets around the city, but for the canines that do fit into tiny apartments, there are plenty of social events where Fluffy and Rover can socialize, as can you! – Allie Moore

On Thursdays from May through August, take a cruise on the Potomac River with your pup. (Credit:

Potomac Riverboat Company Canine Cruise

3 Cameron Street (departs from the Alexandria Waterfront)
Alexandria, Va. 22314
(703) 684-0580

On Thursdays from May through August, take a cruise on the Potomac River with your pup. Those without furry friends are welcome, too. Cruises depart from the Alexandria Waterfront every Thursday at 7 and 8 p.m. Cost is $15 for adults and $9 for children ages 2 to 11. Dogs ride for free.

Cantina Marina

600 Water Street SW
Washington, D.C. 20024
(202) 554-8396

On Mondays from 5 to 9 p.m., grab Fido and head to the southwest quadrant of D.C. for a happy hour for you and your pooch. Located on the Washington Channel waterfront, Cantina Marina has a spacious patio for patrons and their pups, along with $2 corn dogs and tasty margaritas for owners with dogs. Water bowls and free Milkbone bars are treats for the dogs.

Helix Lounge

1430 Rhode Island Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 462-9001

Helix Lounge hosts a happy hour for you and your pooch on Wednesdays from 5 to 8 p.m. Dogs treats and water are available for pets, and a full food menu and drinks are offered to owners. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Washington Humane Society, so spoil your pup and do good for other pups at the same time.

Doggie Style

1825 18th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 667-0595

A bakery, boutique and pet spa under one roof, Doggie Style, located between Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan, is a dog’s one-stop shop. Doggie Style uses all-natural shampoos and grooming products, as well as sells eco-friendly and organic treats. Doggie Style also sells customized birthday cakes, frozen treats, doggie beds, toys, apparel and anything else your pooch may desire.

S Street Dog Park

S Street NW between 17th Street NW and New Hampshire Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

One of the most popular and most-visited dog parks in D.C., S Street Dog Park is the ultimate urban dog park, surrounded by a metal gate and complete with antimicrobial grass. Although a bit small, it’s a great place for Freddy to run free and for owners to meet each other.