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From the Forum – Dog Meetups?

by Prince Of Petworth June 11, 2013 at 2:15 pm 9 Comments

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Dog Meetups?

Does anyone know of any meetups for dogs in DC — specifically for young, energetic dogs like our 2-year old lab mix? We go to the dog park in Columbia Heights, but it can be hit or miss there. He’d love to make some doggie friends who like to run and fetch and play tug as much as he does.

  • andy

    do they still have backpages in the City Paper?

  • ledroittiger

    W St. softball field

  • Anonymous

    How is the dog park hit or miss? Do you want him to be surrounded exclusively by young energetic dogs?

  • Fluffy

    I had the same question for my dog – who sounds similar in energy as the OP’s. I found there are a number of dog meetups through meetup (dot) com, or consider starting a meetup of your own!! :) I ended up hopping around to a few dog parks before me and my dog clicked with both some of the owners and dogs. Now we try to go around the same time since our dogs play well and we’re all compatible. It can take awhile and isn’t the easiest option for everyone. Good luck!

  • MDH

    There is an energetic group of lab-sized dogs at Meridian Hill Park in the ams between 7-7:30 am.

  • caitb

    We’re still figuring out our recent rescue (a one year old lab mix), but she’d probably be a good fit! She’s got a super high energy level and can be a total dofus when it comes to playing with dogs that are mellower/have some sense of self-preservation. We do go to the 11st St. dog park every once in a while, so hope to see you there!

    • lm41

      OP here – sounds like our dogs are very similar! Good luck, and hope to see you at the park sometime!

  • amber

    Just moved to CH and go to the park on Allison; have an almost two-year-old bulldog mix, Bea, who is usually game for energetic play. I’m sure we’ll run into each other but I’d be game to starting regular meetups there.

  • lm41

    OP here – thanks, all! We just adopted our dog 2 months ago and are realizing that his energetic play style can kind of annoy some quieter or older dogs at the dog park. So, we try only to go when there are similarly goofy, high-energy dogs there – which is tough, since the CH dog park is pretty small and kind of sad.

    He’s a super sweetheart, but he needs to learn to read other dogs’ signals better – i.e. not every other dog wants to run and jump and fetch and tug with the same level of intensity as him. Just trying to find him some doggie friends who are a good fit!


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