Pet-Friendly Services in Alexandria, VA

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Dog walking, canine cruises, doggie daycare, dog parks, dog agility: Alexandria, Virginia, offers it all, and plenty more!


Alexandria is consistently ranked by publications such as Rover, Expedia, Tripadvisor, and Redfin as one of the most pet-friendly cities in the country. In fact, says there are 106 dog-friendly restaurants scattered throughout Alexandria. 


Take heart, pet lovers; this town is filled with all of the amenities you’ll need to take care of your pet at home and while away. There is a resource for everything you’ll need, from the basics, like veterinary care, to the up and up, like yappy hours. 


You’ll even find bowls of dog water and treat bins lining Old Town streets. Attached to this goodness, however, are high prices. There is no shortage of services, but expect to pay premiums for convenience and quality care. These are some of the top picks within the area that have plenty of customer feedback documented, which, of course, helps sift through some of the options. However, it’s still a good idea to do your own research before buying or hiring services.


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Pet Adoption in Alexandria

If moving to Alexandria means you'll be settling down for a while, it might be the perfect time to adopt an animal in need. Check in with:

Alexandria Pet Groomers

DIY, simple washes, or full grooming selections are available at various price points. Here are a few nearby:

Note: Wag & Brew offers a coffee bar encouraging you to relax and hang out while they pamper your pup.

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Pet Boarding and Daycare

Boarding and daycare are among the priciest services in Alexandria. People often try to find a favorite caregiver through national companies like Rover or to alleviate costs. Should you need more options, however, you’ll find that  Alexandria has many possibilities for you to consider.   

Alexandria Veterinarians


Customers are exceptionally dedicated to their vet once they’ve found the perfect fit. These veterinary offices are scattered throughout Alexandria and have loyal followings: 

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Alexandria Dog Walkers


If you can’t find an individual you trust to come by and take your pup around the block, try one of these companies who specialize in dog walks: 


Pet-Friendly Restaurants in Alexandria

Finding a dog-friendly restaurant is as easy as it comes. Expect patio seating, with some tables designated for dogs on a leash. Try these local spots:

Alexandria Activities and Shops that Welcome Pets

There's no reason to leave your dog at home! Alexandria has dozens of locations that look forward to your pet’s visit:


Many dog-friendly locations, including Frolick Dogs, offer yappy hours for a yummy bite and socialization for both you and your pup!


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Alexandria VA Dog Parks and Trails

Take note before setting out with your pooch—dogs require licensing in both the City of Alexandria and Alexandria, Fairfax County. 

City of Alexandria off leash:

  • Potomac Yard
  • Simpson Stadium Park
  • Duke Street
  • Montgomery Park
  • Ben Brenman Park
  • Mount Jefferson Park & Greenway
  • Monroe Ave. Dog Park
  • Carlyle Dog Park

Alexandria also has eleven unfenced, off leash parks and trails to adventure through with your pup. 

Fairfax County off leash: 

  • Baron Cameron 
  • Blake Lane 
  • Chandon
  • Dulles Station Community Park 
  • Grist Mill
  • Lenclair Park
  • Mason District 
  • Monticello Park 
  • Rock Hill District Park 
  • South Run 
  • Westgrove

George Washington Parkway trail, part of the National Park System, requires leashed dogs. 

Pet-friendly businesses are overflowing in Alexandria. Locals are quick to talk up their favorite vendors, so just put the word out, and you’ll find plenty of recommendations to help you and your pup settle into the area! 


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