Best Dog-Friendly Places for Washington DC Engagement Photos

I always love it when clients ask if they can bring their dogs to their engagement sessions! Having your furry friend come along is a great way to personalize your engagement photos and get some pictures with your favorite four-legged friends. For couples planning their Washington DC engagement photos, the good news is several locations around the city are both beautiful and pet-friendly! Keep reading to see my top recommendations!

Tips for Washington DC Engagement Photos with Pets

If you plan to bring your pet along for your Washington DC engagement photos, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  1. Keep dogs on a leash – most public locations will require you to keep your dogs on a leash. Unless otherwise specified, make sure your pet is leashed at all times.

  2. Respect the area – especially when it comes to areas in nature, it’s best to practice leaving places better than you found them. For more information, check out the Leave No Trace principles.

  3. Follow the BARK principles – these principles apply specifically to pets in public and nature. Help everyone enjoy these public spaces by following the four principles below:

    • B = Bag Your Pet’s Waste and Dispose of it Properly

    • A = Always Leash Your Pet

    • R = Respect Wildlife

    • K = Know Where You Can Go

  4. Know their limits – as a pet parent, you know your dog(s) best! Understanding their personalities (anxious, hyper, calm, etc) and not overdoing things will help ensure you have the best experience during your DC engagement session.

Best Dog-Friendly Parks in Washington DC

National Mall

One of the best places for Washington DC engagement photos is the National Mall. Dogs are always welcome in this historic city center. Visit your favorite monument or stroll around the Tidal Basin during cherry blossom season.

Meridian Hill Park

Meridian Hill Park is a peaceful oasis located right in the heart of Washington DC. The park features cascading fountains, a reflection pool, and tree-lined trails perfect for strolling with your furry friend. This park is an ideal place, especially if your dog is anxious in crowded settings.

Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens

If you are looking for an oasis in the city, look no further than Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens. Not only does this dog-friendly park offer an abundance of beautiful water gardens, but it is also filled with nature and wildlife.

Theodore Roosevelt Island

Nestled on the Potomac River between Washington DC and Arlington is Theodore Roosevelt Island. A memorial to America’s 26th president, this small island is covered with forest trails making it the perfect location for adventurous couples and their pets.

Rock Creek Park

Rock Creek Park is one of the oldest national parks in the country. Filled with history, nature, and lots of activities, this is the perfect park to visit if you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. There is no shortage of dog-friendly places in DC. If you want to bring your pets to your engagement session, there are lots of places to choose from.

If you are still looking for the perfect location for your engagement photos, take a look at my list of the best engagement locations in Washington DC.


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