Do Small Dogs Need to be Walked?

Exercise is important for all dogs—it prevents boredom, stimulates the mind and encourages physical fitness. The Importance of Pet Exercise Routine exercise is a must for pups of all sizes (unless instructed otherwise by an expert); however, different breeds require different approaches.  Beagles, for example, need more exercise than other small breeds due to their heritage as hunting dogs. Some …

Top 6 Dog-Friendly Hikes Near DC

Dedicating time on the trail for you, your pup, and Mother Nature promotes health and happiness. We’ve put together a list of our top six dog-friendly hikes near D.C. that are sure to help you find your zen. Before hiking, consider bringing:  Water bowl and sufficient water Snacks or treats Collar and leash (potentially a long-line leash) Poop bags Toys …

Where Can I Get My Dog Licensed In DC?

Whether you’re new to the D.C. area or new to pet ownership, licensing your dog is a must. The licensing process, however, can prove intimidating if you haven’t done it before.  We’ve put together a comprehensive breakdown of the dog registration process in D.C. With our advice, you should have little to no issue navigating dog licensing. Why Do I …

How Long Should I Walk My Dog?

Life is busy. Responsibilities abound. Sometimes, it’s all too easy to slack off and overlook the most basic duties—but both you and your pooch benefit from keeping active! Be sure not to skimp on exercise for your dog. Walking with your furry friend is a great form of exercise and socialization, but each dog has different needs. Here are some …

Top 4 Dog-Friendly Ski Resorts Near D.C.

A weekend getaway at the slopes doesn’t have to exclude Fido. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite dog-friendly ski resorts in the Mid-Atlantic. If your aim is to enjoy an adventurous experience outside the city with your canine companion, then pet policy is not the only factor to consider. ‘Pet-allowing’ and ‘pet-friendly’ locations are vastly different. Seek these resort …

The 15 Best Places to Walk Your Dog in D.C.

Break up the monotony of your neighborhood dog walk with one of our 15 favorite places to walk your pup in the D.C. area! These picks, many of which are National Park Service sites, offer breathtaking scenery, open spaces, wildlife, history and more.

PPC Brookland: Dog Boarding, Dog Day Care, Community Partner

If you’ve visited our Brookland location, you know that between our day care and boarding pups, Patrick’s Pet Care: Brookland is always the center of activity. But what you may not know is that Patrick’s Pet Care: Brookland serves as a hub for our community engagement work as well. Beginning this past summer, our Brookland staff have worked hand-in-hand with Deaf-REACH, an organization that …

Welcome To Our Cat Hotel

Patrick’s Pet Care is thrilled to announce our latest addition: a 5-star cat hotel! We love taking care of boarded dogs, so we wanted to extend the option to cats as well. Our feline friends should be able to have a fun time when mom and dad are away too! The hotel doubles as our administrative office. Imagine it as …

Don’t Be Afraid Of The Crate

For some reason, some dog owners tend to think of crates negatively. They don’t see it as their dog’s sacred space or crate training as a tool. Instead, they see it as punishment or a bad thing. At Patrick’s Pet Care, this might be the biggest misconception we hear. Here is why you should not be afraid of the crate, but …

Is It Bad To Leave My Dog At Home During The Day?

The short answer: no. You are not a terrible person, or a bad dog owner if you leave your dog at home. Most dogs are fine spending several hours at home every day, however, all dogs need bathroom breaks and exercise. Here are a few tips to make it easier on your dog when you are away: Training Training your …