Dog walkers who enjoy taking their dogs out for daily walks all year around will need to have appropriate outdoor gear to weather the elements. Cold winters with light snowfall are the norm and a warm coat and good footwear to traverse icy walkways is necessary during frigid weather. Spring and fall can see some significant rainfall and rain gear and umbrellas will keep you dry when strolling with your pup. Summers are humid and you will want to avoid the heat and stay hydrated to keep you and your pet comfortable. Thunderstorms are frequent in warmer months and can be severe, so when storms are imminent, take shelter and postpone outings until they have passed.
There are shade trees lining residential streets and separate sidewalks with grass berms that make safe pedestrian ways in the neighborhood. The terrain is relatively level with only some gentle inclines and no significant elevation changes to climb when walking with your canine companion in the region. Residential roads are laid out in a non-traditional pattern and skirt around residential developments. Main thoroughfares on the borders are more heavily trafficked than interior roads, so use caution crossing roadways and keep your dog securely leashed.
Fort Dupont Park, also called Fort Circle Park, is located several blocks to the northwest and provides a large wooded area with trails and recreational facilities. The Fort Circle Park Trail runs for several miles, connecting several civil war defense sites that are now beautiful greenways. This trail runs along old roadways and features a variety of trees including oaks, maples, pine, and beech trees. There is some local wildlife in the park that can be distracting to your dog, so keep your pet leashed. In addition, clean up after your pet to be respectful to other park and trail users.