If your dog is short haired or not acclimatized to cold, wet weather, you may want to prepare your pup as well as yourself, so you don't need to cancel outings when inclement weather occurs. Rainy days are common in spring and fall and winters are cold with some snow. A warm jacket for cold and rain slickers for wet days will keep you and your pup warm and dry no matter the weather. Thunderstorms that occur in warm weather and occasional winter blizzards are not events to dress for, but conditions to avoid. When severe weather is occurring, postpone outings until later!
The Capitol View neighborhood is bounded by Brooks Street on the north side, the Maryland Border on the east, E Capitol Street and Central Avenue on the south, and Benning Road on the west side. Recent redevelopment in the area has taken place and this is an urban residential area with new builds and some commercial activity. Dwellings in the neighborhood consist of detached and semi-detached homes, townhouses, and apartment buildings. Although architecture varies, brick construction is the norm.
When you and your dog hike about the neighborhood, you will find separate pedestrian sidewalks along streets, often with grassy berms and trees for shade. You and your canine companion will need to hike up some hills in this neighborhood. While hills make the neighborhood more attractive and interesting, they can be strenuous to climb.
There is quite a bit of landscaping on private and public properties in the area, so you will be able to find some shade and shelter.
The Fort Chaplin Park is located just southwest of Capitol View and extends south to Fort Dupont Park. This park is a large greenway that is part of the Fort Circle park system, a set of parks built on former civil war earthwork defense installations. These former fort properties are now beautiful wooded recreation areas, laced with an extensive trail system. There are some elevation changes as the forts were situated on hilltops, so trails may have some steep sections. This wooded area is a federally maintained park system, so your dog must remain leashed at all times and you must clean up after them.
Just northeast of Capitol View is the Watts Branch Playground which has several sports fields and amenities, open lawns, and paved walking paths to visit. School grounds and a recreation center in the area also provide open greenways and fields to visit with your dog when not in use by local sports teams or students.