Ides of Bark
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Grist Mill Park
4710 Mt Vernon Memorial Hwy, Alexandria
Register your dog with Fairfax County. Fee is $10 (cash or check). Owners must show proof of a current rabies shot.
Demonstrations by the Fairfax County Police K-9 Unit
Sponsored by Mount Vernon District Supervisor Dan Storck
Responsible Dog Ownership – 10 Tips for Fairfax County Residents
- Identify your pet. Make sure your dog wears a collar with a current license and ID tag and has a microchip with up to date information.
- Vaccinate your dog. Proof of a valid rabies vaccine is required for licensing your dog in Fairfax County. Check with your vet to determine what other vaccines are most appropriate for your dog.
- Get your dog licensed. All dogs four months and above must have a license which is renewed annually. Click here for complete information on how to obtain a license.
- Spay or neuter your pet. Each year, three to four million homeless pets are euthanized in the United States. By spaying or neutering, you are doing your part to reduce pet overpopulation. Dogs that have this routine surgery tend to have longer, healthier lives and are less likely to roam.
- Enroll your dog in a training or obedience class. Positive training will allow you to control your dog’s behavior safely and provides a terrific opportunity to enhance the bond you share with your dog. Training builds communication, understanding and mutual respect. The Fairfax County Park Authority offers basic and advanced obedience classes. Register by visiting Parktakes Online.
- Keep your dog physically fit with the right diet and plenty of exercise. Up to 45% of pets in the United States are overweight or obese. To keep your dog happy and healthy, make sure you exercise your dog every day. Twice daily walks are enough for some dogs while others benefit from the additional exercise, play time and socialization they get from regular visits to a dog park.
- Obey leash laws. In Fairfax County, dogs are required to be on a leash at all times in public areas unless they’re in a designated off-leash area.
- Clean up after your dog. Pick up dog waste and dispose of it in a public trash can or at home. Dog waste is not only unsightly, but it pollutes groundwater and is harmful to wildlife.
- Protect your dog from the elements. If the temperature outside is too cold or hot for you, it is also too cold or hot for your pet. Pets should be kept indoors and never leave your pet in a car when the outside temperature is above 70 degrees.
- Give your dog companionship. Dogs left alone for long hours are more likely to exhibit undesirable behaviors including aggression and separation anxiety. If you are away from your home long hours, consider hiring a dog walker or getting a companion for your pet. The Fairfax County Animal Shelter has lots of loving pets waiting to meet you!