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This is a group made up of Australian Shepherd owners (and their dogs) from the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia (DMV) area. We are interested in Australian Shepherds and their activities. Let's get our Aussies together for play dates, hikes, swims, agility, walks and runs and some sheep herding! Let's also support Aussie rescue activities. We have a Facebook page Australian Shepherds of the DMV. Upon joining this group you assume all liability for you and your dog. If a dog is deemed dangerous by members or the organizers, you will be blocked from the group. If an owner is deemed irresponsible by members or the organizers, you will be blocked from the group.

Under no circumstances should dogs in heat be brought to meetup events, members that do will be removed from the group.

Members that consistently rsvp and change their rsvps at the last minute or are no shows to events with limited availability and impact the finances of our hosts will be removed from the group.

Upcoming events (4+)

A morning walk around George Washington's Mount Vernon

George Washington's Mount Vernon

The grounds at Mount Vernon are dog friendly, so let's take a morning walk around Mount Vernon. Humans will have to pay, but dogs are free. (adult grounds pass tickets are $26) Dogs MUST remain on leash and it's not a formal tour -- but we will go where ever we are allowed. You can go at your own pace or stick with the group. We typically walk down to the river, through the farm, through the forest, around the field and explore all the outside houses. The staff and historians love the dogs and are always eager to answer questions or share a information about George Washington and life at Mount Vernon.
This meetup is fun for humans and the dogs! Masks are required around the public.

A DC meetup at Dumbarton Oaks

Montrose Park

PawsUP for David and Brick for originally suggesting this awesome meetup and our dogs love it!

-Dumbarton Oaks/Montrose Park in Georgetown

-Meet at the entrance off of R st, on the East side (closer to the cemetery)

-Plenty of street parking in the area

-Bring water and a ball for your Aussie

This park is a very large open field, that is very dog friendly. Tons of space to run and chase. Most if not all dogs are off leash. Occasional runners and kids (there is a playground), so keep that in mind. There is also a trail inside with a stream that the dogs love to play in.

Explore Calvert Cliffs, Note there is a fee to enter the park. CASH ONLY

Calvert Cliffs State Park

How about a 3.6 mile hike + FOSSIL HUNTING along the Chesapeake Bay at Calvert Cliffs State Park in Maryland!

Meet in the parking lot near the "Red Trail" trailhead. Cash-only entry fee: $5 MD residents, $7 for anyone else
Directions: 10540 H. G. Trueman Road Lusby, Maryland​​

According to their website: "over 600 species of fossils from the Miocene era (10 to 20 million years ago) have been identified in the Calvert Cliffs."
Learn more about the park here: http://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/southern/calvertcliffs.aspx

Plan to be on the trail for approximately 2-3 hours. Bring plenty of water and snacks for you and your dog. There are bathrooms near the meeting point but not along the trail.

All dogs must be on a leash AT ALL TIMES (park rules) and practice the "Leave No Trace" principles. Participating dogs must be dog and kid-friendly and up to date on rabies shots. Flea/tick preventative is recommended.

More about Calvert Cliffs --
The massive cliffs, from which Calvert Cliffs State Park was named, dominate the shoreline of the Chesapeake Bay for roughly 24 miles in Calvert County. They were formed over 10 to 20 million years ago when all of Southern Maryland was covered by a warm, shallow sea. When the sea receded the cliffs were exposed and began eroding. Today these cliffs reveal the remains of prehistoric species Including sharks, whales, rays, and seabirds that were the size of small airplanes. Calvert Cliffs State Park is a day-use park featuring a sandy beach, unique fossils, an accessible recycled tire playground, fishing, a freshwater and tidal marshland and 13 miles of hiking trails. Day use service charge is $5/vehicle ($2 additional for out-of-state residents), small bus $10, large bus $20. Cash only.

Duff's Dog Park in Stafford County, 4 acres, 2 parks for big dogs and small dogs

Duff McDuff Green Memorial Park

https://www.tourstaffordva.com/attraction/duff-mcduff-green-memorial-park/

For members that can't always come into Arlington and DC and for DC, Maryland and Alexandria, Arlington and Falls Church members that want to try something different, let's go to Duff's Dog Park.
Thanks to Gabriel and WallE for the suggestion

Dog Run area is roughly 4 acres of open field. Open to both small and large dogs. A great area for agility training and exercise, it also has access to the Rappahannock River.

Small Dog Park is for dogs 30 lbs and under.
Large Dog Park is for dogs 31 lbs and up.

Duff’s Dog Park will be open to the public and their dogs during regular business hours.

Past events (1,670)

A puppy, small mini and toy meetup at Frolick Dogs

Frolick Dogs

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