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The event is free for everyone. However, we do encourage everyone to register in advance and fundraise to help save dogs’ lives.
There are plenty of dog-friendly hotels in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia. We recommend the Best Western Georgetown Hotel & Suites, the Best Western Dulles Airport Inn, or the Best Western Tysons Westpark.
Yes! We encourage everyone to register in advance as a “walker” or set up a team HERE.
No, each individual will check him or herself in at the registration tent on the day of the event.
We encourage both kids and dogs to attend! Scooby-Doo will be there with fun activities for kids of all ages.
All dogs are permitted; however, we ask that they remain on a leash unless they are in the off-leash dog run area.
You don’t have to be in Washington, D.C. to help Scooby-Doo and Cesar Millan! Get involved with local shelter Pack Walks. If you do not find a Pack Walk in your area, create your own virtual walk! Find more information HERE.
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The event will take place on the National Mall, between 12th and 14th Streets. Look for our Pack Walk signs!
Look for the directional signs at the event. The walk will start on the gravel path, close to 14th street.
The walk is approximately one mile long.
We recommend carpooling with friends, taking pedicabs or walking if you’re travelling with furry friends. Humans can take the metro, bicycle or a taxi as well! The National Mall is accessible via Washington Metro, with the Smithsonian station located on the south side of the Mall-- near the Smithsonian Institution Building between the Washington Monument and the United States Capitol. Also, look out for our Pack Walk Pet-i-cab drivers who will be providing free rides* to and from the National Mall.
*First come, first serve basis.
A limited number of free parking spots will be available on a first come, first serve basis starting at 7AM, here:
1201 Maryland Avenue SW
Parking is also available along Ohio Drive SW, between the Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson Memorials. Street parking in the form of metered spots can be found as usual around the mall.
Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed on the Metro unless they are service dogs. We encourage carpooling with friends or taking Pedicabs to the event.
Registration is from 8-9:45AM on September 29th. Be sure to get there BEFORE 9:45AM to join Cesar’s doggie warm-up!
The National Family Pack Walk will be held rain or shine and the main areas of the event are tented.
The event expo and activities will run through 3PM.The day’s schedule is as follows:
8:00am – 9:45am Registration and Check-in
9:45am Cesar Millan & Scooby-Doo’s Welcome and Doggie Warm-up
10:00am Pack Walk begins
10:00am - 3:00pm Event Expo & Activities
The expo will include fun activities for the whole family, including a movie tent, game area, reading lounge, scavenger hunt, fun photos, arts and crafts and more!
We will have a wide variety of dog demonstrations and shows from various Washington, D.C.-based groups. And of course, we’ll have a fun, family-friendly band and DJ. Stay tuned for more details.
Be sure to check the weather before planning your outfits! The event is held outside, so plan on being outdoors. Wear comfortable shoes to participate in the one mile walk.
There will be food and beverage available for purchase on-site. Feel free to bring your own snacks and water as well!
The National Mall is a national park, and it is illegal to consume alcoholic beverages on the premises.
The National Family Pack Walk is a family-oriented event, therefore we request that you do not smoke on-site at the event.
Please bring cash or make checks payable to The Cesar Millan Foundation.
Yes, there will be emergency medical personnel available for both humans and animals.
Yes. Please visit the guest services booth if you have lost or found an item.
Find a “crew” member in a red shirt or the guest services booth, and they will help you.
Yes! Don’t forget to post them to Scooby and Cesar’s Facebooks and upload them to Pinterest with #packwalk2012 in the caption!
Your dog(s), your family, water bottles, sunblock, a camera, leash, snacks for the pup and family.
Yes! We will have separate large and small dog park areas on the National Mall. The area will be fenced off, with plenty of room for your dog to roam without a leash.
Yes, however please keep in mind weather conditions and your dog’s safety.
Cesar’s schedule will be very busy the day of the event, so he will unfortunately not be able to provide consultations. For more information on Cesar’s training methods, please visit his website: http://www.cesarsway.com.
Please report to a “crew” member in a red shirt or walk the child to the reunion tent (as seen on the site map).
This year, the National Family Pack Walk will be LIVE-PINNED on Scooby-Doo’s Pinterest Page! You will also be able to see photos and video on Scooby’s and Cesar’s Facebook pages.
Yes, you can continue to fundraise after Pack Walk using this website.