Let’s Take a Walk! Guidelines

Please arrive 15 minutes early to the location, unload, warm up your dog and prepare for the walk.

  • All dogs must be on a 4-6 foot leash. No retractable/flexi leashes allowed.
  • One dog per person unless otherwise discussed and agreed upon prior to the event.  Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18.  Young handlers are allowed to walk the dog as long as they have control.
  • Family members and guests may attend with you, but please be sure they understand the rules of the event and that this is a highly structured training activity and not a doggy free for all / meet and greet before inviting.
  • Please try to maintain a calm and collected composure, do not get your dog riled up / excited when you arrive, during the event or at the end of our walk.  We want to maintain as much of a controlled and relaxed environment and group as possible.
  • Do not allow dogs to meet and/or greet on leash regardless if your dog is friendly.
    • Some dogs need space.
    • We don’t want leashes to become tangled or dropped.
    • Group walks are a time for your dog to work on focusing on you, walking on a loose leash and being comfortable around other dogs.  If you’d like to work toward your dog being comfortable and off leash around other dogs, come to our socialization classes.
  • Do not interact with other people’s dogs, even if you know them, and follow the “no touch, no talk, no eye-contact” rule if/when approached by a dog. Remember owners are working on having their dog pay more attention to them, so help out your fellow walkers by ignoring their dog. However feel free to strike up a conversation with a person about their dog!
  • Please bring water for your dog, especially on hot days. There are many places to purchase a foldable water bowl that is easy to carry with a water bottle.
  • Please bring poop bags and pick up your dog’s waste. Also please do not let your dog mark on people’s flowers, bushes, trees or other items beside grass. We are walking through neighborhoods with people’s homes, please respect their property.
  • This is a structured walk activity. This means that your dog is walking calmly on a loose leash next to you. Your dog should not be pulling, lunging, whining, barking or marking.
  • Also make sure to bring some yummy treats to reward your dog for a job well done walking nicely on the leash and focusing on you! However please don’t feed other participants dogs.
  • If you hear me giving instructions, please stop, listen, and follow those instructions immediately…it’s for everyone’s safety.
  • Don’t have a dog or your dog is not ready for a group walk, you can come too!