Joining in on the weekly small dog walk at Ocean Beach, San Francisco at 10am. The group loosely meets on the beach across from The Beach Chalet, then walks north to the end of the beach and back.
This is a community organized event that locals have been having for years, not organized through this Meetup group, but thought I'd add it to our group calendar for those with small dogs. Barks and Rec folks are not meeting separately, but joining in on this larger event.
Check the weather before heading out, it can be clear and sunny, but it is Ocean Beach, so most likely its overcast and windy: Weather Underground forecast
You can learn more about the event on the official website: sfsmalldogs.org. Here are a list of guidelines from the site:
This is a community-sustained event with no leader. By attending, you assume responsibility for upholding these guidelines.
Licensed, vaccinated dogs under 20 lbs.
Nobody walks around with a scale, but a 25-30 lb dog is HUGE compared to many of our little dogs. Many of our dogs are scared of bigger dogs (even really gentle ones)... that's why this event exists!
No Aggressive Behavior
This is a safe space for our little ones (and us). If a dog or person is frightened or threatened by your dog for any reason (even if there's no apparent reason), please carry your dog to a different area immediately. Some dogs (and people) are simply incompatible, and it's a very large beach with plenty of room for us all to enjoy it peacefully.
No Poop Left Behind
Please leave the beach at least as clean as we find it. If any of our dogs defecates and the owner is not right there, please pick it up - hopefully somebody will do the same for you next time
No Treats, Balls, or Toys
These things keep dogs interacting with us, not each other. Treats, balls, and toys can also sometimes cause anti-social behavior or fights between dogs.
Leashes Are Discouraged
Dogs cannot socialize when leashed, and some get very frustrated seeing others play when they cannot. There are many ways to train your dog for off leash play - you can find some good tips by searching the internet for recall training. Retractable leashes are dangerous around other dogs and people... if you insist on using a leash, please use a 4 to 6 foot cloth or leather leash.
Keep Barking to a Minimum
Barking can be managed.
No Commercial Activity
Commercial activity would destroy the spirit of the event. If you see anybody handing out sales materials or samples, or pitching a business in any way, please behead them.
Share the Beach Respectfully with Other Dogs & People
We watch our dogs carefully, and keep them away from people/dogs that don’t like them.At any sign of aggression or conflict, we carry our dogs to another area.We keep barking to a minimum.We keep the beach clean.We walk, making it easy for people or big dogs to let us pass by or to walk in the other direction.
Learn more: sfsmalldogs.org.