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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why do we charge a fee for hikes?

The fee goes toward a number of things... Josh and Janice spend a lot of time organizing and running these hikes. They are both excellent dog handlers and people handlers, along with knowing the park system better than most. Part of the fee goes to compensate them for the time they spend planning the hikes, organizing the people, and guiding the way.

In addition, we charge the fee to ensure that when people sign up, they actually show up. We have found it necessary to keep our group sizes limited so that we can maintain adequate control. This helps provide a safe, enjoyable environment. As such, we offer around 10 to 12 spots for most hikes, and they often fill up quickly. By charging a fee, the attendance rate increases dramatically. We're far less likely to have no-shows who have claimed a spot that someone else would have used. It's unfair to the folks who actually show up to events to have this kind of thing happening.

Meetup charges organizers money to maintain their meetup groups as well. Part of the fee goes to defer this cost.

Lastly, we're investing in training for our hike leaders. We have both completed a Dog/Cat first aid class with the American Red Cross. In addition, Josh and Janice have both completed their Wilderness First Aid classes. We feel that these are necessary components to providing a safe experience for our participants, but the classes are expensive!

Can I bring all of my dogs?

You may bring up to two dogs with you, as long as you can handle them. Bear in mind that most dogs, even the best trained, will get excited about meeting others and will likely be more challenging to control in the group environment.

Do you offer discounts for regular hikers?

We have a "Seasoned Adventurer Card" that each hiker gets. You get a stamp on the card for each hike you participate in, and once you've received 5 stamps, you get a free hike. In addition, if you bring a dog with you that's up for adoption, you get 2 stamps on your card!

Me and/or my dog have special needs. Are the hikes appropriate for us to participate in?

We understand that each dog and human is different. As such, we offer a number of hike styles so that each participant can have opportunities to join us on hikes that are suited to their needs.

Beginner Hikes
These hikes are shorter and on easier terrain, designed for folks who are looking for a more relaxed hike. Anyone is welcome to attend our Beginner Hikes. Usually, they'll be about 4 miles.

Socialization Hikes
These hikes are designed for dogs who don't get along well with other dogs or people. Anyone is welcome to attend, but with the understanding that our dogs need their space. We keep dogs separate while hiking to avoid scuffles. The simple act of taking a long hike around other dogs/people will usually relax them and help ease their anxieties a bit.

General Hikes
These hikes are longer and more involved than our Beginner Hikes. Usually between 4.5 and 6 miles, depending on the terrain. You and your dog are guaranteed to get a good workout! At the same time, you'll be exploring our awesome park system and surrounding areas. Reasonably friendly dogs are welcome on these hikes.

Will my dog be allowed off leash?

During our hikes, we require that dogs be on leash. It's the law and it's respectful to other park users. We are on multi-use trails and often meet runners, bikers, and hikers along the way, and our group is much better received if the dogs are under tight control.

During our Playtime Hikes, we do allow some limited time off leash so the dogs can play. We choose the play areas very carefully to ensure that we're not going to bother others with our dogs, and we'll let you know when it's acceptable to unleash your dog.

You are in charge of your dog and responsible for their behavior at all times, so if they are going to run off or cause trouble by being off leash, please keep them leashed.

Do you offer refunds?

If you cannot attend a hike, please notify the leader via email (which is available through meetup.com) at least one hour before the hike begins. Also, please change your RSVP to "Not Attending" so your space becomes open to other participants. We'll issue your refund in the next couple of days.

If we cancel a hike for whatever reason, we'll issue refunds in the next couple of days.

We don't offer a refund for no-shows.

Table of Contents

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General Information for All Hikes August 16, 2013 9:42 PM Josh R.
We're on Facebook! May 3, 2013 9:28 PM former member
Meetup Release May 3, 2013 9:22 PM former member
Frequently Asked Questions March 11, 2015 8:04 PM Josh R.
About Canine Adventure's Human Adventure March 30, 2014 10:55 PM Josh R.

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