We are a community of dog owners and dog lovers working together to support and encourage safe dog socialization through structured weekly pack walks. (We are NOT a stand around and play group.) We will hold regular, structured off-leash group walks and nature hikes at various times and locations around the Boston metro west and neighboring areas. We urge participants to use our outings as an opportunity to encourage and reinforce positive socialization skills and the behaviors you want your dog to exhibit everyday in public.
All types of dogs and people are welcome, but for everyone's safety, we have a few rules that we ask every participant follow in order to walk with us:
*Dogs should be tagged and up to date on shots
*All dogs must be leashed until we begin our walk (retractable or flexi leashes will not be allowed; please use a standard or flat leash no more than 8 feet)
*No face-to-face greetings for the dogs
*Give every dog space before the walk, over excitement can create a ripple effect or a fight
*Always bring a leash and poop bags to clean up after your dog
*If dog will be off leash reasonable voice control is required
*Out of courtesy to others on the trail, if we ever come upon a single hiker or a leashed dog, I ask that people leash their dogs while we pass.
*Please be on time. To be very specific, when I ask that you be on time I ask that you be ready to walk at the time designated in the event. If you know you will need a few minutes to get yourself ready upon arrival, please show up 5-10 minutes early to give yourself that opportunity.
*Not all dogs are created equal, or even want to be. We have a myriad of different dog personalities on our walks these days. While I think this is awesome, some of our dogs do not. This has presented some issues recently in maintaining a cohesive, balanced group and providing a stress free safe walk for both us and our dogs. Some of dogs are excited players and barkers, a number of us don’t do well with puppies and other dogs can be nervous or reactive and just want to have a quiet walk together without much play. As a way of alleviating this issue and honoring our dogs’ different personalities, we will split our walks into two groups: high energy and low energy. (I am clearly oversimplifying with these names, for the sake of ease) The night before or the morning of a walk (depending on how good you all are about finalizing you RSVP in advance) I will take personality/play style/energy level/age of the dogs attending (sorry people, this walk is about the dogs after all) into consideration and if I feel it is best I will split the group into these two sub groups to walk separately. I ask that people stick to these groups for the sake of safety and time constraints for that walk. If you genuinely feel your dog would be better served hiking with the opposing group to the one you’ve been placed in please let me know after the walk and I will be happy to discuss it with you.
Attendance Policy: We have lots of new members joining this group who would like to attend meet up events and we have a lot of people who've been in this group for a while and should know my contact information by now who are not showing up to meet ups and taking spaces that people would otherwise fill. This is not only unfair to our new members would like to become a part of the group but also to our members who all stand around waiting for you to show up but to other members who would like to attend these events and can't because spaces are full. I know things come up and everybody has an off week so I will allow three strikes for this new policy, but our new rule will be as follows. If you are a no-show or no call for any meet up to which you have RSVP'd yes it will count as a strike against you. Upon your third strike, I will then ban you from the group for one month and notify you of the ban via email.
Disclaimer: Participation in this group is an at-will activity and has inherent risks for which Organizers are not responsible. Furthermore, Organizers of this group are not responsible for parking tickets or tickets from park officials. Off-leash activity is at owner discretion, and Organizers are not responsible for any injury to you or your pet. Dog safety is solely the owner's responsibility and if your pet is in an altercation it is up to the parties involved to settle for damages. It is also the responsibility of each participant to be familiar with the venue (eg, have a copy of a trail map with you).