It's time to head back to one of our Favorite parks! Lake Seminole is a nice 2 mile loop on a paved trail. Let's see if anyone is ready to for an extra half loop and make it 3!! It's starting to warm up so bring plently of water for you and your dog. Also, use you discretion if you or your dog do not tolerate the heat. As much as we love to see everyone, safety is our priority. As it warms up be sure to walk your dogs during the week to build up their stamina in the heat as well as toughen up their pads.
We will meet in the parking area near the start of the Trail by Shelter 9. After you enter the Park, go all the way to the back and stay to the right....follow the signs for shelter 8-9. There is plenty of parking early in the day
For anyone who plans to stay after to socialize. We will plan to use shelter 9 or 8 unless they are reserved then we will scout out an available shelter, the morning of the walk. Bring your own lunch or snack for you. As always bring plenty of water for you and your Dogs.
Please Review and Follow the Guidelines posted Below!!
WELCOME! We are so glad you have decided to participate in Pack Walk with Willow and Friends!
The goal of Pack Walk with Willow and Friends is to promote a fun, yet safe and productive atmosphere for both dogs and humans. This is a supportive and non-judgmental group.
In order to promote this environment, there are some very important guidelines that need to be followed. This includes those folks who have been on previous pack walks with the group. We need to stay attentive at all times.
A pack walk is a basically walk with a purpose. You want to exercise your dog’s mind and body. You are in charge. Your dog does not walk ahead of you or behind you and he/she is not allowed distractions such as squirrels, lizards, other dogs, or people. The leash is kept short. You – not the dog - decide where to walk and when to take breaks. There is no sniffing or marking during the walk.
• All breeds are welcome as long as they are 6 months or older.
• No dogs in heat
• Altered dogs are preferred
• No flexi leads
• No balls, treats, or toys
• All dogs must be current on their vaccinations and be wearing their rabies tag.
• We do not introduce any dogs until they are tired from walking.
• Please keep a respectful distance, and don’t EVER attempt a “nose to nose” greeting.
• Please, do not allow excessive barking or “antics.” This will excite the other dogs.
• You are responsible for providing your own poop bags, water, leashes, and other supplies.
• Please pay attention to your dog(s) at all times, particularly on rest breaks
• Monitor your dog(s) for signs of over exertion, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. If you aren’t sure if your dog is in distress, ask one of us.
• We always do introductions before each walk to welcome any new families and get information about the dogs. Don’t be shy about voicing any issues that your dog may have. We have ALL been there and we understand.
• Please pay attention during the introduction period and be aware of issues that the other dogs may have.
• If there is a particular problem you would like help with, let us know. We are willing to switch up dogs and work with you.
• Remember, there is a lot of work and patience involved, but consistency is the key to a well behaved dog! These walks allow your dog to bond with you and establish you as his/her leader!
• Be aware that some of us have been “pack walking” together for several weeks. Some of our dogs have met and are used to each other. That doesn’t mean that you and your dog(s) cannot be part of the group. Again, we all started out where you are now. We did our introductions slowly and let the humans decide when the dogs were ready to make friends.
Let's be Responsible!
When we are out with the group, we are representing pit bulls and other breeds. We are fortunate to live in an area with no breed legislation. We are allowed to walk our dogs in public, and it’s very important that we make a good impression!