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We've started this group for local dogs of all breeds to get out and enjoy a walk in the park. Pit bulls and bully breeds are welcome! Don't have a dog? Adoptable dogs and fosters are welcome, as well!
***Please note that if you would like to bring an adoptable dog from the Liberty Humane Society you must first be a registered volunteer who has completed the volunteer orientation and dog handling seminar. More information is available at: http://www.libertyhumane.org/volunteer.php. You will also be responsible for transporting the dog to and from the pack walk. Please have the adoptable dog wear an "adopt me" vest (provided by LHS) to get maximum exposure.
The purpose of Positive Pittie Pack Walk (PPPW) is to create a structured environment to exercise and socialize our dogs. We recognize the importance of being responsible dog owners in order to raise confident, stable dogs, while working towards improving the image of pit bull type dogs. We welcome all types of dogs, and encourage owners who are working on reactivity and socialization issues to join us. Our dogs are always in training, and PPPW strives to be a constructive experience for every dog and his owner, regardless of what issues they are working through.
In order to achieve our goals, all members must abide by the following rules. There will be no exceptions. Anyone who cannot abide by these rules will be asked to leave the group.
No dog interactions: at no point before or during the walk shall dogs be permitted to greet one another, sniff each other, etc. There will be no physical interaction between the dogs whatsoever. It is the rhythm of walking together as a pack that is a positive, dog-social experience. To that end, structured pack walking can be an incredibly therapeutic, rewarding experience for a dog. However, if you are looking for a group where your dog can “meet” new dogs and play, this is not the group for you.
Minimum one handler per dog: one human per dog, and one dog per human. Extra humans welcome to help organize the pack!
Respect Space: when we begin our walks, we will aim to keep approximately 5 feet between each dog. As the walk progresses, and the dogs get into the groove of pack walking, the distance between the dogs will likely reduce. Towards the end of the walk many dogs may end up walking side by side. Although, some dogs may require additional space throughout the entire walk.
Follow Instructions: A few organizers will be navigating throughout the pack as we move along. If an organizer asks you or your dog to move up towards the front or hang towards the back, please do so, and don’t take it personally! The goal is to find where each dog fits in to the pack most comfortably, and modify accordingly. Every dog will be different.
No Retractable Leashes: in order to ensure that each handler has proper control of his or her dog, please use leashes of no longer than 6 feet, and leave the retractable ones at home.
Respect Local Laws and Ordinances: At no time will PPPW violate local leash laws, and all owners are expected to clean up after their dogs. Furthermore, please be sure that your dog has the proper licenses and vaccinations displayed on his collar before joining the group.