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RuffTail Runners Training

  • Jun 23, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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This training session is required to participate in the RuffTail Runners program. You only have to attend once, and it should take about 2 hours, not including the time you might spend running with a dog (or two. or three.).

Here's how this will work:

  1. RSVP to this MeetUp.
  2. You'll be required to pay a fee of $20 (more on this below).
  3. We'll close the RSVPs at 6pm on Friday, 6/21.
  4. Once RSVPs are closed, we'll email everyone that RSVP'ed a password and a link that they can use to register and sign the online waiver. Please get this done by 5:00pm on Friday afternoon. Your MeetUp RSVP is NOT your registration!
  5. Please show up on time. We will get started at 9:00am sharp.
  6. Bring your ID and cell phone!

Please consider carefully before participating in the program. We have trained well over 1,600 people, but a very small percentage of those trained participate on any regular basis. We really need to focus the training on people who will participate on a continuing basis. If you are looking to train a group, or are looking to meet required service hours for a student group or other reasons, please consider other needs Austin Pets Alive! has for volunteers.

A few notes:

  • Don't bring your own dog. Or cat. Actually, cats harassing dogs are always funny.
  • If you can't make it to this training session, please be patient. As soon as another training session is scheduled, it will be posted on MeetUp, which will send you an email. If it's not posted, we don't yet know when it will be. Seriously, we get a lot of emails so please don't email us asking about the next session. Plus, it kind of makes us think you can't follow instructions, which is frightening.
  • A LOT of people want in. While this is great, there are always people that want an exception made just for them, or proclaim that they'll just show up. But, we're going to be as fair as possible about this, and stick to this process. We usually have training sessions every couple of weeks, so just be patient, and stay tuned.
  • Children are welcome, though they must be 16 or older to hold a leash, and 18 or older to participate alone. If they're participating, they must RSVP and register (parent or guardian will e-sign the registration for a minor). Children just accompanying an adult (not holding a leash) do not need to RSVP or register.
  • You can bring your own leash, which is awesome, but not your own dog.

Why the fee and limited class size? It's important to us to keep the program accessible to people that want to participate, but we have to balance that against the need for truly adequate training, which means more focus, more real demonstration, and more hands-on. We've found that the fee acts as a filter, bringing in people who have really engaged with the program and have made this something of an ongoing commitment. Other shelters in Austin charge $20-$35, so this is not unprecedented. The money also pays for things like adopt-me vests, supplies and equipment for the program and APA, and to generally help support the work of APA! and Team Spiridon, the non-profit that hosts the program. We've also started funding heartworm treatment for one or two dogs a month, so that they can be adopted out.

All that said, we are not requiring you to participate a set number of times per week. We just want you to help us ensure that the limited time and resources are being spent the most effectively, on people who have the time and energy to be active in the program.

Once you've gone through the training, you'll be able to run with the dogs. You can even run with the dogs that day, weather permitting, so come ready to run!

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  • Callie

    Any plans on when the next training session to begin will be? The last one was full so I couldn't attend but I'm eager to start helping out!

    June 30, 2013

  • Anne

    Very informative and for a great cause!

    June 23, 2013

  • Mary Paige S.

    How will you know if you get off the wait list?

    June 22, 2013

    • Rob H.

      With MeetUp, when you have to pay at the time you RSVP, the waiting list is manual. If a spot opens, someone has to jump on it. And, people rarely give up a spot. The RSVP's also closed Friday, so there won't be any additions.

      June 22, 2013

    • Rob H.

      We should have another training in the next 2-3 weeks. Hope to see you soon.

      June 22, 2013

  • Sanetra S.

    I have work at 12:15 in North Austin on Sunday and I really want to be a part of Walk A Dog. Do you think I will have enough time to attend this Sundays training??

    June 21, 2013

    • Rob H.

      The training runs from 9 to 11. But, as you know, you're on the wait list, which, honestly, rarely gets used. If someone that got in drops out, it's first-come, first-served to grab that spot...

      June 21, 2013

  • Janie Z.

    Cant make it this time but please keep me in the loop for the next one .. Thanks

    June 20, 2013

  • Brittany J.

    Yes, I have been waiting for a training session to be posted and I really want to start the program this week!

    June 20, 2013

  • Nolan W.

    If we choose to run with a dog after training, do we need to have a leash with us? Or can we borrow one for the day?

    June 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, Rob... in case I don't make it past the waiting list for this Sunday... What are the chances the next training will be on a Friday or Saturday?

    June 19, 2013

  • Becky M.


    June 18, 2013

    • Rob H.

      Hi, Becky - are you referring to your own RSVP, or are you bringing someone? If it's someone that wants to participate in the program, they have to RSVP and register...

      June 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    On the waiting list for this Sunday. Would be very grateful if a spot opens up.... I'm normally only available Fridays and Saturdays. Thank you for the opportunity! The organization sounds fantastic

    June 18, 2013

  • Isabel

    I just signed up and paid the fee, but I did a general APA training a few months back and paid the $20 then. Did I need to pay again?

    June 18, 2013

    • Lindsay M.

      Yes. APA and RuffTail Runners are two separate organizations. We run with dogs at APA and "house" out of the shelter, but we are an organization "run" by the running group, Team Spiridon.

      June 18, 2013

  • Shannon N.

    I can't make it this Sunday. Please keep me on the list.
    Shannon Noble

    June 18, 2013

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