RuffTail Runners Training!

  • January 19, 2013 · 11:00 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 an hour and a half, 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 $10 (more on this below).
  3. We'll close the RSVPs at 10:00pm on Thursday, 1/17.
  4. On Thursday night, 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. This is NOT the MeetUp registration. This is registration and waiver for the actual program!
  5. Show up on time!
  6. Bring your ID and cell phone!

Please consider carefully before participating in the program. We have trained close to 1,000 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 monkey. Actually, monkeys riding 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.
  • 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 do not need to RSVP or register.
  • You can bring your own leash, but not your own dog.

Why the fee? We hope the fee will bring in people who really want this and will actually show up, and who will make this something of an ongoing commitment. The Austin Humane Society charges $35, so this is not unprecedented. The fee will be used to promote the program, buy adopt-me vests and leashes, etc., and some of it will be donated to other animal charities.

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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  • mary h.

    Hey, so I went the whole time (11-12:45) but I had to leave at 12:45 before we went out to the kennels--I don't need to go to another training, do I?

    January 19, 2013

  • Rachel R.

    I don't have my own leash to bring to the training. Is that okay, or do I need to have one?

    January 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Rob since the exits are Caesar and 5th are closed today, how are we supposed to get to the shelter?

      January 19, 2013

    • Rob H.

      It's just a 5K (3.1 miles), and it starts at 9am. The average runner (considering the gorilla suit) will finish in 30-35 minutes. Walkers should be done in less than an hour. Shouldn't be a problem. If something goes horribly wrong, park down past the YMCA and walk across the creek bed.

      January 19, 2013

  • Caroline P.

    If we were on the waiting list and did not get an email last night to pay, does that mean we have not been taken off the waiting list yet? What are the chances some people from the waiting list will be let in?

    January 18, 2013

    • Rob H.

      Hi, Caroline - I'm afraid we're closed to RSVP's for this session. I have to shut it down at some point so I can pull and merge the registration and payment databases. Things are getting tight with the marathon approaching on Feb 17, but we're trying to squeeze one more in before that. Just stay tuned, you'll get a notice when we are able to set one. Thanks!

      January 18, 2013

  • Jami E.

    Hi Rob - I've been a volunteer at the Austin Humane Society for 3.5 yrs. We do not have a running program established. As a higher level volunteer (meaning lots of required training hours and volunteer hours), I'm allow to check out a dog to take for a run. I haven't had the RuffTail training yet (this is the second time I'm on the waiting list) but would be willing to work with RuffTail from the Austin Humane Society perspective to get a program going. Just let me know and I can start talking to staff about it.

    January 16, 2013

    • Rob H.

      Hey, Jami - thanks for connecting about this. We've talked to AHS periodically over the last couple of years, and they had some things to look at on their end, but mainly, I have just not kept on it enough. I sent an email to Katy Drahos - we had talked about it in the past, and she wanted to try to come to an orientation. It would be great to have some people already within the organization to help out. Can you shoot me an email, using the email link over on the left? Thanks!

      January 16, 2013

  • Immanuel

    Can you provide a link to the Austin Humane Society's class and will it qualify as our RuffTail Runners training session/qualification? I don't mind the $35, especially if it gets me in the program faster/helps the organization.
    Thanks,

    January 15, 2013

    • Rob H.

      The Humane Society training is completely separate, and they don't cover the RuffTail Runners processes and standards. I'm not sure they cover running with the dogs at all. We have talked to them in the past about expanding the program there, and we just have to get together and make it happen. In fact, your comment will get me to shoot them another email - they're great partners with Team Spiridon, and supporters of the program, there are just details unique to them to work out. Again, we're doing these training sessions every couple of weeks, with 50 at a time, but they're filling in a matter of hours. There's not a lot

      January 15, 2013

    • Rob H.

      more we can do...

      January 15, 2013

  • Joi H.

    How often do people actually get in if on the waiting list and about when would we be notified? Thanks

    January 15, 2013

    • Rob H.

      Very few people drop off, honestly. In the past, I've been soft and let maybe ten more in, but that takes the group from a size too hard to manage, when we actually go out to the kennels, to a ridiculously unmanageable group. If some drop out, I'll let a few in, but I'm keeping this one to 50 - I was going to cut it to 40, and really need to in the future...

      January 15, 2013

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