ALL MEMBERS please read our POLICIES AND TIPS
WELCOME TO THE DOG PACK!
Hopefully we don't have to make a lot of rules for our hikes/events, but we ask our Dog Pack members to keep in mind that they might have to "adjust" some of their habits when they walk with the PACK.
If you don't like the rules, don't join our group...we do enforce these. All of our rules are the result of some incident or other. Just read them, abide by them, and we can ALL enjoy our outings with our dogs. Please don't ask for "exemptions" on your first hike with us...our regulars respect the rules, the newbies should do the same.
PLEASE, READ THE ENTIRE EVENT WRITEUP! Seriously, folks, we spend a lot of time on these to tell you everything that you need to know, but you won't know if you don't READ what's written!
BE KIND TO YOUR EVENT HOST. Organizers and Event Hosts are not professionals , and they are NOT your "employees". We volunteer our time to arrange these hikes for you. Remember, you've been "invited" to these hikes by someone who is doing this for you at NO CHARGE and NO OBLIGATION to you. The host is trying to have a nice day, just like you.
The Host is in charge of the event!
HAVE YOUR SHOT UP TO DATE, we do not check this.
SHORT LEASH ONLY, 6' or shorter, when in the group.
NO RETRACTABLES, they are a danger & a major aggravation to others
MAX 2 DOGS PER PERSON on most hikes .
We might limit you to 1 dog/person in very crowded parks...(Castlewood)
Restaurants are always 1 dog/person
Only friendly, well behaved dogs.
This is NOT a good venue for aggressive dogs, you'll be sent home
Don't bring "treats" for the other dogs...causes fights
Clean up after your dog, if he/she messes the trail
MEMBER DOGS ONLY, no guest dogs without permission
MALE DOGS MUST BE NEUTERED . This is not open for discussion!
Big dog owners are expected to be extra careful around the wee dogs. The little guys sometimes get more privileges than the big, rowdy dogs. We often have 8 lb dogs hiking with 100 lb dogs.
IMPORTANT!!!! BRING WATER FOR YOUR DOG OR STAY HOME! Every dog needs water on these hikes, regardless of weather. We stop often to water the dogs, you're expected to have your own.
STAY TO THE RIGHT AND SHORTEN YOUR DOG'S LEASH WHEN PASSING OTHERS OR BEING PASSED. We are a major obstacle to others on the trail when we have so many dogs.
***THE HIKES AND RSVP's ***
We hit the trail PROMPTLY at the scheduled time, with or without you.
Plan your time to arrive early.
Keep your RSVP's up to date, just common courtesy for others.
When you change your RSVP, you have to hit the FINISH button to send
YOU WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE GROUP FOR THREE "NO SHOWS" .
***PACE OF OUR HIKES***
We hike at a moderate pace with frequent stops, unless otherwise specified. You don't have to be a super athelete, but you have to be able to keep up, even on our "easy" hikes. Our average pace is 2.5 to 3 mph, or a 20-25 minute mile. We go slower on difficult terrain. The pace of each hike is usually spelled out in the writeup.
YOU ARE EXPECTED TO WALK AT THE GROUP PACE.
Don't sign up if it's not what you want. We have people of all abilities on most hikes, unless otherwise specified in the writeup. If you're a fast walker, PLEASE DON'T TAKE OFF AND "LEAD" THE HIKE at your pace so that others have to struggle to keep up. If you are a slow walker, you might have to pick up your feet a little. We want everyone to be able to enjoy the day, that might mean "adjusting" your speed.
THE EVENT HOST SETS THE PACE, not individual members.
You can host your own hike, if you want a power walk, a run or a short, slow stroll. Just let me know, I'll help you get started.
We like to watch the pups play, and we stop a lot to water the dogs and just goof off, look at scenery and take pictures. It's not about powering through the daily grind, it's about actually enjoying your time outside with your dog.
READ THE ENTIRE HIKE DESCRIPTION, ESPECIALLY DRIVING DIRECTIONS.
I CAN'T STRESS THIS ENOUGH. Most parks have multiple parking lots, pay attention to which lot. Your GPS IS NOT YOUR FRIEND in many of these parks, it will mislead you! Happens all the time. Many parks have little or no cell reception.
LEARN TO USE THE MAPPING FEATURE on each event, it will make the job of finding us much easier.
ALWAYS TRUST THE HIKE DESCRIPTION. "Difficult" means steep and rocky, "muddy" means muddy paws & boots, "easy" means fairly level, not necessarily short.
We work hard on our writeups to include all pertinent stuff.
***SOME GOOD RECOMMENDATIONS.***
BUY A GOOD STRONG HARNESS FOR FIDO. Much safer for dogs and humans in the wilderness or around fast-moving rivers.
BACKPACKS for water bottles, clothing layers, etc. are pretty cheap at Walmart or Target. You'll need something to carry your stuff. You don't need an expensive one, if price is a factor.
FRONTLINE FIDO & SPRAY YOURSELF WITH DEET in summer. Most trails have bugs and ticks.
MOISTURE-WICKING SOCKS are the best investment you can make. They're pricey ($10-$15/pair) but worth every penny and they last a long time. Blisters are not fun on a long hike with 3 miles back to your car.
HIKING BOOTS/SHOES are required on some trails, strongly recommended on others. Tennis shoes are not adequate on steep slopes with loose rock, or in the snow.
EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS...If you don't want to receive all the reminders/notices that are automatically generated, go to your profile and edit it. I can't change this for you, but you can adjust it yourself. PLEASE STAY SIGNED UP TO RECEIVE INFO ON ANY EVENTS THAT YOU ARE ATTENDING, we often have to make last minute changes.