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Welcome to Our Community Event Pages

• Are you looking for a social network to share walks and other dog friendly events with?

• Do you need a Rehab Support Buddy to help you with exercising your dog while you're coping with an injury or ongoing illness?

• Are you looking for group support and encouragement while training and socialising a new puppy or rescue dog?

If yes, then join us at Canine Conundrum UK

Canine Conundrum UK is a community network for adults with a love of dogs and a willingness to share the madness and joy with other like-minded individuals. We plan to meet up in all sorts of places for social events and exercise with our furry friends. The main aim of our Community of dog lovers is for Members to support each other - through the provision of a wide range of social walks and networking events, information resources, education and training events and practical assistance from Member volunteers.

Ever find it hard to fit in adult social time and human exercise with life’s responsibilities, like the daily dog walk? Are you someone who suffers from loneliness or are you just ready to make some new friends? Maybe you’ve taken on the responsibilities of dog ownership and found yourself in a conundrum such as personal ill health, or difficulties with dog training and socialisation, where you could do with some help and support? Well, although we can't help you with the household chores or do your job, we can offer you a chance to be part of our Community and join other Members for group walks, dog friendly social events, education and training events, cafe & pub meet ups, beach barbecues, camping holidays and more.

Our network is also open to dog lovers without a dog. Perhaps your accommodation doesn't allow pets or you've recently lost your buddy. Maybe you want to know more about different types of dogs and what's involved in having one in your family before you commit. You're welcome to join us, but don't be surprised if you find yourself covered in hairs and mud, and end up carrying a dog poo bag.

For us it's not just about the big walks and events (although these are fun). Our members experience the usual range of 'canine conundrums', from not having car transport and living in rented accommodation where pets are not allowed, to health related (2 & 4 legged) mobility restrictions and the need for managed dog socialisation and behaviour training. Our Community therefore aims to be fully inclusive by offering a range of events across the region, facilitating smaller local hub Member meet ups, and developing an active dog friendly community support network. If you're limited by a sick or elderly mutt or have limited mobility yourself, don't let it put you off - please get in touch to see how our Community can help.

Canine Conundrum UK is a community group spread across a wide area. We are self-funded and are not a service provider; everything we do is currently driven and funded by our Members. Therefore as a Member there are lots of ways to get involved socially and as a volunteer within the Community. Join us for social walks and other events; volunteer as a member support assistant; help to organise and host events or co-ordinate a local meet-up hub in your area; organise meet and greet Member networking events at a local café in your town and at next summer’s fairs; support the Central Organising Committee as one of our professional advisers and trainers; and lots more.

This is primarily a social and support group for adults, although supervised teenagers are welcome as guests at many events. Mixed family groups with young children will only be invited to special events suitable for their age range. Members will always meet first in a public open space safe for an initial meet and greet, to let our mutts meet and greet in their own happy way. Please let us know in advance if you have any particular worries such as safety issues or mobility/access requirements.

Canine Conundrum UK has some basic and obvious rules - so make sure you've read up on safe behaviour around dogs, especially how to meet and greet an unknown dog (see the Dogs Trust 'Be Dog Smart' education page at https://www.learnwithdogstrust.org.uk/be-dog-smart/ ). Don't be surprised if there is some noisy posturing as the mutts say hello and test each other out for play. Remember that while it's OK for a dog to say "no thanks I don't want to play or be jumped on" dangerous aggression is not, so know how to handle your dog if it does becomes over anxious or aggressive. Good tips on introducing dogs to each other at meet-ups can be found at https://bestfriends.org/resources/introducing-dogs-each-other .

At group social events, dog owners remain responsible for their dogs at all times and should have valid dog insurance. All dogs should wear a secure collar with appropriate I.D., be vaccinated, I.D. chipped and on regular flea treatment. If any of this sounds a bit overwhelming, don't worry. Talk to one of the Community Organisers or your event host in advance of meeting up. We also plan to run some group training events and will tailor these to the needs of the group.

To contact the Central Organiser’s Team please email us direct via CanineConundrumUK@gmail.com

Upcoming events (5+)

ParkLife Walk, Chat, Training Practice & Play - Manor Sports Ground

Manor Sports Ground Park, Worthing

DETAILS This is a regular local hub event, where the meet up times are adjusted by season and daylight hours. It’s a time to relax, unwind and meet some new friends while giving our 4 legged buddies the opportunity for exercise, socialisation and play. We'll also be supporting each other as we put into practice our canine buddy training techniques. ##Access & Level of difficulty: Flat & accessible, but park may be muddy after rain. ##Initial Meet & Greet The initial meet-up point is inside the off-lead dog section of the park, away from the gates. The most important step is a safe and relaxed meet and greet between humans-dogs and dogs-dogs, so lets provide our dogs comfortable space until we're ready for the proper introductions (see guidance & links below). ##What We'll Do Next The main aim is to socialise our dogs as much as possible in a controlled and calm way. These park meet-ups are also a great place to practice recall, the 'leave' command and other core training techniques in a real life environment with multiple distractions. Take some time to mingle and say hello to other Members, but be mindful of any dogs who do not want to be approached; ask the owners before stepping close to their dogs. ##Important to know As always, dog owners are responsible for keeping their dogs calm and under control at all times. Not all dogs like to be chased or jumped on by a strange dog so check with owners and watch out for dog body language. Please keep young children away from unknown dogs and be aware of your own dog's guarding instincts towards others. Remember that a hard stare into another dog’s eyes by a human or dog is a challenge and not a friendly way to greet; the appropriate behaviour is to give a glance and then look away. If your dogs practice inappropriate behaviour like nose to nose greetings, stiffening or staring, offer verbal feedback and walk them around to relax them before trying again. If one dog pursues another continually and ignores the other dog’s normal healthy body language and corrections (e.g., lip curls, growls or air snaps), then it is no longer playing but bullying and should be guided away to prevent escalation of the situation. To ensure everyone's safety during the meet-up, it may be necessary for some or all dogs to remain on a relaxed lead until their training has progressed further and includes recall. A training lead with harness is recommended for excitable dogs with poor recall. Extender leads are difficult to control and not recommended when in a close group. Despite applying good training practice, some highly reactive dogs may need to remain on lead for the duration of the event and wear a muzzle if likely to bite. If you have any concerns regarding dog behaviour then don't let this put you off from joining in, but please do contact the host in advance. For more information and advice please refer to the Dogs Trust educational leaflets at www.bedogsmart.org.uk and Best Friends guide https://bestfriends.org/resources/introducing-dogs-each-other. ##Transport & Facilities There is a car park within the sports ground, and further parking in the adjacent streets. The pedestrian entrance on Broadwater Road is next to a bus stop. There are public toilet facilities next to the bus stop. The nearest cafes are at Broadwater Village, so you may want to bring a drink for yourself. ##If anyone has restricted mobility and is worried about access, please speak to the host before the event. The venues of these regular events can sometimes be varied to accommodate specific Member needs. ##Don't forget the doggy drinking water, poo bags, dog towel and treats. ##Don't forget to book in to help the event hosts keep you informed of any last minute changes. ##If this particular event is not suitable for you, why not check out some other events on the site or volunteer to host one yourself.

Sunset Promenade & Beach Social Walk for Dog Lovers

East Worthing Beach

REGULAR BEACH WALK & PLAY SOCIAL EVENT ##Mobility access level: Good. Level of difficulty: Easy ##Sunset time: Sunset occurs between (TBC) ##Tide times: High tide / Low tide (TBC) ##Initial Meet & Greet The initial meet-up point is on the quieter dog friendly beach east of the swimming pool (and current construction site). We'll let our 4 legged buddies say hello and cool off on the pebbles away from the flow of pedestrians and cycles, before we decide what the group wants to do next. The pedestrian path is wheel chair accessible and if anyone struggles on pebbles and steep slopes then we'll adjust the plan as needed. Due to the adjoining cycle lane, for the safety of all, please keep your 4 legged buddies on a short lead while on the path. The beach is dog friendly and has some sandy knolls when the tide is mid way, so great for an off lead run. ##What We'll Do Next Options for the meet-up include beach play time, a relaxed circular walk along the beach and promenade, or a faster paced walk along the promenade and back. There are also options for refreshments at the local beach cafes or fish and chips from the local chippy (depending on timing). ##Transport & Facilities The nearest car parks are between Denton Gardens and the Splash Point swimming pool (pay and display). The meet-up point is a short walk from the no. 700 bus stop. The nearest public toilets are on the main promenade near the pier, but these close early in autumn/winter. Alternative facilities are available in the beach cafe. ## Important to know Don't forget the doggy drinking water, poo bags, treats & toys! Keep your dogs calm and under control during the initial meet and greet; not all dogs like to be chased or jumped on by a stange dog so check with owners and watch out for dog body language. Please keep young children away from unknown dogs and be aware of your own dog's guarding instincts towards others. For more information and advice please refer to the Dogs Trust educational leaflets at www.bedogsmart.org.uk and Best Friends guide https://bestfriends.org/resources/introducing-dogs-each-other. If you have any mobility issues or concerns regarding dog behaviour then don't let this put you off from joining in, but do contact the host to discuss how we can help. ##Don't forget to book in to help the event hosts keep you informed of any last minute changes. Fingers and paws crossed the weather is dog walking friendly.

Social Dog Walk at Clayton, South Downs

Jack and Jill Pub, Clayton

This will be a 5 mile social walk starting at the Jack and Jill pub in Clayton. ##Access Level: Mostly off-road narrow paths with some minor road tracks. Level of difficulty: Moderate ##Initial Meet & Greet (14:00) The initial (human) meet-up point will be at the Jack and Jill pub; please text Jerry on[masked] to confirm that you are coming. Its worth arriving a little earlier to ensure you don't miss the group. Before we set off the most important step is a safe and relaxed meet and greet between humans-dogs and dogs-dogs, so please read the guidance below and lets all be ready to help each other out by providing our dogs comfortable space until we're ready for the proper introductions in a suitable location (see link on safe meet & greets below). If you have a nervous, overexcited, untrained or reactive dog, or any other concerns, then please contact the host direct. ##What We'll Do Next Jerry will take you on an 'invigorating' walk so its aimed at the fairly fit and mobile. However, if anyone with more restricted mobility would like to join in, but is worried about keeping up with the pace of the group, please speak to the event host; this is primarily a social event and you might find you're actually the fittest one there. If you can't manage the whole walk that's fine. Join the group for as long as you can, but please don’t wander off without checking in with the host so he doesn't lose anyone (2 or 4 legged). ##Transport & Facilities TBC ##Important to know As always, dog owners are responsible for keeping their dogs under control at all times. Remember to keep your dogs calm and under control during the initial meet and greet; not all dogs like to be chased or jumped on by a strange dog so check with owners and watch out for dog body language. Please keep young children away from unknown dogs and be aware of your own dog's guarding instincts towards others. For more information and advice please refer to the Dogs Trust educational leaflets at www.bedogsmart.org.uk and Best Friends guide https://bestfriends.org/resources/introducing-dogs-each-other. Its likely that some of our furry friends won't be comfortable walking in a close knit group, and some of you have a faster walk than others, so we may spread out into smaller groups as appropriate. ##Don't forget the doggy drinking water, poo bags & treats! ##Don't forget to book in to help the event hosts keep you informed of any last minute changes. If you would like to volunteer to assist with this event in any way, please let us know. ##If this particular event is not suitable for you, why not check out some other events on the site or volunteer to host one yourself

ParkLife Walk, Chat & Play - Manor Sports Ground, Worthing

Manor Sports Ground Park, Worthing

DETAILS This is a regular local hub event, where the meet up times are adjusted by season and daylight hours. It’s a time to relax, unwind and meet some new friends while giving our 4 legged buddies the opportunity for exercise, socialisation and play. We'll also be supporting each other as we put into practice our canine buddy training techniques. ##Access & Level of difficulty: Flat & accessible, but park may be muddy after rain. ##Initial Meet & Greet The initial meet-up point is inside the off-lead dog section of the park, away from the gates. The most important step is a safe and relaxed meet and greet between humans-dogs and dogs-dogs, so lets provide our dogs comfortable space until we're ready for the proper introductions (see guidance & links below). ##What We'll Do Next The main aim is to socialise our dogs as much as possible in a controlled and calm way. These park meet-ups are also a great place to practice recall, the 'leave' command and other core training techniques in a real life environment with multiple distractions. Take some time to mingle and say hello to other Members, but be mindful of any dogs who do not want to be approached; ask the owners before stepping close to their dogs. ##Important to know As always, dog owners are responsible for keeping their dogs calm and under control at all times. Not all dogs like to be chased or jumped on by a strange dog so check with owners and watch out for dog body language. Please keep young children away from unknown dogs and be aware of your own dog's guarding instincts towards others. Remember that a hard stare into another dog’s eyes by a human or dog is a challenge and not a friendly way to greet; the appropriate behaviour is to give a glance and then look away. If your dogs practice inappropriate behaviour like nose to nose greetings, stiffening or staring, offer verbal feedback and walk them around to relax them before trying again. If one dog pursues another continually and ignores the other dog’s normal healthy body language and corrections (e.g. lip curls, growls or air snaps), then it is no longer playing but bullying and should be guided away to prevent escalation of the situation. To ensure everyone's safety during the meet-up, it may be necessary for some or all dogs to remain on a relaxed lead until their training has progressed further and includes recall. A training lead with harness is recommended for excitable dogs with poor recall. Extender leads are difficult to control and not recommended when in a close group. Despite applying good training practice, some highly reactive dogs may need to remain on lead for the duration of the event and wear a muzzle if likely to bite. If you have any concerns regarding dog behaviour then don't let this put you off from joining in, but please do contact the host in advance. For more information and advice please refer to the Dogs Trust educational leaflets at www.bedogsmart.org.uk and Best Friends guide https://bestfriends.org/resources/introducing-dogs-each-other. ##Transport & Facilities There is a car park within the sports ground, and further parking in the adjacent streets. The pedestrian entrance on Broadwater Road is next to a bus stop. There are public toilet facilities next to the bus stop. The nearest cafes are at Broadwater Village, so you may want to bring a drink for yourself. ##If anyone has restricted mobility and is worried about access, please speak to the host before the event. The venues of these regular events can sometimes be varied to accommodate specific Member needs. ##Don't forget the doggy drinking water, poo bags, dog towel and treats. ##Don't forget to book in to help the event hosts keep you informed of any last minute changes. ##If this particular event is not suitable for you, why not check out some other events on the site or volunteer to host one yourself.

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