This group was started for local German Shepherd owners to get outside and enjoy structured pack walks in Clovis, Fresno, and the surrounding areas. We welcome all breeds, and encourage owners that are looking to work on socialization or reactivity issues to join us for the training opportunity. If you're looking for a group where your dog can meet other dogs and play, this is not the group for you.
To ensure a safe and satisfying pack walk, all members must abide by the following rules. There are no exceptions. Any member who cannot follow the established rules will be asked to leave the group.
NO DOG-TO-DOG INTERACTIONS: Dogs must be under control of their handler at all times and working on a structured walk / heel. Please do not allow your dog to greet other dogs participating in the pack walk. We want our pack walks to be a positive experience, and on leash greetings often do more harm than good. The majority of us don't want to shake the hand of every person we come across, and the same goes for our dogs. The structure of a pack walk can be a great way to socialize your dog without putting them in a situation that reinforces bad behavior, and it fulfills your dogs instinctual need to travel as a pack.
ONE DOG PER HANDLER: Family members and friends are welcome to join the walks, but for the safety of all participants, only one dog per handler will be permitted. Handlers must be 18+.
RESPECT SPACE: We try to maintain a minimum of 5 feet between each dog and handler at the beginning of our walks. As the dogs get into the rhythm of walking with the pack, the distance between dogs and handlers will likely reduce. Toward the end of the walk, several dogs may be walking parallel to each other. Please respect dogs that need their space for the entirety of their walk.
FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS: Our pack leaders will issue instructions for the duration of the walk to ensure that each dog is in a position that is comfortable to them. If we ask you to change position, don't take it personally! You'll receive a 5 minute warning before breaks in order to re-establish the minimum distance between dogs while stopped.
NO RETRACTABLE LEASHES: In order to ensure each handler has control over their dog, all dogs must be on a secure, 4-6 ft leash. No long lines or Flexi-leads.
LOCAL LAWS AND ORDINANCES: All dogs are required to be on leash, and have the appropriate city or county license displayed clearly on their collar at the time of joining the group. Owners are expected to clean up after their dogs and dispose of waste responsibly.
VACCINATIONS: In order to participate in our events, all dogs must be up to date on vaccinations and free of communicable diseases, and external parasites. Do not attend an event if your dog is showing symptoms such as coughing, nasal discharge, increased salivation, diarrhea, sneezing etc., please see your veterinarian and follow proper isolation protocol.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
• A backpack.
• A copy of your dogs current rabies vaccination paperwork.
• Water bottle and a travel bowl for scheduled water breaks. Don't forget to bring a bottle (or two) for yourself!
• Wear comfortable attire and appropriate shoes for walking.
• High value food rewards (i.e. hot dogs, cheese, jerky, deli meat etc.)
• An appropriate collar, harness, and leash.
• Waste bags.
WHAT IF I'M RUNNING LATE?
• We recommend that you arrive 5-10 minutes early to give yourself time to park, unload your dog, check in, and prepare for the walk. Please check back regularly for cancellations due to weather or other circumstances.
• We will begin pack walks 15 minutes after the set arrival time. Unfortunately, we don't wait for latecomers. Dogs can quickly become stressed or anxious while waiting before the walk, they're ready to exercise and we would like to start each walk as relaxed as possible. Pack walks will usually begin at 9AM in the summer, and 10AM in the winter.
By joining this group, you agree to release the groups organizer(s) and members from any and all liability with regard to group activities. You are responsible for your dog at all events, and agree to keep your dog leashed and under control.