Explore by Paw is a friendly group of dog walkers in Worcestershire. We meet on 2 Saturdays each month and occasional weekdays for a 3-6 mile dog walk across open countryside and usually manage to find a dog-friendly pub or cafe at the end of the walk.
The walks are quite relaxed and easy-going. We like to see where we're going, enjoy a chat along the way and let the dogs have sniffing space, a good run and often a swim too. There's a good mix of dogs in the group.
Walks are led by a volunteer walk-leader, so you don't need to worry about map-reading or getting lost. Our walks are created specially for the group, and are intended to be as much fun for dogs and people as possible! Routes avoid stiles, road-walking and livestock as much as possible.
Explore by Paw walks are for socialised adult dogs with good recall. The group does not offer any dog training or behaviour advice to owners, but you are welcome to invite your own trainer on walks if you wish. Reliable recall is essential if your dog is off-lead.
The group has a Code of Conduct. This is posted up as an event so it's easy to find. All members joining the group are assumed to have read, understood and agreed to the Code of Conduct.
There is a small charge per walk of £2.00 The group is non-profit making and funds are used to maintain the group - (MeetUp doesn't charge individuals to join, but groups do pay to use MeetUp) and we support the Cinnamon Trust. If you are already a member of Explore by Paw Warwickshire (and have paid your annual subs), you don't need to pay again!
Group members benefit from a 15% discount on outdoor gear at Cotswold Outdoor (walking clothes, boots, etc), training courses (First Aid for Pets, Dog Behaviour Diploma, Dog Walker Certs have been recent ones) and other offers as they arise.
Explore by Paw is sponsored by the Driving with Dogs website, and they provide our walk routes.
Please don't join the group if ....
Sorry, these walks aren't suitable for growing puppies under 12 months (please see the Kennel Club health guidelines on this), or dogs who can't manage stiles on their own and are too heavy to be lifted over by 2/3 willing people.
Very small toy breeds, such as chihuahuas, may not join the group because of the high risk of injury to them from the larger dogs - if you have a toy dog, the Ramblers Association is probably a better bet.
Boxers, Pugs, Staffies and other dogs with retracted noses frequently struggle with the distance; if your dog has issues with breathing on walks then this may not be the group for you.
Young people under 15 years may join walks if they are KC Young Handlers or similar, and must be accompanied by an adult. Otherwise children are not able to join walks - this is because (like all Meetup groups) the group is intended for adults and has no insurance for anything occurring on the walk.
We completely understand that the weather, circumstances and 'stuff' changes. But to keep the group active, members who don't come on their first walk within 3 months of joining will be automatically removed by Meetup. It's nothing personal, and you're very welcome to re-join when you're ready.