Pack Walks combine exercise, socializing, training, and bonding for both humans and their faithful companions. Join us for DOG-FRIENDLY hikes, walks, social gatherings, and special events in and around the Portland, Oregon metro area.
We're looking forward to meeting all our new pack-mates, four- and two-legged alike! If you love your dog(s) and the outdoors, this is the group for you. Owners must follow leash and waste laws, dogs must be properly vaccinated and tagged. Excitement is understandable with your dog(s), and we will help your dog learn to socialize, however please refrain from allowing aggressive - biting, fighting - behavior.
Who is welcome? Everyone, and every dog is welcome.
My dog is learning social skills, can she come? Yes. Group walks can help your dog learn to socialize as they bond over common goals and release anxiety through exercise. The group is very understanding, and will give your dog all the space she/he needs.
There are shy dogs and very friendly dogs in the group. Our founding dog is an aussie, and he likes to bark to tell us what's happening. Other dogs hang out at the edge of the group and wonder what the fuss is about. Once walking though, all the dogs like to bump shoulders and sniff around together.
What kinds of dogs come? All kinds of dogs and humans enjoy the walks - everything from big, poofy Bernese mountain dogs to little, poofy Pomeranians.
Can I try out a walk before joining? We offer a 60 trial period to be in the group. Most months, this should give you several events to attend before deciding whether or not to join the group. You'll be able to attend Pack Walks, Adventure Hikes, and Pack Socials to get an idea of what we're all about.
What does it cost to belong to PDX Metro Pack Walks? Following your 60 day trial period, we charge a $14.95 annual membership fee.
Why is there a charge to belong to this group? We use the charge to cover expenses like group fees, accounting, tax, and legal services, organizer compensation, charitable donations, or membership and services growth. We provide an annual summary report of how your funds are used in February.
What do I get for my membership? You'll be able to attend 40+ regularly scheduled, dog-friendly walks, hikes, and social events throughout the year. You'll also gain access to our special group and team events, like Bark in the Park, OHS Doggy Dash, group campouts and backpacking trips. You may also receive discounts or special offers from our sponsors - check our 'sponsors' page for more info. Members also receive an annual 'membership patch.'
What sorts of events do you host? We strive to create a variety of events that you and your dog can enjoy together! Generally, there are four types of events, and you can check out our upcoming events for more specific details.
Pack Walks: fun, social, outdoor walks with our dogs between 2-4 miles, in and around the Portland OR metro area. The monthly walk is scheduled the first Saturday, at 10:00, with changing locations.
Adventure Hikes: exciting hikes for active dogs and their humans, between 8 and 12 miles, held throughout Northwest Oregon. Adventure Hikes are scheduled on the third Saturday of every other month.
Pack Socials: entertaining social gatherings where you can bring your dog! "Paws and Brews" events are held at various dog-friendly restaurant patios throughout the city on the third Tuesday of the month.
Special Events: unique ways to celebrate life with your dog with other great dog owners. We host campouts and backpacking trips, along with all sorts of community events like Bark in the Park and the OHS Doggie Dash!