What we're about

Looking for other dog owners working with their dog through aggression, anxiety, or related behavior challenges? We're the group for you.

We'll have times for our dogs to work together, respecting each other's space and different stages in recovery, as well as dog-free events where we'll share success stories and the hurdles were facing.

>> Overview

This is a support group for dogs recovering from aggression or anxiety and the families that care for them.

Many of our dogs are working through leash reactivity, whether driven by anxiety or over-excited approaches to other dogs. These dogs can benefit from practicing their calming skills in the vicinity of other dogs - but we often don't know when other dogs might be on the trails, and more importantly, we must always be on guard for dog owners who don't appreciate the challenges we are working through with our dogs.

By hosting group walks, we can hit the trails and focus on our pup's recovery knowing that many other dogs nearby are handled by people who will respect our dog's space and recognize that each dog has their own challenges.

We will also have dog-free events where we can gather to discuss our progress and our challenges, and learn from each others' successes.

Dr McClure will host at least one walk and one dog-free event per month. He will be available to address questions and provide feedback as desired, but his attention will be divided among all members present.

There is no cost for any of our events, but donations are encouraged. Donations go toward a fund to provide behavior services to those families who may most benefit from the companionship of a dog but struggle with the cost of providing the best behavioral care for their pet.

• Suggestions for time and location of events would be appreciated.

>> Dog Event Rules

1. No aversive tools are allowed. This means no shock collars or pinch/prong or choke collars. Body harnesses are encouraged. Flat collars may also be used.

2. No retractable leashes allowed. These are a safety hazard. Many participants will use a long line (15 foot) but should have been trained and have practiced appropriate leash handling skills.

3. All participants must have worked with a qualified force-free trainer or behavioral specialist to learn appropriate handling techniques. If you and your dog worked with a specialist other than Dr McClure, please contact Dr McClure for approval before you bring your dog to an event.

4. Manage your space. Many participants will have their dogs on long lines (15 foot). The safe distance between two handlers with unfamiliar dogs on 15 foot leashes is more than 50 feet (15 feet plus a couple feet of arms reach plus several feet of slow stopping distance times 2).

5. Respect other dogs' space. Do not let your dog approach another dog without clear communication and consent from the other dog's owner.

6. Respect other people's progress. Each dog and handler will be at different stages of the recovery process and may be facing unique challenges.

>> Non-Dog Event Rules

1. Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend.

2. Respect other members. Share ideas not judgement.

3. Use the event to build community with other dog owners not seek easy answers. Dr McClure will not be able to provide specific guidance for any dog he has not evaluated and worked with.

>> Donations Appreciated

• There is no cost for any of our events, but donations are encouraged.

• Donations will be used first to cover MeetUp.com and related group maintenance fees.

• Any additional funds will be used to provide no-cost behavior services to pet owners who cannot afford the behavioral help their pet needs.

Upcoming events (4+)

Dog-free meet and greet

OPO Cafe

Grab lunch from any one of several local shops and meet at the outdoor cafe / patio outside OPO Startups in historic downtown St Charles. This is a dog-free event for the families of pets in recovery to meet, discuss, and ask questions. Come and go as you please, but please RSVP if you expect to attend.

Be sure to review the guidelines in the group description that apply to all events.

Dog-free meet and greet

OPO Cafe

Grab lunch from any one of several local shops and meet at the outdoor cafe / patio outside OPO Startups in historic downtown St Charles. This is a dog-free event for the families of pets in recovery to meet, discuss, and ask questions. Come and go as you please, but please RSVP if you expect to attend.

Be sure to review the guidelines in the group description that apply to all events.

Dog-free meet and greet

OPO Cafe

Grab lunch from any one of several local shops and meet at the outdoor cafe / patio outside OPO Startups in historic downtown St Charles. This is a dog-free event for the families of pets in recovery to meet, discuss, and ask questions. Come and go as you please, but please RSVP if you expect to attend.

Be sure to review the guidelines in the group description that apply to all events.

Dog-free meet and greet

OPO Cafe

Grab lunch from any one of several local shops and meet at the outdoor cafe / patio outside OPO Startups in historic downtown St Charles. This is a dog-free event for the families of pets in recovery to meet, discuss, and ask questions. Come and go as you please, but please RSVP if you expect to attend.

Be sure to review the guidelines in the group description that apply to all events.

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Dog-free meet and greet

OPO Cafe

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