Dog park overwhelming you and your baby? Meet up here with other shy, traumatized, or poorly socialized dogs of all ages for walks, play groups, etc.
In our culture of isolation, it's so important to help your dog get the social time they need. Many rescue dogs experience PTSD-like symptoms, with various triggers such as noise, movement, people, other dogs, and many others. Whether your dog needs to learn to be more comfortable around other dogs and people, or simply prefers a calmer, more controlled environment than the local dog park to hang out with friends, the goal of this Meetup is to form an ad hoc "pack" where more timid dogs can learn to feel safe again.
Legalese to protect us all : UPON ATTENDING ANY LISTED EVENT, OR BY USING ANY INFORMATION SHARED WITHIN THE GROUP, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND AND ABIDE BY THIS AGREEMENT AND ANY AMENDMENTS THERETO. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THESE TERMS, PLEASE IMMEDIATELY CEASE USE OF ANY OF THE MEETUP SERVICES ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GROUP. DISCLOSURE, RELEASE, HOLD HARMLESS, AND INDEMNITY: I wish to participate in activities offered by The Shy Dog Social Club of Bainbridge Island and its organizers, as presented on the Meetup.com website or otherwise. I understand that the group, individual organizers or participants organize or sponsor a variety of group activities specifically planned to safely socialize dogs which are known to demonstrate underdeveloped emotional regulation, typically anxiety and fear around other dogs. I recognize that under these conditions, such activities may involve certain dangers and risks, including but not limited to serious injury to my dog or to myself. As a loyal Pack Member, I agree to help mitigate these possibilities by following these guidelines: * Honestly and completely disclose the nature of my dog's shyness and/or reactivity to other Pack Members, both verbally upon meeting and by completing the Pack Member questions. * Manage my dog (and our walking environment) appropriately, anticipating triggers and using feedback from other Pack Members about their own dogs * Help my dog learn to feel safer in the world * Use a muzzle if my dog may nip or bite when stressed. (They really help for socialization.) I hereby release the Shy Dog Social Club of Bainbridge Island, its organizers, and members from any liability for injuries or other damages that I or my assigns may incur while attending and participating in any of our events.