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WELCOME TO TOPDOG, FREE! TOPDOG is now FREE! PLEASE READ TO THE BOTTOM, THANKS..

WE ARE ALL ABOUT SENIOR DOGS, ARTHRITIC DOGS, OR DOGS RECOVERING FROM SURGERY! All dogs deserve to get out and have some fun now and then, so don't exclude your best friend because he might be a little slower =)

WE LOVE DOGS - PLEASE New Members PHOTO NECESSARY - Please have a photo or yourself / your dog so we know who you are...

TOPDOG IS A FREE GROUP! WE ARE A GRANDFATHERED GROUP THAT STARTED IN 2009 AND THIS GROUP IS NOW FREE, AND GEARED TOWARDS OLDER OR SLOWER FRIENDLY DOGS WHO LIKE TO STILL GET OUT AND SOCIALIZE!

ORIGINALLY, TOPDOG WAS ABOUT DOGS, CANINE SOCIALIZING, DOG EVENTS, DOG WALKS, DOGGY DINING, AND ANYTHING DOG-RELATED. TOPDOG has done Doggy Dining, Woofstock, Dog Parties (Drinks & Dogs) and other Dog-Inclusive activities. Of course, tons of walks have logged our calendar too! Hey, you are on Meetup to meet people right? Why shouldn't your dog be? WOOF!

PLEASE READ RULES AND INFO BELOW, THANKS FOR JOINING! =)

BENEFITS OF DOG WALKING: Dog walking is good for both you and your dog! Walking your dog is the first step for any canine behavioral problem. The reason for this is that dogs are natural travelers, and they have a need to explore new territory often in order to remain mentally healthy and stable. Walking your dog stabilizes him or her mentally and physically by letting them expend energy. If a dog doesn't get exercise beyond his yard, he or she will be bored and that can lead to bad behavior. Dogs have different energy levels. It's the high energy dogs that will use their boredom in destructive ways, and are more likely to suffer separation anxiety when you leave them home alone. Small dogs may not need as much exercise, but walking benefits them as well.

Dog walking is one of the cheapest as well as the most enjoyable ways of ensuring your own fitness as well as that of your dog. Apart from that, it endows you with the usual benefits of walking i.e. improvement in cardiovascular development, strengthening of muscles and bones, low blood pressure, etc.

Yet another benefit of dog walking is that your pet has the capability of charging you up, enhancing your energy levels, so that you walk faster and with much more enthusiasm. With this, you not only burn more calories, but also improve your overall fitness levels. It has been proved that dogs serve as great stress busters. So, walking with your dog will help you forget all your worries and relax your mind as well. All in all, right from the social viewpoint to the health perspective, dog walking holds lots of benefits!

ABOUT TOP DOG: We are canine enthusiasts who meet in the Carmichael / Fair Oaks / Citrus Heights areas with their DOG-FRIENDLY (and human friendly) pooches and meet with other dog owners who enjoy the exercise and enjoy bringing their canine companions along. (Obviously we would ask that everyone's hounds be up to date with shots etc...)

DOG FRIENDLY AND LEASHED DOGS ONLY PLEASE!!!

TO ENSURE A GOOD EXPERIENCE FOR DOGS & THEIR PEOPLE PLEASE FOLLOW THESE BASIC RULES BELOW, THANKS.

1. PLEASE TREAT OTHER WITH RESPECT, LEAVE DRAMA BEHIND.

2. DOGS ARE DOGS HERE AT TOPDOG, ALL BREEDS ARE WELCOME!

3. HONOR YOUR RSVP & CHANGE IT IF YOUR PLANS CHANGE, NO ONE LIKES TO BE KEPT WAITING FOR SOMEONE WHO ISN'T COMING.

4. PLEASE BRING POO BAGS, WATER & TREATS IF YOU ARE WORKING ON TRAINING ISSUES.

5. NO RETRACTABLE LEASHES (SORRY, BUT THESE HAVE BEEN A PROBLEM IN THE PAST)

6. GIVE OTHER DOGS SOME SPACE, ALWAYS ASK IF IT IS OK FOR YOUR DOG TO HAVE A NOSE-TO-NOSE HELLO. NOT EVERYONE IS COMFORTABLE WITH THIS SO ASKING FIRST IS IMPORTANT.

ABOUT AGGRESSIVE NON-SOCIALIZED DOGS: Even though we will walk with leashed dogs, if your dog is aggressive or does not get along well with other dogs, this is probably not the right group for you. An excited or hyper dog is different than an aggressive dog. Only YOU know your own dog, dogs do get excited, but if your dog is wanting to pick fights then this is not the right group for you.

IMPORTANT: PLEASE KEEP YOUR DOGS ON A SECURE LEASH / COLLAR WHEN YOU ARRIVE WHILE GETTING OUT OF THE CAR. THERE ARE LEASH LAWS IN THE PARKS, AND IT PREVENTS YOU FROM GETTING A TICKET, WHILE MAINTAINING CONTROL & SAFETY OVER ALL OF OUR DOGS. DOGS SHOULD REMAIN ON THEIR LEASH AT ALL TIMES DURING THESE MEETUPS UNLESS OTHERWISE PLANNED. ALSO, PLEASE PRACTICE DOGGY COMMON COURTESY AND BE AWARE THAT DOGS ARE SOMETIMES NATURALLY PROTECTIVE ON THEIR LEASHES, AND GREETING OTHER DOGS WHILE ON A LEASH IS OPTIONAL TO EACH OWNER. JUST BECAUSE YOUR DOG IS LEASH FRIENDLY, DOES NOT MEAN ANOTHER TOPDOG MEMBER WANTS YOUR DOG TO APPROACH THEIR DOG.

INACTIVE MEMBERS - TOP DOGS who do not visit the calendar for 4 months will be auto-removed. We know the calendar is sometimes slow lately, but at least come have a look. Thanks!

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