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Los Angeles Responsible Pit Bull Owners

Van Nuys, CA

Los Angeles Responsible Pit Bull Owners

Los Angeles Responsible Pit Bull Owners (LARPBO) launched in February 2011 to bring together "Responsible Pit Bull Owners" in the greater Los Angeles area. Our mission is to join together in group activities, events, pit bull advocacy, education/training classes, and community outreach in order to promote a positive image of all “bully breeds.”

We are committed to educating the public about responsible pit bull and dog ownership, banishing the myths that the media feeds the public. We actively work together to share the truth about bully breeds: they are very loyal, loving, intelligent dogs who are amazing and wonderful family pets. Just like any dog, given proper obedience training, socialization with humans, and appropriate interaction with other dogs, this breed defies media misconceptions. By promoting attention and communication between dogs and owners we can show the general public what we already know: these are amazing creatures deserving of full and happy lives.

LARPBO promotes the importance of spaying and neutering all bully breeds, as well as rescuing and re-homing. The overpopulation of these dogs currently creates the assumption that these dogs don’t deserve a chance.

With so much controversy surrounding the bully breeds today, our focus is not only to increase awareness of the issues that affect pit bulls and their ownership, but to work together to be a part of the solution. Our goal with Los Angeles Responsible Pit Bull Owners is to gather pit bull loving friends and owners as a community – a community dedicated to making a stand for our best friends and strive to do so with the same fun-loving outlook that our dogs have in life.

4211 members · Public

Dog Scouts of America

Burlingame, CA

Dog Scouts of America

We're similar to Boy and Girl Scouts except we earn our scout badges with our dogs.  Dog Scouts of America is all about dogs learning good manners and good behaviors.  We have social play get-togethers, dog walks and hikes.  We encourage people to help their dogs be all they can be, and in the process we all have a lot of fun.   

Dog Scouts of America Mission:  To improve the lives of dogs, their owners, and society through humane education, positive training, and community involvement.

We have  two San Francisco Bay Area troop locations:

SF Bay Area Troop    #198    (South Bay)

SF East Bay Troops   #237  (East Bay) Metro Dog/Richmond 

Also in Northern CA
Dogaholics Anonymutts DSA Troop #229
(Trinity, Shasta & Tehama Counties)      

California Future Troops List 
Santa Cruz 
San Diego

(If you are interested in one of the future troop areas join this Meet-up page, e-mail us, and we'll connect you to others that want to start up a new DSA troop in your area.) 

443 members · Public

Dog Lovers and Hiking Hounds of Sacramento

Sacramento, CA

Dog Lovers and Hiking Hounds of Sacramento


I started this group to provide opportunities for dogs and their owners to get outdoors together.  Most events involve off leash time with your dog.   We are a friendly group of folks who love dogs and welcome new members!  We are mainly a hiking group (with hikes of various distance and difficulty), but any dog-related activity is great and we especially welcome members who'd like to step up and organize events!). 

 Our meetup locations range from the local Sacramento area to the Sierras and anywhere in between!  To check out the the group and our events, please answer the profile questions and we will approve you will start a 30 day free membership.

* All dog breeds are welcome as long as the behave appropriately with other dogs. People are welcome, with or without dogs, as long as they are dog lovers (you don't have to have a dog to join the group).  We emphasize responsible dog ownership and our off-leash events are often limited in numbers to keep things under control and to represent our group well to others who share the trails.  Prong/pinch and ecollars can create a negative association with other dogs so are not allowed at our events.*

If you enjoy the group, you can pay the $6 annual fee to remain a group member.  Meetup offers an automatic system for this so I cannot make exceptions to this policy. You may do this via WEPAY by going to "membership dues" (link on left).  If need be, you may send me a check but I prefer electronic and it is a secure system.  This small fee helps me cover the fee to meetup to host the group.  

Please read our group guidelines HERE  or below.

Happy Trails and Woof! Jodi Cassell, Ky, and Rudi - vizslas, Beanie - pitty mix honorary vizsla


The following disclaimer and guidelines and resource links form the foundation for all

Dog Lovers and Hiking Hounds of Sacramento events. Version 12_28_2016


Each person who participates accepts responsibility for making any determinations regarding their and their dog(s) safety, conduct and well-being; recognizes possible hazards attending outdoor activities; and accepts responsibility for all risks and liability associated with their and their dog(s) behaviour. 


● Please make sure your dog behaves appropriately.  This includes:  being aware of what your dog is doing at all times and making sure interactions are appropriate between dogs in the group (meaning dogs are not repeatedly harassing dogs who are not into playing,  etc.).  “Arguments” between dogs happen occasionally, but let’s be proactive and try to prevent any problems before they occur as much as we can.  Play is great as long as it's consensual!   Your meetup organizer, Jodi Cassell is a fear free/positive reinforcement dog trainer, so if you are seeing any issues or have questions, please feel free to contact me. 

Prong/pinch and ecollars can create a negative association with other dogs so are not allowed at our events (a front clip harness is a great alternative for dogs who pull on leash, etc.  Feel free to personal message Jodi Cassell for recommendations).

●Know and adhere to Leave No Trace (LNT) at all times. Encouraging others to do so is appreciated.  Please carry bags and pick up after your dogs on all meetups!

Please be considerate of others during lunch and snack breaks – if your dog begs from other group members, better to keep them on leash and with you during food breaks.  This helps to prevent conflicts among dogs around food.

●Passengers in carpools – Please reimburse the carpool driver $4 driver per hour driven.

If you have a question for a particular event that you signed up for or are running late, etc, you need to contact your "event host" who is listed at the top right of the list of attendees.  It will say "event host" under their name, but it's easy to miss.  Jodi (meetup organizer) does not organize or attend all events, so your question may go unanswered if you only contact her the day of and she is away. 


●Post a detailed description of the meetup on the website.  Please also post a cell phone number so people can call you if they get lost, are running late, etc.

●Please make certain that your attendees have responded “yes” to the group guidelines (under profile question #5 – click on the member to see their profile) prior to attending the meetup.  Contact them if they have not.  This is for your protection (although there are some generic protections provided by being a part of Meetup, most groups take his approach as well).


●Read the meetup description carefully.  Be prepared physically and bring the proper equipment and trail supplies necessary for the hike.  You are being unfair to other participants if you don’t do this. 

●If you RSVP yes please show-up.

●Stay with your group..

●Rate your hike and provide a comment on your experience.

●Contact your organizer / leader directly with any questions, comments or


●Uploading and sharing pictures of your experience is appreciated.

●Thank your host!  We are all volunteers and organization take effort and time – we need to appreciate folks who are willing to take on this task!

●Please pay your annual fee so I can keep this meetup going!

LNT Organization Home Page:

218 members · Private

German Shepherds of the Bay Area

San Jose, CA

German Shepherds of the Bay Area

                            Active, Social and Trained German Shepherds!

   When joining this Meet Up group, please post a picture of your shepherd as your profile picture. Your membership will be declined if your profile picture is not a picture of your shepherd. 

The Goal of this Meet Up group is to  have fun with your Shepherd and to share the passion with friends and family. 

It is up to you to take advantage of every opportunity that this Meet Up group offers; be it Play Meet Up, Pack Walks, Pack Hikes, Beach Trips, Community Events, Store openings, Canoe Trips, Train Ride, Positive Obedience Classes, Agility, Rally, Personal Protection Training, Scent Work, Dock Diving, Barn Hunt, Luring Puppy Socials and many more.

This Meet Up group is also a great resource to share information regarding German Shepherds. Support from other members is a huge benefit of this group. Be sure to check out the "Discussion" tab. 

We must ensure that the members of our Meet Up group are safe, therefore, everyone must keep their Shepherds up to date with all vaccinations. 

By joining the group, you agree to release the groups Organizer (Christine Alves) and members from any and all liability with regard to group activities. You are responsible for your Shepherds at all events and agree to keep your Shepherd under control.

Public Facebook Page:

Members Only Facebook Page:

There is a $10.00 yearly membership fee that is due when you join this group. Please use Venmo at to pay for your yearly membership dues. 

THANK YOU for joining this amazing group that celebrated 11 years in August 2021.

Christine Alves

Shadow and Dallas

627 members · Private

Little Doggy Social

Los Altos, CA

Little Doggy Social

Q. What is Little Doggy Social?

We searched high and low for a unique, small dog group that fits our needs and couldn't seem to find one, so we created our own!

Little Doggy Social is a fledgling, welcoming group for dogs between 10-20lbs. and their parents. We ask that the furkids be at least 6 months old and (ideally) have some basic manners training. The idea is to match pups of about the same size/weight so they can play safely together. 

While we love all fur babies, we found going to the dog park or even neighborhood parks where dogs of all sizes mix to be stressful and even dangerous. This allows a more controlled space for little dogs to interact and play with less worry, and allows us time to socialize with other humans!

Q. What happens at the Social?

Doggos get to run off leash, sniff, play and socialize with each other in a safe, enclosed outdoor space. Let them burn off that extra energy instead of chewing up your favorite shoes.

Fur parents, meanwhile, get to talk, snack, network, watch our crazy fur kids run around so we all get some mental and social stimulation.

Future events may include:

  • Hiding treats for the pups in a secure backyard for a fun, exciting scavenger hunt! First prize would be, for example, a Kong or a squeaky toy.

  • Enjoying an indoor dog park with fun games and agility courses like Zoom Room (Belmont)  they even have something called a "Doggy Disco Night" (!)

  • Celebrating doggy birthdays.

  • For pet parents: "A Paint Your Dog" afternoon at a local park and/or a make your own dog toy hangout.

  • And the like!

Q. Who are we?

We are a Gen-x, professional, creative, fun-loving, married couple with two, adorable terriers - Archie (4 yrs old/14 lbs) and Roxy (10 yrs old/15 lbs). We love Rifftrax, Cons (nerd conventions), many kinds of film, design, music, and, of course. dogs!

So if this sounds cool so far, please keep reading!

In light of the current circumstances, we all need to socialize in a safe and fun way. Archie, Roxy, Andy (the dog dad), and Angelica (the dog mom) are all up-to-date on shots and fully vaccinated. We also believe in using masks when in close contact with others and being considerate of others' space. 

Q. Who are you and your pup?

You are a fur parent who is positive, sociable, has interests to share and may be a little obsessed with your dog. Also, we ask you to be fully vaccinated for COVID.

Your pup is between 10-20lbs. and friendly, also up-to-date on their shots. No one wants to catch kennel cough now, do we? 

Q. Where do we meet?

Although we live in a home, our backyard is not large enough to accommodate a group of people and their pups in a way that is socially distanced. So, for now, we are using Sniffspot to take care of our need for a private, safe place away from stray dogs kids, uninvited guests, and the like.

Q. What is our affiliation with  Sniffspot?

We have no affiliation with Sniffspot. We do not work for them or anything. We are using it because we found a lovely space with a great host that is private,safe, and inexpensive. It's like having our own, small dog park with seating, shade, and other perks! 

For future events, if there is a Little Doggy Social member that would like to volunteer their backyard, Let’s talk!. 

Other things to note:

  • According to Sniffspot's website, they "collect a confirmation of vaccination for all dogs visiting your sniff spot as a condition of their visit. Rest assured knowing that all dogs visiting are vaccinated".
  • Even though we are socializing with other humans, everyone is still responsible for their own dogs, keeping them in check and safe. We want them to have fun but in a way that doesn't harm them or another pup. Keep a close watch on your pups and ensure their welfare during every event.
  • Attendance: We have a no-flake policy. We understand life happens, and if that's the case, please change your RSVP accordingly so that others may attend!

Thanks for reading - looking forward to hearing from you!

19 members · Public