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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.

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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

634 members · Private

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.

4220 members · Public

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.

*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:.

  • 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!

21 members · Public

SoCal Pack Leaders

Riverside, CA

SoCal Pack Leaders

Hey! Hello! Hi there!

Welcome to Southern California's original pack leadership group. We are super excited you chose us! Our dog training group is perfectly designed to provide you with the most effective behavior modification, socialization and training philosophies.

As a professional dog trainer of nearly 30 years I have used natural and holistic methods to work with dogs, as well as other animals. Having received formal training with only the best in the industry, as well as top authors such as The Monks of New Skete and Cesar Millan we are very well versed in a wide range of training methods and techniques to suite each and every one of you.

Our love of all breeds, passion for helping dogs of all ages, and work in behavior modification/solutions, problem solving, complete home manners, and multi-canine management has brought remarkable success to all of our clients world-wide. We draw from a lifetime of experiences with animal companions, as well as more than 28 years of yoga practice to help bring a fun, but calm, balanced energy to all of our clients, canine and human alike.

Our goal is to arrange weekly meet-ups that will allow us to share all of our tips and tricks to problem solving, obedience, solving reactivity and aggression and help you create perfect balanced companions you love to show off! You will be able to expect only the best in group obedience lessons, socialization, pack walks & hikes, Pet First Aid & CPR, rattlesnake avoidance, and many other valuable classes, workshops and seminars.

Please note, this is a dog training meet-up, and there are fees associated with each event. The fees may range in price on average, but are not limited to $5-$25 per event. We are truly grateful to have been voted Inland Empires Best Dog Training since 2011 by MyFoxLA and provide only the very best there is to offer! The larger events may have larger fees associated, however you are not required to join them in order to join the SoCal Pack Leaders.

Welcome to our training family, and we look forward to meeting you! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me via email, or on any of the social media outlets listed below.

Please follow us on our social media platforms listed below to learn more about us, and get some great tips, tricks, videos and occasional freebies!

Jen Freilich, IACP-CDT
Owner/Trainer/Behavior Specialist
IACP Professional Member #3919
Official Pack to Basics™ Socialization's
Certified ForceFree™ Method Trainer
AKC Canine Good Citizen Trainer / Evaluator 
Volhard Dog Nutrition Affiliate  
Canine Nutrition Consultant 
Certified SATS Perception Modification Trainer
Pet First Aid & CPCR Instructor 

At The End of Your Leash! 
Dog training and canine wellness center.
FB & IG @attheendofyourleash
Voted Best Dog Training in the Inland Empire since 2011 by MyFoxLA and YOU! 

Jen Freilich, Owner / Training Director / Behavior Specialist

With more than twenty years of experience, there is one thing Jen has always specialized in: creating happy dogs and happy families. Her talents take you from puppies to fearful, unruly and aggressive cases, to helping you create a balanced companion, and develop the relationship you have always dreamed of. Jen’s years of experience have led her to study with some of the world’s top trainers as she has developed her own unique training style that is guaranteed to bring you the success you are looking for. It’s not just about becoming a leader, but for Jen, it’s about teaching you how to lead with love. As one of only a handful worldwide certified to run Pack to Basics™ Socialization classes, she holds the key to unlocking the true potential in your canine companion.  

As certified ForceFree™ Method trainers, your journey from unruly prankster to balanced, off-leash reliable companion is not far away. For your trainers here, this is not just a job or a career. It is a way of life, and it is their passion. Their award winning training has made them top dogs year after year as their clients, along with MyFoxLA, has awarded them the title of Best Dog Trainers in the Inland Empire. With these superheroes, you are in the very best hands. 

*Note: This is a group dedicated to pet owners seeking additional help in creating calm, balanced dogs with the guidance of a professional dog trainer and behavior specialist. Trainers wishing to seek mentorship with Jen will not be added to this group initially and should email her directly at:

939 members · Private

Ventura Area Playful Small & Medium Doggies 4 Fun Times

Port Hueneme, CA

Ventura Area Playful Small & Medium Doggies 4 Fun Times

We practice SOCIAL DISTANCING - RAIN OR SHINE - SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZE DOGGIE WALKS - Ventura County and surrounding areas. - We prefer walks by the beach. PLEASE BE VACCINATED AGAINST COVID19.

This group is dedicated to doing fun long and short walks with our furry best friends in scenic locations all around Oxnard and Ventura with special trips further south. At this time, we will practice social distancing during walks and a mask is required to participate. This group is for small to mid-size dogs up to 45 pounds.

I moved June 6 2020 to Southern California and am recreating a dog meetup that we successfully ran in the Bay Area. Honestly, we all could use more playtime, whether you're a dog or human, and our dogs can never get too much fun socialization. I believe it is an essential responsibility for us to let our dogs be just dogs by letting them hang out in a pack, as nature has designed them to be. It makes me happy when I see my dog enjoy the company of others. My Bobbie is now 15 and can no longer go for long walks, so I'll be looking for spots where I can use the stroller if needed, but he loves hanging out, and after the walk,we'll hang out in one place to let the doggies and the humans socialize.

Even if you have a tiny pup with a large yard that does not replace any amount of stimulation and exercise, they can get out of going on a hike or walk, especially with other dogs. Remember, playing in the yard is just going back and forth (or going around in circles ;), it does not satisfy their instinct to travel, so I highly encourage taking them out for walks and socialization as much as possible.

Dogs up to 45 pounds are welcomed. All breeds are welcome. <br>Please post a mandatory photo of yourself and your doggie. <br>Please note that we wait 10 minutes for Woofers, so plan accordingly and that you must cancel at least 4 hours in advance. <br>Two no-shows, and you will be removed from the group.

31 members · Private