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This group was created for Simone who loved to walk with other dogs and humans. Simone had so much joy at every Meetup. Simone passed away on July 1, 2017, just shy of the 3-year anniversary of this group. She had so many great friends. We continue this group in honor of her. She was pure love and she is missed every day.

This group is for dogs to socialize safely and walk together (it is NOT a dating group!). We reserve the right to, at our discretion, remove and block any human who uses this group for any other purpose or who causes any trouble. Any member who has been harassed or made to feel uncomfortable should block the offender. You may politely provide evidence to the admins so they can take action if necessary. #timesup

Guidelines and rules for our walks:

If a dog's human expresses any concern at all please listen carefully as people often try to be very gentle in their requests. Everyone should be comfortable on our Meet-ups. Some members have found that this group helps their dogs recover from previous traumatic experiences because it is a safe interaction with other dogs. We have found that as soon as the walk starts the dogs tend to become more at ease. Any dog who enjoys the walks and does not endanger other dogs is welcome.

If your canine companion barks a lot they are welcome, other dogs have not minded the barking. Dogs who are sensitive to barking can be positioned away from barkers and this has worked well. If you find that you need help on a walk please let the organizer know and she will help you and your canine friend. We have had great success with Meet-ups that include dogs with different personalities and preferences walking together harmoniously.

Please note that all hikes are at your own risk. I will try to let members know what to expect on hikes. Hikes are normally around 2 - 3 miles and easy (paved and mostly flat) to moderate (some uneven terrain, narrow paths and modest hills). Please bring water for yourself and your canine friend.

Rules (it is important for the walks to be fun and positive for everyone, and I don't want to be forced to enforce rules at the walk, so please read and follow the rules):

Dogs must remain on-leash at all times. This is for their safety and the safety of everyone else. It is also a law for a good reason. If a dog enjoys swimming please bring a very long leash just for the water.

No retractable leashes on the walks unless you have gotten permission from me. They are dangerous normally, but more so in a group. http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/health ...

Do not use any negative control devices such as pinch collars, or shocking or spraying devices.

Please do not use the antiquated dominance techniques. Here is a great article about it http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/issues/14_12/features/Alpha-Dogs_20416-1.html and here is a great site about positive training methods: http://positively.com/ The walks are for the dogs and they should have fun. Tracy Krulik, one of the very best trainers in the world is in our group, and you can find helpful advice on her site: http://www.ispeakdog.org/

Here is a video for training a dog not to pull on leash https://youtu.be/8mv2yf-yfOI

Watch body language of all dogs. Dogs who invite play and play nicely are encouraged, but please do not let your dog force play on another dog or intimidate in any way. If a dog moves away from your dog please do not let you dog follow or press them.

All who rsvp should please check the Meet-Up conversation as the time for the event approaches to make sure there are no changes, and please update your rsvp if your plans change.

To reduce unnecessary driving:

• if a Meet-Up has 6 or fewer people signed up as going

• if the weather is questionable

Please confirm you are coming. If at least one person confirms they are going within an hour of the Meet-Up time (I will post to ask for confirmations) we will have that Meet-up. If I am considering canceling (I have only canceled for bad weather) I will always keep you informed in the conversation.

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