Monterey Bay Dogs is all about bringing people and their dogs closer together. We do this by creating a supportive community based on positive-reinforcement methods and strong communication skills.
What does that all mean? We like to get our dogs out into the real world to do training! It's great if a dog can 'sit' or 'down' at home, but what about in the middle of the woods with five other dogs around? Off-leash? Well, that's the kind of stuff we do. Walking the neighborhood is fine and good, but can get kinda boring and lonely. Our group events will get you out of the normal routine and into a fun, new place with friendly people and dogs!
Who is invited to join? People with or without a dog, and dogs who enjoy being around others. If you are concerned about whether or not your dog would be a good fit, please message the organizer and ask for an evaluation. It's a free, 30-minute minute session to assess if we both feel comfortable putting your dog(s) into one of our events. Dogs should be successful and have fun when doing group activities, not stressed out. For more info about what we require, go to the bottom of this description.
Where are events held? So far, we've held events mostly at local parks or beaches, and the focus has been on hiking. However, our offerings are growing to include different kinds of settings in-town. At the moment, our events are concentrated in the area from Marina to Pacific Grove. Anyone interested in leading events in areas outside of that are encouraged to contact the organizer.
Why does Monterey Bay Dogs do what it does? We want to promote positive-reinforcement training methods that are good for dog and human mental health. Using positive methods with our dogs can lead to even greater positive changes in our lives. We promote stewardship of our local parks where dogs are allowed, so we can continue to enjoy these spaces without harming the environment or wildlife. And, we promote greater respect and empathy between dog handlers. The world is hard enough; we don't need to judge each other's dog choices.
What else should people know?
We don't require screening or paperwork for participants, because our events are held in public spaces where any dog could go. We strongly suggest that your dog be vaccinated for the following:
Please discuss options for protection with your veterinarian. Dogs should always be registered with a registration tag on their collar/ harness when out in public.
You know that dogs bite and fight sometimes, right? So, it should be no surprise that we CANNOT guarantee you or your dog's safety during our events. We try our darndest to stay safe! And, are always on the lookout for problems. But, alas, we do not have the power to stop all bad things from happening, especially in an uncontrolled space. Handlers need to be committed to safety as much as group leaders, and follow instructions at events.
By coming to our events, you assume all liability for damage done to yourself, your dog, and/ or your possessions. You acknowledge and accept the risk involved in taking your dog outside with strangers. Please message the organizer for any questions you may have about this!
Why do you charge money?
Meetup charges organizers for running a Meetup group, like this one. We charge our participants $3 a month (starting February 2018) and a small event fee. Costs to members are kept as low as possible so no one is left out. Money raised covers the website fees for our group, reimburses the organizer for time and mileage, and opens up new possibilities for our group's future! Like what? Like beach agility, if we raise enough for equipment.
We're excited your here, and can't wait to meet you and your dog!