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GROUP STRUCTURE AND GUIDELINES

You must be 18 or older to physically manage your dog during our walks. Responsible, dog-savvy family members under the age of 18 are welcome but should not be handling a dog. Please see our liability page for more information.

We are diverse group of people with dogs of varying personalities, social skills and backgrounds. We are supportive of the many issues that our dogs have when we come together, and as a group we work on these issues together. How do we do this?

Remember: a tired dog is a well behaved dog!

Know: your dog's limitations!


As we arrive at our meeting place, be sure to keep your distance from any other dog and their human/s. At least five feet is strongly recommended, though some dogs may need more. Even if your dog already knows one or more of the other dogs, physical contact can not be allowed. This may cause other dogs to become overly reactive. Once we are moving we can close in on our spacing, but will maintain the no contact rule throughout our time together. We should expect that ALL of the dogs will be excited as people and dogs are arriving. We will do our best to keep our dogs calm, however we can expect a certain level of controlled chaos, especially in the beginning.

We will walk one dog per human. If you have more than one dog, sign up your friend, partner, husband, wife, etc. It is best if it is someone who already knows your dog and is comfortable with his or her "issues".

Once we gather at each meeting place, we will do a brief introduction of ourselves and our dogs, including what issues, if any, we are working on. Some may be working on leash reactivity, while others may be working on confidence building, fear and/or anxiety. Other dogs may simply be there for the exercise and socialization. Based on this, we will determine the walking order as to who will lead, etc. Everyone MUST know their dog's limitations! All of us can benefit from each other!

We will have several dog-less walkers for each walk. If you are new to the group, you will need to come at least once without your dog - this will give new members an opportunity to experience how the group works and to assess how their dog/s will do. Also, we NEED dog-less walkers! The number of dog-less walkers that sign up will often determine how many dogs can attend each walk. Their job/s will be to safely intercept any dog that may be off leash in the area, to answer questions about our group, and to be a general problem solver in case we run into any snags. It can be difficult to solve problems while also having control of a dog! If you are able to bring an extra person with you to help out as a dog-less walker, great! Let us know!

Very important: bring high-value treats with you! What does your dog absolutely love? For the greatest success, have a very special treat for your dog that he or she will get ONLY while walking with WalkABulls. There may be many opportunities for our dogs to react while we are out and about - what better way to bring their attention back than with something EXTRA special!

Once you are an official member, you will be able to access the upcoming walk location, date and time, as well as RSVP for those walks. Please be sure to keep the walk location, date and time between yourself and other members.

The walk location, length and terrain will change regularly so to include dogs and humans of all ages and fitness levels.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING WITH YOU
High-value treats for your dog/s
Water for you and your dog/s
Leash/harness & carabiner (NO retractable or flexible leashes)
Poo bags
Clothes suited for Seattle's changing weather
Cell phone if you have one
Camera if you have one

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WalkABulls in the News February 16, 2014 4:41 PM anonymous
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About Seattle WalkABulls October 13, 2013 3:35 PM anonymous

Seattle, WA

Founded Oct 21, 2012

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Jenny Persing, Emilie S., Emma Waychoff, Kate Jesse, Kristen, Lacey Coleman, Sandra Becka, Tanya Trapalis
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