Friday, April 5, 2013

Taking It to the Streets

...er, sidewalks.

Either way, exactly one month from now, we're starting a dog-walking group!

After being jealous of all the events and groups for dog owners in bigger cities, we said "why can't we start one here?!"  So we are.

Not only does walking with a group of like-minded dog-people sound fun to us, but the passive socialization is great for our pal Ed.  He'll never be a dog-park dog, and we're okay with that.  But that doesn't mean he doesn't need socialized.  And we know he's not the only one.


It's not easy having a dog that can't directly socialize.  Sometimes it feels like you can't take him anywhere.  It's embarassing when he has a melt-down.  We worry people are judging us. him. the breed.


Enter Pack of Erie Dogs.  Our vision is for the group to become a judegement-free place where we can socialize our dogs in a controlled environment - meaning no dog interactions - in order to make all dogs (and humans!) feel comfortable as they work on socializing their pal and helping them to become perfect canine citizens.

So, come one, come all and work on any issues you and your dog may have.  We'll personally be working on: loose-leash walking, dog-reactivity, focus, and calm human-greetings...to name a few.



Our first walk is planned for May 5th at 2 PM.  Visit our facebook page for more details!!

8 comments:

  1. Great idea to form your own group... I'll admit it, I'm a bit jealous of these groups in the bigger cities!

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    1. Thanks - us too, and we were tired of it. we're so excited for our first walk!

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  2. How exciting, and so glad you will be starting (we were so jealous of Hikabulls until we realized we could start one too!). Excited to see more updates!

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  3. I don't think my dogs will ever be dog park dogs and we are okay with that too! Jay is not a dog park person--I can guarantee you his opinions would have him in a fight with a person before our dogs started anything. (Not to say Jay is rude but he will be the first person to call someone out for unacceptable behavior. We live in a Phoenix and people mistreat their dogs on the STREET routinely and Jay is always yelling after people about hitting their dogs etc. Whoa, hello tangent!)
    Anyway, CONGRATS that is SO exciting. I am envious and look forward to hearing how it goes. People who join will be grateful to you, as I would be if someone dedicated started one in my area!

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  4. I so wish there was something in our town like this! I'm so jealous of everyone else who gets to participate in groups like this. I wish you the best of luck and can't wait to hear updates :)

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  5. thanks for the well wishes everyone! We definitely will be posting about or first walk!

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  6. So its okay to bring a reactive dog- correct? This sounds like what my big guy needs- to be around dogs, but NOT interacting yet to just get comfortable and perhaps eventually not be so crazy when he sees other dogs.

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    1. Yes! Edison is in the same boat. We'll be putting a tag on the dogs that need space and making sure that there is plenty of room between the yellow dogs. We definitely want everyone to get comfortable and our goal is to make our "yellow dogs" more comfortable being around other dogs.

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