Austin Reactive Dog Walking Meetup

Group Description

Austin Reactive Dog Walking Meetup was created by Austin Dog Zone to be a resource to help owners and their dogs practice training in controlled group walks. Our meetups are lead by one of our trainers, Megan, that specializes in reactive dogs. We currently are planning on a once a month meetup, occurring on the last Saturday of every month beginning June 2014 at 9:30am. All dogs are welcome after an initial screening and basic manners are required. The assessment is $82.00 and that covers the entire year for the group. If your dog is not ready, your one year membership will NOT start until your dog is ready after private training and/or a group class recommendation. We will not be doing trials because Megan needs to meet each individual dog to make sure they are a good candidate prior to their attendance for the safety of your dog and others. If your dog is reactive or aggressive we ask that you do not bring more than one dog for the group walk. Prong collars, choke chains and shock collars are not allowed. All members must be assessed one-on-one by our trainer before being accepted into the group, due to the safety priority of all members and their dogs. This assessment is $82.00 and covers membership for a year. Please contact us or email, laura@austindogzone.com to schedule the assessment.

Do you have a well adjusted, social dog and want to join us too? You are welcome to do so! All members must give enough space, take instruction and be respectful of the dogs/owners in the group. Let's practice together and help our reactive dogs find peace on leash!

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is reactivity?
Reactive dogs may lunge, bark, whine, growl, snap, and/or display other frustrating behaviors for owners while on leash towards other dogs. This can also be towards strange people. Reactivity is caused by many factors including lack of socialization, the dog's temperament, and lack of training.

How are the dogs going to be allowed to safely meet if they are all reactive?
They won't be meeting like you see at parks and group classes occasionally. The purpose is to get the dogs comfortable enough (under threshold) to not react at the presence of another dog. There will be a lot of distance at first and eventually that window of space will get smaller and smaller as we practice. It's a beautiful thing to watch as it happens over time. The dogs learn that the others are not a threat. This may mean several feet of space is a victory for one dog, it may mean something else for another dog and handler. Reed will be able to gauge and control the direction of the group as she sees fit and when she's reading the particular dog's body language.

What kind of activities, like is it mostly walking politely together?
The meetup is a group walk, yes. Reed may ask for your dog to offer certain obedience skills during the walk to practice and help challenge you when you and the dog are ready. Ultimately, the goal is to reduce reactivity though.

 Where are we going to meet?
The address will be listed for each Meetup as it currently is on the site.

Is there a limit to the size of the group?
Yes, there will be a limit of dogs that can attend per month, once we get it more built up. Some members are not registered on this site but do still attend the meetup groups. We will notify members if we need to cancel or reschedule a meetup at least 24 hours in advance.

Is it possible to sign up for the initial session only until we are sure it is something for us?
The assessment is $82.00 and that covers the entire year for the group. If your dog is not ready, your one year membership will NOT start until your dog is ready after private training and/or a group class. We will not be doing trials because Megan needs to meet each individual dog to make sure they are a good candidate prior to their attendance for the safety of your dog and others.

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