Social Obedience:

The ability to take your dog in public and still expect obedient mannerly behavior.

A Better Companion Dog Training

Welcome to the social obedience and pack walk group!

A walk should be a calm and relaxing activity that is enjoyable for both you and your dog.  However, sometimes our dogs are too excited or anxious for it to be enjoyable for either of you.

Structured pack walks are aimed at owners and dogs who need more practice time to work on their teamwork and skills so that the walk becomes enjoyable.  A pack walk is NOT a walk for greeting other dogs, people socializing or high energy interactions.  It is about creating a calm dog who you can take anywhere!

Dogs and owners will continue to improve their social obedience skills by being around other dogs and people in a supportive environment.

Safety, (for dogs and humans) is extremely important, so all dogs are expected to be under control, at a safe distance from others and in a proper heel at all times. This will reinforce the owners leadership skills as well as allowing our dogs to "tune into the pack" mentality of migrating together which in turn helps as we encounter other distractions on our walks.  Proper heel position will also prevent your dog from invading the space of other walkers and their dogs.

Remember, no face to face greetings should ever happen between on leash dogs.  If your dog needs more space, advocate for your dog - there is no shame in moving off or lagging behind - in fact we applaud you for doing what is best for your dog's progress!  In that light, please do not approach other people's dogs or feed them - remember to keep your hands to yourself as some dogs will not be comfortable with new people.

**All dogs are required to be on a properly fitted prong collar and/or e-collar with a 4-6 foot leash--NO retractable/extendable leashes allowed.**

Please Note: The walks last about an hour.  Dress for the weather, bring water for you and your dog, pick up after your dog and be prepared to pack it out.

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Upcoming dates 2021:

If for any reason we need to cancel a pack walk it will be listed here so remember to check HERE before you leave your home to walk with us!

October 2nd - Fairfax 10:00AM - shopping

October 9th - Centreville 10:00AM - neighborhood walk

October 16th - Chantilly 10:00AM - woods walk

October 23rd - Chantilly 10:00AM - woods walk

October 30th - Fairfax 10:00AM - shopping - Happy Howl-oween! Costumes would be fabulous but not required - pupcakes included!

November 6th - Centreville 10:00AM - neighborhood walk

November 13th - Centreville 10:00AM - neighborhood walk

November 20th - Chantilly 10:00AM - woods walk - CANCELED

November 27th - Nope - it's Thanksgiving weekend - enjoy your families!

December 4th - Centreville 10:00AM - neighborhood walk - depending upon weather we might do some agility stuff

December 11th - Centreville 10:00AM - neighborhood walk

December 18th - Chantilly 10:00AM - woods walk - LAST ONE OF THE YEAR!

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I understand that by attending a pack walk that I will take 100% responsibility for my dog's behavior and will not hold Sarah Crum, A Better Companion Dog Training, or any other participants responsible for any harm my dog does to any person or dog.  By attending a pack walk I grant permission for Sarah Crum, A Better Companion Dog Training or anyone designated by Sarah Crum to correct my dog for any behavior that is deemed dangerous to another dog, the public, or itself but recognize that I am solely responsible for the behavior of my dog.  I hereby assume all risk of personal injury to myself, members of my family, guests who may attend, the public, as well as my dog, while I am attending a pack walk.

I want to be added to the group email so that I know where to meet each time a pack walk is held.  I can always ask to be removed from the email group.

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