according to Chicago code gives us "dibs" on our locations.
But unfortunately, this is not the case. We only began our group at the end of August, so now we're facing all new challenges as people are thawing out, taking to the trails, and overtaking our spots.
Especially if you're thinking of starting a walking group at this time, here are some things we've learned about choosing spots to help all our dogs be successful:
Finding an Escape Route Out (Saying no to Bikers and Runners):
Now we're looking for spots where we don't need to be on a trail, and we have enough space that we can veer off if bunches of people come at us so the dogs can always feel safe.
Keeping the Rhythm:
Accessibility and Parking
Sound challenging? We do have some ideas up our sleeve and we're excited about some other locations we can explore.
What does everyone else do when the summer craziness takes over your favorite walking spots?
And if you're planning on starting your own group: Setting a Structure for your Group, Navigating in Densely Populated Areas, How to Successfully Integrate New Dogs into the Pack, How to Manage Your Growing Group,