Able to Approach
we do walk in urban areas, we meet a lot of people who are curious about the group; since they see all the dogs walking so well together, they often assume it's ok to approach with their own dogs. Luckily, our dogless walkers and group leaders are able to intercept them before they approach the group (we want to make sure all of our dogs from differing socialization levels are comfortable). Just a simple hello, a compliment about their own pooch, and strategically positioning yourself so the pooch can't slip by makes sure we don't have any uncomfortable dog meetings. Plus it's a good way to explain a bit about our group.
Keeping a Lookout
Join our Chicago SociaBulls Facebook page for more photos and information about group walks. And check this link from the DINOs (Dogs in Need of Space) group to read more about the benefits of dog-walking groups and to see if there is a group in your area.
Please Note: As the weather has warmed up, bikers, runners, dogs, and kids have come out in full force in many of the areas that we walk. While we had previously been introducing new members a few at a time to each walk, we've decided that in order to continue to keep our group safe and make our walks a positive experience for everyone, we are putting new members "on hold" for the summer. You can still submit an application, and it will go on our wait list in the order it is received. Once things quiet down a bit more in the fall, we will resume introducing new members a few at a time to each walk, and will be contacting people on the wait list in a first-come, first-served manner.