Socialize your dog with group walks

imageA while back, I wrote about Lozen, my friend’s Carolina dog (aka American dingo).

Named for an Apache War Woman, Lozen is a spirited yet well-mannered neighborhood dog. Our pack regularly walks with Lozen and her owner along the Trolley Track Trail to South Oak Park. We believe that walking side-by-side with Lozen and even playing with her off-leash has been instrumental in helping us socialize our once-feral foster dog Charlie Machete.

In thanks, I had Magnet Lady Kathleen Henn make this magnet as a tribute to our pack’s best friend:

The issues that we continue to work through with Machete, including leash aggression and over-excitement around new dogs and people, are not uncommon. Fortunately, these problems can often be overcome through well-planned and regular socialization, like our walks with Lozen.

And so, with the intention of helping other Kansas City dog owners feel more comfortable taking their leash-challenged companions out and about, Wayward Dogs and Our Waldo Bungie started a walking group.

KC Pittie Pack and Friends is founded in the tradition of similar groups around the nation, including California’s HikeABull and Chicago’s Sociabulls, which aim to help folks socialize their pets. The groups also exist as public displays that pit bulls are not the monsters they are often made out to be. Of course, we invite all kinds of dogs to be part of our group — that’s why it’s called KC Pittie Pack and Friends!

We took an unofficial test walk over the weekend, and everyone who attended had a great time.

To see more pictures and find out how you can join the next KC Pittie Pack and Friends outing, head to our newly formed Facebook community page!

If you live in Kansas City, we hope you will walk with us soon. Wherever you live, please feel free to share your suggestions about things we can do to make this group great.


About crystalwayward

I live with two formerly wayward dogs. I care deeply about the environment, and I think gardening is a revolutionary act.

Posted on January 16, 2012, in Awesome, KC Pittie Pack and Friends and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. It was so much fun! Can’t wait to walk again!

  2. Yay! As a member of SociaBulls in Chicago, I’m so happy to see you guys getting this started in KC. Maybe Zoe and I will have to come visit sometime. 🙂

  3. I meet up almost every morning with fellow dog owners, sometimes we can have as many as 14 dogs all of lead and playing and discovering the woods, in the 10 years I’ve done this we’ve not had ONE incident of the dogs not getting on…they all know their place in the pack, it’s a joy to see.

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