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11 Feb

Walk the Dog?

Posted by Linda
March for Babies doggie patrol in NY

March for Babies doggie patrol in NY

Last week, we were talking about bringing babies and young children to the walk. I’m not a pet owner myself, but I should have seen this one coming: what about dogs? The question came from Sheesh who’s walking in Newport Beach, Ca, and wanted to know if puppies were welcome.

I did some asking around and while there are no hard and fast rules about bringing dogs, here’s what I found out.


The main thing: consider Buster’s personality. Is he used to noise? Being around lots of people? Small children? Other animals? You know your dog better than anyone, but even you can’t predict exactly how he’ll react under a new set of circumstances.Sadly, there have been some accidents at our walks – and both dogs and children have been hurt. And then there’s something else to think about: will you be doing your dog a favor by bringing him along?


If you do bring your dog, make sure all her vaccinations are up to date. And don’t forget to pack supplies: her leash, water and bowl, toys, snacks and anything you need to clean up after her. Some walk sites have special pet areas, water and other supplies available, but others won’t offer anything. Avoid surprises, give your chapter a call and know what to expect.


Remember, there are people who are just irrationally terrified of even the tamest, tiniest puppy (my mom). And there are those who feel very strongly that dogs and babies don’t mix. You don’t have to agree, but it won’t hurt to be considerate. So make sure you control your dog and keep her close.


Oh, and have fun. Woof!


Walk the Dog?

Comment by Claire D. — February 11, 2009 @ 2:15 pm

It was very hot at our walk last year and some dogs were having trouble. Also depends on the shape your dog is in.

Walk the Dog?

Comment by Cindy — February 11, 2009 @ 4:49 pm

I take my dog every year and we walk with a group of other dog owners. If your dog is socialized and use to going places take them. Carry an extra bottle of water for your dog, take their reward treat or toy that they get when they are using their manners. A retractable leash in this enviornment is not a good idea. The use of a standard 6ft leash is recommended. Don’t forget the doggy doo bags for clean up. Make sure they are up to date on shots. Some people will even carry a copy of the shot record with them in this type of event (you just never know…Safety first) Young puppies under age 6mo & not fully vaccinated, along with pregnant or nursing moms, along with very mature dogs not use to the exercise should remain in the comforts of their own home. Use caution when letting the children walk the dog in a large crowd unpredictable noises and uncontroled enviornment can scare both children & the dog.
Use extreme caution when approaching children, people with your dog. Not everyone is dog friendly and some are very afraid of them. Use caution and be very alert and everyone should have a fantastic time.


Walk the Dog?

Comment by Laura K. — February 11, 2009 @ 8:20 pm

One thing to consider as well, there are going to be a lot of people there at the walk and most likely crazy busy! Last year was my first walk and there were lots of kids, strollers, dogs, elderly people and we were just starting to enjoy the melting of the winter snow, so…

A big cluster of just about everything. Many dogs as well as kids just didn’t tolerate well in these conditions.

As the weather was nasty I even left my kids home and walked with my sister. It was a great time for the two of us to catch up and a more relaxing event without having everyone else along.

Just a thought…

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Comment by Deb Miles — February 13, 2009 @ 1:21 pm

I walk with my daughter, son-in-law and grandson for my beautiful grandson who was delivered 15 weeks early and a whopping 545 grams! Last year I attended but was unable to walk due to surgery. I kept my Chiahuahua [who also gets a team shirt] with me at the finish line and she was very unhappy she didn’t get to ride in the wagon with my grandson. Anyone bringing a pet has to be confident in their dog’s behavior. I am pretty lucky. My little dog prefers to be around little kids rather than adults and is thrilled to see all the babies and strollers. Of course it is an opportunity for my grandson to boss her around; she loves him so she takes it!

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Comment by Joy — February 16, 2009 @ 10:26 pm

Please consider walking your pup and make sure he/she takes care of his business before the walk begins! Seriously, year before last… we were all pulling a great big hill, already out of breath, and a guy had his dog walking too. Well the dog decided to stop and take a poop right there in the middle of the walk! Not very pleasant for all of us that had to walk right by it! LOL Eww.
Note: I love animals and have had my dog for 10years!

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Comment by Terri Guest — February 17, 2009 @ 9:57 pm

Our family team (Marching for Mark) had so many dogs, they actually started their own team! Barking for Mark has their own bandanas, treat tables, and now their own online fundraising site:

Things we have learned over the years: Be sure that your walksite allows dogs, and even if they do, dogs may not be allowed on shuttle busses! Some owners bring wagons for their older or smaller dogs in case they poop out during the walk (no pun intended!). Our dog wears a backpack and carries water bottles, snacks, and of course poop bags.

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Comment by Jessi — March 1, 2009 @ 4:19 am

We brought our dog last year and she was quite the hit in her shirt that matched ours.

We kind of kept away from the big crowd while gathering before the walk and then just waited until the group had thinned out a bit before starting our walk. Everyone at the checkpoints commented on how cute she was. We brought her own water dispenser with us and when we stopped at the checkpoints we made sure she got water too.

It was a great time!

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Comment by Sarah Wilson — March 27, 2009 @ 10:59 am

Thank you all for these blogs. It has been very helpful information as I am considering brining one of my dogs on the walk tomorrow!

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Comment by Sarah — March 30, 2009 @ 10:20 am

Even though i love dogs, i will have to agree that it definitely depends on the specific dog’s personality. My dog is more people-friendly than she is dog-friendly, meaning that she does fairly well being around different people or children, Though when she gets around other dogs, she can be a bit more aggressive. Thankfully, this did not turn out to be a problem for me in the past year at the walk. If at all possible, i will most likely bring along my dog once again!

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Comment by Jay — April 23, 2010 @ 10:03 pm

Hi! Can anyone direct me to a site where I can purchase a shirt for my dog? I have looked high & low online and haven’t been able to find anything. Thanks!


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