Whether you’re new to a neighbourhood or simply want to connect with more dog owners, starting a meet up is a great way to bring pooches and people together. With a little organisation you can get a great dog group up and running.
Plan the meet up
The first step is to decide what you want the meet up to look like. For example, you may decide to meet once a month at the local park
from 9am-10am or for half an hour every Friday afternoon. Be realistic. What can the majority commit to? Do your best to find a time that will suit most dog owners in your area. Also, be clear on who the meet up is for. Is it for all dogs in the area? Is for a certain breed of small dogs only? Ask other dog owners you come across and see what they think will work best.
Spread the word
The next step is to let everyone know about the new meet up group. You can create a simple flyer which you can hand out to dog owners you come across, place it on community notice boards or even do a letterbox drop. Find out if your community has an online notice board or Facebook page where you can share the information as well.
Decide on the details of the meet up
You have a time, venue and people and pooches keen to attend. So, what now? Now you need to work out what will happen at your meet ups. Will the dogs all be of the leash?
Will there be refreshments for the owners? Does everyone need to bring a plate of food? Will there be fresh water for the dogs? Will you have games for the pooches? To plan the details, speak to other dog owners and see what they are willing to contribute.
Dog meet ups are a great way to get to know others in your area and give your dog a fun outlet for exercise and fun. Meet ups don’t have to be complicated, the simpler you keep it the more likely others will want to be involved.