Guidelines

Saint Louis All Dog is a 501(c)(7) dog walking CLUB located in the STL area.

Understand your legal and human responsibilities as a member of Saint Louis All Dogs by reading the Club Guidelines shown below, plus the clubs Terms & Conditions and the Responsible dog ownership page.

Be nice. No Drama, No Jerks.
This is a friendly club; treat others with respect.
All Organizer and Co-organizer decisions are final.

Before bringing your dog or puppy to Saint Louis All Dogs activities, be sure it’s properly immunized, licensed, and treated for parasites. Vaccination documents for each dog should be sent during the member registration process. Check that your dog is in good health, no throwing up, coughing or diarrhea. If your dog is ill or in-season then wait for opportunities in the future.  If you have a puppy, read Puppies: critical info

Never leave your dogs unattended. Don’t drop a leash and let a dog wander.
Prevent dogs from peeing and pooping at public locations (restaurant patios, etc).
Pick up your dogs poop. Bag and dispose of properly.
Leash Length: straight line leashes, 6 feet or less, allow better control.
Know and obey the posted leash requirements for any location or area.

Club events are not a place to get a break from your dog. Be aware of what your dog is doing 100% of the time and take full responsibility for your dog’s behavior.

Watch for and respect the public. This refers to: runners, walkers, people on bikes, horseback riders, other dog walkers, families with small children, people pushing strollers, people who use canes, or motorized chairs, skate boards, roller blades. Be respectful and get your dog out of their way when appropriate. Why? Because you are a responsible dog owner who wants the dog walking experience to go smoothly and doesn’t want to make a bad name for the club.

Dogs have different levels of experience, play style, and energy. Educate yourself about dog play variations before placing your dog (and yourself) into an inappropriate environment or event. If you are afraid of dogs, this is not the club for you.

Do you have a puppy and want to socialize it? The most significant time for puppy socialization is the first three months of life. Owners should take advantage of every safe opportunity to expose young puppies to the great variety of stimuli they will experience in their lives. Avoid forced or prolonged, uncomfortable or fearful encounters with dogs, people, places or noises. Read about puppies.

Are your dogs’ social skills questionable? Is your dog shy around people or other dogs, or in certain places or situations? Is your dog growly? Does your dog get over excited by other dogs while on leash? Request advice from SLAD members. Read more about reactive dogs.

Does your dog have a bite history? Does your dog lunge in a threatening way, at other dogs while on leash? Then arrange a way to socialize your dog in a controlled manner. Seek behavior modification and guidance from certified professionals or from reliable organizations such as: the Greater St. Louis Training Club, or ask your veterinarian for a recommendation. And by all means, ask SLAD members for advice and or referrals to trainers or programs that they have used.

Be cautious about giving food treats when two or more dogs are gathered around you begging for treats; over excitement can get out of hand leaving you in the middle of a dog fight. Many dogs can be mildly food possessive. It doesn’t mean they’re an aggressive or bad dog. When in doubt, don’t give food.

Children at events. If you plan to bring a child (12 or younger) to a SLAD event, please add a comment to the event… saying, I am bringing a child (state age). Some dogs are nervous or fearful around children. Adding a comment, gives the owner of a fearful dog an opportunity to change his/her plans if need be; and tells club members they may need to assist.

Owners are legally responsible for their dogs and any injuries incurred or damage caused by their dogs. We make no guarantee that any person or dog will be safe at all times. Members’ participation in any event is at their own risk. To that end, each member must read, understand and sign our waiver of liability form.

No Drama, No Jerks
. This club is sociable, fun, friendly and our members are committed to keeping it that way.

Avoid making quick judgments about training techniques or styles. There are lots of different training methods and each may deliver a desired result. What works for one dog may not work for another. Share comments or concerns about a dogs’, owners’, behavior in a calm and diplomatic manner. Explain the observed behavior to other members or Moderators.

Disputes between owners should be settled in a calm and diplomatic manner. We aren’t interested in, nor will we tolerate, human drama games. If something happens, deal with it, then get over it. That’s what the dogs do. If dogs injure each other, each owner must exchange personal contact information and arrange appropriate veterinary care.

Saint Louis All Dogs reserves the right to accept, decline or revoke membership at any time; and to restrict or remove content from any club website.

The weather presents scheduling challenges for outdoor events. An outdoor event may be cancelled or rescheduled due to excessive cold, heat, rain, or other dangerous weather conditions.