GUIDELINES FOR TAKING PART IN SCHNAUZERFEST WALKS
All dogs who enjoy being sociable are welcome to join in - they don’t have to be schnauzers, everyone is welcome! Some walks can be very busy, others are quieter, every walk is fun if we follow some common sense guidelines.
Not all dogs will be happy in a crowd, so please look for walks that suit your dogs (not necessarily the same as what suits you!). We always put the dogs first at Schnauzerfest.
Always, always, always look out for your own dog. If the walk is busy and especially at a venue you’re not familiar with, your dog may get disoriented and panic. Stay close to your dog. Keep them close to you. Close. Not running off into the distance, or back to the start looking for you, not off into the crowd, not without you being there too. Close. Close, Close.
With a lot of dogs in one place, it can be hard keeping an eye out for your dog if they’re offlead. Please, please, please be sensible. Do not let your dog off lead if you’re not going to be absolutely eagle-eyed as to where they are and what they’re doing. Only by being close can you make sure that not only your dog is happy with the crowd and scene, but that everyone around them is too! Keep them close to you. Or, even better keep yourself close to your dogs! Close.
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Dogs can easily panic in new places with a lot of new people and dogs around them. Or just get plain old silly over-excited. Think about your dog at all times, whilst you're chatting, keep your dog within sight at all times. It only takes a few seconds for dogs to get into a crowd on a busy walk and they need to know you’re close by. Close.
If your dog has issues with other dogs - a Schnauzerfest group walk may not be the best way to spend your day together. Don't set your dog up to fail. If you want to help your dog have a great day, take appropriate precautions and measures.
Finally, if you are being an angel and you not only have your own dogs under your nose, but you see another one who is looking lost, or looking for their human friends, please give a helping hand and gather the dog to you in a calm manner. Some dogs may not come to you, so don't panic, that won't help matters however tempting it might be! Stay calm, call others to help - calmly - and help the dog and owner be reunited. It's what we'd all do on any regular walk isn't it? Schnauzerfest walks are just that, dog walks, where our dogs stay close by and enjoy themselves.
IMPORTANT: by attending any Schnauzerfest walk, you agree that you're doing so by your own choice and taking full responsibility for yourself, your dogs and do not expect hosts or anyone else associated with Schnauzerfest to take any responsibility for you or your dogs.
We want you to enjoy yourself and have a great day out with your dogs!