Safety is our #1 priority for dogs and their people
- We are committed to providing an inclusive environment for all humans regardless of gender, age, gender identity, race, health status, national origin, relationship status, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and religion.
- We also welcome dogs of any breed, size, age, ability, and temperament, regardless of being neutered or spayed.
For the enjoyment and safety of all members and their dogs, please observe the following community guidelines. If you join an adventure, it is assumed that you have read and agree to these guidelines as well as agree to act accordingly.
- Golden Dog Adventure Co. events are open to all dog lovers. You do not need to bring a dog to join in on the fun.
- Safety is our number one priority for both dogs and their people. If you or your dog has a medical condition related to the environment (i.e. allergic to bees, etc.) please make your Adventure Guide team aware.
- ALL dogs must be on an 8-foot or shorter leash. No flex or retractable leashes are allowed. These leashes are NOT appropriate when walking with a pack of dogs. At swimming and open field play adventures, we do allow up to 20 foot lead.
- We are focused on force-free, positive dog training methods and do not allow aversive tools to be used at any of our events. This includes but is not limited to prong/pinch, choke, bark control, shock, and spray collars. Martingale collars are allowed since they are not used for correcting a behavior and are used more for safety. Head halters are allowed if used properly and your dog is not doing anything to injure themselves while walking (i.e. sharp head snaps, dragging face on ground). Education and guidance will be provided as needed.
- Always carry pet waste bags (biodegradable preferred) and pick up as needed. It is also REQUIRED that you carry water for your dog. We also recommend water for yourself as well as a protein snack for longer walks/hikes for both.
- When walking on a trail, please stay to the right side and allow bicyclists, joggers, horses, and other dogs and their people to pass on your left. To avoid uncomfortable and unsafe social greetings, guide your dog to the right side of your body with a cue word or treats. It may be safer to ask your dog to stop and wait as well depending on their comfort level.
- There will be people walking at different speeds, however, if your small leashed dog is slowing down please carry him/her. Little dogs get tired and it makes sense to help them when needed, but let them finish the walk on their own four paws. This improves their confidence.
- We highly recommend that all participants at our adventures carry a voluntary NH HikeSafe card from NH Fish & Game at all times. This covers the cost of rescue response should you need rescuing. A 2024 NH Hunting or Fishing license, NH Off Highway Recreational Vehicle or Snowmobile Registration, and a NH Boat Registration also supply rescue response coverage.
- Limit social greetings at the beginning of an event (especially during times of high respiratory infections among dogs). Many dogs do not like their space invaded and this time is better spent getting your dog to feel relaxed and confident in this environment. After the event, when the dogs are tired, is a better time to meet and greet with owner permission.
- We encourage people of all ages to join in on the fun. However, please make sure younger children are always in your care and understand the proper way to greet a dog when given permission by the dog guardian. They should also be able to recognize the signs a dog exhibits when it is uncomfortable.
- ALWAYS ask another dog guardian if it is OK to greet their dog before approaching.
- During tick season, we recommend spraying yourself and your dog with an all-natural spray. Golden Dog Adventure Co. will provide at each event and also have available for purchase.
- If our team observes behavior from your dog such as nipping, snapping, lunging, growling, or strong staring at other dogs, we will help you find ways to redirect your dog and make them more comfortable in this environment. In some cases, the environment may not be suitable for your dog and they may be more comfortable returning home. We want participants to feel welcome, safe, and included at all events.
- There is a maximum of two dogs per person. We recommend a double-headed leash if walking two dogs. Occasionally, we limit adventures to only one dog for maximum happiness. This information will be available in event postings.
- We discourage leaving an event early, however, if you decide to leave a walk/hike, please alert an Adventure Guide. At that point, you become responsible for your own navigation.
- When the group meets other dogs, please keep your dog safely by your side using treats or a cue word. A pack of dogs can be very threatening to a dog walking solo, and its owner. The same applies to small children, let’s not be the ones who give a child a lifelong terror of dogs!
- If your dog is unwell and infectious, please do not bring him/her to the group walk. If we witness your dog coughing, sneezing or exhibiting any type of nasal discharge, you will be asked to leave the adventure. There is a very contagious respiratory infection circulating among dogs and we want to limit the risk of spreading.
- Since we will be walking/hiking in many different areas, including forests, fields, farmland, etc. it is recommended that your dog is treated for worms, ticks, and fleas.
In recognition of Covid-19 safety procedures, we follow the mask mandate set by the Governor of NH and the CDC. If you are fully vaccinated, you are not required to wear a mask. It is highly recommended however that social distancing is maintained at all events for safety.
If you are unwell, or exhibiting signs of covid, please do not attend an adventure until you are feeling better or at least 10 days after exhibiting initial symptoms.
For the safety of all dogs and people, ALL dogs must be up to date on the Rabies Vaccine.
Although not required, we highly recommend dogs also have the DAPP/DHPP (Distemper/Adenovirus/Parainfluenza/Parvovirus) and Kennel Cough vaccines especially if your dog is regularly exposed to other dogs (i.e. in a doggy daycare setting) or is immuno-compromised.
If your dog has recently tested positive for giardia, please do not attend an event until you receive a negative fecal test for your dog. Please be prepared to show proof of the Rabies Vaccine at each adventure if asked. You may also forward this information ahead of time to email@example.com and we will keep on file for 2024.
Can I attend an event if my dog is reactive?
We encourage guardians of reactive and sensitive dogs to join us and see if their dog can be comfortable in this environment. If you are concerned about introducing your reactive dog to other people and dogs at one of our adventures, learn about the education and resources we have in place to make you feel safe, welcome, and included. You can also contact us directly for additional support.
If your dog needs extra space (D.I.N.O.S. – Dogs in Need of Space), yellow ribbons will be provided at each adventure at no charge. Simply tie to your dog’s leash or harness to alert other dog owners: do not approach unless invited, my dog needs additional space.
Participation in our adventures assumes some level of uncertainty and risk. Organizers and adventure leaders cannot be held responsible for you or your dogs’ actions or those of other participants or their dogs. You are individually responsible for any damage or injury caused by your dog, and for any mishap befalling your dog.
Prior to attending an event, all human participants MUST complete and authorize the General Liability Waiver, Covid-19 Waiver of Liability and Video/Photograph Release Form. These forms will be kept on file for 1 year before needing to be renewed.
We are committed to providing an inclusive environment for all humans regardless of gender, age, gender identity, race, health status, national origin, relationship status, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and religion.
Canines of any breed, size, and temperament, regardless of being neutered or spayed, are also welcome.