If you love a reactive dog, you understand the unique challenges and concerns that come with caring for them. This includes the feeling of worry, embarrassment, and nervousness when attending dog-related adventures. However, you’re not alone in this journey. Our supportive community is waiting to help you and your reactive dog. This blog post explores the benefits of joining the Golden Dog membership, which is designed to cater to the needs of reactive dog guardians.
We are also reactive dog guardians and understand your concerns. Our team works hard to create a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for all. Members have had similar concerns and have successfully attended adventures with their reactive dogs. No one has ever had to leave an event due to feeling unwelcome or unsafe. The inclusive environment our team creates is designed to make you and your dog feel comfortable, ensuring that you can enjoy dog-related events without worry.
Resources and Support
The membership offers a variety of resources to assist in your journey with your reactive dog. These resources include informative videos, real-life stories from members about their experiences, and tips from partners who have had positive experiences with membership and their reactive dogs. In addition, we strictly enforce our community guidelines for everyone’s safety and peace of mind.
Safety Measures and Procedures
Our team takes your safety and dog’s well-being seriously. Several key procedures are in place to make sure you and your dog feel safe and included at adventures:
- Yellow Ribbons -Yellow ribbons or bandanas signal that your dog needs some space, helping others understand your dog’s needs. Yellow ribbons are provided at no charge to all participants who request.
- Awareness of D.I.N.O.S. – Dogs in Need of Space are marked with yellow ribbons, bandanas, vests or other yellow markers creating awareness among participants.
- Basket Muzzle Training – Education about the benefits of basket muzzles is provided to dispel any misconceptions and promote safe training.
- Visual Blocks: Partners and venues work with us to create visual barriers at events when necessary, ensuring a comfortable division for reactive dogs while allowing participants to socialize.
We are committed to providing ongoing education and support for members. You will benefit from access to live presentations from local, national and international experts as well as over 60 hours of video instruction in the Library.
Skilled Adventure Guides
Our guides have specialized training in behavior, body language, and the unique needs of reactive dogs. Each member of our adventure guide team is not only an experienced dog handler but has also worked extensively with reactive dogs and those requiring additional space, known as D.I.N.O.S. In addition, team members are certified in pet and human first aid and CPR, guaranteeing your dog’s and your safety at all times. Furthermore, our guides are skilled hikers, background screened, friendly, and knowledgeable, having completed our rigorous 8-week training class. With their expertise, compassion, and dedication, our adventure guides provide a reassuring presence, ensuring both you and your reactive dog have a positive and enriching experience within our community.
Advocacy and Protection
If an unleashed dog approaches during an event, our team has procedures in place to slow down the dog and inform its guardian before it can reach any dogs in our pack. In addition, at events over 40 dogs, we have a professional and certified dog trainer on site to answer questions, talk with guests, and ensure everyone’s safety. This advocacy and protection gives you peace of mind during events.
To create a more comfortable experience for all guests, we require everyone to limit social greetings at the start of events. This approach helps all dogs acclimate gradually to the pack. Wide trails, spacious parking lots and wide open venue locations are chosen to prevent crowding, allowing both dogs and guardians to feel comfortable before the event begins.
Our adventures offer the opportunity to rotate your dog’s position within the pack. This rotation is an excellent way to determine the best position for your dog and observe how their body language changes. This flexibility allows you and your dog to find the most comfortable spot in the pack.
If you’re a reactive dog guardian, a membership designed to cater to your needs is an invaluable resource. It provides a supportive community, essential resources, and safety measures to ensure you and your dog can enjoy dog-related adventures without fear or anxiety. Don’t hesitate to reach out, ask questions, and join this a membership that welcomes you with open arms, ready to support you on your journey with your reactive dog.