By Aurus Sy
Published: 05/27/2022, edited: 08/18/2022
Dogs are highly social animals who enjoy the company of other canines. They also like being active and having something to do. Many of today’s dogs are lucky enough to be treated as family members and don’t have to work like their ancestors did, but spending a lot of time at home often leaves them bored. Lack of socialization and boredom can lead to health and behavioral problems, but for many dogs, hanging out with other canines on a regular basis can help keep them happy and healthy.
Want to help your dog expand their social circle? Read on to learn where you can find dog meetup groups and events near you!
Dog meetups are usually held for pup parents and their furchildren to get to know other people and dogs in their area. Some events are size- or breed-specific, while others are activity-based. For example, there are meetups for small dogs, large dogs, purebreds like Corgis or Beagles, and mutts, and there are also events for walking, hiking, paddling, and picnicking with dogs as well. Meetup schedules vary depending on the group; some like to meet up weekly, while others get together once a month.
Dog meetup groups and events benefit both canines and humans. Here are some reasons why you should consider joining one:
Ready to find likeminded pups and people to play with? You can find dog meetup groups and events in your community by searching online. Check out the following places to start making new friends!
Meetup.com is home to several local dog meetup groups and events. Enter “dog meetup” and your location in the search bar to find one near you. You may need to apply for membership first before you can attend events—you’ll likely be asked to submit your name, your dog’s name, a picture of your dog, and answer some questions. Some groups collect membership dues or donations, while others simply ask that you abide by their rules. Many groups even welcome non-dog parents too!
You can also find dog meetups in your community by heading to the Groups and Events tabs on Facebook. Being as specific as possible, i.e., entering your dog’s breed in the search bar and toggling the location filter, will yield better results. Membership may be required and some events are paid; be sure to read the details for each one. Remember to check the group’s rules when you join; groups generally require their members to be courteous to others, RSVP to events, and refrain from posting sales and spam posts
Some pawsome dog meetup groups on Facebook include:
A lot of groups and organizers post upcoming meetups and events on Instagram, though you may have to do a bit more digging to find them. Knowing which hashtags to search for will make your job a lot easier. If you’re not sure where to start, try searching for the name of your city plus dog meetup, e.g., #seattledogmeetup or #nycdogmeetup.
Though they’re probably better known for helping pup parents find dog-friendly places, neighborhood apps like BringFido and BarkHappy also let you see upcoming events for canines. BarkHappy has a feature for discovering dogs nearby as well.
You can also search for an online bulletin board or community page for your local neighborhood, such as on apps like Nextdoor. While often used for announcements, neighborhood events and lost pets in the area, these can also be great places for connecting with any local meetups near your home.
Local businesses that host dog meetups and events will likely display posters of upcoming activities, so keep your eyes peeled whenever you drop by your favorite dog-friendly bar, pet store, market, or coffee shop!
The following tips will help get you and your pup ready for your very first dog meetup or event!
Dog meetups are furbulous opportunities to play, support and connect with other pup-loving parents and their pooches. After enjoying meetups in your area, you may even be inspired to host a meetup yourself!
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