You must attend a RunningDog Orientation in order to run with the adoptable dogs at any of the facilities.
Our RunningDog Orientations usually last an hour. We cover basic dog handling techniques, basic dog body language, and best practices for running with a shelter dog. Depending on which facility’s orientation you are attending, we may also cover facility policy and procedure.
Weather permitting, we will hold a group run immediately following orientation. For summer runs, shorts are permitted but some dogs will be so happy to see you that they are known to jump up for a hug. Scratches can happen! For winter runs, dress a little warmer than you would for a cold weather run. Some dogs like to stop and sniff and pee; you could get chilled!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the orientation roster. You will be sent the date and location of the next orientation session along with the RunningDog volunteer application.
Our volunteer application allows us to send you facility specific information.
In the meantime, we always recommend visiting the facility that interests you. This will help you feel more comfortable with the process.
If you would like to join us for a group run before your orientation, you are welcome to do so. You will not be able to handle a dog until after orientation, but the group runs are a great time and a good way to get some beforehand experience.