Community Dog Walks - Free!

SALIDA: Every Saturday @ 9:00 am - Meets on "F" Street Bridge at the River

BUENA VISTA*: Every Saturday @ 9:00 am - Meets at 300 E. Main Street at Store

A free & leisurely one hour dog walk led by our experienced Training Staff*. This is a MUST for all young puppies* to get use to many different humans and dogs. If you just adopted a dog, this is a great way to build trust and bond with your new dog. We help you with leash walking skills. It is also great socializing for dogs that are not balanced and have issues with humans or other dogs. Balanced Ambassador dogs are invited to give other dogs their calm and confident energy. If you are having difficulty with your dog pulling, the trainers will give you tips on stopping the pulling. A pack of dogs walking together is very powerful therapy! Is your dog is a little shy around strange people or strange dogs? This free class is perfect to socialize them! Training Staff: Head Trainer, Laura Bussing, CPDT-KA, CCFT, MT-FP, Trainer Tony Bussing, Training Assistant Sarah Highfill.

*The Buena Vista walk is volunteer led.


Equipment needed: Dog, Poop Bags, Leash or perhaps a training leash. Treats are always good to have too. Please note that the walks leave promptly at 9:00 a.m.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

“Skylar the sheltie is almost two. He has been the most challenging of the six shelties we have had over the years. Skylar’s main issue was walking along and having other dogs and people walking towards him. He made a fool of himself and us by his lunging and barking wanting to play. We decided to try the Saturday morning dog walk in Buena Vista which is sponsored by Gone to the Dogs, to see if walking with other dogs would be helpful. Over the months, we have seen a marked change in Skylar’s behavior. The big break through for us was taking him downtown BV during the 4th of July weekend car show. It was a madhouse of people and dogs. Skylar ignored most of the dogs and walked without pulling or barking. He let loads of people pet him. We are deeply grateful to Laura and Tony for providing this wonderful dog walk each Saturday. It is a great way to socialize your dog or new puppy, and we have also met many nice folks we probably would never have known otherwise.” Lulie and Jack Melton

Early Puppy Socialization is critical to the behavioral development of young puppies. We work in collaboration with all the veterinarians in the area to increase awareness and education of the importance of socializing your puppies. From 3-16 weeks of age is the critical development & imprinting time. The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) believes it is the standard of care for puppies to receive socialization before they are fully vaccinated*. Please join us at the dog walks, where we will help you socialize your young puppy in a safe & supervised environment. Your puppy must receive their first booster shot before attending. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

ASVAB Position Statement on Puppy Socialization

      
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SALIDA  LOCATION:          
235 W. Hwy. 50, Salida, CO 81201
(719) 539-4220
BUENA VISTA LOCATION:
300 E. Main Street, Buena Vista, CO 81211
(719) 966-5445
STORE HOURS: Open 7 days a week
Salida Hwy 50      9 AM - 6 PM*
Buena Vista         10 AM - 6 PM*


*Sundays close at 4pm