Dogs at Meetups
When we started running meetups we didn’t think too hard about our canine friends at meetups. We know that some of our members are 100% in love with their dogs and we were fairly neutral about having them around at meetups.
Since then we’ve had quite a few meetups and feedback from members has made us rethink our policy on dogs at meetups. We want to respect all of our members and create an environment that enables members to communicate their needs with each other and allows everyone to feel as safe, respected and happy as possible.
What members have said...
A number of our members are scared of dogs. Some people have reported getting distracted whilst belaying when there are dogs roaming around near to their belongings and gear. Others have reported that they don’t like dogs being around while they are eating. They feel that it is something that is not acceptable and they would prefer to not have dogs nearby at the crag.
For these reasons we are introducing the following considerations and questions for people who are thinking about bringing their dogs to one of our meetups:
- Some people are scared of dogs, but don’t want to upset other people at the meetup, especially if they are a new member. Please don’t put people on the spot about this topic.
- Some people don’t mind dogs in the home situation but find them distracting at the crag.
- Some people are allergic to animals and it makes them feel unwell to be around furry animals.
- It is the responsibility of the dog owner to keep their pet in check.
Questions to ask yourself if you want to bring your dog to a meetup:
- Can you leave your dog at home or with a friend?
- Can you guarantee that your dog will stay away from people who are scared of dogs?
- Is there a way for you to guarantee that your dog will not go near to climbers who are belaying
- Can you be certain that your dog will not cause a distraction to climbers while they are climbing, for example by barking?
- Can you ensure that your dog will not approach people when they are eating at the crag?
- How will you ensure that your dog is well behaved at the meetup?
If you are unsure about your answers to these questions, then we ask you to consider leaving your dog at home or with a friend, or keeping your dog in a comfortable corner on a lead with a toy while you are climbing.
Want to come to a meetup but don't like dogs?
If this is you, please drop us an email and we will see how we can help: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does this seem reasonable?
We are always doing our best to meet the needs of a wide range of people. Your ideas, thoughts and suggestions about this topic are welcomed. Leave us a comment or drop Emily (our CEO and Founder) an email: email@example.com. Thank you for your understanding and support.