FAQ English

Who can join? 

  • Anyone who has a dog, who respects their dog and his needs, is open-minded and wants to meet like-minded dog owners can join.
  • Any dog who joins us should be “okay” with other dogs. While social walks can be a great tool to help dogs who have issues with other dogs to overcome those issues, it takes a canine behavioural consultant to accompany this process. As we don’t have one at our disposal, we can only accept dogs without (or with few/mild) issues. By “okay with other dogs”, we mean:
    • Doesn’t growl, bark or lunge at the sight of other dogs
    • Doesn’t run away in fear when approached by other dogs
    • Can walk (relatively) calmly beside other dogs
    • If you’re not sure whether this applies to your dog, send us a message.
  • Dogs and humans of any age can join. The needs of every dog (and human) will be taken into account when planning a walk. Dogs of all sizes and breeds are welcome!

Does it cost anything?

  • It’s a private initiative. It was established with the goal of meeting like-minded dog owners and providing a social life for our own dogs. That means it’s free!

When and where does it take place? 

  • Time: That depends – when are you free? Contact us!
  • Place: In the forests and fields in and around Tervuren

Are the dogs on or off lead during the walks? 

  • That depends on the preference of the human, the behaviour of the dog and the environment in which we are walking. Either option is possible!

What if my dog pulls on the lead?

  • With the right equipment (a harness and long lead) and clear communication on the part of the human, pulling usually turns out not to be such a big problem. If you are interested in hearing more about this, drop us a note!

What if my dog is dominant?

  • The concept of dominance and rank within the social group has been scientifically disproven in recent years. There is no such thing as “a dominant dog”. There are, however, dogs who growl or bark, who show their teeth to other dogs, who claim resources like food, toys or their human when faced with other dogs or even humans. They all have their individual reasons why they are doing it, which are often associated with insecurity, fear and lack of choice.
  • If you are doubting whether social walks are right for your dog, get in touch.

What if my dog is submissive?

  • The concept of dominance and rank within the social group has been scientifically disproven in recent years. There is no such thing as “a submissive dog”. There are, however, dogs who avoid other dogs (or humans), who “cower” when meeting another dog (or a human), who lie on their backs when other dogs (or humans) approach them. They all have their individual reasons why they are doing it, which are associated with insecurity, fear and lack of choice.
  • If you are doubting whether social walks are right for your dog, get in touch.