Monday, January 30, 2012

Sunday Pack Walk & Contest!

Yesterday we had our first NYC pack walk!  Five pitties and five humans braved Central Park for our first walk.  We learned a lot of things we did "wrong" but we know one thing went right: Havi was totally confident in her pack.  I know sometimes it seems Havi is the perfect pup (which she is), but she has major leash aggression issues.  Well, the second Havi started walking with her pack, she was golden.  She didn't act out or even bother to play with any of the other pitties.  She knew she had a job to do, and that was to walk with her pack.  She seemed most comfortable at the back of the pack, with adoptable Pinky from That Touch of Pit.

We were stopped about four times for people to ask if the pups were pit bulls, if they could pet them, and to ask what were doing!  Aside from Havi barking at a few runners and a few pups, they were focused, proud ambassadogs!

Check out these awesome photos, courtesy of Jen from That Touch of Pit.

Gerti from Prettie Little Pittie

Pinky from That Touch of Pit

Lucy, That Touch of Pit and pack leader!
We learned we did a few things wrong on our first walk, and got some great advice from Chicago Sociabulls, Hikeabull, and KC Walking Club to do it "better."

So without further adieu,  our rules:

The route will be set in advance so everyone knows where we're going and we can prepare for the terrain (and possible distractions, ie. singers, roller bladers, etc.)  It will be drawn out the route on a Google map, and emailed it to all participants in 24 hours before the walk.  It will include rest stops so that all involved (humans and dogs) can re-hydrate, re-focus, etc.

We will include people without dogs (so please bring a partner, or friend). If an incident occurs, they will be the ones who can swoop in a stop it. Other people holding dogs can't solve a situation involving dogs.

Everyone should bring their dog's most high value treats.

No retractable leashes

 No face to face greetings

Give each dog at least 1 yard of space

Next Week's Walk

      We are going to start a MeetUp Group to RSVP through, email address, as well as a Facebook page shortly. However, this week's walk will take place on Saturday, February 4 at 10:00AM.  If you would like to participate, please email us at TwoGradStudentsandaPittie@gmail.com.  Please include your human name, dog name, dog breed guesstimate, contact information, and issues your pup is working on.  Also, you may email us just to be included on our mailing list!

     Contest Time!

     We need a name and we need YOU to help!  Please leave your best idea for a name for our group in the comments.  Havi will vote!  What do you win?!  The pride and glory of having named the NYC chapter of the pack walk groups! 


  1. I'm so excited that you've started your pack walks. Well done Havi on such good behavior.

  2. We had a great time at the walk yesterday! And we think our group should be called The City Pitties. That or Big Apple Big Mutts.

  3. Hey Havi!
    Wow, what a great job! You're really doing well and sounds like a great group of furiends. I like the pix of everyone. Maybe: Citypooch Walkers.
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, COP

  4. Yay for pack walks! Can't wait to see how your group takes off and all of the cool places you'll visit!

  5. That is great! It looks like a great group. I like That Tough of Pit's idea "City Pitties" cause.... well... that's what you are!

  6. Looks like you all had a great time! I like the name "Central Park Pittie Pack".

  7. Can't wait to join in sometime in the next few weeks! I'll extend an invite to our first foster, Mr. Peeps as well! They live in the city and Peeps (now Murphy) would be a great addition.

    Pittie Pack? I like City Pitties. NYC Pittie Party?

  8. Congrats on starting your own pack walks!! I like City Pitties. Looking forward to reading more about your walks!

  9. Sounds like a really great time. I keep meaning to get up to Portland for the walks they have up there, but it is a bit of a long drive just for that.

  10. Good job guys and we are so proud of you Havi!!

    I really like Big Apple Pittie Pack (BAPP)

  11. What a fun outing!

    Stop on by for a visit

  12. Great great pictures! What a super cute pack of pups. I cant wait to hear more stories of outings and adventures.

  13. Looks like everyone had an awesome walk......as for a name we like the "Pitty Patter" Pack it can have a couple of meaning - Pitty for pitbull or pitty patter of all those tiny feet :)

  14. wow, great job guys...fantastic to hear the first walk was so successful!