Group dog walks and off-leash recreation are the focus of Sacramento’s Responsible Dog Lovers Meetup group, while hiking and dog socialization is the name of the game for TOPDOG, an acronym for Trekking Our Pooches Dog Owners Group. If your interest lies in training, Dogs with a Job is your vehicle for sharing “career” experiences such as obedience, agility, flyball, dog Frisbee, hunting, therapy or tracking. Dog Lovers and Hiking Hounds of Sacramento, as the name implies, gets people and pups together for outings both near and far.
Also in the Sacramento area, you’ll find Meetup groups dedicated to big dogs, toy dogs, Australian shepherds, miniature pinschers, dachshunds, Labrador retrievers, pit bulls, beagles—and, of course, those loveable pugs.
Don’t see anything to fit your schedule? Try broadening your search. Sacramento Health Walkers, for instance, welcomes dogs on many of its outings. So does the very active Hikers & Company, a hiking and adventure group. Their pace may a bit brisk for dogs with “have-to-sniff-everything” fixations, but you’ll meet some great folks and get some good exercise, and what could be better than that?