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Event Rules and Safety

Rules, recommendations and safety tips:

  • There's a limit of two dogs per paid registrant. Participating dogs must be at least four months old.

  • All dogs must be on a leash with a maximum length of six feet (no retractable leashes, please).

  • Strollers and wagons are welcome (for both humans and dogs).

  • Use good judgment with your dog. Please do not bring dogs who may be dangerous to other animals or humans. Event officials reserve the right to refuse entry to any animal.

  • For safety reasons, we do not allow dogs to attend the event with pinch collars, choke collars or retractable leads. They may wear regular collars or martingale collars.

  • Please be sure your dog's vaccinations are up to date, and that current identification and rabies tags are worn.

  • Best Friends encourages all participants to have their dogs spayed or neutered, if they are not altered already. Spaying and neutering helps reduce the number of pets entering shelters, and it can help your pet live a longer, healthier life.

  • Dogs in heat will not be allowed at the event.

  • You may want to hone your dog’s leash-walking skills during the four-week period leading up to the walk so that you and your dog are ready for the event. To help your dog become familiar with walking on leash around a lot of distractions, practice walking with your dog on trails or in parks or other locations where people walk with their pets.

  • Please do not bring cats or any other animals who may be at risk around dogs.

  • For the safety of fellow strutters and dogs, items such as bikes, scooters, rollerblades and skateboards will not be permitted.

  • Stay hydrated with water at the start and finish! Watch for signs that your dog is getting overheated. There will be some water stations at the event.

  • Make sure to stop if your dog is lagging behind. Pay close attention to your dog’s energy and stress levels. Please make sure your dog isn’t being dragged by the leash.

  • Inspect your dog’s pads for any signs of cuts or wear.

  • A veterinarian and EMT will be on hand to help canines or humans, in cases of injury or emergency. 

  • Don’t forget to have fun!

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