Say hello to APA!'s Orange collar RuffTails!
Orange collar pups are shy and fearful. Additional training is required.
To be eligible to take an Orange collar RuffTail pup to the trail, you will have graduated from one of the below training paths:
1. RuffTail Runner Training and BOO! training
2. APA! Level 1 Training (5 week course by invite only) and BOO! training
When you pass BOO! training, you will earn an APA! Orange bracelet. You are required to wear your Orange bracelet so that Staff can identify you as an approved handler.
Runners and Joggers:
Siri is a beautiful, shy girl who bonds quickly with her handler. One nice run around the ball fields is all it will take to earn Siri's friendship and her sweet little kisses!
Addison is all smiles out on the trail! She's a shy girl, but will bond with friends who take her for a nice run or walk around the lake! This pretty girl lives in the darkest corner kennel in the shelter, so the more visibility she can get to adopters through RTR, the better!
Quin made her recent TV debut representing APA! and did a fabulous job in front of the cameras! She's a friendly, sweet girl who loves giving and receiving affection!
Jordan is a shy girl who has come a very long way since she arrived. She's still too timid for the trail, but runs or walks around the ball fields will do wonders to continue to build her confidence out in the real world!
Popeye loves booty rubs as much as he loves hitting the trail! He's a joyful boy on the trail and very well behaved. This boy is overweight, so please alternate between slow jogs and walks to prevent injury to his joints.
Selena is quickly capturing the hearts of staff and volunteers with her cute disposition. This pretty girl is currently wearing a cone while she recovers from Happy Tail. Please keep the cone on for her outings.
WALKERS: (PLEASE NEVER JOG OR RUN THESE DOGS IN ORDER TO PREVENT INJURY. THEY ARE WALKERS FOR MEDICAL REASONS)
Wowza has been through a lot recently, and trail time is just what he needs to shed pounds, as well as heal both his body and his heart. Come and take this sweet boy for a nice nature walk.
Shawnee is as happy as can be on nature walks, and she loves to sit in the grass to receive booty scratches and hugs. She's a grateful, affectionate young lady!
Jazzy's been through a lot lately with surgery, but she's on the mend and cleared for the trail again! Come and take her to see the beautiful wildflowers along the trail!
Protect our Orange RuffTails from Injuries!
1. When you arrive at APA!, review today's list of today's approved RTR dogs at the front desk. (See example list below). The list changes daily, so please look each time.
2. Then, review the sign out log at the front desk. Note which dog has been to the trail twice already. Do NOT take that dog. Dogs are allowed to go to the trail 2X/day max to prevent injury.
3. Remember to sign the dog out both in the log the front desk and on the kennel whiteboard. Write "RTR" on the white board.
4. Maintain a 10 foot distance at all times between your dog and other dogs, both inside APA! and on the trail. Try to walk or jog your dog on your right hand side to maximize the distance between your dog and oncoming dogs. Stay away from the off leash dog park at Auditorium Shores.
5. If the dog appears tired, he probably is. Slow down and turn around. Tell the front desk receptionist so that s/he can cross the dog off of the list for the day.
6. Each dog is assigned a maximum distance or time they are approved to walk or jog in a single RTR outing. The limits are assigned for medical reasons to prevent injury. Review the RTR list notes at the front desk for special instructions (see below).
Tips for checking out your BOO! buddy
The RuffTail Runners program at Austin Pets Alive!
Our RuffTail Runners and Walkers are adoptable shelter dogs who are waiting for their forever homes. Interested in adopting one of our fabulous trail pups? Check out their online profiles at http://www.austinpetsalive.org/, send an inquiry regarding a particular dog to firstname.lastname@example.org, or come visit them in person at Austin Pets Alive!.
Do you want to become a RuffTail Runner or Walker? Taking the dogs to the trail for exercise and time outside in nature helps them relax and gain valuable, real world experiences. Trail time with our RTR team also provides our dogs with enrichment and stimulation away from the shelter, which helps them transition more quickly into their forever homes once they are adopted. Come and join us! http://www.rufftailrunners.org/