Check out APA!'s beautiful Blue Collar RuffTails!
Blue Collar RuffTails require RTR Training + passing both APA! Level 1 and Blue JAM training. Wear your Blue bracelet so that Staff can identify you as an approved handler.
You are qualified to take a Blue RuffTail to the trail if you:
1. Completed RTR training and...
2. Graduated from Level 1 APA! training (5 week course) and...
3. Also graduated from Blue JAM (Jumpy and Mouthy) class, which is a 2-hour, invitation only session for Level 1 graduates.
4. Earned your APA! Blue bracelet, and you are wearing it!
Only Level 2 graduates (Silver handlers) are approved to take Blue RTR dogs to the trail w/o completing RTR training. However, Silver handlers must have permission from Behavior Staff to take any non-RTR dog of any collar color to the trail. Blue handlers may take non-RTR Blue, Orange, or Pink dogs around the baseball fields only, not to the trail.
Runners and Joggers:
Beau's Hound Dog nose is thrilled to be out on the trail! Beau is content to go wherever his nose leads him. He's an easy going guy with moderate energy, a nice choice for casual jogs or walks on the trail.
Twister is a happy boy who loves to run the trail and jump in the lake to cool off. He loves swimming as well as just lounging "pool side" in the lake. Twister is also a foodie, and will happily accept all of your treats!
Pinball is a smart and athletic young lady who appears to have plenty of experience hitting the trail for runs. She's a high spirited, sweet companion who will make your workout a blast!
Alonso's running pace is much closer to a trot, and he's more than happy to stop anytime for cuddle breaks too! He's an easy going boy who loves a relaxed nature outing with good friends!
WALKERS (Please never jog or run these dogs in order to prevent injury. They are walkers for medical reasons)
Chewy is a delightful senior boy who loves his toys almost as much as he loves walks in nature! The best combination is when he takes his toy with him to the trail! Chewy is sure to bring a smile to your face.
Franklin is a gorgeous boy who loves to awkwardly paddle in the water. Taking this boy for a "swim" is a must do!
Sam is a Top Dog in training, and he's learning many obedience skills that will prepare him for his forever home! Sam is goofy, silly, and very happy! He loves being on the trail, jumping into the lake, and just being with his RTR friend in nature!
Porter was just returned and came back to the shelter quite overweight. He needs to shed some pounds, and trail time will help burn those calories!
Protect our Blue RuffTails from Injury
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 Blue 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 email@example.com, 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/