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Playgroups

The Protocol at a Glance

Below is an overview of the full playgroup process that can be used as a checklist for running groups.  Before running playgroups, be sure to read the full protocol and train staff or volunteers to fill playgroup lead, assistant, and runner roles. 

1. GATHER HANDLERS

Playgroups generally require 2-3 people at minimum for 20 to 60 minutes depending on the number of dogs who will be interacting together, their energy level, and how well-known the dogs’ play styles are. See What do you need?

2. PREPARE THE PLAY YARDS & EQUIPMENT

3. PLAN THE PLAYGROUP

4. LEAD & ASSISTANT(S) RUN THE PLAYGROUPS

  • Introduce dogs into group

    • Playgroup leader requests dogs from group list for runner to bring out.

    • Rotate dogs in and out of existing playgroups according to plan, making sure to avoid crowding at the gate. See Rotating Dogs into Playgroup

    • Record intro and play notes to Dog Play Profile sheets as needed. 

 

5. DOCUMENT INFO GAINED FROM RUNNING PLAYGROUP

The documents below should be completed during and after playgroup by the Playgroup Leader:

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