Anyone who's lived in
Arizona will agree, this
is an amazing place. Of course, as a native, I'm a little biased! Exploring
deserts, canyons, and forests with my own dogs is definitely one of my favorite
pastimes. My love for hiking and for dogs is why
Who are we?
The Canine Hiking Club of Arizona(CHCoA) began in January of 1999 as Arizona's only totally dog friendly outdoor club. The club is unofficial, meanning we do not have board members or membership dues. We function primarily as a networking group where dog loving outdoor enthusiasts can find hiking partners, post outings and just spend time with others who share a love for dogs. Events take place in various locations around the state and include, but are not limited to, hiking, camping, backpacking, snow play days, kayaking/canoeing, social gatherings, dog park play dates, BBQ's, and charity walks. We have "members" statewide in cities and towns like Phoenix, Glendale, Litchfield, Mesa, Chandler, Fountain Hills, Tucson, Sedona, Prescott, Cottonwood, and more. Outings cover a wide variety of skill levels so there's usually something for everyone.
Who can join?
Responsible owners and their dog(s) who enjoy outdoor activities. We welcome humans of all ages, genders, and marital status. Additionally, we welcome all dog breeds, pure or mixed. Dogs who are aggressive toward people or other dogs are NOT allowed at CHCoA events.**Every owner is responsible for keeping their dog(s) under control at all times. **
Responsible outdoor enthusiasts who love dogs. You do not need to be a dog owner to join the CHCoA but keep in mind this is a dog friendly group and 99% of our events will have dogs present. If you're not willing to put up with a little slobber, a friendly kiss or two, or several sad eyes staring you down while you eat lunch, then this group is not for you.
Participation Disclaimer - Must read before attending any club functions
Since the CHCoA is an unofficial non-profit group and each person is participating of their own will, you and you alone are responsible for your safety and that of your dog(s). Please act accordingly to ensure all outings are safe and fun for everyone. Additionally, neither Jamie DeBenedetto or any person taking on a role as "leader" assumes any responsibility for human or dog injury or death, loss of gear or personal belongings, and damage to vehicles at any time. Outdoor activities can be dangerous, it is your individual responsibility to be prepared if you choose to take part in a hike or other planned function. Participation in events is voluntary and all participants do so at their own risk. Your participation in any event you found via the CHCoA is acknowledgment that you have read and understand the above.
How do I get involved with the group?
Begin by reading the Participation Disclaimer located directly above this paragraph, then consider joining our message board (hosted by Yahoo Groups). "Members" use the message board to plan events, discuss club issues as well as topics related to hiking, dogs, trails, outdoor activities, equipment, etc. The board is private and a great way to meet other members, find a hiking partner, share trip reports, share pictures, locate dog friendly places around the state or just talk about your dog. The options are endless. It's free to join and you may receive messages via email or by visiting the Yahoo Groups site directly (you do not need a yahoo email address to use this service). Check it out here CanineHikingClubofAZ.
Next, explore this webpage further. We have compiled lots of good info. related to outdoor activies with canines. The Dogs Rule and Dottie's Corner pages in particular are very helpful. You'll also want to check out the Event's Calender Page. This is where many of the pre-planned outings are posted. If you see an event you want to attend, contact the person who has planned the function and tell him or her you want to join them. Please let him/her know how many humans and how many dogs will be joining you. If you leave a message, definitely include your phone number so they can contact you in case of a cancellation or in the event details about the outing change.
Finally, offer to lead a dog friendly outing yourself. This can be as simple as a short morning hike, a get together at the dog park or something more complicated - you choose. There is more information below regarding organizing events. Please read on and if you have questions contact Jamie D., the Club Organizer, directly.
Are there any rules I have to agree to abide by when I hike with the CHCoA?
**YES!** We expect everyone participating in CHCoA events to follow the four rules listed below.
Nope. The CHCoA was not created for profit. There are, however, some expenses involved with keeping the group going. Therefore, we ask anyone who'd like to make a donation to contact Jamie D. or follow the directions below. All donations go directly to maintaining the CHCoA website, printing fliers for promotional events and the creation of club T-shirts periodically. Donations are voluntary and are not required for participation.
If you want to donate please
send your check (made out to Jamie DeBenedetto),
money order or
Do I get a say in club functions?
Absolutely. Via the yahoo group, we give all "members" a voice in how this group functions. We also openly welcome suggestions, criticism, comments, gripes, complaints, kudos, etc. regarding how the club is managed, what types of events we participate in and where outings take place.
There are three ways to make sure your voice is heard. First, join the CHCoA message board located on the Yahoo Groups site. Joining the board is easy and free. Click here to visit the Yahoo Groups site and look around. Second, if you are not already doing so, start attending functions. Third, contact Jamie D., the Club Organizer, and tell her what's on your mind. Jamie can be reached via email at email@example.com.
How do I organize an event?
We encourage anyone who
wants to lead/plan and outing to do so. Events range from very easily
dog park play days) to more complex (i.e. multi-day outings) so do what you feel
comfortable with and have fun.
Leaders who organize 4 or more events in a year will receive a free club t-shirt. If you would like to help the club by listing something on the calendar or if you need help getting started, please do not hesitate to contact Jamie D. We are more than willing to assist with planning. The CHCoA runs completely on the involvement of our members to organize outings. Without YOU, this group cannot function.
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