Welcome to the NH Dog Walking Club

Our Mission is to bring dogs and their people together for exercise, education, and socialization in a positive, welcoming, and fun environment.

On March 20, 2021, the It Takes a Village Dog Walking Club will relaunch to the public as a paid membership site with a new name and logo.

Prior to that date, we are offering dog lovers and companies an opportunity to secure annual, lifetime, corporate, and corporate lifetime sponsorship opportunities as we raise funds to support our financial needs to grow the organization.

For more information about these limited time opportunities, please see below.

Now officially known as the NH Dog Walking Club, members will be introduced to a new and revised Club model that includes a stronger dog training component. The P.A.W.S. Trail (Positive, Active, Wagging, Safe) - our dog training success path, welcomes members to the Pack and gives them access to education and resources from dog trainers and other pet professionals.

Your membership will lead you through our 5 stages of training success, including:

  1. Welcome to the Pack
  2. Pack Member
  3. Sport Dog
  4. Trick Dog
  5. Traveling with Dog

At each stage, you will receive the resources and education needed for you and your dog to learn valuable dog training skills. You then advance to the next stage and earn Club badges to mark your achievements.

History of the Dog Walking Club

The Club, which launched in December 2018, is a community outreach effort of It Takes a Village Pet Care located in Barrington, NH.

In its online Facebook community, the Club has over 1,100 members from NH, ME, MA and CT, and brings dog lovers together for connection, education and exercise.

Over the years, the Club has offered Official Monthly Walks hosted by industry experts who speak on several topics. In addition, the Club hosts Pop-Up Walks, live events, Club Pawtys, unique outings, dog training events, and more. We also support three NH pet industry nonprofits annually by raising awareness and funds for their organizations.

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Future of the Dog Walking Club

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As we pivot and adapt to better serve the needs of our members, we have adopted a new mission, vision, and core beliefs and values statement.

Mission:
To bring dogs and their people together for exercise, education, and socialization in a positive, welcoming, and fun environment.

Our Vision:
To build a community of dog owners who are dedicated to the health and wellness of their pets using positive reinforcement techniques and sustainable pet care practices.

Core Beliefs & Values:

  1. We believe dogs are family.
  2. We believe that the human/dog bond is strengthened through quality time spent with a community of people who have similar interests and beliefs about pet care.
  3. We believe dogs learn best using positive, fun, and enriching training methods.
  4. We believe collaborations with pet professionals benefits our members by offering the best educational resources for learning and growing.
  5. We believe that time spent in the natural world reduces stress, increases happiness, and improves the health of dogs and their people.

What's Coming in 2021!

In 2021, the Club will continue to offer the same in-person and live events that are popular with members as well as offer additional events requested by members in our 2020 survey:

  • Additional walks in Rockingham and Strafford counties,
  • New and unique outings with dogs (corn maze, hike with lunch at a café, Earth Day clean up walk, geocaching, boat ride, etc.),
  • More group training events such as doggy socials, Parkour, dog sports introduction, agility, and obedience training,
  • Walking tours of nearby cities and dog-friendly businesses,
  • Additional training support for reactive dogs,
  • More off leash doggy socials/events,
  • Additional dog training resources online and in-person,
  • New and different hikes/walks throughout NH, southern ME and northern MA,
  • More weekend events, and
  • Weekday walks/events.
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Testimonials

Connie R.
Barrington, NH
The members are warm, loving, and inviting.
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Jan N.
Strafford, NH
Though we have not participated due to scheduling conflicts - this has been on my radar every week. Everyone seems to have an awesome time learning and experiencing new things. Joining up with other folks for networking/exercise with their 4-legged bffs too!
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Janice R.
Barrington, NH
Just wanted to say thank you for arranging, recording, and posting today's presentation on Dog Walking Safety During Trapping Season. Bean is off leash a lot when we walk the trails by our house and I have always been concerned about this.
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Mary H.
Rochester, NH
I love that the people who run the Club are so calm and accepting of all dog temperaments.
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Cathy S.
Stratham, NH
The NH Dog Walking Club offers opportunities for my dog to interact with other dogs in a safe environment. It is a social outing for me and my dog! I love the monthly experts too.
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Beatrice B.
Chester, NH
Thank you very much for arranging interesting speakers, good hikes, and for fostering education and camaraderie among dog lovers of all ages and abilities.
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Erin Z.
New Hampshire
I wanted to thank you because many of the dog training tips and tricks were things I learned on the few walks we have been on with you (especially helpful was the walk with the folks from Red Pointy Dog). I felt comfortable with what to watch for, and I think he really picked up on cues from other dogs and knew when it was okay to greet and when he needed to stay away.
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Christine C.
Newmarket, NH
I just recently joined the Dog Walking Club and it has exceeded my expectations! I thought I was joining a club to help socialize my dog and meet a few new people but it has become much more. Traci and Ray are very welcoming and do a great job engaging all of the members through dog walking events, online events with animal experts, and fundraising events for many wonderful animal charity organizations! Guy🐶 and I couldn’t be happier!
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Hannah E.
Rochester, NH
Great opportunity to socialize my reactive dog in a constructive environment. Everyone is so respectful and fun to walk with. I have really enjoyed the live monthly training videos too. I am really looking forward to more outings with our dog Cody! Thank you for all you do!
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Jeff P.
Dover, NH
I love everything you guys are doing!
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Sponsorship Opportunities

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With your Annual sponsorship of $100, you will receive membership in the NH Dog Walking Club through March 2022. You will also receive a member decal and t-shirt with our new Club logo. Your membership will renew annually at this rate, which is the lowest that will ever be offered for membership.

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With your Lifetime sponsorship of $300, you will receive lifetime membership in the NH Dog Walking Club. You will also receive a member decal and t-shirt with our new Club logo. Your membership will be free for your lifetime. Membership is not transferable. This offer ends 3/1/2021.

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With your Family sponsorship of $175, you and your family (up to 2 adults and kids under 18) will receive membership in the NH Dog Walking Club through March 2022. You will also receive a member decal and 1 t-shirt with our new Club logo. Your membership will renew annually at this low rate.

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With your Family sponsorship of $525, your family (up to 2 adults and kids under 18) will receive a lifetime membership in the NH Dog Walking Club. You will also receive a member decal and 2 t-shirts with our new Club logo. Your membership will be free for your lifetime. This offer ends 3/1/2021.

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With your Corporate sponsorship of $500, you and your employees will receive membership in the NH Dog Walking Club through March 2022. You will also receive a member decal and t-shirt with our new Club logo. Your membership will renew annually at this rate, which is the lowest that will ever be offered for membership.

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With your Corporate sponsorship of $1500, your employees will receive membership in the NH Dog Walking Club for as long as they are an employee of your company. You will also receive a member decal and t-shirt with our new Club logo. Your membership will be free for your lifetime. This offer ends 3/1/2021.

Benefits of Membership

P.A.W.S. Trail

With the help of our 5-stage, dog training success path, you and your dog will receive the resources and education needed to learn valuable dog training skills. You advance through each stage and earn Club badges to mark your achievements.

Walks/Hikes

Attend as many Official Club Walks and Pop-Up Walks at no additional charge with your membership. Walks and hikes take place in southern NH (Concord to the seacoast), southern ME, and northern MA.

Online Events

Access to online events with pet professionals and our club Pawtys where we talk with our experts, charitable partners, and give away prizes is included at no additional charge with your membership.

Educational Resources

Access to educational and instructional videos and materials in our Library on several topics is available with your membership. Our resources help guide you down the P.A.W.S. Trail setting you and your dog up for success.

Discounted Special Events

Members will receive a discount off of our unique outings for dogs and their people. Examples include, corn maze adventure, geocaching, kayaking, paddle boarding, brewery tour, doggy social with a trainer, Parkour, agility course, and much more!

Savings on Products/Services

Receive discounts and savings from our partner companies on their products and services for dog owners.

Doggy Socials

Social, off-leash events for your dog in a private space monthly. This is a great opportunity for your dog to play off-leash with other dogs in a controlled and monitored environment. During these events, you will learn about your dog's body language, place in the pack, socialization skills, and more.

Community Connection

Get exercise and meet new friends through our outings. Connect with our community of dog lovers who are dedicated to the health and wellness of their pets using positive reinforcement techniques and sustainable pet care practices.

About Us

Traci Bisson

Founder

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As a child, Traci spent most of her time outside. From morning until night, she would play in the woods with friends, build forts, look for animals, and enjoy getting dirty. As a student, she studied Wildlife Management at the University of NH, earning her bachelor of science degree. She worked at the UNH research facility studying deer, turkey, wolves and other animals. In addition, she worked at several veterinary clinics assisting with surgeries and the care of cats and dogs with whom she became very attached. Her passion for the outdoors and animals continued as an adult. She worked for the NH Audubon helping with education outreach, then went on to become a Master Gardener volunteer and NH Coverts Cooperator through UNH Cooperative Extension. In 2016, she earned her design certificate in permaculture and then went on to study social permaculture, eventually teaching an online course for UNH on the subject. That same year, Traci founded It Takes a Village Pet Care located in Barrington, NH. A professional pet sitting and dog walking company with a focus on sustainability. She founded the Dog Walking Club in 2018. In 2020, Traci was named a Northeast Credit Union (NECU) Planet Protector, along with two other women, for her contributions to sustainability. Throughout her adult life, Traci has continued to enrich her understanding and knowledge of the outdoors participating in many courses, including Becoming an Outdoors Woman with NH and ME Fish & Game, wilderness first aid, EMT training, pet first aid/CPR, Staying Found offered by the local AMC club and the Massabesic Audubon Center, Backcountry Navigation/Map & Compass course through the AMC club, and more.

Ray Bisson

Hiking Guide

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Ray, a land surveyor, and the owner of Stonewall Surveying in Barrington, NH, is the other half of the dynamic duo. He has attended all walks/hikes with Traci since the Club was established. His strong love of the outdoors and interest in history are some of the reasons Ray became a land surveyor. He also enjoys camping, biking, skiing and boating with his family, and is an avid photographer.

Dakota

Hiking Guide

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Traci and Ray were rescued by Dakota in 2009 when she was adopted from a high-kill puppy shelter in the south. She is a reactive dog who has learned new socialization and pack skills by participating in many walks with the Dog Walking Club. Dakota still has a difficult time greeting unfamiliar dogs, but enjoys walking with them and sharing all the good smells.

Ms. Gilly

Hiking Guide

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Gilly rescued Traci, Ray and Dakota in 2016 when she came up from the Jackson Humane Society on a long haul transport. She was a ball of energy and gave Dakota a friend to romp and play with. She is a social butterfly and enjoys meeting new dogs on the trail. She walks very well with the pack and will "moderate" interactions between other dogs if they are not getting along.

Frequently Asked Questions

If I am not a paying member, can I still participate in events?

Absolutely! You do not need to be a paying member of the Club to attend our walks/hikes, and online and special events. Instead, you can pick and choose the events you want to attend and pay the event fee.

Can I join the Club at anytime?

No, the Club opens for new members four times per year - March 20, June 20, September 20, and December 20. The doors for membership stay open until the end of each month and then close until the next season.

Why can't I join the Club whenever I want?

We offer membership to the NH Dog Walking Club four times each year - spring, summer, fall, and winter. We then close the membership in between seasons in order to help members with their dog training needs by setting them up for success with our P.A.W.S. Trail method.

What types of experts do you work with?

We collaborate with pet professionals who demonstrate a commitment to our Core Beliefs. Most experts we work with are located in NH, ME, or MA, but we occasionally bring in national experts who offer topics of interest to members.

What is your Charitable Partner Program?

Annually, our members choose three NH-based, pet charities to support. The Club raises funds for these nonprofits throughout the year, creates awareness of their cause, and features them in promotional materials.

What is sustainable pet care?

Sustainable pet care is the BALANCE between the NEEDS of our pets and the needs of the environment. Helping your pet live its best life saves you money and time, and has a direct and POSITIVE IMPACT on the planet. We interweave these messages into everything we do and teach through the NH Dog Walking Club.

Why are you raising funds through a GoFundMe campaign?

Like many industries in NH, covid hit pet businesses hard. In an effort to support some of the organizational costs associated with launching the NH Dog Walking Club, we are raising funds vs. borrowing. In exchange, we are offering dog lovers and companies an opportunity to secure annual, lifetime, corporate, and corporate lifetime sponsorship opportunities as we raise funds to support our financial needs to grow the organization. Lifetime memberships will NOT be available once the GoFundMe campaign ends.

What is your Featured Expert Program?

Annually, we offer pet professionals a unique marketing opportunity that allows them to connect with our community. The focus of the program is educational vs. sales based through in-person events, live interviews, behind the scenes tours, and collaborations with our charitable partners. If you are a pet pro interested in learning more about our 2021 program, submit a request for more info through our CONTACT US form.

What is the P.A.W.S. Trail?

The P.A.W.S. Trail (Positive, Active, Wagging, Safe) - our dog training success path, welcomes members to the Pack and gives them access to education and resources from dog trainers and other pet professionals.

Your membership will lead you through our 5 stages of training success, including:

  1. Welcome to the Pack
  2. Pack Member
  3. Sport Dog
  4. Trick Dog
  5. Traveling with Dog

At each stage, you will receive the resources and education needed for you and your dog to learn valuable dog training skills. You then advance to the next stage and earn Club badges to mark your achievements.

Do your dog training partners practice positive reinforcement?

Yes! If a dog trainer does not adhere to our Core Beliefs & Values, we will not work with them or allow them to connect with our members.

How do I earn a Club t-shirt?

During stage 1 of our P.A.W.S. Trail, you will learn how to earn your Club t-shirt by reaching certain milestones on our dog training success path.

After attending 6 Official Club events, you will earn a Club t-shirt. This opportunity is available each year since our t-shirt designs change.

What types of advertising opportunities do you offer?

In early 2021, we will be rolling our our Featured Expert Program as well as advertising and other sponsorship opportunities available through our website, newsletter, events, and more.

If you are interested in learning about how to reach our members in a positive and educational way, submit a request for more info through our CONTACT US form.

Questions? Ideas? Feedback?

We would love to hear from you if you have additional information you would like to share or if you have questions about the new direction
of the Dog Walking Club. Please reach out so we can discuss.

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