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In addition to exercise and social interactions, play groups provide opportunities for enrichment, assessment, training, and behavior modification.
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Jay Marchand wrote on October 15th, 2016

Hi, all,
We did a small-dog playgroup this morning at AAC. Smallville is a little underpopulated at the moment, and lots of the dogs were still on stray hold, but those that were able to come out to play got in a good long play. Everyone behaved, with only a few minor "discussions" between dogs.

We want to start one or more regularly-scheduled small dog play groups. For starters, we're planning a play session next Sunday (the 23rd). Who's interested in that time or another time?
Jay M.

Emilie Schulz wrote on July 12th, 2016

Hi, I just requested to be a member. I understand you can occasionally use some help with the assessment and observations of pups in playgroup and I'd love to start there to help out and learn more!

Kelly Simmons wrote on May 10th, 2016

Where are the May playgroups?

GivePulse profile picture of Dennis Weaver Dennis Weaver  6 months ago
The Play Group Yard in located on the west side of the shelter. As you enter the campus from Levander Loop, proceed forward, keep right on the drive to the opposite side of building and you will see the play yard covered by a larger blue shade awning.

Jennifer Whitlock wrote on May 4th, 2016

Any chance I could bring my AAC foster puppy in to participate in playgroups if I volunteer to help run them? Thanks!

GivePulse profile picture of Jennifer Whitlock Jennifer Whitlock  6 months ago
she's very social & dog-friendly!!
GivePulse profile picture of Ashley Niels Ashley Niels  6 months ago
I'm not sure on that one - it's never come up. How old of a puppy? Has she had all her shots?
GivePulse profile picture of Dennis Weaver Dennis Weaver  6 months ago
Also, it always depends on the set up of play group. They changes every day - sometimes multiple times. This is due to the varying play styles of the dogs with in the play group. Keep that in mind too.
**However, we may be able to crate and secure your foster pup in an office at AAC while you help with PGs. :)

Stephanie Delph wrote on April 29th, 2016

Anymore PG being scheduled? If the calendars updated I'll plan to do 1-2/wk.

Jennifer Whitlock wrote on April 22nd, 2016

I can't find where the playgroups are posted. Help, please!

GivePulse profile picture of Sara Shannon Sara Shannon  6 months ago
Playgroups are posted on the calendar. Only the April dates are open at this point. Request access to the calendar if you don't already have it. :-)
GivePulse profile picture of Jennifer Whitlock Jennifer Whitlock  6 months ago
Hello again, I clicked on the calendar icon above & nothing. I looked at the Dog Enrichment calendar but playgroups aren't on there. Please let me know where is this calendar?? Thanks!!
GivePulse profile picture of Jennifer Whitlock Jennifer Whitlock  6 months ago
Okay, I just requested to join even though I thought I already had so i'll see if that allows me access to the calendar if/when I'm approved ;). Thanks!!

Dennis Weaver wrote on April 19th, 2016

ATTN Volunteers! The director of Chicago animal care and control and animal farm foundation will in town April 25 - 27. We will be conducting Play Groups on these days and NEED VOLUNTEERS to help with running dogs in and out of the play yard. You help would be greatly appreciated and, as always, most invaluable. Please sign up if you are available. Thank You!! Dennis

Dennis Weaver wrote on April 19th, 2016

Hooray - We are back to Play Groups TOMORROW! If anyone is available to help be a Runner, even if just for an hour (or more), please sign up! All this rain has been stressful for our shelter dogs. They really could a break and some play-time. If Wednesday is not convenient, we also need Runners on Thursday and Saturday and Sunday. Any questions, please contact me or Amanda -
Thanks you,

Dennis Weaver wrote on April 10th, 2016

April Play Groups Posted - Please sign up to help!