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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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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.
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!
Where are the May playgroups?
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. — Dennis Weaver Dennis Weaver on May 10, 2016
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Any chance I could bring my AAC foster puppy in to participate in playgroups if I volunteer to help run them? Thanks!
she's very social & dog-friendly!! — Jennifer Whitlock Jennifer Whitlock on May 4, 2016
I'm not sure on that one - it's never come up. How old of a puppy? Has she had all her shots? — Ashley Niels Ashley Niels on May 4, 2016
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. :) — Dennis Weaver Dennis Weaver on May 9, 2016
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Anymore PG being scheduled? If the calendars updated I'll plan to do 1-2/wk.
I can't find where the playgroups are posted. Help, please!
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. :-) — Sara Shannon Sara Shannon on April 23, 2016
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!! — Jennifer Whitlock Jennifer Whitlock on May 4, 2016
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!! — Jennifer Whitlock Jennifer Whitlock on May 4, 2016
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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
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,
April Play Groups Posted - Please sign up to help!