Experience Level: Beginner

Learn the guidelines for bringing your dog to a public park in Trail Manners and Safety for Hiking with Your Dog presented by Willow Branch Doggie Daycare from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23 in the Meadow Picnic Area.

In this interactive class, dog owners* will learn the basics of trail safety and manners for dogs. At Allerton and elsewhere, pets are expected to follow guidelines to not disturb wildlife or encroach on the lives of others. Many of these manners are based on the National Park Service’s BARK Ranger Program: “Bag your pet’s waste, Always leash you pet, Respect wildlife, Know where you can go.” In this class, instructor Jenna Tompkins will also cover safety, what to bring on walks, emergency supplies and common toxins and hazards that should be avoided on the trails.

$20/person. Register here by May 20. All sales are final.

*NOTE: For safety reasons, pets should NOT be brought to this session.

If you will need disability-related accommodations to participate, please email

About the instructor

Jenna Tompkins has been a dog trainer for several years, training more than 300 dogs. She is currently the Training Program Director at Willow Branch Kennel. She is certified through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT-KA), and is a AKC certified Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, a FITDOG instructor and a member of the Association for Professional Dog Trainers (APDT).

Jenna’s favorite thing to do is hike and backpack all over the country with her dog, Sasha and has been to more than 30 State and National Parks. Most recently, she received her Bark Ranger designation at Big South Fork National Forest. Jenna believes it’s vital for dog owners to learn how to safely hike, travel and be respectful in outdoor spaces with their dogs.

About The Farms

The Farms: An Allerton Folk School, offers classes, workshops, and gatherings focusing on art, outdoor education, science, storytelling, and wellnessAll experiences value hands-on, experiential teaching and learning, and are facilitated by and for the members of the community.

See the complete summer course schedule here.


May 23 2024


6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: May 23 2024
  • Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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