Pint Size Pooches is a playgroup for tiny dogs focusing on off-leash socialization and fun in a safe environment. We meet once a month at different locations in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area.

All dogs must weigh 15 pounds or less full-grown to attend our events. Our meetups are a great time for pooches and pet owners alike and we’d love to have you join us.

Openings for each event are limited and members must sign up through Meetup.com. There is typically a waitlist for each event.

For the safety of our tiny-size dogs—some are under three pounds—children under 12 are not permitted.

Events

We meet once a month for 60-90 minutes at fully-enclosed, dog-friendly indoor venues. In the summer we like to be outside in private, fully-fenced venues. Sign-up for each event is through meetup.com/PintSizePooches and is posted approximately two weeks prior to each event.

Upcoming Events:

Howl-o-ween (and Sweater Swap)*
Sun., Oct. 23, 1:00-2:30
Fusion Pet Retreat, Minnetonka

Fall Furry Fest
Sun., Nov. 13, 1:00-2:30
Fusion Pet Retreat, Minnetonka

Santa Paws
Sun., Dec. 18, 1:00-2:30
Fusion Pet Retreat, Minnetonka

*Howl-o-ween costumes are optional, but awfully cute.
Sweater Swap is an opportunity to bring new or gently used small dog clothes, collars, harnesses, sweaters, coats, boots etc. that your dogs have outgrown and to take new clothes to keep them warm this season. You do NOT need to bring a sweater to attend or to take a sweater or two. Any leftovers will be returned to owner or donated to Secondhand Hounds.

Fees

Event admission fees are payable at the door in cash or in advance with Venmo (@PintSizePooches). Credit cards are not accepted at this time.

$8 for the first family dog

$4 for each additional family dog

A maximum of two people may sign up per family.

Sign up

Registered members can sign up for events at meetup.com/PintSizePooches. These events fill fast! Be sure to get on the waitlist if the “going” list is full as there are a lot of schedule changes right before the event.

No-Show Policy

We know that plans can change. Members who are unable to attend must change their attendance status from “going” to “not going” in Meetup.com at least 24 hours prior to an event to allow time for people on the waitlist to take their place.

Our events are very popular, fill fast, and always have a waitlist, so we ask members to honor their RSVP. While we appreciate that things come up, members who are frequent no-shows will have their memberships cancelled.

Become a Member

Membership is free but must be approved by a moderator. You must qualify for all of the following:

  • The adult size of your dog(s) must be 15 pounds or less. Large breed puppies are not allowed.
  • Your dog(s) must be current on all vaccinations, and not be showing signs of communicable disease (e.g. kennel cough) on the day of an event.
  • Your dog(s) must not exhibit aggression, or have any bite or aggression history. (If your dog is reactive, please work with a professional dog trainer or behaviorist.) Our meetups are for dogs who are comfortable socializing with strange people and dogs in a dog park type of social setting.

Click here for step-by-step membership information.

Small Dog Fun

Play

Our meetups are a great place for your pooch to play chase with new dog friends, fetch with small balls, and sniff to their heart’s content.

Socialize

Whether your shy dog observes from your lap or engages with other dogs, our meetups are the perfect opportunity to meet new dogs and get petted by lots of dog lovers.

Explore

Sniff, watch, chase, and meet lots of fun people and dogs.