Frequently asked questions – Dudes With Dogs

Frequently asked questions


We've noticed over the last two years that we tend to get the same questions over and over. Check out our answers and let us know if we've forgotten anything.

1. What is Dudes With Dogs?
2. Why was it created?
3. What do you do?
4. Where can I find you online?
5. Do you get together in real life?
6. Are women allowed in the group?
7. Can I invite my friends?
8. Can I post whatever I want?
9. Do you have guidelines for behavior?
10. Do you allow posts about animal abuse?
11. What’s with all the shirtless photos?
12. What kind of posts cause the most controversy?
13. How do I report a post?
14. How do you feel about adopting vs. buying?
15. Who’s in charge?
16. Can I post my GoFundMe (or other crowdfunding) campaign?
17. Do you recommend any companies for pet insurance?
18. Dudes With Dogs is taking over my Facebook. How do I stop it without leaving the group?
19. How do I get featured on your Instagram?
20. How do I partner with you?
21. Can I advertise in the group?
22. Do you own the trademark Dudes With Dogs?
23. Why do you capitalize the W?
24. I want to write a story about you. How should I start?
25. I love your logo. Where can I get a t-shirt?

1. What is Dudes With Dogs?
Dude With Dogs® is the 🌎 global 🏳️‍🌈 LGBT-inclusive community of 🐶 dog ❤️ lovers -- encouraging, celebrating, and supporting dog dads and moms since 2014.  ^

2. Why was it created?
Dogs mean the world to us. They're our kids and best friends. But even more special is the equalizing effect they have on us socially. Have you noticed how easy it is to strike up a conversation when your dog's around? Dudes With Dogs was created to harness some of that love and inclusion that dogs teach us to have for one another.  ^

3. What do you do?
Mostly we share “delfies” (selfies with your dog) but also dog ownership advice, and other content. Our community is a place to share our lives and meet other DWDs in an authentic environment. Please keep in mind that we're a real community, not a photo fan page. Our main group is now for original content only.  ^

4. Where can I find you online?
Currently, our platform is primarily Facebook but we also have a growing presence on Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr.  ^

5. Do you get together in real life?
Yes! We recently created DWD LOCAL, focusing on our biggest markets, and helping our members meet in real life for dog park meetups, hikes, volunteer opportunities, and beach excursions.

ATLANTA • CHICAGO • DALLAS  • FORT LAUDERDALE • HOUSTON  • LOS ANGELES • NEW YORK  • PALM SPRINGS • PHOENIX • SAN DIEGO  • SAN FRANCISCO • SEATTLE ^

6. Are women allowed in the group?
Yes! Although we were originally conceived as a social group for gay men with dogs, we are all about inclusion. Everyone is welcome, dudes or dudettes, gay, straight, or otherwise. You don’t even have to have a dog. Just love them as much as we do, and be a genuine friend of our community.  ^

7. Can I invite my friends?
Of course! As DWD gets bigger, it gets better. Inviting others is easy! On a phone, just touch Add Members. On a computer, type friends' names into the +Add People to Group field in the right column.  ^

8. Can I post whatever I want?
Yes and no. We are a dog lovers group, so keep it dog-related, and keep it ORIGINAL. And though we don’t typically limit conversations, we do limit imagery. No sexual content and no animal abuse photos. Your posts may be seen by tens of thousands of people! Be responsible for the content and energy you put into the group.  ^

9. Do you have guidelines for behavior?
We find that adhering to a few rules of conduct makes the DWD experience better for everyone. In fact, your presence in the group signifies your agreement to follow the Drools.  ^

10. Do you allow posts about animal abuse?
No. We are a dog lovers group. Sharing animal abuse posts is not productive, upsets our community, and typically results in bickering and disrespect. If for some reason you feel very strongly about posting about abuse, check yourself first or ask an admin.  ^

11. What’s with all the shirtless photos?
First, it's actually kind of a natural occurrence. Members might be outside in the sun with their dog or lounging at home on their bed. Although there will always be a few attention seekers, we find that the perception of a high number of shirtless photos has more to do with the fact that Facebook shows highly liked posts more often.  ^

12. What kind of posts cause the most controversy?
Posts that cause the most controversy include subjects such as breed discrimination, animal training, pit bulls, crating, home breeding, emotional support animals, and many more. Think before you talk. We are a very large community and our members have differing values and opinions on everything. If you really want to post a controversial topic, make sure to take full responsibility for monitoring your post including managing the conversation, allowing differing opinions, and being willing to delete it if people become disrespectful.  ^

13. How do I report a post?
If you see a post that isn’t allowed in the group, please notify an admin by using the Report to Admin function, available from within the group only (not your news feed). Posts that are not allowed include political posts, unapproved advertisements, public shaming of another member, images containing nudity or animal abuse, jokes at another's expense, personal solicitations, and non-specific complaints. Please note that the Report to Admin function goes to our admin team, not Facebook. We typically prefer you report to us rather than to Facebook, unless the post is criminal in nature, against Facebook policy, or unrelated to DWD.  ^

14. How do you feel about adopting vs. buying?
Dudes With Dogs believes there is no one correct way to select, own, or care for a dog. Many of our members find it important to adopt their dogs while others are breed enthusiasts, and own, handle, or show purebred dogs. There's nothing wrong with either approach. However, we've found that most people these days don't care so much whether they have a pure or mixed-breed dog. If you don't have your heart set on a specific breed, we always highly encourage starting your search at a shelter or with a rescue organization. Most importantly, respect others' choices, even if it is not something you would do.  ^

15. Who's in charge?
We have a very active and busy group of moderators that manage our community. The current list can be found on the members' page. Our founder is Chris Rolczynski.  ^

16. Can I post my GoFundMe (or other crowdfunding) campaign?
No. This isn’t because we aren’t compassionate people. It’s because we do not have the resources to vet every crowdfunding campaign to make sure our members are not being scammed. Additionally, the reliance on these campaigns by some members sets a terrible example for the group. Dudes With Dogs strongly encourages responsible dog ownership, including having a solid financial plan in place for when accidents happen or your dog gets sick. Setting money aside each month is a plan. Carrying pet insurance is a plan. An emergency crowdfunding campaign is not.  ^

17. Do you recommend pet insurance?
Absolutely. Most people have difficulty setting aside money for their dog’s care and then when an accident happens or their dog get’s sick, they drain their bank account or run up their credit cards or worse. Protect your pet and yourself. Get a free Responsible Dog Dad™ bumper sticker just for getting some quotes!  ^

18. Dudes With Dogs is taking over my Facebook. How do I stop it without leaving the group?
We are a very high volume group and you should expect your news feed to change... for the better! Most people like seeing more dogs. If it's too much for you, check out our handy guide for managing your news feeds and notifications without having to leave the group.  ^

19. How do I get featured on your Instagram?
We curate, edit, and brand user-submitted photos from our community and feature them on Instagram and elsewhere. If you have a photo you think might fit our brand, learn what we look for and submit a photo.  ^

20. How do I partner with you?
We've worked with a number of companies and organizations. Have an idea for an event? What to work with us on something? Contact us to discuss your idea.  ^

21. Can I advertise in the group?
Not without talking to us first.  ^

22. Do you own the trademark Dudes With Dogs?
We sure do! Dudes With Dogs® and the DWD "Dudley" logo are United States registered trademarks (USPTO #4831932 & #4868372).  ^

23. Why do you capitalize the W?
Because we think it’s key to who we are.  ^

24. I want to write a story about you. How should I start?
Once upon a time, there was a dog-lover who wished there was a place he could share pictures of himself with his dog. So he created one. For more info, check our Press page.  ^

25. I love your logo. Where can I get a t-shirt?
Right here!  ^