I know what you mean...on more than one occasion I had to stop abruptly because of a dog cutting me off, not only this group but Thursday's also. I am not sure what the best way to deal with this is...
Ditto, it has happened to me a couple of times on group runs.
Some groups have "no dog" rules or else they split into two groups, which would probably work better in a small town like Canmore. One nice thing about Ontario is the lack of lethal wildlife so most people only do trail runs in larger groups on special occasions, rather than two or more times a week. When it's only once in awhile, it's not such a big deal if your run isn't perfect.
I would say it happens 80% of the time - usually there is at least one dog in either group run. I am just afraid I am going to get injured (although I work at the perfect place to get it fixed;)
That's a big reason they're not usually allowed on XC ski trails.
Yes, I know that this is a sensitive topic. The very top/fast runners will not take notice of this and that is where we have the leaders of this club (the dogs tend to be further back). Also I do not want to offend the dog owners which might be hard. I do understand that it is fun for them to bring their dog and that they feel like it's an opportunity for the dog to get out too. Maybe if I can think of a nice way to bring this up, I might. I just don't want to come across as a complainer and negative person.
I wouldn't bring one of our dogs on a public group run unless dogs are actively welcomed, in which case the other runners have chosen to accept that. Luckily, we don't do many large group runs so this is no big deal for us. I do have empathy for people who need to work all day, care for their children and home, get in a workout and exercise their pet. There aren't always enough hours in a day to separate their workout and the pet exercise.
The Bruce Trail advertises some hikes as "dogs welcome" or "no dogs, please" so that people can choose the environment they prefer. Maybe you could suggest that some runs be designated that way. Intervals where you run back and forth on the same trail (like the run I did with your group when I was in Canmore) aren't well suited to dogs. Hill repeats on a wide, grassy slope should be fine. Or maybe the dog runners could start a little earlier. Or maybe the three of you can start your own "humans only" running group! :)
I don't mind well behaved dogs joining us. I just wish the owners would take more responsibility and if they notice their pet getting in the way, keep them close and on leash (which they should anyway) and stay at a safe distance from other runners. That's all:)