• Camp Day Ten – Encore and Graduation

    The last day of camp is always bittersweet.  We have some of our most memorable moments, because the dogs are by now used to working with us and trust us to help them through strange spaces, and we can do things like visit public beaches or — as we did today — visit senior care homes and interact with the residents.  Imagine trying to do this on Day One, with the dogs fresh out of the shelter!  But today everyone was happy, peaceful, and enjoying receiving kibble from complete strangers.

    We also visited Full Tummy (without the dogs), to meet the people and animals who benefited from our bake sale fundraiser.

    Then we showed off everything we’d learned in the last two weeks in our graduation ceremony!  Despite rain bucketing down and rattling off the barn roof, everyone did very well, both dogs and kids.  We’re always so happy to see how everyone has grown and changed in only two weeks.

    Afterwards came the sad part — we had to say goodbye.  Some of the dogs, including Xena and Harry, were adopted right out of the graduation ceremony!  Some of the dogs, including Girl, had meet-and-greets scheduled after graduation.  Anyone who did not get adopted does not need to worry — Pet Rescue by Judy is there for them until they do find their forever home, which will be EASY with all the work our campers have done with them!

    It’s hard to say goodbye to the campers, too.  We all learn so much from each other.  Hopefully we will see you all next year!

    Mary and Gracie - AS6J1737
    Ella and Colton - AS6J1659
    Peyton and Lynsey - AS6J1809
    Tess - AS6J1736
    Carlyn and Girl - AS6J1650
    Alyssa and Chance - AS6J1687
    Chloe and Jack - AS6J1833
    Rylan and Tanner - AS6J1681
    Lynsey - AS6J1790
    Addison and Xena - AS6J1835
    Ayla and Softie - AS6J1694
    Audrey and Harry - AS6J1666
    Sophia and Harry - AS6J1846
    Ashley and AnnaLesa - AS6J1815

  • Camp Day Nine – Kings Landing

    Today started off with some more work on “down” (adding distance, duration, and distraction) and recalls, as well as some loose leash walking along Colonial Drive.  However, we stopped by 10:30 am because the big hit of the day was canoeing/kayaking, with the dogs, at Kings Landing!

    After an hour long bus ride we loaded up, three to a canoe, with either two or three dogs with us.  There were some people with us who did this trip last year and remembered how to canoe with a dog, and there were some new people who had never even canoed before.  Everybody worked together and now we all know how it works!

    Kings Landing has a big open space with clear water, a sandy bottom, and a rope swing that you can grab onto and let go and land right in the deepest part of the pool.  It also has about a mile long loop of quiet river along which you can canoe and occasionally see wildlife.  Everybody at least tried the rope swing, or jumping off the dock, and everybody ran around in the sandy area with their dogs.  The larger dogs seem to like the water most — poor AnnaLesa, with her short little legs, did not like being in the water as almost everywhere was over her head!

    Many campers took the chance to canoe around the little loop and saw some alligators and turtles and fish and all sorts of birds from the safety of their boats.

    On the way home, we stopped at Twistee Treat (for one bus) and McDonald’s (for the other) and everybody got some ice cream.  The dogs slept almost the entire way home — what a day!

    Tonight we have a SLEEPOVER…and tomorrow morning, graduation day, starts promptly at eight!

    Addison and Xena - AS6J0928
    Mary and Gracie - AS6J0890
    Alyssa and Chance - AS6J0827
    Audrey and Harry - AS6J1065
    Ella and Colton - AS6J1295
    Ashley and AnnaLesa - AS6J1610
    Carlyn and Girl - AS6J0637
    Peyton and Lynsey - AS6J1259
    Lynsey - AS6J0905
    Rylan and Tanner - AS6J1457
    Chloe and Jack - AS6J1639
    Ayla and Softie - AS6J1076
    Peyton Lynsey Victor Chloe and Jack - AS6J0948
    Victor and Softie - AS6J1100

  • Camp Day Eight – CCI and Greenwood
    Today started off with some work on the recall — we went out in the Tree Tops area with the dogs on a long line, one or two at a time, and practiced recalls with them. Then we went out and walked along Colonial Drive for a bit, getting better at working through distractions.
    After that we reviewed our homework, and talked about learned helplessness and how that can affect training.
    Just before lunch, Mari and Trenton from Canine Companions for Independence stopped by, and we got to learn about how they train hearing alert dogs for the hearing impaired. Trenton alerted Mari to all sorts of noises, including an alarm sound he’d never heard before, and correctly led her to what was making the noise!
    After lunch we hopped on the bus and rode to Greenwood Park, where we practiced recalls — a little bit — mostly we just ran around and had fun. Some of the dogs were more willing to go into the lake than others — some were just content hanging out peacefully with their human in the quiet.
    When we got back we did cleanup and then had some quiet time. Looking forward to another eventful day tomorrow!

    Peyton and Lynsey - AS6J0035
    Ella and Colton - AS6J0581
    Addison and Xena - AS6J0436
    Rylan and Tanner - AS6J0415
    Alyssa and Chance - AS6J0461
    Mari and Trenton - AS6J0389
    Chloe and Jack - AS6J0030
    Carlyn and Girl - AS6J0466
    Jack and Xena - AS6J0532
    Ayla and Softie - AS6J0462
    Ashley and AnnaLesa - AS6J0451
    Mari and Trenton - AS6J0366
    Mary and Gracie - AS6J0088
    Audrey and Harry - AS6J0050

  • Camp Doglando Day Seven – Panera and Lowe’s
    Today was another busy day. We reviewed previous training and then added “down” on the pedestal, duration for sit/stay, and more finesse on loose leash walking.
    We walked all the way down the driveway and walked up and down on Colonial Blvd (on the sidewalk!), getting the dogs used to the sound and feel of traffic and then walking in tight formation with other dogs.
    Afterward, we learned about how stimuli in the environment can affect how well we work with our dogs, and how well our dogs work with us.
    Then we went to Panera Bread for lunch outside with the dogs! We did a little training there, but mostly we ate lunch and said hello to a lot of nice people who were interested in meeting our dogs. We always refer them to Pet Rescue by Judy!
    After Panera we visited Lowe’s to expose the dogs to another new environment. We walked around in the lumber department (which was pretty empty) and then moved over to appliances and let the dogs get used to the sound, smell and feel of stove and fridge doors that open, drawers that slide, and anything else we could get to move.
    When we got back to Doglando the dogs were TIRED!, so we let them take a well-deserved nap in their crates while the humans went swimming.

    Peyton and Lynsey - AS6J9899
    Harry - AS6J9849
    Addison and Xena - AS6J9820
    Ashley and AnnaLesa - AS6J9902
    Ayla and Softie - AS6J9889
    Dominic and Harry - AS6J9777
    Softie - AS6J9814
    Carlyn and Girl - AS6J9896
    Audrey and Harry - AS6J9915
    Tanner - AS6J9473
    Jack - AS6J9812
    Alyssa and Chance - AS6J9973
    Mary and Gracie - AS6J9927
    Chloe and Jack - AS6J9522
    Ella and Colton - AS6J9516
    Rylan and Tanner - AS6J9758
    Girl - AS6J9842

  • Camp Day Six – Ocean Sun Brewery
    Today we worked a lot on training. One of our goals is to generalize some of our dogs’ skills to real life — “sit” is great in the training room, but how can it be useful when the dog is living with us at home?
    As part of that training, we spent some time outside today and took the dogs way out to the end of the driveway, so they could see and experience traffic (safely!).
    We also visited Ocean Sun Brewery. The brewery was closed at the time, so no actual brewing was involved, but we got to walk around in an unusual environment and let the dogs experience new sights, sounds and smells so they will feel comfortable going places with their humans in the future.
    We got a visit today from Miss Janie, who volunteers with Pet Rescue by Judy. She told us a lot about the adoption process and let us know that some of our dogs have potential adopters, and some have meet-and-greets lined up for graduation day! Fingers crossed!
    At the end of the day we went swimming, this time with both kids and dogs in the pool! It was a lot more work than it looks like — the humans had to do almost all the work of steering and directing the dogs and helping them to learn that they were safe in the water, and explore how to use their bodies to move in water.
    After we were done with that, we did chores and took a nap — just in time for it to rain!
    Chloe and Jack - AS6J9197
    Peyton and Lynsey - AS6J9292
    Addison and Xena - AS6J9207
    Dominic and Harry - AS6J9319
    Ashley and AnnaLesa - AS6J8844
    AnnaLesa - AS6J9297
    Janie from PRBJ - AS6J9237
    Alyssa and Chance - AS6J9329
    Group - AS6J9229
    Group - AS6J9236
    Sophia and Harry - AS6J8871
    Audrey and Harry - AS6J9155
    Carlyn and Girl - AS6J8822
    Ella and Colton - AS6J8828
    Ayla and Softie - AS6J9383