Tyler Morning Telegraph photographerÂ Sarah A. Miller spent the weekend at theÂ East Texas â€śBetter Togetherâ€ť Mini Camp at Â Camp Tyler. The mini camp was sanctionedÂ by Dog Scouts of America and hosted byÂ Tyler Troop 225 â€śRose City Rascals.â€ť
Dog owners and their four-leggedÂ friends came from not only Tyler, but as farÂ away as Fort Worth, Austin and even ColoradoÂ and Michigan for the four-dayÂ overnight camping event.
The theme of the camp was â€śCanineÂ Kodak Moments,â€ť and Tyler Troop 225Â leader Natalie Fletcher believes more thanÂ 1,400 photographs were taken during theÂ weekend by multiple camp photographers.
Campers who were not already DogÂ Scouts of America members had the opportunityÂ to become members during theÂ camp, and DSA members had the opportunityto earn several merit badges throughoutÂ the event. Merit badge opportunitiesÂ included: backpacking, geocaching, canineÂ massage, obstacles and agility, beach buddies,Â puppyÂ paddlers and boat safety.
The Dog Scouts of America motto is â€śletÂ us learn new things that we may becomeÂ more helpful,â€ť and several of the events focusedÂ on teaching and shaping dogsÂ through various training techniques.
A class called Chicken Camp hadÂ campers using a clicker method of trainingÂ on chickens as a way to become better atÂ training dogs, because it is easier to seeÂ human training mistakes through unforgivingÂ chicken behavior.
Other events included painting, a canineÂ fashion show and a special concert byÂ country singer Casey Rivers around theÂ campfire.
The next East Texas Mini Camp will be held April 23-26, 2015. For more information on Tyler Troop 225 visitÂ www.Facebook.com/TylerTroop225 .