Dog Scouts: Model dogs get their day thanks to contest

Published on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 22:17 - Written by Faith Harper

Border Collie Stella won a fee ticket to camp for her sister Luna.

The Dog Scouts of America Tyler Troop 225 in conjunction with the Tyler Morning Telegraph hosted an online photo contest for a free trip to camp, which will be held at Camp Tyler’s outdoor school April 3 through 6. The photos were voted on by readers. The prize was granted Wednesday afternoon in the Peltier Subaru dog park, 3200 South Southwest Loop 323.

Angela Hudson’s pup Stella won first place with a photo of her practicing agility training. The prize was a free ticket to the camp, a $425 value.

“Our Troop is always trying to recruit more people with training experience because we welcome dogs with problems,” said troop leader Natalie Fletcher. “We want people to feel like they can bring their less than perfect dog to our activities and they are going to be surrounded by kind, caring and understanding fellow dog lovers.”

Ms. Hudson, who is also a dog trainer, said Stella was a rescue pup, and has been in her home since June 2012.

She said she is most excited about the mirror method of training and chicken clicker training, which she has heard about but never seen.

Two-year-old Luna, Stella’s sister, will go in her place so she can better learn the mirror method training program.

Peltier Subaru donated the prize. Finance manager Jeremy Morgan said the dealership is involved with the community and dogs in particular. He said internal studies revealed 65 percent of their customers were dog owners. His own German Shepherd Shelbi was by his side at the ceremony.

Lauren McGowen won the second-place prize, a month supply of Natural Select Super Premium Products.

John Rainey, owner, said the company is a supporter of the Dog Scouts and their training efforts.

“One of the main reasons dogs end up in shelters is because of behavioral reasons,” he said. “We want t support any group (combating) the problem.”

Barry Hale won the third place prize of a grooming certificate to TLC Grooming.

There are still spots available in the camp, which includes activities such as painting, campfires, behavior training, agility course, pet first aid, doggie dress-making, hiking and fun on the lake.

The camp costs $425, which covers lodging, meals, snacks, craft supplies, training classes and use of camp equipment, trails, boats and docks.

Register on the group's Facebook page TylerTroup225 to pay through Paypal, or mail a check or money order to "Tyler Troop 225," 731 S. Vine Ave., Tyler, Texas, 75701. Call 903-596-1188 for more information.