A loooot went down at camp, so I'll try to keep it as brief as possible, but it's still going to be long!
First the kids and their dogs Skylar and Muddy
I think this was Skylar's 4th time coming to camp, and she always ends up getting the really nice easy going dog who loves to work. So that plus her past experience, she almost always comes out with the most well trained dog. She taught Muddy a ton of tricks, he was almost always focusing on her, and was thrilled every morning she came in.
His trick "surrender"Rebecca and Oakley
We had 3 Pit Bull mix-like dogs in camp this year, I think that's the most we've had yet. Oak had a hard time focusing at first, but Rebecca worked hard and by the end of camp he was very well mannered, greeting people politely. (That's where he struggled, he got sooooo excited when someone just said "hi" to him) He loved to sit on her feet and lean on her while they waited in line. He got the "Best Breed Ambassador" award.
Her speech at the graduation got everyone choked up and teary eyed.
Teaching him "leave it"David and Hero
Hero was one of our tough dogs, she wasn't a fight starter or anything, she just LOVED to pull, she always wanted to be out in front of the other dogs and go go go. Not surprising given that she's got some Sib in her. (according to folk that surrendered her anyway) She's a very strong dog and took a lot of patience, but David stuck with it till the end! She wasn't perfect, but she improved greatly within the 2 weeks of camp.Jenna and Deuce
Another great pairing, when we first took Deuce out he was pulling like a mad man, and had the body to back it up, but within the second day of camp he was walking on a totally loose leash. Almost never had to worry about him, Jenna kept his attention, didn't let his focus wonder onto counter productive things, and well their personalities just matched perfectly.He's a large, stout powerful dog, but he's also a total softy. He does NOT like to make you mad at all, he took to the training very well.
Brother to CruzAna and Ranger
Ranger, he just loved to barrel his way through life. (He got the "Mack Truck" award at the end of camp to give you an idea) He was another that took a lot of patience but eventually he was walking politely and focused. Ana wasn't here for a large portion of camp due to being sick, very quiet and nice girl, tried avoiding the camera. lol
One of our counselors, Dana, stood in for Ana on her absent daysMadelynn and Cruz
They had identical personalities, quiet, polite, easy going, they were a very nice match. Cruz was just a breeze, never starting any trouble, and quite the charmer. He also has a nasty scar on his back leg, no clue what caused it but it had to of hurt.
Brother to Deuce
His scarhttp://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad17 ... mbs012.jpgKeegan and Ruger
He took her for a ride the first day out, pulled her along on the sand, dirt skiing I guess you'd call it. Very strong and determined boy, and he screams like a cattle dog. But she didn't get discouraged at all and stuck with it, he improved vastly by the end of camp.Abeni and Yankee
They were just adorable together... I don't used that word often to describe people, but how can you not?
Yankee is Wrigley's brotherLuis and Wrigley
Luis did a good job with Wrigley, puppies take patience as I'm sure we all know. Wrigley took a little more since he often got freaked out by things and had to be shown it was okay. (He was even freaked out by the squeaky toy we use for pictures ). The microphone freaked him out badly during graduation practices, but by the time graduation came he was comfortable and not bothered by it at all.
Yankee's brotherPreston and Jake
I believe this was Preston's second camp, he had a "problem dog" the first time around that took a lot of work. This time he got sweet, mellow Jake, who acts 100% like a Ambulldog puppy. Even has the waddle down. Preston did a great job with him, practically had a heel around the entire track, taught him a bunch of tricks.
His "Find it" commandAubry and Barrett
Barrett was a bit of a butterfly brain, his camper and a few of the counselors were stuck for awhile. Then Aubry was gone for a day and I worked Barrett, I found that if you work him in short bursts he worked much better and was actually wanting to work. So after we all figured him out, he did great.Annie and Cheddar
Annie's another returning camper, she got a little hard case. He just would not sit for nothing (we accidentally made a pun about it "Cheddar just won't sit for jack!"). Annie really proved to be patient, she'd just stand around and wait for him to sit then capture it. And he was sitting by the end of camp.
Waiting for a sitGrace and Arisaka(Ari)
Grace is also a returning camper, her dog Ari is a total teenager, she'd just have little fits then be a perfect angel. lol But Grace did a great job with her, they were a very cute pair.
Gah, I wish Grace came out clear in this, I was really hopeful for this shot (took 4), but none came out with her in focus. Reilly and Firefox
Firefox and Reilly were sort of opposites, she's on the quiet, laidback side while Firefox is outgoing and wants to pose for the camera. But a very nice boy, when he saw me coming he'd sit from about 10 feet away, let me snap a shot, Reilly would reward him and he'd go prancing off.Jordon and Boone
Oh Boone, such a spacey boy, rebellious teen,he'd really try your patience, and could be frustrating at times but Jordon stuck through to the end and didn't give up.
Working on focus with a distraction (a horse)Morgan and Onyx
Onyx was another trying dog, he'd pull and pull and bark and bark and pull some more. Morgan got a little discouraged at first but the trainers and counselors were all supportive and she had him being a nearly perfect angel by the end of camp. He also ended up being the dog on our little camp bandana we put up each year. (Which is now on my wall)