Scouting Gone to the Dogs
| March 22nd, 2012

So Many Activities; So Little Time

Julie & Ace

Julie & Ace

Dog Scouts of America (DSA) is just like it sounds, a troop full of dogs & their owners having fun and learning their way through new dog activities to earn badges that show the accomplishment.  Lonnie Olson founded this non-profit organization in 1995.  The DSA Mission is “to improve the lives of dogs, their owners, and society through humane education, positive training, and community involvement”.  Another great opportunity for dog owners to meet like minded individuals and continue to improve the quality of their dogs life.  Meetings are typically held monthly and involve exposure to a dog activity that your dog may or may not be familiar with currently.

Badges are earned for a myriad of activities including several that you can obtain at Zoom Room such as agility, scent work, obedience, and even urban herding (Treibball).  Many of the badges are for outdoor activities too; the list is practically endless!

Any dog can become a Dog Scout, mixes or purebreds everyone is encouraged to join.  The first badge is a merit badge, which must be earned before going on to further badge success.  Troops are currently only in 21 states.  If you don’t find one in your state or your area of the state, it is easy to start one.  Visit the link to the DSA website below.

There are two troops in Colorado.  Troop 213 in North Metro Denver has one of our very own, Ace, a 2-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog.  Ace earned his initial Merit Badge recently and his owner is excited to be able to move on to earning more badges!  Ace’s mom, Julie, is glad that Zoom Room offers such a variety of classes that she knows she will be earning a ton of DSA badges in the near future!  Ace has already completed 2 levels of Agility and will be working into his schedule, Urban Herding and Scent Discrimination class for those badges as well.  Ace earned his AKC Canine Good Citizen the end of last year and when they are not at Zoom Room they are learning to compete in Rally and have their first competition in April.

Congratulations and good luck to Ace and Julie!

If you want more information on Dog Scouts of America click HERE for their website.

To get a jump-start on your badges, visit our upcoming CLASS SCHEDULE where you will find many opportunities to have a greater bond with your dog through positive training and fun!


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