Camp Toonie - Sunday (Posted June 25, 2000)

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Weaves, turns, mats
and more work
on behavior

Arlene Soderlund (right) works on turns, using a PVC-gate chute and rewards for turns in the right direction.

Sitting in a circle, campers toss food away from themselves to encourage dogs to stay away and drop.

A little finger targeting and body language lures Shelties through the weave poles.

Think these folks are just standing around? NOT! They're counting the number of times any one dog interacts with another. The lesson? The boys interact a lot more than the girls, shown here. The boys use play and posturing to establish social order.

The Corcoran's Chance was one unhappy little Sheltier after learning another lesson in manners in the field.

How about practicing a little "go to your mat"? Chance (left) catches on quickly, while Tracy Buck's 12-year-old Lance (above) takes advantage of an opportunity show off his bow.

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