The Dog Scouts Of America have troops in 22 states.  They have badges, cookouts and they even have a motto or two.  And if you are wondering, this half-human, half-hound organization is in the business of doing good deeds.

When Jasper, a 3-year-old Collie-Lab mix, earned his first badge it was in disaster preparedness.  Jasper lives in Milpitas which is southeast of San Francisco.  Living in this area, you have to be aware of earthquakes and other natural disasters.  Jasper lives with Robert and Misti Verdahl.  Jasper and his humans belong to Troop 198 in Santa Clara and have earned 18 badges altogether.  His humans said that each badge has made him a better dog.

According to Dog Scouts of America’s website, , there are 682 Dog Scouts who belong to 38 troops across the country.  There are around 80 badges that can be earned, but not all dogs can earn badges.

 

DSA’s President, Chris Puls of Brookville, Indiana, has a 3-year-old Malinois named Dazzle.  He is 24-inches tall and had to jump twice that to get his jumping badge.  Long or heavy dogs aren’t really suited to that.  Puls said, “If it’s not safe, we don’t want you trying for it.”

The first badge that a dog can earn is the basic obedience badge and is called the Dog Scout badge.  Dogs are not required to earn badges beyond this one.

Olson’s Boxer mix named Kozette is a model Scout with about 45 badges.

Dog Scouts Of America was founded in 1995 by Lonnie Olson.  She has made it her life’s ambition to experience as many dog sports and skills as possible with her dogs.  It costs $25 a year to be a member of the DSA.  The Dog Scouts of America Mission is to improve the lives of dogs, their owners, and society through humane education, positive training, and community involvement.

The Dog Scout Owner’s Motto is:

“Our dog’s lives are much shorter than ours – let’s help them enjoy their time with us as much as we can.”

The Dog Scout Dog’s Motto is:

“Let us learn new things that we become more helpful.”

Both serve as inspiration for the grossest badge: “Clean Up America” which consists of picking up piles left behind by other dogs on trails, parks and beaches.

The DSA is involved in community service.  The members make about $10,000 a year for the Salvation Army and they also participate in several Christmas projects.  A lot of the troops also work with local groups to do whatever is needed in their hometowns.

The Dog Scouts Of America have week long camps every summer.  Olson has 80 acres in St. Helen, Michigan that has been converted into one of the numerous week long camps every summer.  Puls, the DSA President, is a former police officer who teaches and certifies badges at all of the camps.

In Dog Scouts Of America, people help dogs, dogs help people, and the whole community benefits.  If you are interested in Dog Scouts of America you can find all of the information at .

 

Sources:

Dog Scouts Of America

The Seattle Times

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