And the Winners Are…

The dogs and Happy Camper staff did us proud in this year’s the International Day C are Games, as we placed 8th in the world. Camp counselors Dave, Keli, Melissa B., Jess and Gerri took medals all three weeks of the games. Dave and Keli took gold medals in all of the categories.

According to the Dog Guru website, the International Day Care Games competition is open to any facility that currently offers off-leash dog playgroups, with participation limited to 100 facilities. Facilities are grouped into small, medium, and large class sizes so that facilities will compete against similarly sized facilities.

Each employee was categorized based on their level of experience so they are competing against others with similar skill levels.

This is the fifth year Happy Camper has participated in the games.

Gold – Gate Boundry

Amber, Ashlyn, Cassidy, Jenna M, Jess, Keli, Melissa B, Milly, Rylan, Taylor, Dave

Gold – Group Recall

Amber, Cassidy, Dave, Jess, Keli, Jenna M., Melissa B., Milly, Rylan, Taylor

Gold – Group Sit

Dave & Keli

Silver – Group Recall

Jenna B & Gerri

Silver – Group Sit

Melissa B & Gerri

Bronze – Group Sit


Happy Camper Dog Training School

While participating in Happy Camper Doggy Day Camp, we will work with your dog with the goal of transferring the training skills to you and

help you to understand how to get your dog to respond at home. Individual training classes are held with your dog for as many sessions as they need to master their class! We know you have a busy and demanding schedule already and that you can’t commit to 6– 8 weeks of evenings or weekends for dog training classes at a training facility.

Happy Camper School of Dog Training offers convenient, effective training solutions for busy people. Drop off your dog for day camp in the morning and our trainers will work with him or her. Then take your dog back home with you that night along with a report card of the day’s training and specific homework for you to work with your dog, at your own pace, in your own home, or wherever you choose.

Because we observe and know your dog from day camp, we’re able to understand and determine the pace of the training class based on your dog’s body language.

Ask today about the schedule and cost of maintaining your dog’s training.


It’s Not a Bird, It’s MoMo

When MoMo gets excited he whines, then chirps. His pet parent Alison recorded him chirping one day as he arrived at Happy Camper.

This two-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound was named after a character on television, and came to Alison and her husband from the SPCA.

“That was our condition for getting a dog,” said Alison, referring to the fact that the dog was a rescue. Because MoMo is super high energy, he comes to Happy Camper four days a week to work off some of it. Alison says he really loves coming here and literally jumps out of the car when they arrive — as well as chirping, of course.

Treeing Walker Coonhound

  • Height: 22-27 inches (male), 20-25 inches (female)
  • Weight: 50-70 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-13 years
  • Group: Hound Group

The Treeing Walker Coonhound has powerful, mobile shoulders. The ears are large compared to the head. The upper lips hang well below the lower jaw. The forelegs are long, straight and lean. The smooth coat is fine and glossy and comes in a tricolor and a bicolor pattern. (Tricolor is preferred by breeders.) Although it comes in tan and white, it must never be called “red,” to distinguish it from the Redbone Coonhound.

The Treeing Coonhound is good with children and gets along with other dogs. Training is easy, as these dogs are able to learn from example. They are primarily working and hunting dogs, but will also make great companion dogs. Working, to the Treeing Walker Coonhound, is not work but a sport and diversion. They thrive on consistent and ample attention.

The Treeing Walker will be high-strung without enough mental and physical exercise. Loving and eager to please, the Treeing Walker is intelligent, skilled and confident. Some say they are the best breed for coonhound field trials because of their speed, ability to locate quickly and good treeing ability. They are swift with a very good sense of smell and a distinctive howl. Socialize at a young age.

Ready for Hurricanes?

This year’s hurricane season doesn’t begin until June 1, but it’s never too early to get prepared. According to Pinellas County Emergency Preparedness, if a Category 3 hurricane is headed to Pinellas County, about 391,000 people would need to evacuate surge vulnerable areas or mobile homes. With approximately 74,000 public shelter spaces, alternative shelter is needed. Happy Camper is located in Evacuation Zone C, which means the facility won’t have to be evacuated unless hurricane winds are 111 miles per hour.

Unfortunately, there are only 900 pet spaces available at Pinellas County shelters. If you live in Evacuation Zone A or a mobile home in Pinellas, you are first on the list for evacuation. In other words, if you are in Evacuation Zone B and you haven’t been told to evacuate yet, you can not show up at a shelter with your pet.

However, if you are in Evacuation Zone A and you go to the shelter you can be admitted with your pet only if you signed up previously and reserved a space.

For pet-friendly hotels/motels, call the St. Petersburg/ Clearwater Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at (727) 464-7200 or during an evacuation go to:

No matter to where you evacuate, you need to keep these supplies on hand:

  • Proper identification
  • Immunization records
  • County license rabies tag
  • Food and water (2 week supply)
  • A carrier or portable kennel
  • Medications
  • Muzzle, collar and leash
  • Manual can opener
  • Current photo of pet
  • Feeding and water bowls
  • Favorite toys and blanket
  • Cat litter/pan and scoop
  • Grooming items
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