Text and Pictures by John Silliman: Head Naturalist of Gunflint Lodge
Last weekend, we had a Dog Lover’s Weekend at Gunflint Lodge. Dogs are always welcome at this resort, but the Dog Lover’s Weekend brings the the canine fun to a whole new level. We have special trainers, dog socials, dog walks, and even a K-9 Olympics.
Our trainer this last weekend was Alison Schramel from the Animal Human Society. She did a workshop called Four on the Floor on Friday, in which dogs learned to stop jumping on people.
An English Setter named Birch
Alison demonstrated Four on the Floor with one of Mandy’s dogs
A popular activity is the Dog Social. We met on the beach in front of the lodge, and the various dogs got to socialize and run around. They got a little muddy on Friday but stayed cleaner on Saturday since they found it fun to run out on the standing water on top of the ice.
An Irish Setter Meets an English Setter
Birch and Scout
Birch (the English setter) and Scout (the border collie) live at Gunflint Lodge. They were having a great time and went home a little muddy!
On Saturday, we had a K-9 Olympics. It is our woodsy version of an agility course. We have a pole weave, ramp, jump, table top exercise, and hoop. All dogs were welcome to join in the fun.
The Gunflint Nature Center has a lot of squirrels living around it. Red squirrels seem to take delight in setting the dogs off, so we decided to put the Tricks Workshop on Saturday in the Conference Center.
Alison worked with the dogs on a variety of tricks including: sit pretty, down, roll over, weave, and crawl. The dogs had fewer distractions, so they were able to focus a lot more than the previous day. By the end of the workshop, they all looked physically and mentally exhausted.
Working on Sit Pretty
Alison Demonstrating Roll Over
This Newfoundland was doing a big roll over!
Alison teaching a Springer Spaniel to weave
The Dog Lover’s Weekend was great fun! Alison did a wonderful job with the training, and we hope to see her again in the future!