by Josh Peterson
Wildrose “Scout” is a Fox Red Labrador who hails from Oxford, Mississippi, Wildrose campus. Born of the legendary Red (Sire) and the lovely Rua (Dam), he is a perfect blend of athleticism and grace. Scout was backgrounded as a young pup at Wildrose, and then brought home at 3 months to meet and bond with us. After some time passed, we brought him back for adventure dog training. As soon as his training finished up, we drove to pick him up at the Wildrose Adventure Dog minicamp held at the Wildrose training facility in the Ozark Mountains. He was 9 months old the day we picked him up.
What struck me about this camp, was the single-minded, disciplined approach to training. I read Mike Stewart’s book, but was able to witness first-hand, evidence that the Wildrose Way is the best way. The dogs’ responses don’t lie. The seminar was a phenomenal value, and we can’t wait to do it again. I would recommend it to anyone that wants to integrate an outdoor lifestyle with their love of dogs. Moreover, this seminar or minicamp trained us owners as much or more than it did the dogs.
During training, we chose the discipline of “Adventure Dog” because it fit our active lifestyle. Scout is a quintessential ADVENTURE DOG. We try to take him everywhere you can take a dog, and he fits right in. The whole “Go anywhere; do anything,” that’s our boy. He is a part of our family and it’s hard to plan something fun without wanting to bring him along. He just makes everything better. He is steady and ready to engage in an adventure.
Some of our post-training, “off leash” travels include: hiking in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, trail blazing Texas Hill Country outside Austin, snow shoeing mountains in Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin, hiking up Colorado mountains (Vail, Avon, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, and Keystone), horseback riding in Montgomery Texas, stand-up-paddle-boarding near the San Jacinto River, and walking the entire San Antonio River Walk.
One of the things we are most proud of in Scout is he is competitive and a quick study. He has achieved all three of the Wildrose certifications: Trail Rated Status, Adventure Dog Certified, and the coveted “Master Trekker” awards — and all before he was 10 months and 3 weeks old. We are told that is a record. We might be a little biased, but we think he is a pretty cool dog. He has over 4,000 followers on Instagram… Check him out at: @allamerican_dog. He is a great addition to our family and we look forward to our next adventure with him.