Eagle Scout builds dog agility course for Stark County Humane Society

GlenOak sophomore Jacob Price, shown with rescue dog Baby Girl, has spent the last two years planning, designing and building a dog agility course for the Stark County Humane Society for his Eagle Scout project.

LOUISVILLE – Jacob Price is giving dogs at the Stark County Humane Society another reason to get their tails wagging.

The GlenOak sophomore has spent the last two years planning, designing and building a dog agility course for the Humane Society as part of his bid to become an Eagle Scout. The application process requires scouts to carry out a project that benefits the community.

The course includes stairs, an elevated landing, a ramp and a tube underneath, which dogs can use to run through, climb on and rest under. One of the nonprofit’s dogs, Copper, a 7-year-old coonhound mix, demonstrated the course’s features Tuesday.

Price began brainstorming ideas for the project in 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic and a broken leg delayed his efforts. He started building the structure in 2021 and recently completed the final step of staining it.

“I wanted to do something that was different than what my troop has done,” Price said. “I came out and looked to see what they wanted, and when they showed me the outdoor runs ramp, I was like, ‘This is something that I have to build, this would be absolutely perfect.'”

Stark County Humane Society Executive Director Jackie Godbey with rescue dog Baby Girl on an agility course created by GlenOak sophomore Jacob Price for his Eagle Scout project.

Serving the dogs, Humane Society

Humane Society Executive Director Jackie Godbey said Price’s project presents numerous benefits to the dogs, the nonprofit and the people who visit to adopt the animals.

Some of the dogs the Humane Society receives come from areas where they have never been able to use steps, Godbey said, which causes problems if they are adopted by people who live in homes or apartments with steps.

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