Camp Information

K9 Nose Work Training Camp
Camp Coleman

April 12, 2018 - April 16, 2018

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About Camp - Additional Participant Requirements & Information - Dog Attendance Policy - Location and Accommodations - RV Policy - Shopping - Video and Audio Taping Policy - K9 Nose Work Symposium Day - Camp Tuition and Registration - Cancellation and Refund Policy - Directions and Travel - Camp Instructors

About Camp

General Registration for everyone will open on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 10:00AM Eastern.

Camp: April 12, 2018 - April 16, 2018, 3.5 days, 4 nights
K9 Nose Work Symposium Day: April 16, 2018

Campers Arrive:
Thursday, April 12, 2018 between 9:30am -11:30am, lunch served.
Camp starts after lunch. There will be seminars, classes or activities in the afternoon and required orientation.

Campers Leave:
Campers not attending the symposium leave on Monday morning, April 16, 2018, after breakfast. Campers staying for the symposium may leave Monday night, April 16, 2018, or Tuesday morning, April 17, 2018, after breakfast.

Camp Size:
Current limit is approximately 90-96 working campers plus auditing campers and Logistics Team  Member. Approximately 8 campers per regular working group.

What is K9 Nose Work®?
K9 Nose Work® is a dog training activity designed to develop a dog’s natural scenting ability by using her/his curiosity, desire to hunt, and love of toys, food and exercise. The art and practice of nose work is open to dogs of all shapes and sizes and has made basic search dog skills available to companion dogs, creating a new sport arena for dog enthusiasts. Not only has it proven to be a great activity for all types of dogs, but the founders' techniques make this one of the most accessible activities for the widest variety of dog handlers regardless of previous training experience.

About Camp:
Dogs of Course, in association with the National Association of Canine Scent Work™ (NACSW), has created this three and a half day Training Camp. K9 Nose Work® Training Camp is designed to enhance the understanding of K9 Nose Work®, to develop the skills necessary to compete in the sport of K9 Nose Work® as well as other nose work venues, and to provide a model for effective instruction for current and future nose work instructors.

We are happy to have nose work enthusiasts come to camp no matter their training methodology or preferred competition venue to learn more about the K9 Nose Work® training techniques and philosophy. All we ask is that you come with an open mind and try our methods if you are bringing your nose work dog.

This all-inclusive sleepover/day camp is open to all appropriate dog and handler teams as well as auditors. We will concentrate on the elements necessary to succeed at the sport and the application of K9 Nose Work® for recreation and increasing a dog’s confidence regardless of interest in competition. The curriculum for camp will cover foundation skills, all levels of exteriors, interiors, container and vehicle searches, improving skills for dogs already working the four required elements, building independent search skills, competition preparation, strategy and rules, handler skills, leash handling techniques, understanding how to read the dogs, motivation and reinforcement, trouble shooting and a variety of other necessary skills, PLUS loads of fun and camaraderie. Each day includes working dogs as well as lectures, demonstrations, or other activities through the day and into the night.

We work with dogs that are already on odor from novices preparing for their first Odor Recognition Test to dogs that have earned titles at all levels.  All dogs will be working on Birch. Anise and Clove will be used depending on the level of the group. Dogs may be exposed and/or introduced to the other two odors during their time at camp in working sessions. Each dog and handler team will be grouped with other similar level participants to maximize learning and progress during camp. Only one working dog per working participant. Approximately 8 campers per regular working group and 5 campers per Elite working group.

Note: If you are working a dog at Camp, you will be assigned to a group based on your dog’s experience. This may mean you, as a handler, will be reviewing material that you already know. If you prefer to delve into skills above your dog’s training level, auditing will be the best option.

Campers who are working dogs will be assigned to their groups based on titles/experience attained no later than 30 days before camp. We will send you a questionnaire prior to camp so you can update us with your dog's current information.

Dancer and RonInstructing Staff:
Campers will be learning from the founders of the sport along with accomplished Certified Nose Work Instructors (CNWI). Our camp instructing staff are competent skilled teachers that are also actively involved in many areas of K9 Nose Work®  - training, competition, judging, certifying trials, and instruction. Click on the section heading link or the link in the left tool bar to learn about the instructors for this camp.

Our Campers:

New to Nose Work:
People without nose work experience are encouraged to come to camp as auditors or Logistics Team Members to learn about the activity. We welcome instructors, sports enthusiasts, hobby trainers, and shelter workers to attend camp as your introduction to K9 Nose Work®.

Experienced Nose Work Trainers:
Our camp caters to dog/handler teams that are already on birch odor and experienced trainers that would like to audit. Dogs new to working on odor up through dogs ready to compete or currently competing in Nose Work trials will gain valuable experience at Camp.  We welcome repeat campers back to continue their education as well as new campers that have been taking classes with instructors versed in the K9 Nose Work® methodology. 

Special Elite groups - For Elite titled dogs and their handlers:
We are excited to offer specialized classes for our Elite teams at Camp based on staff and camper feedback. Each Elite group will have 5 dog/handler working teams instead of the 8 working teams in the regular groups at Camp.These working groups are designed to meet the needs of Elite teams that want to compete at Elite level. Each team will benefit from specific coaching on competition strategy, and more time to work through complex problems and unique challenges to better prepare them for competition.

There is an additional fee ($585) for the Elite groups.

The following guidelines apply:

  • Must have an NACSW™ Elite title at time of registration. (Elite title equivalent from other organizations will be considered.)
  • Up to 10 dogs will be accepted; a maximum of two working groups. (one dog per handler. Second dog per handler may be considered if we are unable to fill all spots by the closing date.)
  • If the Elite spots are filled when you register, you have the following options;
    • You can attend camp but will be in an NW3 working group and be on the wait list for the Elite Group
    • Get on the wait list for an Elite Group working spot only.
  • If you have an Elite Title, but do not wish to be in the Elite groups, you will be working NW3 challenges in the regular working groups of 8 teams.
  • If we do not have enough dogs for a full group, 4 dog/handler teams will be considered if the current participants in the group are willing to pay an additional fee to have fewer dogs in a group.
  • If we do not have enough registered participants to fill the Elite groups no later than the closing date, February 12, 2018 we will contact the Elite registrants with the option to: 1)  move to a regular camper group of 8 working NW3 level challenges or 2) receive a full refund without penalty.

NOTE: We must have a minimum of 5 Elite Titled dogs to run an Elite Group at Camp. The Elite Group Campers are subject to the general refund policy in addition to special restrictions and considerations due to the smaller working groups and difficulty in replacing vacant spots. Remember to check the "Elite Group Fee" under additional charges on your registration form.

Dog Training Instructors:Camp is a great way for current and future instructors to learn about the activity. Whether you want to start classes for fun, competition, shelter dog enrichment, or as part of a behavior modification protocol, participating as an auditor, helper, or with your own dog will provide a solid foundation you can take home and apply. Learn from some of the world’s most skilled and experienced instructors, including the founders of the sport of K9 Nose Work®.

If you are currently teaching nose work classes, camp provides an opportunity to deepen your knowledge and skills, learn the newest techniques, and understand the latest thinking behind the training. Camp gives you time to fine tune your skills, so you can go back to your students with the most current knowledge.

Certified Nose Work Instructors will be given continuing education credit that is necessary for keeping your status current. We also offer an additional symposium/seminar the day after camp ends. See below.

Instructors currently in the NACSW™ instructor certification program can get credit by logging required observation hours and personal hands-on training time (if working a dog). We no longer offer the seminar Introduction to K9 Nose Work at Camp. The NACSW instructor program should be contacted directly regarding questions about Introduction to K9 Nose Work and other requirements.

Auditors: Campers who register as auditors are allowed to attend all sessions and move from group to group as long as she/he does not create a distraction or disturbance. Auditors are allowed to watch but will not participant in the training or other dog related activities. During working sessions we ask that auditors hold questions as it takes away from and interferes with the working campers' time. Auditors can ask questions during lectures. Auditors must leave their dog(s) home. Anyone that stays on camp property and is not working a dog is considered an auditor. If there are premium rooms available when camp registration closes auditors may upgrade. Please contact Dana if you have questions.

If the primary reason for coming to camp is to learn for your students and your dog is not at the level you need instruction in or you want to learn about multiple levels, we suggest you audit camp and leave your dog home.

Camp Logistics Team Members (help us at camp): 
If you would like to attend camp at a reduced rate, please read carefully the information below. Logistics Team Members play a critical role in making camp run smoothly. Please note that this is a very physical job that requires heavy lifting and the ability to walk around the Camp easily. Expect a lot of walking.

Logistics Team Members' duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Prepare camp: Check cabins, put up signage, assemble camper bags, set-up camp store and office (Arrive one day before Camp starts)
  • Assist with camper registration/check in and parking
  • Collect/label/sort/deliver camper crates, x-pens, gates, tents, and chairs
  • Assist instructors as needed
  • Camp clean up and pack up supplies
  • Driving van/golf cart
  • Work as a team with other Logistics Team Members
  • May bring ONE people and dog friendly, quiet dog to work (dog must be on at least birch odor; no beginners) in 3 - 4 special Logistics Team Members Only training sessions or hang out at camp as a companion. Logistics Team Members Only training sessions may coincide with other activities scheduled, so you would need to choose between working your dog in the Workshop or attending the alternate activity.

In exchange for working, Logistics Team Members pay a reduced rate and are eligible to audit all camp sessions. Housing is multiple occupancy or commuting if preferred. We will do our best to arrange work so you can audit camp sessions with minimal interruption.

Please contact Bonnie for an information packet to help you decide if this is a job for you.

Questions?

If you have questions or would like to become a certified instructor you can learn more by going to the NACSW website. 

If you have questions about whether you and/or your dog qualify for camp, please contact Dana Crevling or leave a message at 508/529-3568 EST, 8am -7pm M-F. Messages will be returned within 2 business days.

Continuing Education Credits:
Additional credits are available for the Symposium day. See below.

IAABC
pending approval

CCPDT
pending approval

NACSW™
10 CEUs

The Camp Experience:

2015 Colorado K9 Nose Work Camp Slide Show

2017 Georgia K9 Nose Work Camp Slide Show

"This was our first time at camp. We were blown away with all we learned and experienced. The instructors were a wealth of knowledge and experience. We would definitely attend camp again."    D.S. GA 2017

"…a memorable and enriching experience - from working sessions to lectures to building and maintaining camaraderie!"    J.M. GA 2017

"It was, literally, the most stimulating nose work educational experience I've ever had..."   J.C. OR 2016                       

"As an ANWI, Camp was invaluable. Being able to watch so many different instructors work with so many teams as students, watching the problems they set up for the teams, seeing how they coached in all different styles... I came away with so much information on how to teach. As a competitor, I now have a new way of looking at my training, new insights into the whole 'culture' of the NACSW way of approaching scent work. "Trust your dog", "It depends", all mean a lot more to me than before camp. AND - it was so much fun to meet other instructors, competitors and people from all over the world, who just want to explore their bond with their dogs."      M.K.CO 2015

 

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Additional Participant Requirements & Information

Camp is open to all adults, who are at least 18 years old, interested in K9 Nose Work and can meet the requirements of camp.

All campers must be in good physical condition and able to walk to all activities as cars will be parked at the edge of camp in the parking area. This is a large facility on mostly flat terrain. There is a hill to the river area.

Campers must be willing to clean up and sweep their room/cabin before going home leaving it in a neat and tidy condition.

Campers must agree and adhere to the Dog Attendance Policy.

Campers must clean up after his/her dog(s) and deposit feces in garbage receptacles.

Campers will need two crates for their working dog. One for the room and a second one to bring to the work stations. We suggest your working crate to be sturdy but light weight and easy to carry. A small dolly or a crate cart that can roll on bumpy dirt roads or grass could be very helpful if you want to move your own crate or to move in and out of your housing.

Camp Coleman has agreed to be a restricted smoking facility for our group. All smoking must be done in designated open areas and never inside a building, structure, or in a wooded area. Violation of these rules is grounds for dismissal without refund.

Alcohol is strictly prohibited when working dogs or attending classes.

When more than one person attends from a family with one dog, one person is designated the handler and does all the training. The other person is an auditor. Family members cannot take turns working the dog.

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Dog Attendance Policy

2018 GA K9 Nose Work® Training Camp Dog Attendance Policy

Dogs MUST have at least 12 weeks of class (or organized practices) and be on birch odor for at least 6 weeks. Foundation skills generally include a minimum of 6 weeks on searching for the primary reward in a variety of locations both in and out of boxes. Then the dog should have completed at least 6 additional weeks of training in searching for odor. This could involve pairing odor with food. Dogs should be able to independently search for birch without requiring pairing to locate the source of the odor. 

K9 Nose Work® Training Camp welcomes dogs with a variety of social skills and needs, including mild to moderate dog to dog reactivity, that can be safely and comfortably managed in a stressful environment. We cannot accommodate dogs with human reactivity.

The camp environment is very different than standard classes and workshops. It can be particularly stressful for dogs to navigate, so we are not always able to accommodate all dogs that would normally be fine in classes or a seminar. Camp differs from classes, seminars, and trials due to its duration and continuous exposure to multiple dogs and people in an unfamiliar environment. Although camp can accommodate a variety of dogs, the number of dogs at camp, combined with increased training time, and on-site lodging is more than some dogs can comfortably handle. The goal of K9 Nose Work® camp is to create an educational environment that is rewarding and safe for canine and human members of each working team and all teams. Campers are asked to evaluate their dog’s ability to be successful in a camp environment, taking into consideration the health and safety of her/his dog as well as the other campers.

Before registering, campers need to read our dog attendance policy and canine rules of engagement as well as our refund policy section on reasons for dismissal. Due to an increase in aggression incidents at NACSW trials and Camp, we have tightened up our dog policy.  If there is a question about the dog’s appropriateness for camp, please contact Dana Crevling.

Working Dogs, Non-Working Dogs and Class Etiquette:

  • Each working participant will be permitted to bring their registered working dog, plus one additional non-working dog at no additional fee. Additional non-working dogs will be permitted based on available space and there will be an additional fee. The additional dog(s) may not pose any safety, handling or other concerns during camp.
  • Only one working dog per working participant. No swapping of dogs during camp classes.
  • Non-working dogs must stay in the lodging accommodations while the handler is in class with the working dog.
  • Dogs are worked one at a time while the other dogs are resting in crates in the training area until her/his turn. Dogs must be able to stay quietly in a crate out of owner’s sight when not working.
  • Dogs must be crated when left alone in the cabins/rooms. Owners are responsible for any damage the dog does to the facility.
  • Females in season will be allowed at this camp. See 'Rules for Females in Season' below for details.
  • Dogs must be healthy and free of contagious conditions including fleas. Dogs found with a contagious illness that may affect the rest of the dog population may be asked to leave without refund.

Dogs that are NOT good candidates for the sleepover camp experience:

  • Dogs with moderate to severe separation stress are not good candidates for camp. Dogs must be crated away from the owners during meals, lectures and in working sessions in unfamiliar environments. At Camp we live and train in close proximity so dogs that vocalize regularly and for extended periods of time create stress for other campers and dogs in the area. For most dogs with separation issues Camp compounds the problems seen at home or in classes. At this camp car crating is not realistic as vehicles are parked remotely.
  • Dogs that have moderate to severe dog to dog aggression. For many dogs with serious spatial issues living 24-hours a day for multiple days in a novel environment, with strange dogs everywhere, can significantly increase stress, inappropriate behavior, aggression, and/or arousal. Dogs that cannot calmly walk by another dog within 8' - 10' or be crated in the same area as other dogs do not generally make good candidates for camp.

Dogs that CANNOT be accommodated at camp:

  • Dogs that are reactive (or need special accommodations) to PEOPLE cannot attend Camp. At Camp dogs will be exposed to many different strangers during classes and while living on the campus. Dogs are asked to work problems in close proximity (in particular - interiors) to other campers and staff members. All dogs must be able to tolerate quick movement, gesticulation, normal and repeated eye contact, vocal interaction, close proximity, and unplanned encounters from men and women.
  • This includes human reactive dogs that have acclimated to a class or private lesson situation but are still reactive with strangers, in strange situations, or react when under stress. Tolerance to people in a regular class or familiar situation is not a good indicator that a dog will do well at Camp. Again, the living and group training logistics of the Camp environment will often magnify issues or cause a regression in modified behavior.
  • We cannot accommodate dogs that are human aggressive or have fear issues that may evoke a warning or an aggressive response.
  • Your dog’s mental health is important to us, as is the safety, well-being, and enjoyment of all camp participants. If your dog falls into one of the above categories, we ask that you leave him/her home and attend camp as an auditor.

Dogs that threaten other dogs or humans, or are considered to be a perceived danger at camp to themselves or others will be asked to leave. No refunds will be offered if a dog is excused from participating in camp or asked to leave the camp grounds.

Canine Rules of Engagement:

  • All dogs must be able to be safely and humanely physically controlled by their registered handler.
  • All dogs must be kept on a six foot leash unless in designated areas or working directly in a session with camp staff personnel (no moving dogs from one area to another on flexi-leads or long lines).
  • Dogs must remain ON LEASH at all times… NO EXCEPTIONS. (except where noted)
  • Dogs must be crate trained and able to be crated safely and quietly away from the handler.
  • No dog/dog play or interaction will be permitted unless between two dogs residing in the same household.
  • There will be a designated long line or flexi-lead exercise areas for playing ball or swimming your dog. We will not have an off lead area at camp. Off lead outside exercising must be done off camp property.
  • We ask that, regardless of how friendly your dog may be, you respect that not every dog is comfortable with other dogs approaching and may communicate their displeasure. Please ask permission before you let your dog approach or get too close to other dogs. Managing your dog is your direct responsibility. Participants that must be repeatedly reminded of camp rules about not allowing their dog to approach other dogs, or if their dog poses other safety concerns, may be dismissed from camp without refund.
  • If you work a dog that does not do well in close proximity to other dogs or humans, you will need to evaluate carefully the appropriateness of camp for your dog. See above.
  • Dogs that need space or react to dogs or are worried must wear a red bandana and have a bandana tied to his/her crate (or car) to help communicate the dog's needs.
  • Campers must be willing to negotiate with his/her cabin-mates so there are fair and peaceful living conditions for all involved. Please expect that your dog will need to be crated at least part of the time when in the cabin.

Rules for Female Working Dogs in Season only:

  • Owners must commute or have a single room. For housing exceptions, please discuss with Dana.
  • Commuters must crate their dogs in their vehicles during lunch and lectures.
  • Your dog must wear pants at all times except when toileting.
  • Expect to have a designated toilet area.
  • Movement of female dogs in season may be restricted to going to and from classes and toilet area.
  • Bring a sturdy crate for your dog; your dog cannot be left unattended in a room with other dogs present.
  • Expect that your dog may need to run last in classes.
  • Non-working dogs are NOT allowed at camp if in season.
  • Dana Crevling/Camp must be notified in advance that you will have a female dog in season at camp.

We all want to have a pleasant experience; the success of this event will rely on everyone being diligent in complying with all the canine rules of engagement.

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Location and Accommodations

Camp Coleman is centrally located to accommodate campers from the southern states. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northern Georgia 1.5 hours north of Atlanta, Camp Coleman is just a half day's drive from Greensboro, NC; Columbia, SC; Nashville, TN; and Montgomery, AL. Memphis, TN and Orlando, FL are only a day away. Situated around Lake Shalom, this sprawling camp is a perfect setting for nose work fun. Camp Coleman has buildings for inside training as well as covered work areas and an abundance of outside space for exterior and vehicle search education. Campers and staff eat together in the dining hall and stay on the property.

IMPORTANT PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Camp Coleman is set on approximately 180 acres and is a walking facility. All campers’ cars will be parked in a perimeter lot or along the main entrance road away from the cabins. This includes commuter campers. The terrain is relatively flat for a camp in the mountains but includes daily hill climbing, uneven dirt roads, grass and requires lots of walking to get from place to place. We will have a team of camp helpers that will pick-up and deliver crates/bulky training equipment to a central location near your group's training station each morning to assist you. Once your crates are delivered to the general location, you will be required to move your crate to the specific areas throughout the day and then back to the drop off location. This can include up and down stairs, up or down a short hill, and up to approximately 200 feet. Remember that your dog and gear will probably be with you when you need to move your crate. Campers often work together to assist each other and our helpers will assist when possible.  Campers need to be in good physical condition and able to walk with their dog and their training gear from the cabins to the working locations as well as up to a ten minute walk each way to and from the dining room. The lower camp path around the lake is about 1 mile and it takes approximately 20 - 30 minutes to walk a full circuit around camp. Check out the map of the camp to see the layout.

Food:
Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served in the dining hall at designated times starting with lunch on arrival day and ending with breakfast on move out day. The menu will consist of simple but healthy, filling food for omnivores as well as vegetarians with a southern flair. The camp cooking staff is led by Nellie who takes great pride in her down home cooking. We look forward to her delicious food including her home made southern fried chicken, salad bar, and hot cookies! We are sorry but we cannot promise to cater to specific dietary restrictions and suggest campers that have special needs supplement their meals as needed. A grocery store is 10 minutes from Camp.

Lodging: Lodging listed below may change for 2018 due to ongoing camp construction. In particular, single occupancy housing may be limited in 2018 as we do not know if we will have the single occupancy trailers. We will update as necessary.

Each camper requests the lodging that best meets her/his needs on a first come basis. Most campers will enjoy the full summer camp experience and bunk in a multiple occupancy cabin with shared bathroom facilities. Cabins are not heated and only have screen doors and windows. However 1- 2 space heaters will be placed in each room and heavy plastic over the windows and door to help retain heat on chilly nights. Campers should plan to bring sleeping bags or heavy blankets. Electric blankets for the beds are welcome.

There will be approximately two to four people in a cabin bunk room. Campers may request roommates. If two or more campers want to be guaranteed a bunk room all to themselves, the pricing is considered "standard rate plus occupancy." Number, size, and special needs of dogs, or camper requirements, may dictate the lodging accommodations options available. Owners of reactive dogs or socially awkward dogs may find it best to room with friends that understand and can accommodate the dog's spatial requirements or stay in a private/single room. For those campers with dog reactive dogs that are coming on their own and are staying in the cabins (not a single room), we will do our best to match you with another camper that has a dog with similar social needs or an auditor. It will be up to each camper to work with her/his bunkmate to create a safe and equal living environment. This may require that dogs will have limited time loose in the bunk room and must sleep in their crates or an ex-pen at night. Campers with "friendly" dogs should expect that this may be required for your dog as well.

We have a limited number of heated private/single rooms in the Health Center (friendly, quiet dogs that do not have space considerations) and the Staff Cabin (dogs that need additional space). We may also have additional singles at the Neve Simcha Trailer Housing. Most of these rooms have a single bed and/or set of bunk beds and would be appropriate for one person, a couple or two friends that don't mind tight quarters and are only traveling with one moderately sized dog each. Crates that stack could also be an advantage in these rooms. Most are smaller rooms so are not appropriate for people with multiple large dogs or lots of gear. In the Health Center, there are 4 exterior corridor premium doubles with private bathrooms and seven interior corridor rooms for either one or two people. One of the interior rooms has a private bathroom and the rest share two bathrooms in the common hallway. Dogs must be able to tolerate other dogs and people in the common hallways or directly outside their door. The Health Center building and surrounding area will also be used for training classes during the day so are for friendly dogs only.

The Staff Cabin is in a quiet area of camp and Staff Cabin housing priority will be given to reactive dogs. The Staff Cabin was renovated in 2013 and now has single rooms with two twin beds and private bathrooms. The Staff Cabin is climate controlled.  

In 2013 we added more single rooms in a new section of camp called the Neve Simcha Trailer Housing. This is a group of two bedroom trailers on a hill behind the Dining Hall with either single or double beds and a shared common area and bathroom. These single rooms will be reserved for campers with either reactive or friendly dogs in 2016 IF we have access to this location again. The trailers have space heaters.

Auditor accommodations are generally in the multiple occupancy cabins. Auditors can also stay in the premium double rooms if shared with a working camper.

Campers that prefer more comfortable accommodations are welcome to commute to camp each day or bring a self-contained trailer or RV. See RV policy below. The tuition for commuting or RV or trailer campers and day campers is the same as multiple occupancy camp.

Campers are expected to bring their own linens. A linen service is available for an additional fee of $25 for those that are flying or using public transportation to camp and are unable to bring their own. Linen will include: towels, a set of sheets with pillowcases, a pillow and blankets. Beds in the cabins are twin bunk beds and in the single rooms are regular twins, twin bunk beds or doubles in the Neve Simcha Trailer Housing.

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RV Policy

A very limited number of RVs and trailers are welcome, however they must be self-contained. The camp does not have water or electrical hook-ups or a dump station. Please do not expect electricity; if we can provide it we will.

The RV sites are in busy areas or the parking lots so plan that dogs and people will be walking by and classes could be run in the general area. For safety reasons no outside ex-pens or tie outs are allowed. Dogs must be walked on leash. We will assign a location for each RV ahead of time.

RV's must arrive between 10:00 - 11:30am on Thursday so we have the staffing to get the vehicle settled. No late arrivals. No exceptions.

Additional non-working dog fees also apply to people staying in RV's and trailers. Two dogs per registered working camper. If you are bringing more than three dogs, you will need approval from Dana Crevling.

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Shopping

We will have a camp store with fun Nose Work related items, including T-shirts, for you and your dog.

Video, Audio Taping, and Photograph Policy

No video or audio taping of lectures or classes permitted. At the discretion of the instructor and facility, videotaping of your own dog may be allowed during runs but may not be posted on a public website such as You Tube, Facebook, etc. without permission. There may be some videotaping done by the staff or instructors for educational or promotional purposes if participants at the workshop have signed a photo/video release. Auditors and campers may NOT videotape other teams working unless they have been granted permission. Any approved videotaping is for personal use only.

Photography is welcome at camp. Campers are encouraged to take still photographs at camp and post on social media. Before you post a photo of another person on social media, please be sure to have their permission. We generally create a slide show for our camp banquet from photos taken by our campers and staff.

We will have a professional photographer at camp.

K9 Nose Work Symposium

Monday, April 16, 2018
9:00am – 4:30 pm (approx. time)
Fee: $TBD

Tuition includes three meals for all attendees and overnight lodging (if staying on site) at Camp Coleman on 4/16/2018. Breakfast is served the following morning before campers leave.

The intent of this day is to provide additional education for all K9NW enthusiasts, instructors, and handlers to increase skills and knowledge. 

The Symposium Day is open to the public. You do not need to attend Camp in order to attend this seminar.
All attendees will receive: breakfast, lunch, dinner and a booklet with K9 Nose Work training exercises submitted by the instructors teaching at camp.

Topics are in the planning stages. Check back for more information and registration.

Continuing Education Credits for 2018 Symposium Day
CEUs pending from IAABC 

CEUs pending from CCPDT

6 CEUs from NACSW for CNWI

Link for the Symposium Day Registration page will HERE when topics and agenda have been approved.

2018 GA K9 Nose Work® Training Camp Symposium Day Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation and Refund policy is as follows:

  • Cancellations received within 3 days of registration, full refund. If you change your mind about attending the event within 3 days of your registration, a full refund will be offered.
  • Cancellations received 60 days or more before the start date will be refunded less the $25 non-refundable deposit.
  • Cancellations received between 60 and 30 days of the start date will be refunded 50% of the tuition after the $25 non-refundable deposit is deducted. 
  • Due to the nature of running a workshop in conjunction with a dog training camp cancellations received 30 days or fewer before the start date will not receive a refund.
  • Campers that have to leave early for their own reasons or are "No-shows” will not receive a refund.
  • Participants asked to leave the event/property by the camp director or lead instructors will not be refunded any part of the tuition.
  • No part of the tuition fee will be refunded if the event cannot take place or be completed by reason of fire, civil disturbances, an Act of God, public emergency, or any other cause beyond the control of the camp organizers.

This policy applies to participants that must withdraw for ANY reason, including but not limited to injury, illness, emergency, and personal or work-related reasons. This policy is without exception.

If you have concerns about the cancellation/refund policy, please consider researching "Trip/Travel Insurance" options independently.

Camp Tuition and Registration

Camp tuition covers lodging, meals and all classes and activities.

Lodging preference is not guaranteed. Based on availability.

Waitlist: When certain types of accommodations fill we will start an accommodations waitlist. If your first choice is full, you can register by selecting your second choice in housing with a note that you would like to upgrade if possible. Do not fill out a registration form unless you are willing to stay in housing that is available if you can't get in to your first choice.

Camp April 12, 2018 - April 16, 2018 before or on 2017-12-12 After 2017-12-12
Working, Standard Rate - Multi:

Multiple Occupancy Cabin, 3-5 people in an unheated cabin bunk room (electric space heaters)

$920.00 $970.00
Working, Standard Rate Plus - Multi:

Private cabin for 3 or more people who want their own cabin bunk room. Unheated cabin bunk room (electric space heater) Limited number

Must indicate roommate’s name/s.

$1020.00 $1070.00
Working, Premium Rate - Single:

Single room with separate entrance and own bath. Heated. Reactive and Friendly dog housing.
Single room in camp trailer (limited number) that has 2 bedrooms, a common area and a shared bath. Reactive and Friendly dog housing.
Single room/shared bath/interior corridor/central heat (limited number). NO reactive dogs due to location.

Tell us which option you prefer

$1120.00 $1170.00
Working, Premium Rate - Multi:

Double room in camp trailer (limited number) that has 2 bedrooms, a common area and a shared bath. Reactive and Friendly dog housing.
Double room/shared bath/interior corridor/central heat (limited number). NO reactive dogs due to location.

Tell us which option you prefer and your roommate name.

$1120.00 $1170.00
Working, Commuter Rate:

Stay offsite and commute to camp each day.

$920.00 $970.00
Working, RV Rate:

Limited number. No hookups. Tell us the size of your rig.

$920.00 $970.00
Auditor, Standard Rate:

Multiple Occupancy Cabin, 3-5 people in an unheated cabin bunk room (electric space heaters)

$615.00 $665.00
Auditor, Standard Rate Plus:

Private cabin for 3 or more people who want their own cabin bunk room. Unheated cabin bunk room (electric space heater). Limited number

Tell us the name of your roommate

$715.00 $765.00
Auditor, Premium Rate:

Available only if other occupant is a working camper.
Double room in camp trailer (limited number) that has 2 bedrooms, a common area and a shared bath. Reactive and Friendly dog housing.
Double room/shared bath/interior corridor/central heat (limited number). NO reactive dogs due to location.

Tell us the name of your roommate

$815.00 $865.00
Auditor, Commuter Rate:

Stay off site and commute to camp each day.

$615.00 $665.00
Helper, Standard Rate:

Logistics Team Members

See webpage for link to ask Bonnie for information.

$325.00 $325.00
Helper, Commuter Rate:

L Team. Stay offsite and commute daily

$325.00 $325.00
Additional Charges before or on 2017-12-12 After 2017-12-12
Elite Group at Camp - Additional fee for smaller group. $585.00 $585.00
Additional dog fee, for more than 2 dogs:
One additional dog (total of three dogs)
Only for working participants, auditors cannot bring dogs.
$80.00 $80.00
Additional dog fee, for more than 2 dogs:
Two additional dogs (total of four dogs)
Only for working participants, auditors cannot bring dogs.
$160.00 $160.00
Additional dog: None. I am bringing 1 or 2 dogs.
Please contact Dana if you need to bring more than 4 dogs for one working participant as this may limit housing options or your ability to be a camper.    
Linen Service - for people who are taking public transportation and can not bring their own linens. $25.00 $25.00

Registration ends at 5:00pm EST on February 12, 2018 or when limit has been reached.

Registration acceptance is subject to approval by the staff.

A $200 deposit ($100 is non-refundable) or full payment is required at the time of registration. Full payment is due no later than 90 days  prior to the start of camp - January 12, 2018.
Payment Options: You may pay via PayPal or check. Your registration will not be considered complete until we receive payment. Registration is pending for check payment until received and processed.

Working spots are limited. 

Auditing is available. The number of auditor spots available is related to the overall number of participants.

All persons attending camp as non-working participants will be required to register as an auditor. Due to the nature of this event no exceptions will be permitted for this camp.

Please read the cancellation policy carefully (posted below) before registering.

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Cancellation and Refund Policy

2018 GA Camp Cancellation Policy:

All cancellations must be sent to Dogs of Course and must be in writing. An acknowledgement of your cancellation will be emailed to you within 3 business days from Dogs of Course. Please keep a copy of the cancellation email for your records; your cancellation is not valid without this confirmation of receipt. K9 Nose Work® Training Camp and Dogs of Course are not responsible for cancellations that do not reach the office by the deadlines.

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

This policy applies to participants that must withdraw for ANY reason, including but not limited to injury, illness, emergency, and personal or work-related reasons. This policy is without exception.

If you have concerns about the cancellation/refund policy, please consider researching "Trip/Travel Insurance" options independently.

  • Cancellations received within 3 days of registration, full refund. If you change your mind about attending camp within 3 days of your registration, a full refund will be offered.
  • Cancellations received 60 days or more before the camp start date will be refunded in full less the $100 non-refundable, non-transferable (neither to another person nor camp, event, seminar), cancellation fee.
  • Cancellations received between 60 and 30 days of the camp start date, will be refunded 50% of the tuition after the $100 non-refundable, non-transferable, cancellation fee is deducted. If Dogs of Course obtains a qualified working team that meets the replacement qualifications (see below) either on our wait list or through Dogs of Course marketing search 30 days before the start of camp, tuition will be refunded in full less the $100 fee as indicated in first bullet above. Campers will not be able to locate their own replacements. Campers may refer candidates to Dogs of Course to be placed on the waitlist. All replacement campers must come from the camp wait list. Qualifications for replacement are: The dog may need to be working at the same level as the dog previously registered and the team can fit the previously requested housing assignment.
  • Due to the nature of running a dog training camp cancellations received 30 days or fewer before the camp start date will not receive a refund nor be eligible for the replacement option stated above.
  • Each Nose Work® Camp is considered a “Single Event.” As such, registration for one camp cannot be transferred to a different camp. Changes from one camp location to another will be treated as a cancellation for the original camp registration per the above policy. At that time, the camper will be free to register for an alternate camp when camp registration opens for the public. There will be no “early bird” or “pre-registrations” allowed when cancelling one camp and wishing to enroll in an alternate camp. 
  • Campers may change from a working spot to auditing/logistics team member, or from auditor to logistics team member, under the following guidelines:
    • Changes received 60 days or more before the camp start date will be changed for a $25 administrative fee.
    • For changes between 60 and 30 days, the camper will receive a refund of 50% of the difference between the two registration fees.
    • Due to the nature of running a dog training camp changes from a working spot to an auditor/logistics team member spot received 30 days or fewer before the camp start date not receive a refund.
    • Campers with working spots that switch to auditing/logistics team member are subject to housing changes available to auditors. This may include switching from a single accommodation to multiple occupancy.
  • Female dogs in season will be permitted to participate in this camp. If a registered working dog comes in season the camper has a few options:
    • Option 1) Agree to attend camp under the females in season rules listed above.
    • Option 2) Bring a different qualified dog working at the same level
    • Option 3) Switch to auditor registration and receive a refund for 50% of the difference between the two registration fees
    • Option 4) The camper can cancel and be reimbursed per the general policy.
  • If a non-working dog comes into season the person must leave the dog home and will be reimbursed the additional dog fee (if applicable) minus a $25 admin fee or if the camper cancels the general refund policy above will apply.
  • Campers that have to leave early for their own reasons or are "No-shows” will not receive a refund.
  • Participants asked to leave the event/property by the camp director or lead instructors will not be refunded any part of the tuition.
    • Reasons for dismissal from camp may include, but are not limited to:
      • Dogs that are disruptive to other campers, dogs, the staff, or the facility
      • Dogs that exhibit aggression deemed unmanageable/unsafe by the staff for the camp environment
      • Dogs that cannot be safely managed and/or trained by their handler
      • Unresolved camper conflict or inappropriate behavior
      • Health issues, either canine or human, that may impact or endanger other dogs or campers
      • Health issues that negatively impact the dog’s emotional, mental or physical wellbeing
  • No part of the tuition fee will be refunded if the camp cannot take place or be completed by reason of fire, civil disturbances, an Act of God, public emergency, or any other cause beyond the control of the camp organizers.

Elite Group Campers – refund policy addendum (If applicable)

Campers who have paid a premium for the smaller working groups for dog and handler teams with Elite titles (5 working dogs vs. 8) are subject to the above refund and cancellation policies as well as the following refund and cancellation restrictions and adjustments if different from the general policy listed above. The adjusted policies are necessary as replacing an Elite camper has the potential to be more difficult and have more impact on the camp due to the nature of the smaller specialized group.

  • Elite Groups are subject to a $175 non-refundable, non-transferable cancellation fee. (vs. $100 for regular camp)
  • Elite Group Cancellations received 60 days or more before the camp start date will be refunded in full less the $175 non-refundable, non-transferable (neither to another person nor camp, event, seminar), cancellation fee.
  • Cancellations received between 60 and 30 days of the camp start date, will be refunded in full less the $175 non-refundable, non-transferable (neither to another person nor camp, event, seminar), cancellation fee ONLY IF Dogs of Course obtains a qualified ELITE working team that meets the replacement qualifications either on our wait list or through Dogs of Course marketing search 30 days before the start of camp. Campers will not be able to locate their own replacements. Campers may refer qualified candidates to Dogs of Course to be placed on the wait list. All replacement campers must come from the camp wait list and be approved by Dogs of Course.
  • Qualifications for Elite group replacement are:
    • The dog must have an Elite title at the time of registration.
    • The team can fit the previously requested housing assignment or an available option (i.e.... commuting)
    • The team meets the other requirements of being a K9 Nose Work Training Camp camper.
  • Cancellations received between 60 and 30 days of the camp start date, will be refunded 50% of the tuition after the $175 non-refundable, non-transferable, cancellation fee is deducted in the event that Dogs of Course makes a reasonable effort to recruit but cannot find a qualified replacement.
  • Cancellations received 30 days or fewer before the start of camp will not receive a refund nor be eligible for the replacement option stated above.
  • In the event that there are not enough Elite registrations to run the Elite Group 60 days before the start of camp, one of the following options will be offered:
    • Dogs of Course will create a smaller or larger working group of teams providing all the campers involved agree to make up the cost equivalent to 5 teams. A smaller group would pay more and a larger group would pay less per dog.
  • Alternately, the group will be cancelled and the affected parties can:
    • Receive a full refund without penalty or transfer to a regular camp working group of 8 teams that are training at the NW3 level.
    • Or run a dog other than the Elite dog at camp and be placed in the appropriate working group.
  • Voluntary changes (not due to low enrollment) from an Elite working spot to a regular working spot or auditing/logistics team member under the following guideline, providing Dogs of Course can fill the Elite vacancy or the remaining group members agree to pay the added cost for the vacancy:
    • Changes received 60 days or more before the camp start date will be changed for a $25 administrative fee.
    • For changes between 60 and 30 days of the camp start date, the camper will receive a refund of 50% of the difference between the two registration fees.
    • Voluntary cancellations 30 days or fewer before the start date will not receive a refund.

This policy applies to participants that must withdraw for ANY reason, including but not limited to injury, illness, emergency, and personal or work-related reasons. This policy is without exception.

If you have concerns about the cancellation/refund policy, please consider researching "Trip/Travel Insurance" options independently.

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Directions and Travel

URJ Camp Coleman
201 Camp Coleman Dr.
Cleveland, GA 30528

From Cleveland, GA (Drive time: 10 Min.)
Take LEFT onto Route 129 North in the center of Cleveland go approximately 7 miles, slow down when you approach mile marker 14. Immediately after passing mile marker 14, turn left into the camp entrance.

From Atlanta, GA (Drive time: 1 1/2 hours)
Take Interstate 75/85 North from Atlanta Airport (or points South). When you see signs for I-85 North and I-75 North (they spilt), take I-85 toward Greenville for just a short time and watch carefully for Exit 87*, GA 400 (easy to miss). Take GA 400 North all the way to North GA (over 1 hour). Shortly after the Premium Outlet Stores at Dawsonville, GA 400 ends and becomes Longbranch Road. Go straight onto Longbranch for 4.7 miles to a stop light at Route 52. Take a RIGHT onto Route 52 ( this road will become 115) toward Cleveland. Proceed approximately 13 miles to the center of Cleveland, Take LEFT onto Route 129 North in the center of Cleveland go approximately 7 miles, slow down when you approach mile marker 14. Immediately after passing mile marker 14, turn left into the camp entrance

**PLEASE NOTE**
Exit numbers change periodically; please refer to www.mapquest.com for the most up to date exit numbers

Airport: Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Atlanta, GA

Lodging: Click here for local hotel and campground information

Questions? Contact Dana Crevling at Crevling@dogsofcourse.com or leave a message at 508/529-3568 EST, 8am -7pm M-F. Messages will be returned within 2 business days.

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