Camp Information

K9 Nose Work Training Camp
CYJ Texas Retreat & Conference Center
at Camp Young Judaea

January 18, 2018 - January 22, 2018

About Camp - Additional Participant Requirements & Information - Dog Attendance Policy - Location and Accommodations - 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

Join us for our first camp in Texas! We have plenty of working spots for teams that are on odor from pre-competition through NW3. Stay on the property in very nice climate controlled cabins with a group of friends or we will match you up with other campers.

 

Camp: January 18 - 22, 2018: 3.5 days, 4 nights
K9 Nose Work Symposium Day: January 22, 2018: 1 day, 1 night

Campers Arrive:
Thursday, January 18, 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, January 22, 2018, after breakfast. Campers staying for the symposium may leave Monday night, January 22, 2018, or Tuesday morning, January 23, 2018 after breakfast.

Camp Size:
Current limit up to 95 working campers plus auditing campers and Logistics Team Members. Approximately 8 campers per regular working group and 5 campers per Elite working group.

Photo by Karen Ogden. Copyright 2015What 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.

Photo by Karen Ogden. Copyright 2015Instructing 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: FULL. Join the wait list below.
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.

Our current Elite Groups are full but we are happy to add another group if we get enough campers interested. Add your name to the wait list for being an Elite Group camper. Lots of attention with just five campers per group!

 

There is an additional fee ($595) 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, November 18, 2017 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, containers, and chairs
  • Move crates and equipment to designated areas each day
  • Assist instructors as needed
  • Camp clean up and pack up supplies
  • Driving van/golf cart
  • Be flexible as duties often arise in response to the needs of the camp
  • Work as a team with other Logistics Team Members

Logistics Team Members will enjoy:

  • Auditing the camp sessions
  • Reduced tuition for camp and the Symposium day.
  • May bring ONE people and dog friendly, quiet dog to work (dog must be on at least birch odor; no beginners) in four 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 session or attending the alternate activity.
  • All meals and housing in multiple occupancy cabins or you may commute if preferred 

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
35.75 CEUs

CCPDT
14 CEUs for CPDT-KA/KSA

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.

CYJ Texas Retreat & Conference Center at Camp Young Judaea 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.

CYJ Texas Retreat & Conference Center at Camp Young Judaea keeps a kosher kitchen. Campers must not bring any food or non-kosher wine into the dining hall.

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 TX 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

Located in the beautiful Hill Country town of Wimberley, CYJ – Texas is just 40 minutes south of Austin and 1 hour from San Antonio. Situated on 240 acres of gently rolling terrain with a 5-acre lake, a wealth of oak trees and dawn-grazing deer, CYJ Texas provides a modern retreat experience in a camp-like atmosphere. Located just minutes to shopping and hotels but serene and private for your special camp experience with your dog. This is a perfect setting for lots of nose work fun with an abundance of inside and outside training opportunities.

IMPORTANT PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: CYJ Texas is a walking facility. All campers’ cars will be parked in perimeter lots that may or may not be near housing or search areas. This includes commuter campers. The terrain is relatively flat butt includes uneven dirt roads, sidewalks, grass, and requires lots of walking to get from place to place. We will have a team of camp helpers (Logistics Team) that will pick up and deliver crates and folding camp chairs 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 Logistics Team will assist when possible.  Campers need to be in good physical condition and able to walk with their dog and their training gear to and from all locations as well as up to a ten minute walk to and from the dining room.

Food: Campers and staff eat together in the large kosher dining hall. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served in the dining hall at designated times. The menu will consist of healthy, filling food for omnivores as well as vegetarians. With one month advance notice, CYJ Retreat and Conference Center will provide meal options for those with dairy and gluten allergies. We are sorry, but we cannot cater to more specific dietary restrictions. Outside food and non-kosher wine is not allowed in the dining hall due to requirements of keeping a kosher kitchen.

Lodging:

Important Note: Each of our camps are slightly different depending on the location. This particular K9 Nose Work® Training Camp is a combined sleepover/daycamp so some campers will live off site and commute while others will stay on the property.  Lodging on the property is limited and campers may need to plan on commuting if we cannot get you into the housing you request. We will shut down housing registration options as they fill, but your registration might go through if you have the page cached or you've started filling out the registration form before we can close the housing selection. We will have a wait list for housing, so even if you need to commute when you register, ask to be on the wait list for the housing of your choice.

There are four options for lodging – private single or double rooms, multiple occupancy cabins, RV/Trailers or commuting/off site housing. Beds in the cabins are twin or single bunk beds. In the private single/double rooms there will be either a queen size bed and a twin or 2 twin beds. CYJ Texas is scheduled to build additional single/double rooms before our camp dates. If the building is ready for occupancy, we will offer those accommodations to campers on our housing wait lists. Some of these rooms will be reserved for reactive dogs..

All housing is heated and air-conditioned with some rooms/bunk rooms sharing a thermostat. Linens are provided in the private single/double rooms and are available for an extra fee in the cabins if the camper is not able to bring her/his own. The cabin linen service is $15. Linen will include: towels, a set of sheets, pillows with pillowcase and a blanket.

Each camper requests the lodging that best meets her/his needs on a first come basis. There are a limited number of private single/double rooms with their own bathroom. The single rooms are best for one or two adults and one or two large dogs due to limited floor space available for crating and movement. Or enjoy the full camp experience and bunk in a multiple occupancy cabin. Each cabin has two bunk rooms with its own bathroom. In general there will be three to four people in a bunk room and six to eight per cabin. While the beds in the cabins are all bunk beds, no one will be required to sleep in a top bunk. Number, size, and special needs of dogs, or camper needs, may dictate the lodging accommodations options available.

Owners of reactive or socially awkward dogs: We currently do NOT have on-site single or double housing for reactive dogs. However, CYJ Texas is scheduled to build additional single/double rooms before our camp dates. If the building is ready for occupancy, we will offer those accommodations to campers on our housing wait lists. Some of these rooms will be reserved for reactive dogs.You should plan to commute, unless you will be staying in a cabin with friends who know you and your dog and are comfortable with the arrangements. Campers are encouraged to request roommates and it is suggested that all campers know you and your dog.  

It will be up to each camper to work with her/his roommate(s) 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.

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

Housing options are described in detail below:

Cabins (multiple occupancy/Standard Rate): Enjoy the full sleep-over camping experience! Each cabin has two bunk rooms and will house 3-4 campers depending on size of the room. The cabins have bunk beds with single/twin size bedding. They are heated and air conditioned and have a full bath with showers on each side. Pick your own roommates or let us choose your roommate for you. Linens are NOT included in the cabins. You are encouraged to bring your own linens, but linen rental is available for $15.

Private Rooms (double/Standard Plus or single/Premium): There are a limited number of private rooms available for single occupancy or double occupancy. These rooms will fill on a first come basis. They are heated and air conditioned. Linens ARE included if you stay in a private room. Bring a sheet from home to cover the bed and other furniture.  If you are requesting a double, you must name a roommate when you register. Most of the rooms have their own baths. A few of the rooms have Jack and Jill baths - sharing the bathroom between two adjacent rooms.  Note: CYJ Texas is scheduled to build additional single/double rooms before our camp dates. If the building is ready for occupancy, we will offer those accommodations to campers on our housing wait lists.

    
   

RVs/Camper Trailers: A limited number of RVs/Camper trailers (4-5, depending on size of rig) are welcome; however, they MUST be self-contained. The camp does NOT have water or electrical hook-ups or a dump station. The RV sites may be in busy areas so please expect dogs and people walking by and the probability of classes being run in the general area. For safety reasons, no outside ex-pens or tie outs are allowed. Dogs must be walked on leash. Additional non-working dog fees also apply to people staying in RV's. RV's must arrive between 9:30 and 11:00am on Thursday so we have the staffing to get the vehicle settled. No late arrivals. No exceptions. Two dogs per registered working camper. If you are bringing more than three dogs, you will need approval from Dana Crevling.

Commuters:  Campers are welcome to commute to camp each day. The cost for commuters is the same as campers staying in multiple occupancy cabins and includes all meals and all activities. Commuters are responsible for locating and making their own sleeping arrangements. Parking will be at the edge of camp in a designated parking area. A cabin will be reserved for commuters to crate dogs that are quiet and friendly during meals and lectures. Reactive dogs or dogs that do not acclimate well to being crated with other strange dogs should plan to crate in the owner's vehicle.  A partial list of area accommodations can be found below under “Directions and Travel.”

 

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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 may have a professional photographer at camp.

K9 Nose Work Symposium

Monday, January 22, 2018
9:00am – 4:30 pm (approx. time)
Fee: $225
Tuition includes three meals for all attendees and overnight lodging (if staying on site) at Camp Young Judaea on 1/22/2018. 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.

Join us for the whole day! Start with breakfast at camp at 8:00AM and join us for dinner at 6pm if you wish.

Workshop hours: 9:00 ­ 4:00/4:30pm

Workshop Presenters: Ron Gaunt and Jill Marie O¹Brien

Each instructor will teach 1/2 day.

You will attend both instructors' presentations, switching locations after lunch.

The Ins and Outs of Hide Placement for Training Dog and Handler

Understanding hide placement is a critical piece of the equation in training all K9 Nose Work® dogs. From the first exposure of foundation box work with primary through national competition preparation, the search dog learns by identifying and solving scent problems. So, it is important for the owner/trainer and instructor to set training scenarios that allow the dog to do his own learning at the rate appropriate for his experience level and maximize exposure to different scent pictures. Simultaneously, our job is to learn how the dog needs to work each problem through close observation and thoughtful evaluation, to gain more information about what is happening with odor in the search, and how it impacts each dog. This day will further your understanding of how to use strategic hide placement to increase learning and create a confident working dog.

This format of the Symposium Day will be a demo-based, hands-on interactive session that will include planning, real-time evaluation of different dogs working odor problems and post-search analysis of the results. The hides and dogs will guide the conversation and your learning.

Camp offers us a unique opportunity to explore a variety of hide placement puzzles and solutions. Depending upon the camp set-up, camper make-up, and availability of resources, you can expect to observe interior and/or exterior hide placement, training lessons and search strategies.

  • Tuition includes three meals and overnight lodging (if you are already staying on site as a regular camper) on 1/22/2018. Breakfast is served the following morning before campers leave.
  • Tuition for Symposium Day Attendees who did not attend camp will also include three meals PLUS a copy of the Camper Book of Exercises, created by our Camp Instructors and packed with great training exercises for you and your dog.

 

2018 TX 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.

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

Continuing Education Credits for 2018 Symposium Day
  6.5 CEUs from IAABC 

3.5 CEUs from CCPDT for CPDT-KA/KSA

6 CEUs from NACSW for CNWI

Click here for the Symposium Day Registration page 

2018 TX 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. All campers MUST be at least 18 years old by the start date of camp.

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. See housing wait list buttons at end of this section to write us on your preferences.

Camp January 18, 2018 - January 22, 2018 before or on 2017-09-18 After 2017-09-18
Working, Standard Rate - Multi:

Multiple Occupancy Cabin; 3-4 people in a heated/AC cabin bunk room with shared bathroom. Enough bunk beds for all to have a lower bunk. Limited floor space. Linens extra. Check the Linens box if would like the camp to provide linens.

Dog friendly dogs only due to community living unless roommates are known and agree. Reactive dog owners can go on waitlist for private housing scheduled to be built or should commute.

Please tell us the name(s) if you have requested roommate(s)

$1195.00 $1245.00
Working, Standard Rate Plus - Multi:

Private Room/Private Bath/Interior Entry. One queen bed and one bunk bed for 2 people with one or two dogs. Heat and A/C. Limited floor space so crates may have to be stacked. 

Dog friendly dogs ONLY due to narrow hallway interior entry. Reactive dog owners can go on waitlist for private housing scheduled to be built.

Please tell us the name of your roommate

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$1395.00

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$1445.00
Working, Premium Rate - Single:

Private Single Room/Private Bath/Interior Entry. One queen bed and one bunk bed for 1 person with one or two dogs. Heat and A/C. Limited floor space so crates may have to be stacked.

Dog friendly dogs ONLY due to narrow hallway interior entry. Reactive dog owners can go on waitlist for private housing scheduled to be built.

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$1495.00

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$1545.00
Working, Commuter Rate:

Stay offsite and commute to camp each day.

$1195.00 $1245.00
Working, RV Rate:

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

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$1195.00

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$1245.00
Auditor, Standard Rate:

Multiple Occupancy Cabin; 3-4 people in a heated/AC cabin bunk room with shared bathroom. Enough bunk beds for all to have a lower bunk. Limited floor space.

Please tell us the name(s) if you have requested roommate(s)

$795.00 $845.00
Auditor, Standard Rate Plus:

**Available only if other occupant is a working camper. Private Room/Private Bath/Interior Entry. One queen bed and one bunk bed for 2 people with one or two dogs. Heat and A/C. Limited floor space so crates may have to be stacked. 

Dog friendly dogs ONLY due to narrow hallway interior entry. Reactive dog owners can go on waitlist for private housing scheduled to be built.

Please tell us the name of your roommate

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$995.00

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$1045.00
Auditor, Commuter Rate:

Stay off site and commute to camp each day.

$795.00 $845.00
Helper, Standard Rate:

Multiple Occupancy Cabin; 3-4 people in a heated/AC cabin bunk room with shared bathroom. Enough bunk beds for all to have a lower bunk. Limited floor space. Linens extra. Check the Linens box if would like the camp to provide linens.

Dog friendly dogs only due to community living unless roommates are known and agree. Reactive dog owners can go on waitlist for private housing scheduled to be built or should commute. 

Please tell us the name(s) if you have requested roommate(s)

$350.00 $350.00
Helper, Commuter Rate:

L Team. Stay offsite and commute daily

$350.00 $350.00
Additional Charges before or on 2017-09-18 After 2017-09-18
Elite Group at Camp - Additional fee for smaller group. $595.00 $595.00
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. $15.00 $15.00

Registration ends at 5:00pm EST on November 18, 2017 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 - October 18, 2017.
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.

Auditing is available. The number of auditor spots will be limited to approximately 20-25.

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 before registering.

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

Housing Wait List: Single rooms, double rooms (Standard Plus) and RV accomodations are currently full but we are happy to add you to the wait list. The camp is planning to build new lodging with single and double rooms that we expect will be available in time for camp so many people will get their first choice in housing. When you register, tell us, in the housing section if you want to be on the single room and/or the double room wait list or click on the button below to write us. 

 

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Cancellation and Refund Policy

2018 TX 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

CYJ Texas Retreat & Conference Center
Camp Young Judaea Rd
Wimberley, TX 78676

From the North  (Austin, TX)
Get on TX-1 Loop S  
Take E Hwy 290 to Ranch Rd 12 S in Dripping Springs
Continue on Ranch Rd 12 S. Drive to Camp Young Judaea Rd in Woodcreek

From the East (Houston, TX)
Get on I-45 N
Follow I-10 W to US-183 N/E Pierce St in Luling. Take exit 632 from I-10 W
Get on I-35 S in San Marcos from TX-80 N
Continue on I-35 S to Interstate 35 Frontage Rd. Take exit 202 from I-35 S

From the West (Arizona, New Mexico)
Get on I-10 E
Follow I-10 E to US-290 E in Kimble County. Take exit 477 from I-10 E
Continue on US-290 E. Take RM 1888 E, Farm to Market 165 E and FM2325 to Camp Young Judaea Rd in Woodcreek
Take Ranch Rd 12 to Camp Young Judaea Rd in Woodcreek
 

Pet Friendly Hotels near CYJ Texas Retreat & Conference Center

If you are bringing a dog, CHECK PET POLICIES BEFORE MAKING RESERVATIONS! Make sure you understand ALL the fees and restrictions. Policies and rates may change.

La Quinta Inn & Suites Kyle, 18869 IH-35, Kyle TX 78640 (approx. 23 miles)
Phone: 512-295-5599; Dog Fees: no pet fee
Room Rate: 100+

La Quinta Inn and Suites Austin, 4424 S MoPac Expry, Austin TX 78735 (approx. 31 miles away)
Phone: 512-899-3000; Dog Fees: no pet fee
Room Rate: $100+

Candlewood Suites, 600 Wonder World Dr, San Marcos TX 78666 (approx. 20 miles away)
Phone: 512-749-1717; Dog Fees: $25/pet/night max 150 per stay
Room Rate: $100+

Red Roof Inn, 817 I-35 N, San Marcos, TX 78666 (approx. 20 miles away)
Phone: 512-754-8899; Dog Fees: No pet fee
Room Rate: $50+

Wimberley RV Park, 300 FM 3237, Wimberley, TX 78676 (approx. 4.5 miles away)
Phone: 512-847-2587; Dog Fees: no pet fee
Rate: $27+

Cottonwood Creek RV Park, 2951 Farm to Market 165, Dripping Springs TX 78620 (approx. 21 miles away)
Phone: 512-858-0321; Dog Fee: no pet fee
Rate: $45+

Cypress Creek Cottages, 104 Scudder Ln, Wimberley TX 78676 (approx. 2.5 miles away)
Phone: 512-847-5950; Dog Fee: $10 VIP pet fee per night
Rate: $139+

Airports:

  • Austin-Bergstrom International, Approximately 1 hour, 42 miles
  • San Antonio International, 1 hour and 15 minutes, 54 -62 miles depending on route to camp chosen


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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