Camp Information

K9NW Training Camp
JCC Perlstein Retreat Center

May 09, 2018 - May 14, 2018

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

About Camp

Camp: May 9 - 14, 2018: 4 full days, 5 nights (NOTE: May 13th is Mother's Day.)
K9 Nose Work Symposium Day: May 14, 2018: 1 day, 1 night
Details about the Symposium Day are below.

Campers Arrive:
Wednesday, May 9, 2018, between 3:00 - 5:00pm, dinner served.
Camp starts after dinner with required camper orientation (all campers, including commuters). 

Campers Leave:
Campers not attending the symposium leave on Monday morning, May 14, 2018, after breakfast. Campers staying for the symposium may leave Monday night, May 14, 2018, or Tuesday morning, May 15, 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.

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 four 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 ($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.)
  • Currently 10 dogs will be accepted to fill two working groups. Additional Elite groups may be added. (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 9, 2018 we will contact the Elite registrants with the option to: 1)  move to a regular camper group of 8 working NW3 level challenges, 2) run a smaller group with campers paying an additional fee, or 3) 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 and bathhouses, 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
36 CEUs for working spots
30 CEUs for auditors

CCPDT
12 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/from the dining hall 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.

JCC Perlstein Resort & Conference Center 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.

JCC Perlstein Resort & Conference Center 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 WI 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 limited 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/activities.
  • 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 beautiful Wisconsin Dells, Perlstein Retreat Center (and Camp) is easy to find with access right off Highway 23 and only 45 minutes from Madison, WI.  Situated on 620 acres, the terrain is flat and open with beautiful Lake Blass on site. The Perlstein Retreat housing offers more upscale amenities, while the camp area is dedicated for those looking to enjoy a cabin camping experience surrounded by nature and miles of hiking trails. 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: This is a walking camp. All campers’ cars will be parked in the Perlstein Retreat parking lots that may or may not be near housing or search areas. The terrain is relatively flat but includes uneven dirt roads, sidewalks, grass, and requires lots of walking to get from place to place. If you have mobility concerns, you are welcome to bring a personal scooter. (No personal golf carts, please.) 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. Remember that your dog and gear will probably be with you when you need to move your crate so a wagon or dolly could be helpful. 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, Perlstein Retreat Center will provide meal options for those with dairy and gluten allergies and for vegetarians/vegans. 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, General Information: Each camper requests the lodging that best meets her/his needs on a first come basis. There are a variety of options for lodging – private single or double rooms, single occupancy huts, multiple occupancy cabins, RV/Trailers or commuting/off site housing. Number, size, and special needs of dogs, or camper needs, may dictate the lodging accommodations options available.

Campers are encouraged to request roommates when possible.  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 that share cabins often bring ex-pens to divide the rooms. Campers with "friendly" dogs should expect that this may be required for your dog.

Owners of reactive or socially awkward dogs: We will have a number of single rooms and huts dedicated to reactive dog housing.  Depending on the number of reactive dogs attending camp, you should have a back-up 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.

Auditor and Logistics Team (helpers) accommodations are generally in the multiple occupancy cabins or private rooms (double) rooms if shared with a working camper.

Detailed Housing Descriptions:

Cabins (Multiple Occupancy/Standard Rate): Enjoy the full rustic sleep-over camping experience! Each cabin has a porch, electricity, wood floor, and built in single/twin bunk beds and wood cubbies for storage. Cabins are NOT heated or air conditioned.

Each large cabin has two bunkrooms. Each bunkroom will usually house 3 - 4 campers depending on size of the room and number of dogs each camper is bringing. Pick your own roommates and/or let us choose your roommate(s) for you.  Campers in the cabins use centrally located bathhouses or a shared bathroom in the middle of the building with access from the front porch. There are enough beds that nobody will need to be on a top bunk.

It is suggested that you bring an air mattress/padding for the bunks and a sleeping bag or electric blanket in case nights get cold. Linens are NOT included in the cabins, but linen rental is available for $20 for those unable to bring their own.

Private Cabins (Standard Plus - Multi): Savor the rustic camp experience as above, but YOU select the roommate(s) you want to share your bunkroom. This is a great option for up to 4 campers who want to “camp” together. We will not add unknown campers in the bunkroom so you will have it to yourselves. You must have a roommate(s) for this option and that person(s) must also want to share a private cabin and choose you as a roommate.

It is suggested that you bring an air mattress/padding for the bunks and a sleeping bag or electric blanket in case nights get cold. Linens are NOT included in the cabins, but linen rental is available for $20 for those unable to bring their own.

Private Hut (Standard Plus – Single): These 8’ x 8’ huts are a great option for campers who love to camp, but want a little bit of privacy for themselves or their dog. Due to the limited floor space, we recommend only one camper stay in each hut. The rustic huts have two built in single/twin bunk beds with 4” padding. They use the central bathhouse with the cabins. They do not have heat or air conditioning.

It is suggested that you bring an air mattress/padding for the bunks and a sleeping bag or electric blanket in case nights get cold. Linens are NOT included in the huts, but linen rental is available for $20 for those unable to bring their own.

Private Rooms (Premium Rate - Double and Premium Rate - Single): Enjoy the comfort of a private room or share with a friend or family member in one of the three lodges (Guest House, Levy Weiss and The Lodge) at the Perlstein Retreat Center section of camp. Just steps away from the dining room, parking lot, and lecture hall, these rooms are individually climate controlled (seasonal heating or AC) for more comfort. These cozy rooms are similar to a small moderate hotel chain room but without the appliances/electronics. You may request a particular lodge or to be in the same lodge as a friend but we cannot promise a specific location. If you are requesting a double, you must name a roommate when you register.

Levy Weiss: Overlook the forest and Blass Lake on your private or semi-private balcony in this lodge primarily for our campers with reactive dogs. Each of the 16 exterior corridor rooms (on 2 level has either 2 double beds or a queen and a bunk bed. Enjoy your own bath, heat, A/C and closet. The rooms have limited floor space, but are ideal for one person, a couple, or two people with 1 or 2 medium sized dogs total. Dogs must be kept on a short leash when entering and exiting the rooms from the outside wooden stairs and decks for safety.

The Guest House: Located in a high-traffic area and attached to the dining hall, this location is best for dogs that are not upset by noise, activity and foot traffic. Enjoy the beauty of Blass Lake through your sliding glass door or on the continuous deck that runs the length of the Guest House. The 14 exterior corridor climate controlled rooms have limited floor space, but are ideal for one person, a couple, or two people with 1 or 2 medium sized dogs total. Each room has a queen-sized bed and a twin-sized bunk along with a private bath.

The Lodge: Enjoy the community lounge and screened porch with other campers (no dogs in the lounge please). Best for non-reactive dogs, the 18 interior corridor rooms open either into a large lounge or just down the hallway. Most rooms have a queen, twin and bunk bed along with the private bath. A few rooms have 2 twins and a bunk bed. The rooms have limited floor space, but are ideal for one person, a couple, or two people with up to 2 dogs total. The lower level of The Lodge and nearby outside deck is also one of our hubs for searching.

RVs/Camper Trailers: A limited number of RVs/Camper trailers (approximately 6, 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. It is possible that RVs may be able to draw 15/20 amps of electricity from a nearby cabin or building with a long extension cord but this should not be counted on. 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 3:00PM – 4:30PM on Wednesday 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. Commuters should plan to crate dogs their dogs in their vehicle or an assigned commuter crating cabin 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 only. The commuter parking lot is near the dining hall, lecture space and lodges.  A partial list of area accommodations can be found below under “Directions and Travel.”

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Shopping

We hope to have a small camp store with fun Nose Work related items for you and your dog.

Video and Audio Taping 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 if instructor comments or other people and dogs are part of the video. 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.

Symposium  Day

Monday, May 14, 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 JCC Perlstein Resort & Conference Center on 5/14/2018. 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 and Instructors TBA. Registration will open soon.

 

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 WI 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.

 

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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.

Camp May 09, 2018 - May 14, 2018 before or on 2018-01-09 After 2018-01-09
Working, Standard Rate - Multi:

Multiple occupancy cabin, up to 4 campers with centrally located bathhouse or shared bath. No linens.

$1200.00 $1250.00
Working, Standard Rate Plus - Single:

Private hut for one person. 8' x 8' hut. Share bathhouse with the cabins. No linens

$1400.00 $1450.00
Working, Standard Rate Plus - Multi:

Private cabin, up to 4 campers who want to bunk together with centrally located bathhouse or shared bath. No linens.

Must indicate roommate/s names.

$1400.00 $1450.00
Working, Premium Rate - Single:

Single Rooms with bath and climate control in one of three buildings. All rooms include Linens.

Levy Weiss - reactive dogs

Guest House - non-reactive dogs only. This is in a high traffic area. Full. Wait list for Guest House.

Lodge - best for non-reactive dogs. Community lounge and screen porch

 

$1650.00 $1700.00
Working, Premium Rate - Multi:

Double Rooms with bath and climate control in one of three buildings. All rooms include Linens. Rooms are small, so best for a couple or friends with dogs that know each other well. MUST indicate roommate's name.

Levy Weiss - reactive dogs

Guest House - non-reactive dogs only. This is in a high traffic area. Full. Wait list for Guest House.

Lodge - best for non-reactive dogs. Community lounge and screen porch

$1550.00 $1600.00
Working, Commuter Rate:

Stay offsite and commute to camp each day.

$1200.00 $1250.00
Working, RV Rate:

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

$1200.00 $1250.00
Auditor, Standard Rate:

Multiple occupancy cabin, up to 4 campers with centrally located bathhouse or shared bath. No linens.

$700.00 $750.00
Auditor, Standard Rate Plus:

Private cabin, up to 4 campers who want to bunk together with centrally located bathhouse or shared bath. No linens.

Must indicate roommate/s names.

$850.00 $900.00
Auditor, Premium Rate:

Available only if roommate is a working camper w/dog.

Double Rooms with bath and climate control in one of three buildings. All rooms include Linens. Rooms are small, so best for a couple or for friends with dogs that know each other well. MUST indicate roommate's name.

Levy Weiss - reactive dogs

Guest House - non-reactive dogs only. This is in a high traffic area. Full. Wait list for Guest House.

Lodge - best for non-reactive dogs. Community lounge and screen porch

$1000.00 $1050.00
Auditor, Commuter Rate:

Stay off site and commute to camp each day.

$700.00 $750.00
Auditor, RV Rate:

Available only if staying with a working camper. No auditor-occupied only RVs allowed.

$700.00 $750.00
Helper, Standard Rate:

Please contact Bonnie (see webpage) before registering.

$400.00 $400.00
Helper, Commuter Rate:

Contact Bonnie before registering. Logistics Team member staying offsite.

$400.00 $400.00
Additional Charges before or on 2018-01-09 After 2018-01-09
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. $20.00 $20.00

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 - February 9, 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.

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.

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Cancellation and Refund Policy

2018 WI 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

JCC Perlstein Retreat Center
Nixon Road
Lake Delton, WI 53940

From Interstate 90 (E or W)

  • Take Exit 89 (Lake Delton/Reedsburg exit)
  • Exit east towards Lake Delton
  • Follow Highway 23 and make a left onto Wisconsin Dells Parkway (traffic light)
  • After approximately 1/2 miles, turn left on Newsome (at the Citgo Gas Station/Subway)
  • Turn right onto Clara Avenue
  • Perlstein will be on your left around the bend. Please drive slowly as there may be wildlife (particularly deer) who may be in the road.


Pet Friendly Hotels near JCC Perlstein Retreat 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.

Baker's Sunset Bay, 921 Canyon Rd., Wisconsin Dells (approx 2miles from camp)
Phone: 608-254-8406; Dog Fees: $15/pet/day
Room Rate: from $70

All Star Value Inn, 1311 Broadway, Wisconsin Dells (approx. 5 miles away)
Phone: 608-253-2784 Dog Fees: $20/pet/day
Room Rate: from $50

Super 8, 811 N. Frontage Rd., Wisconsin Dells (approx. 5 miles away) - poor reviews, use caution
Phone: 606-678-3876; Dog Fees: $20/pet/day
Room Rate: from $50

Camping
Mirror Lake Stare Park, E10320 Fern Dell Rd, Baraboo, WI (just 5 minutes from camp)
Phone: 608-254-2333; Dogs allowed
Rate: $30/night

Airports:

  • Dane County, Madison, WI; 1 hour away
  • Minneapolis-Saint Paul International, Minneapolis, MN: 3 hours away
  • Milwaukee, WI - 130 miles away
  • Green Bay, WI - 128 miles away


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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