Camp Information

K9 Nose Work Training Camp
Camp Westmont

September 04, 2015 - September 07, 2015

We are sorry, this course is closed at this time

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

About Camp

All working and spots are filled. Contact Bonnie to be placed on the wait list. We need to build a wait list of approximately 25 people.

Camp: Friday, September 4, 2015 - Monday, September 7, 2015: 3.5 days, 4 nights
Symposium Day: September 8, 2015: 1 day, 1 night

Campers Arrive:
Friday morning between 10AM - 11AM, September 4, 2015. Camp starts after lunch. There will be seminars or activities in the afternoon and required orientation.

Campers Leave:
Tuesday morning, September 8, 2015, after breakfast.
Campers staying for the Symposium Day leave Wednesday morning, September 9, 2015, after breakfast.

Yukon and KarenWhat 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) have created this three and a half day NACSW approved 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®, and to provide a model for effective instruction for current and future nose work instructors.

This all-inclusive sleepover 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, introducing additional odors, all levels of exteriors, interiors, container and vehicle searches, improving skills for dogs already working the four required elements, competition preparation and rules, handler skills, leash handling techniques, understanding how to read the dogs, trouble shooting and a variety of other necessary skills, PLUS loads of fun and camaraderie.

We work with dogs that are already on Birch odor from novices preparing to compete to dogs that have earned titles at all levels. Each dog and handler team will be grouped with other similar level participants to maximize learning and progress during camp. All dogs will be working on Birch. Anise and Clove will be used depending on the level of the group. Only one working dog per working participant. Approximately 8 campers per 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 three 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 link to learn about the instructors for this camp.

New to Nose Work:
People without nose work experience are encouraged to come to camp as auditors or helpers 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 K9 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 K9 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 Amy with the classes with instructors versed in the K9 Nose Work® methodology. Dogs MUST have at least 12 weeks of class (or organized practices) and be on birch odor for at least 6 weeks. Foundation skills need to 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 needs to 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.

Dog Training Instructors:
Camp is a great way for current and future K9 Nose Work® 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.

If you are currently teaching K9 Nose Work® classes, camp provides an opportunity to deepen your knowledge and skills, learn the newest techniques, and understand the 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.

For instructors that would like to be certified with the NACSW™, camp will help you reach that goal as we run the required and suggested foundation seminars at camp in 2015 - Intro to Nose Work and Intro to Odor. You will also learn about how all four elements are trained which is necessary for certification. Participation in camp will not meet all the requirements but will give you a great start.

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.

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 cabins available when camp registration closes auditors may upgrade. Please contact Dana if you have questions.

Commuters: Campers that prefer to commute from home or an area hotel are welcome at camp. 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.

Camp Logistics Team (Helpers): We need several more camp helpers for this camp! Read information below and contact Bonnie for full details.
If you would like to audit and attend camp at a reduced rate, please read carefully the information below. Camp Helpers 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.

Helper duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Prepare camp: Check cabins, put up signage, assemble camper bags, set-up camp store and office
  • Assist with camper registration/check in and parking
  • Collect/label/sort/deliver camper crates, x-pens, gates, tents, and chairs
  • Assist instructors as needed
  • Camp clean up and pack up supplies
  • Driving van/golf cart
  • Work as a team with other helpers
  • May bring ONE friendly dog to work in the Helpers working sessions or as a companion

In exchange for working, “Helpers” pay a reduced rate and are eligible to audit all camp sessions. We will do our best to arrange work so helpers can audit camp sessions without interruption.
Please contact Bonnie for an information packet to help you decide if this is a job for you.

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

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


Camp Size:
Current limit is approximately 96 working campers plus auditing campers and helpers. Working groups will be about eight teams but may include up to nine teams depending on the dog's overall training level.

Continuing Education Credits for 2015:

35.75 CEUs from IAABC for Working Spots
27 CEUs from IAABC for Auditors
6 CEUS from IAABC for Symposium Day

25 CEUs for CPDT-KA/KSA for Camp (working spots and auditors)
6 CEUs for CPDT-KA/KSA for the Symposium Day

6 CEUs for CNWI for Camp
2 CEUs for CNWI for the Symposium Day

Check out our 2011 camp video on You Tube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mMeMXVwjBQ

Check out the 2013 Colorado camp slide show on You Tube:
http://youtu.be/zQu_tM5eM-s

"I just wanted to thank all of you for a wonderful experience at the GA camp. It was my first visit to a nose work camp and my dog and I had a incredible time.  In addition, I wanted to let you know that directly following camp, we trialed in Fishkill,NY where we were the only dog/handler team to title NW3 on Sunday!

I REALLY did pay attention to ALL of your advice

I certainly hope our paths will cross again in the not too distant future!"

Carol Noriega and Copper NW3 - 2014 GA NW Camp

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Activities and Topics

You can expect a full day of Nose Work activities as well as an evening event.

Topics/Activities May Include*:
  • What is Nose Work?
     
  • Getting Started
     
  • Box Work
     
  • Container Drills - Beginner through Competition
     
  • Building Desire to Search Independently
     
  • Search Patterns
     
  • Proper Use of the Reinforcer
     
  • Interior Searches - Beginner through Competition
     
  • Exterior Searches - Beginner through Competition
     
  • Vehicle Searches - Beginner through Competition
     
  • Leash Handling
  • Blind Searches - When and Why
     
  • How to Set-up Hides to Maximize Training
     
  • Problem Solving
     
  • Understanding Odor in the Environment
     
  • Introducing Odors
     
  • Understanding Nose Work Competition
     
  • Preparing for Competition
     
  • Strategic Handling
     
  • Sniff and Go/Mock Trial Practice
     
  • Optional Activities
     
  • Evening Activities

*Topics to be covered and number of instructors are subject to adjustment based on the number of attendees and the overall training levels of the teams present.

Location and Accommodations

Camp Westmont is nestled in the heart of the magnificent Pocono Mountains in Wayne County, PA just 2.5 hours from New York City and centrally located for easy access from a variety of other metropolitan areas. Situated on 325 acres of gently rolling hills with a spectacular 100 acre lake, open fields, and hiking trails (on leash please), Westmont provides a perfect setting for nose work fun. Camp Westmont has a number of buildings for inside training as well as an abundance of outside space for exterior and vehicle search education.

Campers and staff eat together in the dining hall and stay on the property. 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. We are sorry but we can not cater to specific dietary restrictions and suggest campers that have special needs supplement the meals as needed.

Each camper requests the lodging that best meets her/his needs on a first come basis. There are a number of compact single rooms with their own small private bathroom. The single rooms are best for one adult and one or two dogs due to very limited floor space and will likely require stacking crates. Or enjoy the full summer camp experience and bunk in a multiple occupancy cabin with shared bathroom facilities. Most cabins have two bunk rooms for each shared community bathroom. Please note that bunk rooms do not have doors to separate them from the washroom facilities so campers will need to provide an ex-pen, baby gate, or other barrier to keep dogs in the sleeping area and limit them from wandering into the bathroom or other bunkroom in the cabin. In general there will be three to four people in a bunk room and six to eight per cabin. Campers may request roommates. If two or more campers want to be guaranteed a bunkroom (or a couple in a single room) all to themselves, the pricing is considered "standard plus occupancy". Number, size, and special needs of dogs, or camper needs, may dictate the lodging accommodations options available. Owners of reactive or socially awkward dogs should have "premium" (single) occupancy unless rooming with friends that can accommodate the dog's spatial requirements.

The housing at Camp Westmont is rustic. Campers should expect very basic amenities. Campers that prefer more up-scale accommodations are welcome to commute to camp each day. The fee for day campers would be the same as standard (multiple) occupancy housing.

Campers are expected to bring their own linens. A linen service is available for an additional fee of $25 for those that are flying or using public transportation to camp and are unable to bring their own. Linen will include: three towels, a set of sheets with pillowcases and a blanket. Beds in the cabins are twins and in the single rooms are queen size.

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RV Policy

A limited number of RVs 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 there might be limited electricity (10Amp) that can be taken from the buildings at some parking locations. RV owners should plan to bring 50 -100 feet of electrical cord and other equipment needed for plugging in.

The RV sites are in busy areas so please expect dogs and people walking by and the probability of classes being run in the general area. If you would like a more remote location we will do our best to accommodate you if you tell us at least two weeks ahead of time. In that case you must be self contained. We will assign a location for each RV ahead of time.

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

Additional non-working dog fees also apply to people staying in RV's. Two dogs per registered working camper.

Participant Requirements & Information

Campers must be at least 18 years old.

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. The camp is large and the main camp is slightly hilly in places. Expect that walking from one end of camp to another will take 10-15 minutes.

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 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 light weight and easy to carry. A small dolly or a crate cart is suggested.

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

Alcohol is strictly prohibited when working dogs or attending classes.

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

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Dog Attendance Policy

2015 PA K9 Nose Work® Training Camp Dog Attendance Policy

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 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.

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.
  • 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' do not generally make good candidates for camp.

Dogs that CANNOT be accommodated at camp:

  • Dogs that are reactive (or need special accomodations) 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.
  • 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 about people approaching must wear a red bandana and have a bandana tied to his/her crate (or car) to help communicate the dog's needs.
  • 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 are not allowed on the property. See refund policy 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.
  • 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.

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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Shopping

We have Nose Work related items for sale including clothing and supplies.

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. 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 acceptable 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.

Symposium Day

Tuesday, September 8, 2015
8:30am – 4:45 pm
Fee: $220

Tuition includes three meals and overnight lodging at Camp Westmont on 9/8/2015. Breakfast is served the following morning before campers leave.

This Education Day is for Camp Westmont Campers only.  The Sympsoium Day includes all three topics listed below. You do not need to pick and choose; you will attend all sessions.

The intent of this day is to provide additional education for all K9NW enthusiasts, instructors, and handlers to increase skills and knowledge. The day will include three different topics taught by the K9 Nose Work founders. It is open to all camp participants. Continuing education credits will be granted for all Certified Nose Work Instructors.

Click here to register for the Symposium Day

Understanding Hide Placement
Seminar Presenter: Ron Gaunt NACSW Co-Founder
Time: ½ day

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 maximizes 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 session will further your understanding of how to use strategic hide placement to increase learning and create a confident working dog.

Join Ron for this hands-on interactive session that includes breakout groups, setting hides, 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.

Anatomy of the Search
Seminar Presenter: Jill Marie O’Brien NACSW Co-Founder
Time: Approximately ¼ of the day

A successful search is made up of many components. Both dog and handler need to have a full array of fundamental skills in their training toolbox. Knowing when to use each skill or approach is dependent on the search environment and phase of the search. This presentation will delve into the anatomy of the search and how to create the most effective trial experience possible using all the skills at your disposal.

Jill Marie will discuss thresholds, detailing, coverage, perimeters, presentation, timing, and more. By examining the anatomy of the search, we can more clearly see the individual parts, their relationships, and how they function. This can make the difference between walking out with success or wondering what was needed to leave with a “yes”.

Taking the Lead: Optimizing your Leash Handling
Seminar Presenter: Amy Herot NACSW Co-Founder
Time: Approximately ¼ of the day

The partnership between you and your canine companion has both an emotional and physical tether.  The leash is your physical connection when your dog is searching and is a critical tool of working efficiently. Should the leash be short or long? Heavy weight or a light line? Attached to a collar or harness? Restrictive or forgiving? Used all the time or only when required? Is the leash communicating that you are controlling the search or is it your dog? Even the removal of the leash has its place in communication and efficiency for the search. So how do you know what type of leash handling strategy to apply?

Leash handling is a fluid skill that evolves through the course of your dog’s training levels and often needs adjustments as dogs gain more experiences and as competitive handlers move through the NW1, 2 and 3 levels. What was once a useful leash handling technique may now be counterproductive to the team.

Through lecture, video, and interactive exercises, Taking the Lead will explore types of leashes used, choosing the right leash for the job, and leash technique and management in the search. Handlers will learn to better evaluate the search scenario and determine what’s needed for their dog’s style, breed type, size, and experience.

This presentation offers tips and strategies for both the competition handler and the K9NW enthusiast. Unleash the possibilities!

2015 PA Camp Symposium Day Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation and Refund policy is as follows:

  • Cancellations received on or before July 4, 2015 will be refunded less the $25 non-refundable deposit.
  • Cancellations after July 4, 2015 and on or before August 4, 2015 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 after August 4, 2015 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.

Camp Tuition and Registration

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

All working spots are filled. Contact Bonnie at Dogs_of_course@comcast.net to be placed on the wait list. We need to build a wait list of approximately 25 people.

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 September 04, 2015 - September 07, 2015 before or on 2015-05-04 After 2015-05-04
Working, Standard Rate - Multi:

Multiple Occupancy Cabin; 3-4 people in an unheated cabin bunkroom with shared bathroom.

Waitlist only for working spots

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$875.00

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$925.00
Working, Standard Rate Plus - Multi:

Private bunkroom with shared bathroom for 2 or more people who want their own cabin bunkroom. Unheated cabin. Limited number, first come basis.

This housing choice is full.

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$975.00

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$1025.00
Working, Premium Rate - Single:

Private Single Room/Private Bath/Exterior Entry. One double or queen bed for 1 or 2 people. One or two dogs. Rooms are small, so crates may have to be stacked.

This housing choice is full.

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$975.00

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$1025.00
Working, Premium Rate - Multi:

Private Single Room/Private Bath/Exterior Entry. One double or queen bed for 1 or 2 people. One or two dogs. Rooms are small, so crates may have to be stacked.

This housing choice is full.

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$975.00

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$1025.00
Working, Commuter Rate:

Waitlist only for working spots.

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$875.00

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$925.00
Working, RV Rate:

RVs must be self-contained. No hook ups. This housing choice is full.

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$875.00

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$925.00
Auditor, Standard Rate:

Multiple Occupancy Cabin; 3-4 people in an unheated cabin bunkroom with shared bathroom.

$600.00 $650.00
Auditor, Standard Rate Plus:

**Available only if other occupant is a working camper.
Private bunkroom with shared bathroom for 2 or more people who want their own cabin bunkroom. Unheated cabin. Limited number, first come basis.

This housing choice is full.

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$650.00

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$700.00
Auditor, Premium Rate:

**Available only if other occupant is a working camper.
Private Single Room/Private Bath/Exterior Entry. One double or queen bed for 1 or 2 people. One or two dogs. Rooms are small, so crates may have to be stacked.

This housing choice is full.

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$750.00

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$800.00
Auditor, Commuter Rate:

$600.00 $650.00
Auditor, RV Rate:

RVs must be self-contained. No hook ups. This housing choice is full.

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$600.00

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$650.00
Helper, Standard Rate:

Multiple Occupancy Cabin; 3-4 people in an unheated cabin bunkroom with shared bathroom.

Only register as a Camp Helper if you have been approved/accepted

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$250.00

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$250.00
Additional Charges before or on 2015-05-04 After 2015-05-04
Additional dog fee, for more than 2 dogs:
One additional dog (total of three dogs)
Only for working participants, auditors cannot bring dogs.
$80.00 $80.00
Additional dog fee, for more than 2 dogs:
Two additional dogs (total of four dogs)
Only for working participants, auditors cannot bring dogs.
$160.00 $160.00
Additional dog: None. I am bringing 1 or 2 dogs.
Please contact Dana if you need to bring more than 4 dogs for one working participant as this may limit housing options or your ability to be a camper.    
Linen Service - for people who are taking public transportation and can not bring their own linens. $25.00 $25.00

Registration ends at 5:00pm EST on July 5, 2015 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.

Payment Options: You may pay via PayPal or check. Your registration will not be considered complete until we receive payment. Registration is pending for check payment until received and processed.

Working spots are limited to a maximum of approximately 96 participants.

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.

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Cancellation and Refund Policy

2015 PA 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.

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.

  • Cancellations received on or before July 4, 2015 will be refunded in full less the $100 non-refundable, non-transferable (neither to another person nor camp, event, seminar), cancellation fee.
  • Cancellations after July 4, 2015 and on or before August 4, 2015, 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 as of/or before August 4, 2015 tuition will be refunded in full less the $100 fee as 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 must 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 after August 4, 2015 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/helper, or from auditor to helper, under the following guidelines:
    • Changes received on or before July 4, 2015 will be changed for a $25 administrative fee.
    • For changes after July 4, 2015 and on or before August 4, 2015, 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/helper spot received after August 4, 2015 will not receive a refund.
    • Campers with working spots that switch to auditing/helping are subject to housing changes available to auditors. This may include switching from a single accommodation to multiple occupancy.
  • Female dogs in season are not permitted to participate in camp nor be on the camp property. If a registered working dog comes in season the camper has a few options:
    • Option 1) Bring a different qualified dog working at the same level
    • Option 2) Switch to auditor registration and receive a refund for 50% of the difference between the two registration fees
    •  Option 3) 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.

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

Click here for directions through Google Maps

Via I-80
GW Bridge-80W (towards the Delaware water gap) Stay on route 80W for approximately 87 miles to exit 293. (route 380N) Take 380N approximately 20 miles to exit “route 6E-Carbondale”. Take 6E to exit 7 (Carbondale business district). The exit will be on the left side of the road, make a left off exit and go approx. ½ mile to first right (Canon St). Go on Canon Street to full stop and make a left. Go down hill to end and make a right onto 171. Stay on 171 approx. 15 miles and make a right onto 370 go 4 ½ miles to our sign on the left.

Via the Thruway and Quick Way
NYS Thruway to exit 16 (Harriman). Take route 17 west to second Hancock exit #87 (not 87A) about 1 ¾ hours. Turn left off exit, left onto main St….Go 1 long block making a right after a gas station. Go over RR tracks and bridge and continue on Rt. 191 for 1 mile, making a right turn onto route 370 west. Go approximately 12 miles to Camp Westmont turn right at camp sign, just after the blue and white sign for Village of Poyntelle.

From Philadelphia
NE extension of PA Turnpike to exit 37. Take route 81 north to route 6 East through Carbondale, PA making a left after you ride through onto route 171 north. Continue about 15 miles, making a right turn onto route 370 East. Go approximately 4 ½ miles to Camp Westmont sign on left side, make left.

From Baltimore
1-95 to 695 west. Take 695 west 83 North (towards York & Harrisburg) Take 83 north (towards Wilkes-Barre and Scranton). Take 81 north to route 6 east through Carbondale, Pa, making a left after you ride through town, onto route 171 North. Continue about 15 miles, making a right turn onto route 370 east. Go approximately 4 ½ miles to Camp Westmont sign on the left side, left into camp.

Hotels:
Camp Westmont has a long list of lodging options on their website. Click here for list.

Want to share travel or lodging while attending a Dogs of Course seminar, course, or camp? Join the Dogs of Course Ride/Room Share Yahoo group and connect with others who want to do the same.

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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