Camp Information

K9 Nose Work Training Camp
YMCA of the Rockies
Granby, CO

October 08, 2019 - October 13, 2019

About Camp - Participation Options - Camp CEUS - Slide Shows and Comments - Participant Requirements & Information - Dog Attendance Policy - Location and Accommodations - RV Policy - Shopping - Photography, Video and Audio Taping Policy - Add-On Day - Camp Tuition and Registration - Cancellation and Refund Policy - Directions and Travel - Camp Instructors

Working Spots are Full. Working spot Wait List is full. We have room for auditors and Logistics Team Members (camp helpers). See below under "Participation Options."
 
About Camp

Camp: October 8-13, 2019: 4 full days, 5 nights 
K9 Nose Work Add-On Education Day: October 13, 2019: 1 day, 1 night
Details about the Add-On Day are below.

Campers Arrive for Registration:
Tuesday afternoon, October 8, 2019 between 3:00 -5:00 PM
* Campers can check into the lodge up to a couple days early for acclimation purposes or to get settled. Please plan to share the lodge with the general public if you come early.

Campers Leave:
Sunday morning, October 13, 2019, after breakfast.

Add-On Education Day Attendees Leave:
Monday morning, October 14, 2019, after breakfast.
 
Camp Size:
Current limit is approximately 90 working campers, 25 auditing campers, and Logistics Team Members as needed. 

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 NACSW approved Training Camp. K9 Nose Work® Training Camp. 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® (or other scent work venues), 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
  • 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 in addition to lectures, demonstrations, or other activities through the day and into the night.

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.

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 may also be used in the working sessions for all dogs who have an NW1 title or higher. Dogs should be on all three odors if they have an NW1 or higher title. Only one working dog per working participant. Approximately 8 campers per regular working group and 5 campers per Elite/Summit working group.

We and the Camp Instructors want to give you the best Camp experience possible! Please know that as the activity and sport grows, groups may be constructed with dogs at more than one level. Our team of instructors are very skilled in working with dogs at all levels and will make sure that you and your dog receive your desired level of work with your dog during your sessions. At any time during your Camp experience, you are welcome to advocate for your needs and let your instructors know what you desire for you and your dog during the working sessions. We are here for you! This is YOUR adventure!!

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 information 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 Ron

Instructing 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 at the top of the page to learn about the instructors for this camp.

Who Comes to Camp?

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 back repeat campers to continue their education as well as new campers that have been taking classes with instructors versed in, or who are willing to, learn about the K9 Nose Work® methodology. 

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, attending Camp will provide a solid foundation and advanced training 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 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 are necessary for keeping your status current. We generally offer an additional symposium/seminar the day after camp ends. See below.

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

Participation Options

Working Campers, Pre-Competition to NW3
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 may also be used in the working sessions for all dogs who have an NW1 title or higher. Dogs should be on all three odors if they have an NW1 or higher title.

Working Campers, Elite groups
We are excited to offer specialized groups for our Elite/Summit League teams that would like a smaller group experience. 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 teams competing in Elite and Summit League. Dogs must have an NW3 Elite title to participate. Each team will benefit from specific coaching on competition strategy with more time to work through complex problems and unique challenges to better prepare them for competition. Elite Groups may consist of a mix of different levels of Elite and Summit League teams. There is an additional fee for the smaller Elite groups.

Elite/Summit titled teams are welcome to also participate in the "regular" working groups. Elite/Summit Teams in regular groups should expect a mix of participants including those currently competing at the NW3 level. Focus will generally be at the NW3 level with only some preparation for Elite trialing. 

Auditing Campers
Campers who register as auditors are welcome to attend all sessions and move from group to group as long as she/he does not create a distraction or disturbance. Auditors may attend, 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, attends any training session or lecture and is not working a dog is considered an auditor. 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.

Logistics Team Member Campers (help us at camp)
If you would like to attend Colorado camp at a reduced rate, please read the information below carefully. Logistics Team Members play a critical role in making camp run smoothly. This is a physical job that requires some heavy lifting,  the ability to walk on uneven terrain, work in all types of weather and drive your vehicle around the camp. Camp is at 8,000 ft above sea level so the physical impact on stamina and exercising should be taken into consideration before applying.

Colorado camp is different from our other locations as campers generally drive their dogs to the search areas and work out of their vehicles so the L-Team members do not have to move all the crates each day. L-Team Members should have their own vehicle to get to assignments. If you are traveling with another camper who also needs the vehicle please contact Bonnie or Dana to discuss if we can find you a ride around camp.

Colorado Logistics Team Members will enjoy:

  • Auditing the camp sessions and all activities.
  • Handouts and Camp book.
  • Reduced tuition for camp and the additional education day if offered.
  • May bring ONE people and dog friendly, quiet dog as a companion or to work
  • Four special working sessions exclusively for Logistics Team Members.  Working dog must be on at least birch odor; no dogs only on primary. Logistics Team Members Only training sessions may coincide with other activities scheduled.
  • Stay in the lodge with the other campers or choose to commute. L-Team Members pay for their own housing. All meals are either included in the lodging fees or are part of the camp fee if a commuter.

Logistics Team Members’ duties at CO Camp include, but are not limited to:

  • Logistics Team Members arrive a day early and are expected to stay later to clean up.
  • Prepare camp: Check search areas, put up signage, assemble camper bags, set up camp store, raffle, and work space (Arrive one day before Camp starts)
  • Assist with camper registration/check in and parking
  • Collect/label/sort/deliver x-pens, gates, tents, containers, and other equipment.
  • Move containers, vehicles for searching, and equipment to designated areas each day. Occasionally moving crates.
  • Provide directions and help to get campers to their sessions
  • Assist instructors as needed
  • Help at seminars, presentations, sniff thrus and other activities
  • Camp clean up and pack up supplies
  • Driving van/their own vehicle
  • Be flexible as duties often arise in response to the needs of the camp
  • Attend meetings for the team
  • Work as a team with other Logistics Team Members under supervision

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

Questions?If you have questions about whether you and/or your dog qualify for camp after reading all the information provided, 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.

Family Members & Friends:
Adult family and friends, not interested in attending camp, are welcome to stay in your lodge room and vacation at the Ranch or off property during camp classes. They are welcome to eat meals with the group and participate in any social activities. They are not permitted to attend educational activities or watch training classes. If a family member or friend wants to participate then he/she would be considered an auditor. When you make your Indian Peaks Lodging reservation your family/friend camp meals will be included in the fee. If you are a commuter, then your family/friend will have to pay additional fees for meals and day pass rates. Contact Dana if you have questions on this.

We are sorry that we cannot accommodate children under 18 years of age due to liability concerns.

Please let Dana at Dogs of Course know if you will be coming with a vacationing family member or friend so we can plan ahead.

Continuing Education Units
Continuing Education Credits:

IAABC
36 CEUs for working teams 
30 CEUs for auditors 

CCPDT
CEUs pending for working teams (CPDT-KA/KSA)
CEUs pending for auditors  (CPDT-KA/KSA)

NACSW™
10 CEUs for any level of participation

Credits are also available for the additional day. See below.

Slide Shows and Comments

The Camp Experience:

Get a feel for what happens at camp by watching these sample slide shows.

2017 Georgia K9 Nose Work Camp Slide Show

2018 Colorado 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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Participant Requirements & Information

Campers must be at least 18 years old.

All campers must be in good physical condition and able to walk to search areas on uneven ground from the parking areas.  The property is large, and the housing is generally driving distance from the search areas. Expect that driving from one end of camp to another will take 10 minutes. Some roads will be dirt and may be uneven and have potholes.

Campers are staying in lodge rooms and are expected to treat the rooms with respect. No bathing or grooming dogs in the rooms. 

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 or have in your vehicle. We suggest your working crate be light weight and easy to carry. A small dolly or a crate cart may be helpful for unloading or moving supplies etc..

YMCA of the Rockies is a restricted smoking facility. All smoking must be done in designated open areas and never inside a building, structure, or in a grassy or wooded area. Inappropriate smoking could easily cause a forest fire in this environment. 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.

Dog Attendance Policy

Our intent is to create an educational environment that is rewarding and safe for canine and human members of each working team and all teams.

2019 CO K9 Nose Work® Training Camp Dog Attendance Policy

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. If there is a question about the dog’s appropriateness for camp, please contact Dana Crevling.

Training Level:
Dogs should be able to independently search for birch without requiring pairing to locate the source of the odor.

Dogs that have not yet titled in a nose work sport, MUST have at least 12 weeks of class (or organized practices) and have been on birch odor for a minimum of 6 weeks. Foundation skills generally include a minimum of 6 weeks 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 with an NW1 title or higher must be on all three odors - Birch, Anise and Clove.

Age:
Dogs should be at least 5 months old and housebroken. Senior dogs are welcome but please consider the rigorous schedule and the altitude.

Social Skills:
K9 Nose Work® Training Camps welcome dogs with a variety of social skills and needs. For the YMCA of the Rockies, Snow Mountain Lodge Camp location, ONLY working dogs with mild dog to dog reactivity that can be safely and comfortably managed in a stressful environment for multiple days and in close living and searching quarters are allowed. The Lodge has narrow corridors and your dog must be controllable when in sight of other dogs it may encounter. Reactive dogs will be housed among the other dogs in the lodge in 2019. Reactive dogs will NOT have their own wing as in previous years. We will accept approximately 20 mildly dog reactive working dogs.

We do not have exclusive use of the resort. This means that the general public, including children, may share space with our group.

Non-working dogs must be friendly due to our lodging/housing situation.

Dogs with human reactivity/aggression at any level cannot attend this camp. See more details in the next section.

Is Camp Right for My Dog?
Your dog’s mental health is important to us, as is the safety, well-being, and enjoyment of all camp participants. 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, a workshop, or at trials. Camp differs from classes, workshops, and trials due to its duration and continuous exposure to multiple dogs and people in an unfamiliar environment. This can increase stress and lower the dog's ability to manage her/his emotional state. 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 stress than some dogs can comfortably handle. Campers are asked to carefully 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. 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 and CANNOT be accommodated at camp:

  • 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 most of our camps, car crating is not realistic as vehicles are parked remotely. For Colorado Camp, car crating  when you are at meals, lecture etc. may be possible depending on the weather. Please follow humane guidelines whenever crating in the car.
  • 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. At Colorado camp, dogs living in the lodge may need to walk within 4' to 6' of another dog.
  • Puppies under 5 months of age cannot attend camp. Pups older than 5 months must be comfortable with crating in an unfamiliar environment, being crated away from their owner, and be mentally mature enough to handle the stress of a multi-day camp. Older pups should be completely housebroken if attending camp. We cannot have housebreaking accidents in the camp/host owned facilities.
  • Dogs that have a high level of environmental sensitivity. For these dogs, camp can be too much of a challenge and can be counterproductive for the dog's emotional health.
  • Dogs that are reactive 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. We cannot provide special accommodations for dogs that are not comfortable with all types of people in close proximity.
    • 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.
If your dog falls into one of the above categories, please 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. 

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. For Colorado Camp, dogs must be quiet in their vehicle or in a crating area 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.

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.
  • Dog/dog play or interaction is strongly discouraged except for dogs residing in the same household or with previous friendships.
  • At most camps 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. At Colorado Camp there is a public dog park and trails.
  • 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. We ask you keep at least 8' between 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.
  • Dogs that need space, 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 roommates 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 living in a multiple occupancy cabin.

Rules for Female Working Dogs in Season only:

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

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

The resort will be open to the public during Camp. There will be curious visitors and families on site. Consider the fact that you may have some interaction with the public when deciding whether your dog would be an appropriate candidate for camp. 

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Location and Accommodations

We are pleased to offer a unique deluxe camp experience for Nose Work enthusiasts at our Colorado location. Unlike our other camps where the participants "rough it," this location boasts of climate controlled hotel style housing at Indian Peaks Lodge and extra amenities offered by the resort. Due to the requirements of this wonderful facility, the fee structure for camp will be in two parts - the cost of the 4-day K9 Nose Work Training Camp and, separately, the lodging that includes your meals and facility conference fees.

YMCA of the Rockies Snow Mountain Ranch
Located in Colorado near Winter Park, Rocky Mountain National Park and Grand Lake, Snow Mountain Ranch sits at 8,000 feet above sea level on 5,000 acres. This year-round family resort has many activities for campers after hours or for the family member that wants to come for vacation. Activities include: swimming, mini-golf, arts and crafts, library, yoga, hiking, horseback riding, and a zipline along with much, much more. Located two hours from the Denver Airport and a short drive into town for supplies, Snow Mountain Ranch is a great location for those driving or flying. All Campers will need a vehicle/to share a vehicle to get around Camp. If you share a vehicle with another camper you should expect that one of you may need to be dropped off at one area while the other goes to a different area.

Indian Peaks Lodge
Our camp headquarters, lecture space, and all our lodging will be in this recently renovated 79 room lodge. The lodge is conveniently located within walking distance to dining as well as to some of our search areas. Guests will marvel at the beautiful view of the valley below and Continental Divide from their balcony or porch. Each room has two queen beds, a sofa, a private bathroom, wireless internet, a mini fridge and microwave. Rooms do not have televisions, radios, telephones or clocks. There is a television and a coffee station in the lobby of the lodge.

The YMCA is making an exception to their rules by allowing us to have dogs at the lodge. There will be a one time fee of $50 per dog. Campers are also encouraged to please leave a tip in their rooms for the cleaning staff that count on your generosity. We have assured the resort that our campers will be responsible and thoughtful guests. So please clean up no matter where your dog toilets (including the fields and woods) and no bathing dogs in the rooms.

Occupancy Limits:
For our group, Indian Peaks Lodge has a limit of 3 adults and 3 dogs per room, no exceptions. Please keep this in mind if you are sharing a room with another camper. We suggest one or two adults and two dogs per room for your comfort. 

Lodging Limitations:
This lodge is lovely but does have some features you need to be aware of. To get to the upper floor rooms there are only open stairs(see photo). Inside is carpeted and outside is steel mesh steps. Dogs need to be able to negotiate this type of stairs that do not have a solid riser. The hallways to the rooms are long and narrow - only 3.5 feet wide - so campers must be prepared to pass other dogs in the hallways without incident. Due to the limits of the housing and the fact that other guest families (the public) will be sharing the resort, we will only be allowing up to 20 mildly reactive working dogs. We cannot accept non-working dogs that are reactive at this location.  We will not have a special wing for reactive dog housing in 2019. All dogs will be mixed in together like other hotel/motel experiences. Please see dog policies for more information on what dogs are appropriate for this camp.

Rooming assignments cannot be guaranteed either by the resort or Dogs of Course. They will be assigned by need and first come reservations by the facility. All campers must be willing to have second floor rooms. We ask that auditors (not rooming with a working team) be willing to live on the second floor so more dogs can be on the first floor.

IMPORTANT PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
All campers must be in good physical condition, be able to climb a flight of stairs multiple times a day, and walk up to 10 minutes on uneven ground and dirt or paved roads to the activities and meals. This is a sprawling facility with some hilly terrain. Campers will be able to drive personal vehicles to get close to many of the work areas but this cannot be relied upon. Parking availability for some search areas will dictate parking your vehicle and walking the rest of the way. Weather may also impact the driving vs. walking options.

The facility is at 8,000 feet above sea level. For campers not used to high altitudes, we strongly suggest checking in at the resort a day or two before camp to help your body acclimate. (* Campers that check in to the lodge a couple days early for acclimation purposes must plan to share the lodge with the general public.) There are plenty of non-aerobic activities to keep you busy at the resort. Some people do get altitude sickness that can include headaches, fatigue, and shortness of breath. Drinking LOTS of water and taking it easy for the first couple days will help the body adjust. Please contact your physician if there are any concerns.

Food:
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served in the dining hall at designated times starting with dinner when you arrive and ending with breakfast on move out day. We will have special catered welcome and farewell dinners for our group. All campers must be on the three meal a day plan that is part of the lodging fee. Campers not staying at Indian Peaks Lodge will pay an additional fee in the camp tuition to cover these costs. The menu will consist of simple but healthy, filling food for omnivores as well as vegetarians. The YMCA of the Rockies does have some gluten free options but we suggest that anyone with dietary restrictions bring extra food to supplement meals as needed. There is a grocery store about 10 minutes from camp.

Getting Around Camp:
Campers will need a vehicle or be able to ride with another camper to get to most of the search areas. At this camp, we are not offering the crate transportation system that we have at our "walking" camps. This is a large driving facility and is not conducive to this service. If you share a vehicle with another camper you should expect that one of you may need to be dropped off at one area while the other goes to a different area.

Commuters:
Anyone that is not staying at the Indian Peaks Lodge for a minimum of four nights in considered a commuter. This includes other housing options at the YMCA. Commuters pay higher tuition for camp that will cover 14 meals, day passes, and the facility conference fees that are normally part of the lodging costs. Commuters' dogs will be crated in their handlers' vehicles during non-working sessions.

Making Lodging Reservations:
The Snow Mountain Ranch is supplying us with a special on-line registration link that will be live when camp is open.

We suggest one or two adults and two dogs per room for your comfort. The maximum is three dogs and three adults, no exceptions for our group. The Ranch does allow up to six people in a room for their youth programs, retreats, etc.. you will see this on the website. However, this does not apply to our group.

Your lodging cost includes all meals and resort/conference fees:

Single room with meals - approximately $133/night, plus tax, depending on length of stay
Double occupancy with meals - approximately $86 - $90/night/person ($165 - $180 per room), plus tax, depending on length of stay
Dog fee, per dog, per stay - $50

If you would like to vacation at the Lodge beyond the dates of the K9 Nose Work Camp, please make your reservation on-line first for the dates of Camp by clicking on the link below. Then please call Central Reservations at (888) 613-9622 to add the additional nights to your existing reservation. Please have your reservation number handy.

If you have any questions, please contact the Central Reservations Office at (888) 613-9622, and refer to the group name - K9 Nose Work Camp 2019

After you have registered for camp, click on the button below to make your lodging reservations: 

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RV Policy

RV Camping will not be available at this Camp. A limited number of day parking RV spots for commuter campers may be an option for an additional fee. RVs would be parked in one location so campers would still need a regular vehicle to get around camp and to search areas. Additional non-working dog fees also apply to people staying in RV’s. Two dogs per registered working camper. Contact Dana for more information.

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Shopping and Our Raffle

We will have a camp store with fun Nose Work related items for you and your dog. We also have a raffle each year with proceeds going to a deserving Charity or activity. Checks and cash are preferred.

Photography, Video and Audio Taping Policy

Photography is welcome at camp. Campers are encouraged to take still photographs at camp and share your experience 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 either our professional photographer or our campers and staff.

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 from Dogs of Course. 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 are doing so for the person running the dog. Any approved videotaping is for personal use only.

We will have a professional photographer at camp. In 2019 we are thrilled to welcome Marcella Winslow of Pawprintz Pics.

 

Questions?
If you have questions about camp after you read all the information, 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.

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Add-On Day

Save the date! We are working on a Camp Add-On Day option for October 13th. More information will be posted here when it becomes available.

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Camp Tuition and Registration

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:
The registration and fee structure for camp at the YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch will be in two parts. First the camper registers and pays for the 4-day K9 Nose Work Training Camp. Then, within five days of registration, the camper must reserve his/her lodging at Indian Peaks Lodge through the registration link provided in the "Locations and Accommodations" section above. Dogs of Course will work in conjunction with the facility to cross check registration and reservations. The camper may also send the lodging confirmation number to Dogs of Course to provide proof of lodging. Failure to make lodging reservations during that time may lead to forfeiting camp registration even though a deposit may have been accepted.

Commuter registration and fee structure is one step. Commuters register and pay for the 4-day K9 Nose Work Training Camp. The higher commuter tuition will cover meals, daily park access and the facility conference fees that are normally part of the lodging costs.

Waitlist: When the camp spots fill, we will start a waitlist for working dog/ handler teams on odor and auditors. We usually can accommodate most if not everyone on the waitlists.

Working Spots are Full. Working spot Wait List is full. We have room for auditors and Logistics Team Members (camp helpers)

Camp October 08, 2019 - October 13, 2019 before or on 2019-06-08 After 2019-06-08
Working Rate - Camp Housing:

Working spot for Campers staying at the Indian Peaks Lodge. (NW Camp reserved housing)

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$1020.00

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$1120.00
Working, Commuter Rate:

Anyone who is not staying at the Indian Peaks Lodge for a minimum of 4 nights is considered a commuter. Commuter rate applies to campers staying in any housing on the YMCA of the Rockies that is not designated for our group. The additional fee will cover 14 meals, day passes, and the conference fees.

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$1370.00

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$1470.00
Auditor Rate - Camp Housing:

Auditing  spot for Campers staying at the Indian Peaks Lodge. (NW Camp reserved housing)

$600.00 $700.00
Auditor, Commuter Rate:

Anyone who is not staying at the Indian Peaks Lodge for a minimum of 4 nights is considered a commuter. Commuter rate applies to campers staying in housing on the YMCA of the Rockies that is not designated for our group. The additional fee will cover 14 meals, day passes, and the conference fees.

$950.00 $1050.00
Helper Rate - Camp Housing:

Logistics Team Members staying at the Indian Peaks Lodge. (NW Camp reserved housing)

$100.00 $100.00
Helper, Commuter Rate:

Logistics Team Members not staying at the Indian Peaks Lodge for a minimum of 4 nights is considered a commuter. Commuter rate applies to campers staying in housing on the YMCA of the Rockies that is not designated for our group. The additional fee will cover 14 meals, day passes, and the conference fees.

$475.00 $475.00
Additional Charges before or on 2019-06-08 After 2019-06-08
Elite Group at Camp - Additional fee for smaller group. $650.00 $650.00
Additional dog fee, for more than 2 dogs:
One additional dog (total of three dogs)
Only for working participants, auditors cannot bring dogs.
$90.00 $90.00
Additional dog fee, for more than 2 dogs:
Two additional dogs (total of four dogs)
Only for working participants, auditors cannot bring dogs.
$180.00 $180.00
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. $0.00 $0.00

Registration ends at 5:00pm EST on August 13, 2019 or when limit has been reached.

Registration acceptance is subject to approval by the staff.

A $300 deposit or full payment is required at the time of registration. Please note that the non-refundable portion of your tuition is $200 for regular working groups, Logistics Team Members and auditors and $275 for Elite Groups. Full payment is due no later than 90 days  prior to the start of camp - July 8, 2019.

Elite Group Campers, the following guidelines apply:

  • Must have an NACSW™ Elite title at time of registration. (Elite title equivalent from other organizations will be considered.)
  • Currently, up to 20 dogs will be accepted; a maximum of four working groups. (One dog per handler. Second dog per handler may be considered if we are unable to fill all spots by the closing date.)
  • If the Elite spots are filled when you register, you have the following options;
    • You can attend camp but will be in an NW3 working group and be on the wait list for the Elite Group.
    • Get on the wait list for an Elite Group working spot only.
  • If you have an Elite Title, but do not wish to be in the Elite groups, you will be working NW3 challenges in the regular working groups of 8 teams
  • If we do not have enough dogs for a full group, 4 dog/handler teams will be considered if the current participants in the group are willing to pay an additional fee to have fewer dogs in a group.
  • If we do not have enough registered participants to fill the Elite groups no later than the closing date, July 1, 2019 we will contact the Elite registrants with the option to: 1)  move to a regular camper group of 8 working NW3 level challenges or 2) receive a full refund without penalty.

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

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

Working spots are limited. 

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

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

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

 

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Cancellation and Refund Policy

2019 CO Camp Cancellation Policy:

All cancellations must be sent to Dogs of Course and must be in writing. E-mail or a letter are best. Do NOT send via Facebook or a text message.  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 note that the non-refundable portion of your tuition is $200 for regular working groups, Logistics Team Members and auditors and $275 for Elite Groups.

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 $200 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 $200 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 $200 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 below
    • 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.
    • Rules for Female Working Dogs in Season only:
      • Owners must commute or have a single room. For housing exceptions, please discuss with Dana.
      • Commuters must crate their dogs in their vehicles during lunch and lectures.
      • Your dog must wear pants at all times except when toileting.
      • Expect to have a designated toilet area.
      • Movement of female dogs in season may be restricted to going to and from classes and toilet area.
      • Bring a sturdy crate for your dog; your dog cannot be left unattended in a room with other dogs present.
      • Expect that your dog may need to run last in classes.
      • Non-working dogs are NOT allowed at camp if in season.
      • Dana Crevling/Camp must be notified in advance that you will have a female dog in season at camp.
  • 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 well being
  • 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 (approximately 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 $275 non-refundable, non-transferable cancellation fee. (vs. $200 for regular camp)
  • Elite Group Cancellations received 60 days or more before the camp start date will be refunded in full less the $275 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 $275 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 $275 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, IF there is a regular working spot open, or to an auditing/logistics team member spot under the following guidelines, 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

YMCA of the Rockies Snow Mountain Ranch
1101 County Road 53
Granby, CO 80446
800-777-9622

From Denver International Airport (Drive time: 1.5 - 2 hours)
Driving Directions to Snow Mountain Ranch from Denver International Airport:
•Follow Pena Blvd towards I-70 follow for 9.8 miles then merge onto I-70 West.
•Take 1-70 West 52.5 miles to Exit #232 (US 40 to Empire/Granby)
•Travel over Berthoud Pass and through the town of Winter Park approx 45 miles.
•Snow Mountain Ranch’s entrance is 12 miles past Winter Park on the left (west) side of the US 40.
•Follow the road approximately 1 mile and check in at the Administration Building on your left.

For current weather and road conditions, please check: IsBerthoudPassOpen.com and  CO Trip

Airport: Denver International Airport

Vehicle Rentals: If you are flying and renting a vehicle, you should consider an SUV/4 wheel drive vehicle. There can be snow in October and the mountain passes are more safely navigated with the proper vehicle.

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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