Camp Information

K9NW Training Camp
JCC Perlstein Retreat Center
Wisconsin Dells, WI

October 15, 2020 - October 20, 2020

We are sorry, this course is not open for registration yet.

About Camp - Camp CEUS - Slide Shows and Comments - Additional Participant Requirements & Information - Dog Attendance Policy - Location and Accommodations - Shopping - Video and Audio Taping Policy - Camp_Add_On_Day - Camp Tuition and Registration - Cancellation and Refund Policy - Directions and Travel - Camp Instructors

General Registration will open on Wednesday, February 19, at 9:00am Central/10:00am Eastern.
About Camp

Camp: October 15 - 20, 2020; 4 full days, 5 nights  
Camp Add-On Day: October 20 - 21, 2020; 1 day, 1 night

Campers Arrive:
Thursday, October 15, between 3:00 - 5:00pm, dinner served.
Camp starts after dinner with required camper orientation (all campers, including commuters). 

Campers Leave:
Campers not attending the Add On Day will leave on Tuesday morning, October 20, 2020, after breakfast. Campers staying for the Add-On Day may leave Tuesday night, October 20, or Wednesday morning, October 21, 2020 after breakfast.

Camp Size:
Current limit is approximately 84 - 87 working campers plus auditing campers and Logistics Team Members. Approximately 8 campers per regular working group and 5 campers per Elite Group.

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

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

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

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

We work with dogs that are already on odor from novices preparing for their first Odor Recognition Test to dogs that have earned titles at all levels.  All dogs will be working on Birch. Anise and Clove will be used depending on the level of the group. Dogs may be exposed and/or introduced to the other two odors during their time at camp in working sessions. Only one working dog per working participant. Approximately 8 campers per regular working group and 5 campers per Elite 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. Please know that 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 RonInstructing Staff:
Campers will be learning from the founders of the sport along with accomplished Certified Nose Work Instructors (CNWI). Our camp instructing staff are competent skilled teachers that are also actively involved in many areas of K9 Nose Work®  - training, competition, judging, certifying trials, and instruction. Click on the section heading link or the link in the left tool bar to learn about the instructors for this camp.

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 repeat campers back 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, as well as, advanced training you can take home and apply. Learn from some of the world's most skilled and experienced instructors, including 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 is necessary for keeping your status current. We generally offer an additional workshop/seminar the day after camp ends. See below.

Participation Levels:

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/Summit  
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 and is not working a dog is considered an auditor. If there are premium accommodations available when camp registration closes auditors may have the opportunity to upgrade. Please contact Dana if you have questions.

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

Logistics Team Member Campers (help us at camp):
If you would like to attend camp at a reduced rate, and like to help out, this may be the option for you! In exchange for working, Logistics Team Members audit camp sessions, have the option to work their dog in four special training sessions, live in shared housing (depends on camp) with all meals included. Logistics Team Members play a critical role in making camp run smoothly. They help set up camp (arrive early), move crates and tents, assist instructors, support campers, clean up after camp and perform a variety of other duties. There are some restrictions due to the nature of the job, but many campers find being on the Logistics Team a great option. Please note that this is a very physical job that requires heavy lifting and the ability to walk around the property easily.  

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

Questions?

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

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

Continuing Education Units
Continuing Education Credits:

IAABC
PENDING - CEUs for working teams 
PENDING -  CEUs for auditors 

CCPDT
PENDING - CEUs for working teams (CPDT-KA/KSA)
PENDING - CEUs 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 Camp

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

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

"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. Colorado Camp

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Additional Participant Requirements & Information

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

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

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

Campers must agree and adhere to the Dog Attendance Policy.

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

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

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

JCC Perlstein Resort & Conference Center keeps a kosher kitchen. Campers must not bring any food or non-kosher wine into the dining hall.

Alcohol is strictly prohibited when working dogs or attending classes.

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

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Dog Attendance Policy

2020 WI K9 Nose Work® Training Camp Dog Attendance Policy

Dogs should be at least 5 months old and MUST have at least 12 weeks of class (or organized practices) and be on birch odor for a minimum of 6 weeks. Foundation skills generally include a minimum of 6 weeks on searching for the primary reward in a variety of locations both in boxes as well as other elements. Then the dog should have completed at least 6 additional weeks of training in searching for odor. This could involve pairing odor with food. Dogs should be able to independently search for birch without requiring pairing to locate the source of the odor. 

Dogs with an NW1 title or higher must be on all three odors - Birch, Anise and Clove.

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

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

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

Working Dogs, Non-Working Dogs and Class Etiquette:

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

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 at home and attend camp as an auditor.

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

  • Dogs with moderate to severe separation stress are not good candidates for camp. Dogs must be crated away from the owners during meals, lectures and in working sessions in unfamiliar environments. At Camp we live and train in close proximity so dogs that vocalize regularly and for extended periods of time create stress for other campers and dogs in the area. For most dogs with separation issues Camp compounds the problems seen at home or in classes. At this camp car crating is not realistic as vehicles are parked remotely.
  • Dogs that have moderate to severe dog to dog aggression. For many dogs with serious spatial issues living 24-hours a day for multiple days in a novel environment, with strange dogs everywhere, can significantly increase stress, inappropriate behavior, aggression, and/or arousal. Dogs that cannot calmly walk by another dog within 8' - 10' or be crated in the same area as other dogs do not generally make good candidates for camp. 
  • 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 owned facilities. 
  • 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.
    • 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 or have previous friendly relationship.
  • There will be a designated long line or flexi-lead exercise areas for playing ball or swimming your dog. We will not have an off lead area at camp. Off lead outside exercising must be done off camp property.
  • We ask that, regardless of how friendly your dog may be, you respect that not every dog is comfortable with other dogs approaching and may communicate their displeasure. Please ask permission before you let your dog approach or get too close to other dogs. Managing your dog is your direct responsibility. Participants that must be repeatedly reminded of camp rules about not allowing their dog to approach other dogs, or if their dog poses other safety concerns, may be dismissed from camp without refund.
  • If you work a dog that does not do well in close proximity to other dogs or humans, you will need to evaluate carefully the appropriateness of camp for your dog. See above.
  • Dogs that need space or react to dogs or are worried must wear a red bandana and have a bandana tied to his/her crate (or car) to help communicate the dog's needs.
  • Campers must be willing to negotiate with his/her cabin-mates so there are fair and peaceful living conditions for all involved. Please expect that your dog will need to be crated at least part of the time when in a shared cabin.

Rules for Female Working Dogs in Season only:

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

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

 

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Location and Accommodations

Located in beautiful Wisconsin Dells, Perlstein Retreat Center (and Camp) is easy to find with access right off Highway 23 and only 45 minutes from Madison, WI.  Situated on 620 acres, the terrain is flat and open with beautiful Lake Blass on site. The Perlstein Retreat housing offers more upscale amenities, while the camp area is dedicated for those looking to enjoy a cabin camping experience surrounded by nature and miles of hiking trails. The center is located just minutes to shopping and hotels but serene and private for your special camp experience with your dog. This is a perfect setting for lots of nose work fun with an abundance of inside and outside training opportunities.

IMPORTANT PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This is a walking camp. All campers’ cars will be parked in the Perlstein Retreat parking lots that may or may not be near housing or search areas. The terrain is relatively flat but includes uneven dirt roads, sidewalks, grass, and requires lots of walking to get from place to place. If you have mobility concerns, you are welcome to bring a personal scooter. (No personal golf carts, please.) We will have a team of camp helpers (Logistics Team) that will pick up and deliver crates and folding camp chairs to a central location near your group's training station each morning to assist you. Once your crates are delivered to the general location, you will be required to move your crate to the specific areas throughout the day and then back to the drop off location. Remember that your dog and gear will probably be with you when you need to move your crate so a wagon or dolly could be helpful. Campers often work together to assist each other and our Logistics Team will assist when possible.  Campers need to be in good physical condition and able to walk with their dog and their training gear to and from all locations as well as up to a ten minute brisk walk to and from the dining room.

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

Saturday night the dining hall will be closed due to Sabbath so your dinner meal will not be provided. This is a night to go out and try one of the many restaurants in the area or bring food back to eat with friends.

Lodging, General Information: Each camper requests the lodging that best meets her/his needs on a first come basis. The lodging options for WI Camp are – private single or double rooms, RV/Trailers or commuting/off site housing. Our Logistics Team members (helpers) also have the option to stay in primitive shared cabins. Number, size, and special needs of dogs, or camper needs, may dictate the lodging accommodations options available.

Owners of reactive or socially awkward dogs: At Wisconsin Camp we have a number of private rooms dedicated to reactive dog housing.  Depending on the number of reactive dogs attending camp, you should have a back-up plan to commute if you can not get a private room unless you will be staying in a room/cabin with friends who know you and your dog and are comfortable with the arrangements.

Auditor and Logistics Team (helpers) at Wisconsin Camp have the option to stay in the multiple occupancy cabins, or private rooms or commute.

Detailed Housing Descriptions:

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

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

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

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

RVs/Camper Trailers: A limited number of RVs/Camper trailers (approximately 8, depending on size of rig) are welcome; however, they MUST be self-contained. The camp does NOT have water or electrical hook-ups or a dump station. It is possible that RVs may be able to draw 15/20 amps of electricity from a nearby cabin or building with a long extension cord but this should not be counted on. The RV sites may be in busy areas so please expect dogs and people walking by and the probability of classes being run in the general area. For safety reasons, no outside ex-pens or tie outs are allowed. Dogs must be walked on leash. Additional non-working dog fees also apply to people staying in RV's. RV's must arrive between 3:00PM – 4:30PM on Thursday so we have the staffing to get the vehicle settled. No late arrivals. No exceptions. Two dogs per registered working camper. If you are bringing more than four dogs, you will need approval from Dana Crevling.

Cabins (Multiple Occupancy/Standard Rate): FOR LOGISTICS TEAM  MEMBERS ONLY. Enjoy the full rustic sleep-over camping experience! Each cabin has a porch, electricity, wood floor, and built in single/twin bunk beds and wood cubbies for storage. Cabins are NOT heated or air conditioned. EXPECT COLD CONDITIONS with temperatures possibly going below freezing at night. Contact Dana to discuss if you want this option. Cabin electricity has not been updated so total wattage is limited.

Each large cabin has two bunkrooms. Each bunkroom will usually house 2 - 3 campers depending on size of the room and number of dogs each camper is bringing. Pick your own roommates and/or let us choose your roommate(s) for you.  Campers in the cabins use  a shared bathroom in the middle of the building with access from the front porch. There are enough beds that nobody will need to be on a top bunk.

It is suggested that you bring an air mattress/padding for the bunks and a sleeping bag or electric blanket in case nights get cold. Linens are NOT included in the cabins. Campers must bring their own linens.

Commuters:  Campers are welcome to commute to camp each day. The cost for commuters includes all meals and all activities. Commuters are responsible for locating and making their own sleeping arrangements. Commuters should plan to crate dogs their dogs in their vehicle or an assigned commuter crating cabin during meals and lectures. Reactive dogs or dogs that do not acclimate well to being crated with other strange dogs should plan to crate in the owner's vehicle only. The commuter parking lot is near the dining hall, lecture space and lodges at one end of the property.  A partial list of area accommodations can be found below under “Directions and Travel.”

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Shopping

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

Video and Audio Taping Policy

No video or audio taping of lectures or classes permitted. At the discretion of the instructor and facility, videotaping of your own dog may be allowed during runs but may not be posted on a public website such as You Tube, Facebook, etc. without permission. 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 videoing for the person working with her/his camera. Any approved videotaping is for personal use only.

Photography is welcome and encouraged at camp. Campers are encouraged to take still photographs at camp and post on social media. Before you post a photo of another person on social media, please be sure to have their permission. 

We hope to have a professional photographer at camp that will take photos of the camp experience and is available for portraits. Campers will enjoy a slide presentation at our farewell banquet.

 

Camp Add-On Day

Topics to be determined at a later date. Stay tuned!
Tuesday, October 20, 2020

9:00am - approx. 4:30pm

 

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Camp Tuition and Registration

Camp tuition covers 5 days of lodging ( unless commuting), meals and all classes and activities. All campers MUST be at least 18 years old by the start date of camp.

Lodging preference is not guaranteed. Based on availability.

Wait list: When certain types of accommodations fill we will start an accommodations wait list. 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. Call us if you have questions. 

 

Camp October 15, 2020 - October 20, 2020 before or on 2020-05-16 After 2020-05-16
Working, Premium Rate - Single:

Single Rooms with bath and climate control in one of three buildings. All rooms include Linens.
Levy Weiss - reactive dogs
Guest House - non-reactive dogs only. This is in a high traffic area.
Lodge - best for non-reactive dogs. Community lounge and screen porch

Tell us your first and second choices for lodging

$1750.00 $1800.00
Working, Premium Rate - Multi:

Double Rooms with bath and climate control in one of three buildings. All rooms include Linens. Rooms are small, so best for a couple or friends with dogs that know each other well. MUST indicate roommate's name.
Levy Weiss - reactive dogs
Guest House - non-reactive dogs only. This is in a high traffic area.
Lodge - best for non-reactive dogs. Community lounge and screen porch

Tell us your first and second choices for lodging and your roommate's name

$1650.00 $1700.00
Working, Commuter Rate:

Stay offsite and commute to camp daily.

$1450.00 $1500.00
Working, RV Rate:

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

$1550.00 $1600.00
Auditor Rate - Camp Housing:

Double Rooms with bath and climate control in one of three buildings. All rooms include Linens. Rooms are small, so best for a couple or friends with dogs that know each other well. MUST indicate roommate's name.
Levy Weiss - reactive dogs
Guest House - non-reactive dogs only. This is in a high traffic area.
Lodge - best for non-reactive dogs. Community lounge and screen porch

Tell us your first and second choices for lodging and your roommate's name

$900.00 $950.00
Auditor, Premium Rate:

Single Rooms with bath and climate control in one of three buildings. All rooms include Linens.
Levy Weiss - reactive dogs
Guest House - non-reactive dogs only. This is in a high traffic area.
Lodge - best for non-reactive dogs. Community lounge and screen porch

Tell us your first and second choices for lodging

$1000.00 $1050.00
Auditor, Commuter Rate:

Stay offsite and commute to camp daily.

$800.00 $850.00
Auditor, RV Rate:

**Available only if other occupant is a working camper. We do not have RV openings for Auditors unless spaces do not fill.

$800.00 $850.00
Helper Rate - Camp Housing:

Double Rooms with bath and climate control in one of three buildings. All rooms include Linens. Rooms are small, so best for a couple or friends with dogs that know each other well. MUST indicate roommate's name.
Levy Weiss - reactive dogs
Guest House - non-reactive dogs only. This is in a high traffic area.
Lodge - best for non-reactive dogs. Community lounge and screen porch

Tell us your first and second choices for lodging and your roommate's name

$650.00 $650.00
Helper, Standard Rate:

2-3 people in an unheated cabin bunkroom with shared bathroom attached to building.

**** EXPECT COLD CONDITIONS that could go below freezing at night. Please talk with Dana if you want this option.

$500.00 $500.00
Helper, Premium Rate:

Single Rooms with bath and climate control in one of three buildings. All rooms include Linens.
Levy Weiss - reactive dogs
Guest House - non-reactive dogs only. This is in a high traffic area.
Lodge - best for non-reactive dogs. Community lounge and screen porch

Tell us your first and second choices for lodging

$750.00 $750.00
Helper, Commuter Rate:

Stay offsite and commute to camp daily.

$500.00 $500.00
Additional Charges before or on 2020-05-16 After 2020-05-16
Elite Group at Camp - Additional fee for smaller group. $675.00 $675.00
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 15, 2020 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 15, 2020.
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

2020 WI Camp Cancellation Policy:

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

Please 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

      Rules for Female Working Dogs in Season only:

      • Owners must commute, have a single room or have all people sharing agree to the dog staying in the housing. 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.
    • Option 2) Bring a different qualified dog working at the same level
    • Option 3) Switch to auditor registration and receive a refund for 50% of the difference between the two registration fees
    • Option 4) The camper can cancel and be reimbursed per the general policy.
    • If a non-working dog comes into season the person must leave the dog home and will be reimbursed the additional dog fee (if applicable) minus a $25 admin fee or if the camper cancels the general refund policy above will apply.
  • Campers that have to leave early for their own reasons or are "No-shows” will not receive a refund.
  • Participants asked to leave the event/property by the camp director or lead instructors will not be refunded any part of the tuition.
    • Reasons for dismissal from camp may include, but are not limited to:
      • Dogs that are disruptive to other campers, dogs, the staff, or the facility
      • Dogs that exhibit aggression deemed unmanageable/unsafe by the staff for the camp environment
      • Dogs that cannot be safely managed and/or trained by their handler
      • Unresolved camper conflict or inappropriate behavior
      • Health issues, either canine or human, that may impact or endanger other dogs or campers
      • Health issues that negatively impact the dog’s emotional, mental or physical 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 at least 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

JCC Perlstein Retreat Center
Nixon Road
Lake Delton, WI 53940

From Interstate 90 (E or W)

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


Pet Friendly Hotels near JCC Perlstein Retreat Center If you are bringing a dog, CHECK PET POLICIES BEFORE MAKING RESERVATIONS! Make sure you understand ALL the fees and restrictions. Policies and rates may change.

Days Inn, 2054 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy, Wisconsin Dells (5 minutes away)

We have reserved a block of Rooms for camp (October 14-21, 2020)
3 Two Queen Bedroom $65.99 + tax
4 Single Queen Bedroom $59.99 + tax

Group Code: CGDOGS
Cut-Off Date: September 30, 2020

The pet fee will be $15 per night per room. There are two ways to reserve a room with the special camp rate: Go to www.daysinn.com and enter the group code CGDOGS in the special rates section, along with the rest of the reservation details. If the reservation details are filled out correctly, after checking the availability of the rooms, it should display the correct group name on top of the web page and corresponding rates. The second way to reserve your room is to call to make reservations at 608-254-9847 and mention they you are a part of the Dogs of Course group block. These rooms will be held under this block until September 30, 2020.  If you need to cancel, you must do so 72 hours ahead before arrival. If you have any questions, please call Days Inn at 608-254-9847.

  • A new LaQuinta will be opening in Wisconsin Dells in 2020. We will update this page with information when it becomes available.
  • Baker's Sunset Bay, 921 Canyon Rd., Wisconsin Dells (5 minutes away)
    Phone: 608-254-8406; Dog Fees: $15/pet/day. 2 dogs per room
    Rooms from $80
  • All Star Value Inn, 1311 Broadway, Wisconsin Dells (7 miles away)
    Phone: 608-253-2784; Dog Fees: $20/pet/day
    Rooms from $50
  • Staybridge Suites, 1345 Great Wolf Drive, Lake Delton (6 minutes away)
    Phone:608-253-1700 Dog Fees: $30/pet/day. 2 dogs per room. 80 pounds max
    Rooms from $110
  • Super 8, 800 County Road H, Wisconsin Dells (7 minutes away) - poor reviews, use caution
    Phone: 608-678-3876; Dog Fees: $20/pet/day. 2 dogs per room
    Rooms from $50
  • AmericInn, 550 State Hwy 13, Wisconsin Dells (5 minutes away)
    Phone: 608-254-1700; Dog Fees: $30/pet/day. 2 dogs per room. 80 pounds max
    Rooms from $75

These two hotels do not allow pets, but are nearby options for auditors

  • Wingate, 1030 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy, Lake Delton (1 minute away)
    Phone: 608-254-9174; NO pets.
    Rooms from $75
  • Ramada, 1073 Frontage Road E., Wisconsin Dells (6 minutes away)
    Phone: 608-678-3883; NO pets
    Rooms from $64


Camping
Mirror Lake State Park, E10320 Fern Dell Rd, Baraboo, WI (just 5 minutes from camp)
Phone: 608-254-2333; Dogs allowed
Rate: $30/night
May be closed for the season. Please contact the campground directly. Most campgrounds close in early October.

Airports:

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


Questions?

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

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