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K9 Nose Work Training Camp
Camp Coleman
Cleveland, GA

April 21, 2022 – April 25, 2022

Cost:
Working Spot: Starts at $1345 (early bird price: $1295)
Elite Working Spot: Starts at $2000 (early bird price: $1950)
Auditor Spot: Starts at $715 (early bird price: $665)
Helpers: $395

Registration ends at 5:00pm EST on February 21, 2022 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.

Working spots are limited. 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.

3/31/2022 Update – Registration is now closed.

Please read all information below along with the cancellation policy carefully (posted below) before registering.



Campers Arrive:
Thursday, April 21, 2022 between 9:30am – 11:30am.
Camp starts after lunch with our required orientation. There will be seminars, classes or activities in the afternoon.

Campers Leave:
Campers leave on Monday morning, April 25, 2022, 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.

 

Early Bird Discount:
If you register before or on 2022-01-15, you’ll get $50 OFF Registration Price!

Location

Camp Coleman
Cleveland, GA
201 Camp Coleman Dr
Cleveland, GA 30528

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 NACSW founders’ techniques make this one of the most accessible activities for the widest variety of dog handlers regardless of previous training experience.

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

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

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

We and the Camp Instructors want to give you the best Camp experience possible! Please know that depending on who registers 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 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.

Camp Coleman is centrally located to accommodate campers from the southern states. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northern Georgia 1.5 hours north of Atlanta, Camp Coleman is just a half day’s drive from Greensboro, NC; Columbia, SC; Nashville, TN; and Montgomery, AL. Memphis, TN and Orlando, FL are only a day away. Situated around Lake Shalom, this sprawling camp is a perfect setting for nose work fun. Camp Coleman has buildings for inside training as well as covered work areas and an abundance of outside space for exterior and vehicle search education. Campers and staff eat together in the dining hall and stay on the property. The camp property is hilly and spread out around a lake.

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.
Read more about each instructor below.

Amy Herot, Co-Founder: NACSW & K9 Nose Work®

Amy is a professional K9 trainer and handler and brings over a decade of Amy Herotexperience to her work. She has certified teams in Narcotics and Explosives and has logged over 1500 instructional hours in detection dog training. As co-founder of K9 Nose Work, and the National Association of Canine Scent Work Association, LLC® (NACSW™), she has sought to bring that experience to companion dogs and handlers through the development of K9 Nose Work® classes and sport events.

In the canine sport world Amy has trained dogs for tracking, agility, sheepherding, protection sports, and detection. She has competed nationally with her Dutch Shepherd, Maya and took 3rd place in Narcotics Detection at the Gold Coast K9 Working Dog Trials and 1st place, open division, at the Oxnard Police K9 Foundation Inaugural Trial, 2009. Her Belgian Malinois, Seven, is a nationally certified explosives detection dog and took 1st place in the Explosives Building Search at the 2009 Ventura County Sheriff’s K9 Trial and holds an APR1 IPO title.

Amy holds a Bachelor of Science from NYU and passed national certification through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) in December 2004.). Additionally, she is a graduate of the Balu Academy for Dog Trainers and is a John Rogerson associate here in the U.S. Her professional memberships and affiliations include the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), Southern California Dog Trainers’ Forum (SCDTF), Southern California Schutzhund Club, California Narcotics Canine Association (CNCA) and International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI). Amy gives much volunteer time and expertise to the betterment of shelter dogs. Some of Amy’s other achievements have been the 2007 President’s Volunteer Service Award, spcaLA’s 2005 Outstanding H.E.A.L. (Helping Enhance Animals Lives) Volunteer and 2006 Volunteer of the Year.

Amy is one of the country’s most experienced K9 Nose Work® instructors and is a co-founder of NACSW™. In addition to teaching many of the top competitive teams, she has also reviewed hundreds of trial videos that have provided important insights into training and handling for success. Amy is owner of the Los Angeles based All Good Dogs, LLC. www.allgooddogs.biz

Jill Marie O’Brien, CPDT-KA, Co-Founder: NACSW & K9 Nose Work®

Jill Marie has been working with and training dogs since 1987. As co-founder of the National Association of Canine Scent Work® and K9 Nose Work® Jill Marie has focused her attention on the development of the K9 Nose Work® program. Her work has taken her to almost all the States of the Union, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and most recently Sweden.

In 1996 Jill Marie joined spcaLA and developed the agency’s first Animal Behavior and Training Department since its inception in 1877. During her time at spcaLA she created the HEAL program (Helping Enhance Animals’ Lives) to improve and enrich the lives of the animal clients in the shelter, developed the Standards Program for enhanced assessments, behavior modification and placement recommendations and wrote the dog training curriculum for the TLC program designed for at-risk youth. Jill Marie’s tenure working in the shelter environment has given her a unique insight into how successful dog/human relationships are developed and sustained.

Jill Marie’s years of dog training experience includes developing a behavior assessment protocol for use in the shelter environment, agility instruction and competition, tracking, Animal Assisted Therapy, Schutzhund and canine detection training along with many hours of K9 Nose Work™ development and instruction. As one of the founders of the sport of K9 Nose Work™ and the National Association of Canine Scent Work, LLC™ she is a strong believer in activities that enhance and cultivate teamwork between dog & handler.

Along with her involvement with the NACSW and K9 Nose Work, Jill Marie operates her own dog training and consulting business in the Los Angeles area. She shares her life with her son, Aedan, and husband, Jim, and three dogs, Raven, Grip and Stella.

Rachelle Bailey-Austin, CNWI

Rachelle has always had dogs, Poodles and Poodle mixes, a Rough Collie, German Shepherds, a Papillon and currently Belgian Sheepdogs. She has been involved in the world of dogs since High School going to dog shows with her sister who showed and bred German Shepherds.

She is a CNWI, NACSW Certifying Official, NACSW Judge and NACSW Trial Host. She has been a professional dog trainer using positive reinforcement for the past 25 plus years. She strongly believes in continuing education and regularly attends seminars to keep up her chops in K9 behavior. She owns About Face K-9 Academy in Olympia, WA. She teaches K9 Nose Work®, puppy, basic manners classes as well as working with all behavioral issues in dogs.

She lives with her wonderful husband, Ed, and 4 Belgian Sheepdogs. She has been showing in conformation for the past 20 plus years. Her dog’s accomplishments include a Belgian Sheepdog National Specialty Best of Breed, National Specialty Winner’s Bitch, National Specialty Best of Opposite Sex, Multiple National Specialty Award of Merit and Selects, Multiple Breed Group placements, AKC All Breed Best in Show and Best of Breed at the Westminster dog show. Her dogs have also held rally and obedience titles.

Her main focus now is the amazing activity and sport of K9 Nose Work®. Phoenix is currently working on his NW3 Elite title and has L2I, L2V, L1C and L1E titles.

She and her training partner Dorothy Turley, CPDT, CNWI co-teach K9 Nose Work® classes and co-host 4-6 K9 Nose Work® trials per year.

Photo credit: David Leer

Carolyn Barney, CNWI, CPDT-KA

Carolyn has been training dogs and their people professionally since 1985. In 1991 she founded Gemini Dog Training, a full-service training and daycare facility and then DOGS! Learning Center in 2007. Over the years, Carolyn focused much of her time on behavior modification through private consulting and training classes. She has educated and coached owners of fearful, aggressive, reactive, and/or socially challenged dogs. Carolyn’s teaching background includes: group classes and workshops on clicker training skills, reactive dog management, and a variety of dog sports that included: agility, obedience, tracking, and earthdog. Carolyn attended the first CNWI training course on the east coast and is currently teaching nose work two nights a week. Her students range from those using the activity for enrichment for dogs with behavioral challenges to those that have achieved their ELTCH and are trialing in Summit.

In November 2001, Carolyn made dog training history along with 117 other dog trainers in the USA, passing the first standardized professional certification test created by what is now known as the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers. For the last three decades Carolyn has trained and mentored 100’s of potential dog training instructors. Many of her previous students and staff trained through her instructor programs have gone on to become Certified Pet Dog Trainers (CPDT-KA), running their own classes and businesses.

The desire for a better understanding of the canine mind and behavior has been the motivating factor in all aspects of her dog experience. Beginning with traditional training techniques, she knew there had to be a better way. Pursuing that better way has evolved into clicker training and a more thoughtful scientific and effective use of operant and classical conditioning. Carolyn believes that training and behavior modification should be safe, enjoyable, and successful for both the dog and the humans who love them. Most importantly, she maintains an open mind to new information and what every dog has to teach the human student.

Along with her training and behavior work, Carolyn wrote Clicker Basics for Dogs and Puppies. Carolyn has 2 DVD’s from the Clean Run Instructor Conference, one on Agility Foundation and one on Scaredy Dogs. Carolyn has co-taught canine cognition/behavior courses at Harvard University Extension School with Bruce Blumberg PhD, lectures to dog trainers occasionally and worked for many years as a behavior consultant for the MSPCA, providing reactive dog training classes and behavior therapy for shelter dogs and their families. Carolyn’s full-time job is Training Director of Operation Delta Dog, a not for profit that trains shelter dogs for veterans with PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury.

Carolyn has been training, competing, and titling dogs for 40 years in obedience, conformation, tracking, agility, earth dog, and for the last decade in K9 Nose Work™. Carolyn’s PRT, Steiff, earned the NW Elite title and participated in the 2014 NACSW National Invitational. Carolyn’s Border Collie, Breezy, has her ELTCH title and participated in the 2017 NACSW National Invitational winning one of the searches and placing in another. Her rescue dog, Sam, achieved his NW2 with a first place overall and is now preparing for NW3 competition. Carolyn’s Labrador puppy is having fun working for primary reward.

Christina Bunn, CNWI

Christina Bunn is the owner and master trainer of Puget Sound Detection Dogs. Christina has been training detection dogs for over 21 years and has owned and operated her own facility for over 15 of those years. Christina has evaluated hundreds of canines for work in detection and has trained over 150 for the detection of controlled substances. At one point, Christina had over 50 dogs working throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and the country of Brazil. Among the dogs that worked in Oregon, 11 of those dogs had been with Oregon State Police.

Christina has been an instructor at the Pacific Northwest Police Detection Dog Association’s conference for the last 10 years. Christina is a volunteer for Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue and has served in many capacities for 21 years.

During her time with SCVSAR Christina has handled two canines. K9 Matty was an area search dog and was also crossed trained to locate human remains. K9 Matty’s daughter, K9 Springfield, was a trailing K9 and was also crossed trained for human remains. Christina and her K9 partners were utilized on hundreds of missions and had multiple successes in live find as well as human remains. She is the trainer for the county’s HRD Team and conducts weekly trainings.

Christina trained “Terra” the Eco Dog that currently works for EcoTech LLC in Portland, Oregon. Terra’s duties include locating buried, leaking, heating oil tanks, and detecting soil contamination, including aviation crash sites. Christina has registered two canines with Pet Partners and HOPE Animal Assisted Crisis Response. During Christina and K9 Springfield’s career together, they deployed to the Marysville Pilchuck Highschool murder suicide, the SPU shooting and the HWY 530 Mudslide providing comfort to those involved in these crises.

With over 45 collective years in the working and companion dog realm, Christina has worked with humane societies, boarding kennels, and veterinarian hospitals. She is a Canine Good Citizen/STAR Puppy/AKC Tricks Evaluator, Certified Nose Work Instructor and Trial Judge. She teaches 13 sport detection classes a week for all levels from intro to Summit.

Having the great honor of judging at the first National NACSW trial in 2013, Christina is known for saying, “Don’t ask your dog to lower herself to your level, you, as a handler, must rise up to your dog’s level. You must become a student of your dog.”

Christina competes at the Utility level in Competitive Obedience with her Dutch Shepherd, “Dori”. Christina and “Dori” also compete in Tracking, Agility, Lure Coursing, FAST, and Dock Diving. They have multiple competitive titles under their belt. They have explored Herding and IPO. Christina is married, the mother of 5 adult children, 2 stepsons, and has 12 grandchildren to boot.

Sue Frisch, CNWI

Sue Frisch is a professional dog trainer with 30+ years of experience working with dogs and their owners.   After 25 years managing an animal shelter while also running a dog boarding business at her farm and teaching training classes at night, Sue’s expertise includes everything from basic manners training and behavior modification to dog psychology, nutrition, and exercise. Over the years she has worked with hundreds of families and their pet dogs.

Sue’s nose work journey began when she attended a workshop in June of 2010 and she was completely hooked!  She enrolled in the NACSW’s CNWI course and completed her Instructors certification in October of 2011 and has been involved ever since.  Besides being a regular at many CNWI continuing education workshops and other NACSW seminars around the country, Sue hosts several NACSW sanctioned trials each year, is a Nose Work Camp instructor,  NACSW Trial Site Advisor Team Leader and is a NACSW approved Judge as well as a NACSW Supervising Certifying Official currently approved to officiate NW1/NW2/NW3 and Elite Division trials.

Through her business, Your Dog’s Place, LLC, she and her staff help dog owners train dogs of all sizes, ages, and temperaments to be polite four-legged family members, as well as offering all levels of K9 Nose Work® classes, private and group coaching.  Her many students have successfully titled their dogs in all levels including the first 2 Collies in the country to earn their Elite Champion Titles!

Sue and her Rottweilers, Sully & Obi compete regularly in the Mid Atlantic/North East Region and reside in Honesdale, PA

Leah Gangelhoff, CNWI, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA

Leah Gangelhoff currently owns and operates Flint Hill K-9 Training, LLC serving the Greater Birmingham, AL area. Leah has owned and operated her own canine training and behavior business since 2002, during which time she has developed thousands of private comprehensive education courses for dogs and their owners for puppy, obedience, and serious behavior issues of all kinds, including fear and aggression. While living in Los Angeles, Leah trained in narcotics detection with co-founders Ron Gaunt and Amy Herot from 2004-2006 before the activity and sport of K9 Nose Work® was born. Leah became involved in K9 Nose Work® in 2010 and is a Senior Faculty Member at the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW™), an NACSW™ Trial Judge and Trial Certifying Official, and a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI). She has also developed and presented over 30 workshops and seminars nationally and internationally on a variety of topics in K9 Nose Work®. As a Senior Faculty Member, she has collaborated with Founders and Faculty to create and teach Continuing Education courses for Certified Nose Work Instructors and is currently developing and teaching a Continuing Education webinar series for NACSW™ Certified Nose Work Instructors (CNWI).

Leah has logged over 1000 hours of professional narcotics detection training with a large group of dogs prior to the birth of nose work as a pet dog sport, with mentors Ron Gaunt and Amy Herot and with Rodney Spicer/Gold Coast K-9 from 2004-2006. Leah has personally passed professional detection certifications (both written and search tests) in narcotics detection (POST standards) with Evolution K9 in northern California and with the Oxnard Police Department separately with two different dogs (German Shepherd and Papillon, probably the first and only in narcotics detection).​

Leah trained and trialed her German Shepherd, Konner, in K9 Nose Work® all the way up through the NACSW™ Summit Division for Elite Champion teams. She and Konner competed in four Summit Trials before he passed away in 2020 of a brain tumor at 11 years old. Leah and Konner achieved the highest title possible in K9 Nose Work®, a Summit title, placing 2nd Overall with pronounced designations and first and second placements in many Summit trial searches. She earned an NW3 Elite with her Belgian shepherd, Zephyr, placing First, First, and Second Overall at those trials and has earned an NW2 with her 11 pound terrier mix shelter dog, Bruno Mars. She has just recently introduced her Cattle Dog puppy, Butterbean, to the joy of searching for food in boxes.

Leah has had the honor of being invited by the Camp Director and K9 Nose Work® Founders to teach at over 18 K9 Nose Work® Training Camps since 2011. She currently specializes in teaching K9 Nose Work® classes and privates locally and coaching groups, clinics, and seminars nationally and internationally in the sport of K9 Nose Work®.

Chris Mason, CNWI

Chris Mason is a Certified Nose Work Instructor with the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW). She has been training her own dogs since 1989 (obedience, agility, flyball, show ring), and training and competing with K9 Nose Work® dogs since 2008. Chris and her dog GoGo were the first team with a Bull Terrier to achieve the Elite Level in K9 Nose Work® competition. GoGo eventually achieved ELT2 before retiring from competition. Chris is currently handling Badger at NW3 (and soon Elite!) as well as starting her new youngster, Pixie.

Chris’s focus within the sport of K9 Nose Work® is working with breeds and types of dogs not always associated with canine performance sports, such as lazy mutts, stubborn bull breeds, creative terriers, and independent hounds. She has developed a unique set of tools, skills, and exercises for success with Nose Work dogs with their own agendas.  She is also very active in developing a curriculum for working with puppies and young dogs to build a strong foundation for a later career in K9 Nose Work®.

Chris was a professional horse trainer and riding instructor for over 30 years, instructing and competing in equestrian sports and teaching people how to better understand their animals. She started riding at age 5 and competed in show jumping and dressage through her 20s. After moving to the east coast, she ran a combined-training competition barn in Maryland and finished her career specializing in dressage. In 2000, Chris retired from equestrian sport and moved back to her home state of California.

Chris also volunteered as a zoo keeper for several years at the Los Angeles Zoo, where she worked with birds, rhinoceroses, elephants, tapirs, and various other exotic animals. The only thing she loves doing as much as working with animals is teaching people to work with animals.

Chris lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband and two Bull Terriers.

Lauralea Oliver, CNWI, CPDT-KA, BFA

Lauralea has been working with dogs professionally since 2001. Her experience encompasses work with dogs in many environments and disciplines including animal shelters, working dogs, companion dogs and service dogs. Currently, she is the lead wildlife detection dog trainer and handler for Great Basin Bird Observatory and the wildlife detection dog training consultant for H.T. Harvey & Associates. She is a contributor on project reports and scientific publications and is an international speaker about the role of canines in ecology and conservation.

In addition to her ecological work, Lauralea owns and operates a professional dog training business k9inSCENTive, LLC in Southern California. Her business has provided private and group behavior consultations, dog training and K9 Nose Work classes since 2004. Lauralea also provides detection dog services, working dog evaluations and dog training services for scent detection canines for multiple entities including private and government environmental agencies, law enforcement, private security, pest control companies and service dog organizations.  She is also a Certifying Official and Trial Judge.

As an active member of the National Association of Canine Scent Work, Lauralea is an Elite competitor. As a competitor, she has titled three of her personal dogs in multiple trials. She and her Belgian Malinois, Mayhem, continue to trial and have earned their Elite 1 and a HIT placement at NW3. She is currently bringing up her next two Nose Work dogs. Vector the Inspector, a Dutch shepherd famous for his love of avocados, recently began trialing and so far has earned his NW1 Title. Dash, a Belgian Malinois, recently earned his NW2 Title and took Third Place Overall at his trial.

Khara Schuetzner, CNWI, MA, CPDT-KSA

Khara owns The Doggie Spot, LLC in Shawnee, Oklahoma, and is a NACSW™ Certifying Official and Judge. Khara’s love of K9 Nose Work started in 2010 at the APDT Conference in Atlanta. She flew to California in 2011 for workshops, seminars, and to volunteer at trials, hence starting her personal and professional CNWI journey. Khara started teaching K9 Nose Work in 2011 and still teaches today.

Khara has run a variety of dogs in K9 Nose Work. Cooper, her first dog as a professional handler, got washed out of the program at the age of 18 months due to environmental sensitivity leading to reactivity. “Super Duper Cooper” became the dog who started her competing in Nose Work. In 2017 Cooper retired from competition after earning his ELT1. Over the years, Khara has run a variety of dogs in K9 Nose Work. Currently, her little pup, Winnie (ACD/Bassett, Dachshund, Beagle, Rottie mix) is learning the art of following her nose and will soon start her new adventure competing in K9 Nose Work.

Khara is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge and Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA), a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), a member of the Animal Behavior Society, and a member of the North American Police Working Dog Association (NAPWDA), National Network of Canine Detection Services, and a lifetime member of National Association for Search and Rescue.

Khara’s household includes: 6 rescue dogs, 2 human remains detection dogs, three rescue cats, one donkey, chickens, one goat, one rescue paint horse, a herd of Dorper sheep, and one VERY patient husband. Khara has a strong belief that, “Humans need to listen more to what the animals are telling us and learn to work with them not against them.”

Dorothy Turley, CNWI, CPDT-KA

Dorothy is a professional, full-time dog trainer in the Olympia, Dorothy TurleyWashington area. Her business, Let’s Talk Dogs, specializes in pet dog training, behavior issues and K9 Nose Work®. She began dog training as a hobby in 1995 and quickly became involved with rescue and education work as a volunteer. She eventually transitioned to training others and quit her day job in 2002 to pursue dog training as a full-time professional.

Dorothy teaches classes, private lessons and also hosts educational seminars and workshops. She has also traveled as the working assistant to Kathy Sdao, MS, CAAB (Bright Spot Dog Training). She is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) and a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) and continues her education by attending seminars and workshops. She has graduated from the Dogs of Course Instructor training, CNWI instructor training and 3 sessions of Bob Bailey’s “Chicken Camp.” Over the years she has volunteered and worked at her local shelters and various rescue groups.

In early 2010 Dorothy attended her first K9 Nose Work® seminar with Ron Gaunt. She was hooked. She knew this was a great activity that she wanted to share it with her clients. She began working with her dog and car reactive dog, Zoey, and never looked back. She had no plans to compete with this particular “problem” dog so was thrilled when Zoey not only earned her NW1 title but also took first place. Dorothy is now a Supervising/Elite Certifying Official for the NACSW™. She is also an experienced trial and ORT host, National Trial Coordinator, Trial Representative and Score Room Lead for the NACSW™. She shares her life with her husband and 3 dogs (all mutts) in Rochester, Washington. She is currently trialing with her Chihuahua mix, Brigette, at the NW3 level. Dorothy and Zoey had the honor of attending the National Invitational in November, 2017.

Karin Damon, CNWI - Guest Instructor

Karin has been involved in performance events with dogs since 2002.   She started out in a basic obedience class with her Golden Retriever, Keebler, and put an AKC Versatility title on him. She is presently competing in agility; tracking, obedience and nose work with her other Goldens’: Jig, Jeep and Shamrock (newest member of the family).  All of the clan has been involved in advertising – showing up in various places such as commercials for Claritin, Pedigree, PetSmart Dog Food, A&P Food Stores, and even appearing on “Conan O’Brien” and “Saturday Night Live”. Jeep most recently appeared on the cover of Dog Fancy and Jig has been on the AKC Website.

Karin has achieved the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) Elite Championship title with both Jig and Jeep.  Jig was the first Golden Retriever in the country to earn the Championship title.  Karin and Jig participated in the inaugural NACSW National Invitational in California in 2013 as one of 13 dogs selected throughout the country and was Dog in White for the 2014 and 2017 NACSW National Invitational. Karin is a NACSW Certifying Official, a Trial Site Advisor for NACSW Trials, and a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) teaching nose work since the sport came to the East Coast in March of 2010.

Karin became a certified Pet Tech First Aid and CPR Instructor in San Diego, CA and is working to finish her Canine Rehabilitation Certificate from the University of Tennessee. She was selected to work at the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta, Georgia in the equestrian, mountain biking and modern pentathlon venues. Karin recently retired as the Head Athletic Trainer at Centenary College to start her own business. She is the owner of Shamrock Pot of Gold K9 Scenter in New Jersey.

Kathy Pierce - Guest Instructor

Bio and photo coming soon

Andy Sperber CNWI - Guest Instructor

Andy first discovered K9 Nose Work in 2012 when he was looking for an activity his energetic 2-year-old Golden Retriever Maho could participate in. After the first 6-week class, he was immediately “hooked” and intrigued by the activity.

Using every opportunity to observe and learn how our friends communicate with us in everything they do has become a passion. Attending multiple Nose Work Camps, Seminars, Webinars, and Workshops has exposed the team to an even larger variety of training techniques and environmental situations to expand this knowledge.

His love for nose work has led him on a wonderful journey! Andy & Maho have achieved the titles of NW1, NW2, NW3, NW3 Elite, ELT 1, ELT2, ELT3 and the coveted ELT-CH. They were invited and competed with some of the top nose work teams in the country at the NACSW National Invitational competitions in Loveland, CO in 2015 and in W. Springfield, MA in 2017. They are currently competing in the Summit League and having fun at Element Specialty trials.
Andy likes to say that we never stop learning from the dogs.

Andy is a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) with the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW).He currently resides in New Jersey with his wife Dara (also a CNWI) and their two golden retrievers Maho & Kira. Together they teach Nose Work classes through their business Sniff4Fun, LLC.

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 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 work with dogs and their handlers 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 odor.

Working Campers, Pre-Competition and Beyond – FULL. Wait List Started. See the note at top of webpage for information on how to get on the wait list.
When you bring your dog to camp you will be placed in a group of approximately 8 dogs of similar level. Generally these groups cater to dogs that have not yet achieved an Elite title or equivalent.

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.

Working Campers, Elite groups – FULL. Wait List Started. See the note at top of webpage for information on how to get on the wait list.
We 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 8 working teams. These working groups are designed to meet the needs of teams competing in Elite and Summit League. 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. Dogs must have an NW3 Elite title to participate. There is an additional fee for the smaller Elite groups.

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 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 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 Camp easily.

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

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

All campers must be in good physical condition and able to walk to all activities as cars will be parked at the edge of camp in the parking area. This is a large facility on hilly terrain.

All Campers must be physically able to move their crates, other gear, and your dog short/medium distances to get to the next training area. It may be up or down an hill. A wagon or other type of cart is recommended.

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.

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

Alcohol is strictly prohibited when working dogs or attending classes.

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

COVID-19 – updated February 21, 2022
Due to COVID-19 and all the uncertainty that has come with it, we need to let you know several things:

  • Our goal is to provide a safe environment where we can all feel comfortable and risk is minimized while still enjoying the camp experience.
  • All Campers must be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination upon registration. If you have a religious or medical reason for not being vaccinated then we may be able to work with you on getting tested right before camp and possibly during camp as well. Dana would need to talk to anyone that may want an exception.
  • PCR testing 5 days prior to traveling to camp is strongly recommended/encouraged. See refund policy.
  • Campers should expect to take rapid tests upon arrival at camp and/or during camp.
  • NEW (2/21/22) Campers should bring 2 rapid test kits with them to camp. One to use at registration in the presence of a staff member. The second rapid test should be saved to have available if needed while at camp.
  • All Campers must wear masks for interior searches, and depending on the level of COVID-19 in the area/country, you may be asked to wear masks outdoors as well. Or if things are really good, we may not need masks. Best to plan for them. We will be making decisions based on CDC guidelines and will err on the side of caution.
  • By coming to camp, you will agree to cooperate with the rules or regulations set in place with regards to mask wearing, hand sanitizing, food handling, and other protocols.
  • You will be asked to sign a COVID-19 waiver before coming to camp, indicating that you have had and are up-to-date on your vaccine including boosters, do not have COVID-19, have not been in contact or exposed to any person with COVID-19.
  • Social distancing will be strongly encouraged and/or required in certain situations.
  • Non-compliance may result in dismissal from Camp without a refund.
  • Campers with COVID may not participate in Camp and will be asked to leave.

COVID Cancellation Policy for GA Camp 2022:

12/12/21
Due to the ever changing national COVID situation, it is difficult to anticipate what will be happening when camp runs. We have done our best to come up with a refund policy based on current information that is fair for both the camper who may have COVID, the other campers and staff, and Dogs of Course.

  1. Campers who get COVID within 14 days of the start of Camp or are still symptomatic (other than sense of smell/taste) will be refunded in full minus the non-refundable deposit.  Camper must show proof of positive COVID PCR test from a health care provider to be refunded.
  2. Campers who arrive at Camp and test positive at registration will be refunded as follows:
    • Campers who have had a negative PCR test 5 days or less before the start of Camp will be refunded in full minus the non-refundable deposit. Proof of the negative PCR test from a health care provider is required to be refunded at this level.
    • Campers who have not had a PCR test 5 days or less before the start of Camp will be refunded tuition minus the non-refundable deposit and an additional $300.
  3. Campers who get COVID during camp will be refunded on a prorated basis. Each case will be looked at individually.

These policies may change depending on the current COVID information and status. Registered campers will be informed of changes in this policy.

  • 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 quietly 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 or when owner is not in their lodging. Handlers must sit with dogs that vocalize in their crate during class to quiet them and will miss the opportunity to watch others.
  • 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.

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.

  • All dogs must be able to be safely and humanely physically controlled by their registered handler.
  • All dogs must be kept on a six foot leash unless in designated areas or working directly in a session with camp staff personnel (no moving dogs from one area to another on flexi-leads or long lines).
  • Dogs must remain ON LEASH at all times… NO EXCEPTIONS. (except where noted)
  • Dogs must be crate trained and able to be crated safely and quietly away from the handler.
  • No dog/dog play or interaction will be permitted unless between two dogs residing in the same household.
  • There will be a designated long line or flexi-lead exercise areas for playing ball or swimming your dog. We will not have an off lead area at camp. Off lead outside exercising must be done off camp property.
  • We ask that, regardless of how friendly your dog may be, you respect that not every dog is comfortable with other dogs approaching and may communicate their displeasure. Please ask permission before you let your dog approach or get too close to other dogs. Managing your dog is your direct responsibility. Participants that must be repeatedly reminded of camp rules about not allowing their dog to approach other dogs, or if their dog poses other safety concerns, may be dismissed from camp without refund.
  • If you work a dog that does not do well in close proximity to other dogs or humans, you will need to evaluate carefully the appropriateness of camp for your dog. See above.
  • Dogs that need space or react to dogs or are worried must wear a red bandana and have a bandana tied to his/her crate (or car) to help communicate the dog’s needs.
  • Campers must be willing to negotiate with his/her cabin-mates so there are fair and peaceful living conditions for all involved. Please expect that your dog will need to be crated at least part of the time when in the cabin.
  • 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 will not have an Add-On Day in 2022  at Camp Coleman.

Please see the “Tuition, Lodging and Other Camp Options and Fees” Section  below for details about housing options that are still open.
Lodging listed below may change for 2022 due to ongoing camp construction and COVID. In particular, single occupancy housing may be more limited in 2022 than in previous years. We will update as necessary.

Each camper requests the lodging that best meets her/his needs on a first come basis. Most campers will enjoy the full summer camp experience and bunk in a multiple occupancy cabin with shared bathroom facilities. Cabins are not heated and only have screen doors and windows. However 1- 2 space heaters will be placed in each room and heavy plastic may be placed over the windows and door to help retain heat on chilly nights. Campers should plan to bring sleeping bags or heavy blankets. Electric blankets for the beds are welcome.

2022 Housing: Due to COVID we prefer only to put people that know each other into multiple occupancy cabins. We will do out best to work with campers that want to stay on the property and need roommates.

There will be approximately two to four people in a cabin bunk room. Campers may request roommates. If two or more campers want to be guaranteed a bunk room all to themselves, the pricing is considered “standard rate plus occupancy.” Number, size, and special needs of dogs, or camper requirements, may dictate the lodging accommodations options available. Owners of reactive dogs or socially awkward dogs may find it best to room with friends that understand and can accommodate the dog’s spatial requirements or stay in a private/single room. For those campers with dog reactive dogs that are coming on their own and are staying in the cabins (not a single room), we will do our best to match you with another camper that has a dog with similar social needs or an auditor. It will be up to each camper to work with her/his bunkmate to create a safe and equal living environment. This may require that dogs will have limited time loose in the bunk room and must sleep in their crates or an ex-pen at night. Campers with “friendly” dogs should expect that this may be required for your dog as well.

We have a limited number of heated private/single rooms in the Health Center (friendly, quiet dogs that do not have space considerations) and the Staff Cabin (dogs that need additional space). We may also have additional singles at the Neve Simcha Trailer Housing. Most of these rooms have a single bed and/or set of bunk beds and would be appropriate for one person, a couple or two friends that don’t mind tight quarters and are only traveling with one moderately sized dog each. Crates that stack could also be an advantage in these rooms. Most are smaller rooms so are not appropriate for people with multiple large dogs or lots of gear.

Health Center: There are 4 exterior corridor premium doubles with private bathrooms and seven interior corridor rooms for either one or two people. One of the interior rooms has a private bathroom and the rest share two bathrooms in the common hallway. Dogs must be able to tolerate other dogs and people in the common hallways or directly outside their door. Dogs must be friendly with other dogs to live in the Health Center.

The Staff Cabin is on a hill in a quieter area of camp near some of the search areas but farther from the dining hall. Staff Cabin housing priority will be given to reactive dogs. The Staff Cabin was renovated in 2013 and now has single rooms with two twin beds and private bathrooms. The Staff Cabin is climate controlled.

In 2013 we added more single rooms in a new section of camp called the Neve Simcha Trailer Housing. This is a group of two bedroom trailers on a hill behind the Dining Hall with either single or double beds and a shared common area and bathroom. These single rooms will be reserved for campers with either reactive or friendly dogs. The trailers have space heaters.

Auditor accommodations are generally in the multiple occupancy cabins. Auditors can also stay in the premium double rooms if shared with a working camper. If there are premium cabins or rooms available when camp registration closes auditors may upgrade. Please contact Dana if you have questions.

Campers that prefer more comfortable accommodations are welcome to commute to camp each day or bring a self-contained trailer or RV. There are VERY limited RV spots available. See RV policy below. The tuition for commuting or RV or trailer campers and day campers is the same as multiple occupancy camp.

Campers are expected to bring their own linens. A linen service is available for an additional fee of $30 for those that are flying or using public transportation to camp and are unable to bring their own. Linen will include: towels, a set of sheets with pillowcases, a pillow and blankets. Beds in the cabins are twin bunk beds and in the single rooms are regular twins, twin bunk beds or doubles in the Neve Simcha Trailer Housing.

Cleaning Fees: For 2022, Camp Coleman is requiring a cleaning fee for all on-site campers that bring dogs as the dog hair requires special attention. It is $75 per camper staying in camp housing. 

Commuters: Lodging: Click here for local hotel and campground information

RV Spots are FULL. Wait List only. Contact Bonnie to be placed on the wait list.
A very limited number of RVs and trailers are welcome, however they must be self-contained. The camp does not have water or electrical hook-ups or a dump station. Please do not expect electricihttp://mail to:dogs_of_course@comcast.netty; if we can provide it we will.

The RV sites are in busy areas or the parking lots so plan that dogs and people will be walking by and classes could be run in the general area. For safety reasons no outside ex-pens or tie outs are allowed. Dogs must be walked on leash. We will assign a location for each RV ahead of time.

RV’s must arrive between 10:00 – 11:30am on Thursday so we have the staffing to get the vehicle settled. No late arrivals. No exceptions.

Additional non-working dog fees also apply to people staying in RV’s and trailers. Two dogs per registered working camper. If you are bringing more than three dogs, you will need approval from Dana Crevling.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served in the dining hall at designated times starting with lunch on arrival day and ending with breakfast on move out day. The menu will consist of simple but healthy, filling food for omnivores as well as vegetarians.. The camp meals will be provided by a catering service this year as the camp chef, Nellie, has retired.  We look forward to having a great food experience with the new chefs. We are sorry but we cannot promise to cater to specific dietary restrictions and suggest campers that have special needs supplement their meals as needed. A grocery store is 10 minutes from Camp.

We will have a camp store with fun Nose Work related items, including T-shirts, for you and your dog. Cash and checks are strongly encouraged. Credit card payment may be limited due to wifi conductivity.

Continuing Education Credits:

NACSW™
10 CEUs

CCPDT
13.5 CEUs for CPDT-KA/KSA

IAABC
25 CEUs  for working spots
10 CEUs for auditors

KPA-CTP

30 CEUs

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

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 plan to have a professional photographer at camp taking photos of the camp experience.

2022 Camp Tuition

Tuition includes 1 or 2 dogs. See costs for additional dogs below. Camp tuition covers lodging, meals and all classes and activities.

Lodging preference is not guaranteed. We have limited camp housing, so once the reserved rooms fill up, you will only be able to attend as a Commuter.

Anyone who is not staying at Camp Coleman is considered a commuter. Commuter rate applies to campers staying in any housing that is not designated for our group. The Commuter fee will cover meals, all training and other activities.

 

Tuition before or on 1-15-2022 after 1-15-2022
Working Spot $1295 $1345
Working Spot – Elite (+$655) $1950 $2000
Auditor Spot $665 $715
Helper
Logistics Team Member
Register only if you’ve been approved/accepted. Email Bonnie for information.
Helpers can choose Camp Housing or Commuter option.
$395 $395
Room/Accommodation Options
Standard Room – Multi
Multiple Occupancy Cabin, 2-4 people in an unheated cabin bunk room (electric space heaters)
+$0 +$0

Standard Room Plus – Multi:

Private cabin for 2 or more people who want their own cabin bunk room. Unheated cabin bunk room (electric space heaters). Limited number.

If you want to stay with someone during camp, tell us your roommate’s name.

+$100 +$100

Premium Room – Single:

Available to Auditors only if other occupant is a working camper.

FULL. Single room with separate entrance and own bath. Heated. Reactive and Friendly dog housing.
FULL. Wait list started. Contact Bonnie to be placed on the wait list.

Single Room in camp trailer (1 trailer room left) that has 2 bedrooms, a common area and a shared bath. Reactive and Friendly dog housing.

FULL. Single room/shared bath/interior corridor/central heat (limited number). NO reactive dogs due to location.
FULL. Wait list started. Contact Bonnie to be placed on the wait list.

+$200 +$200

Premium Room –  Double:

Double Room in a camp trailer (limited number) that has 2 bedrooms, a common area and a shared bath. Reactive and Friendly dog housing.

FULL  Double room/shared bath/interior corridor/central heat (limited number). NO reactive dogs due to location.
FULL. Wait list started. Contact Bonnie to be placed on the wait list.

If you want to stay with someone during camp, tell us your roommate’s name.

+$200 +$200

Commuter:

Stay offsite and commute to camp daily.

+$0 +$0

RV Spot:

For Working Spots Only.
RV Spots are FULL Wait list started
FULL. Wait list started. Contact Bonnie to be placed on the wait list.

Limited number. RVs must be self-contained.
Tell us the size and type of RV.

+$0 +$0
Additional Options
One additional dog (total of three dogs)
Only for working participants; auditors cannot bring dogs.
$90 $90
Two additional dogs (total of four dogs)
Only for working participants; auditors cannot bring dogs.
$180 $180
Please contact Dana if you need to bring more than 3 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 cannot bring their own linens.
$30 $30
Cleaning Fee
For Working Campers and LTM bringing a dog and living on-site.
Auditors and Commuters do not need to pay a cleaning fee.
$75 $75

Registration ends at 5:00pm EST on February 21, 2022 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 – January 21, 2022.
Payment Options: You may pay via PayPal or check. Your registration will not be considered complete until we receive payment and approve your attendance. Registration is pending for check payment until received and processed and we approve your attendance.

Working spots are limited. 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 all information below along with the cancellation policy carefully (posted in next section) before registering.

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 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.
    • 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 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.

 

COVID-19
Due to COVID-19 and all the uncertainty that has come with it, we need to let you know several things:

  • Our goal is to provide a safe environment where we can all feel comfortable and risk is minimized while still enjoying the camp experience.
  • All Campers must be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination upon registration. If you have a religious or medical reason for not being vaccinated then we may be able to work with you on getting tested right before camp and possibly during camp as well. Dana would need to talk to anyone that may want an exception.
  • PCR testing 5 days prior to traveling to camp is strongly recommended/encouraged. See refund policy.
  • Campers should expect to take rapid tests upon arrival at camp and/or during camp.
  • All Campers must wear masks for interior searches, and depending on the level of COVID-19 in the area/country, you may be asked to wear masks outdoors as well. Or if things are really good, we may not need masks. Best to plan for them. We will be making decisions based on CDC guidelines and will err on the side of caution.
  • By coming to camp, you will agree to cooperate with the rules or regulations set in place with regards to mask wearing, hand sanitizing, food handling, and other protocols.
  • You will be asked to sign a COVID-19 waiver before coming to camp, indicating that you have had and are up-to-date on your vaccine including boosters, do not have COVID-19, have not been in contact or exposed to any person with COVID-19.
  • Social distancing will be strongly encouraged and/or required in certain situations.
  • Non-compliance may result in dismissal from Camp without a refund.
  • Campers with COVID may not participate in Camp and will be asked to leave.

COVID Cancellation Policy for GA Camp 2022:

12/12/21
Due to the ever changing national COVID situation, it is difficult to anticipate what will be happening when camp runs. We have done our best to come up with a refund policy based on current information that is fair for both the camper who may have COVID, the other campers and staff, and Dogs of Course.

  1. Campers who get COVID within 14 days of the start of Camp or are still symptomatic (other than sense of smell/taste) will be refunded in full minus the non-refundable deposit.  Camper must show proof of positive COVID PCR test from a health care provider to be refunded.
  2. Campers who arrive at Camp and test positive at registration will be refunded as follows:
    • Campers who have had a negative PCR test 5 days or less before the start of Camp will be refunded in full minus the non-refundable deposit. Proof of the negative PCR test from a health care provider is required to be refunded at this level.
    • Campers who have not had a PCR test 5 days or less before the start of Camp will be refunded tuition minus the non-refundable deposit and an additional $300.
  3. Campers who get COVID during camp will be refunded on a prorated basis. Each case will be looked at individually.

These policies may change depending on the current COVID information and status. Registered campers will be informed of changes in this policy.

URJ Camp Coleman
201 Camp Coleman Dr.
Cleveland, GA 30528

From Cleveland, GA (Drive time: 10 Min.)
Take LEFT onto Route 129 North in the center of Cleveland go approximately 7 miles, slow down when you approach mile marker 14. Immediately after passing mile marker 14, turn left into the camp entrance.

From Atlanta, GA (Drive time: 1 1/2 hours)
Take Interstate 75/85 North from Atlanta Airport (or points South). When you see signs for I-85 North and I-75 North (they spilt), take I-85 toward Greenville for just a short time and watch carefully for Exit 87*, GA 400 (easy to miss). Take GA 400 North all the way to North GA (over 1 hour). Shortly after the Premium Outlet Stores at Dawsonville, GA 400 ends and becomes Longbranch Road. Go straight onto Longbranch for 4.7 miles to a stop light at Route 52. Take a RIGHT onto Route 52 ( this road will become 115) toward Cleveland. Proceed approximately 13 miles to the center of Cleveland, Take LEFT onto Route 129 North in the center of Cleveland go approximately 7 miles, slow down when you approach mile marker 14. Immediately after passing mile marker 14, turn left into the camp entrance

**PLEASE NOTE**
Exit numbers change periodically; please refer to www.mapquest.com for the most up to date exit numbers

Airport: Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Atlanta, GA

Questions? Contact Dana Crevling at Crevling@dogsofcourse.com

If you have questions about whether you and/or your dog qualify for camp or other concerns, please contact Dana via the email link.  Click here to email Dana Crevling

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