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K9 Nose Work Training Camp
Camp Friendship
Palmyra, VA
April 5, 2024 – April 9, 2024
Friday – Tuesday

Everyone, please read all the information on this webpage, especially the COVID policy and the Cancellation/Refund policies for COVID and Canine Health. 

Cost:
Working Spot: Starts at $ 1,370.00  Currently full, but PLEASE sign up for the wait list at the registration link. If we get enough interest, we may be able to add another group. 
Elite Working Spot: Starts at $2,170.00 Currently full, but PLEASE sign up for the wait list at the registration link. If we get enough interest, we may be able to add another group. 
Auditor Spot: Starts at $675.00
Logistics Team/Helpers: Starts at $375.00

Registration ends at 5:00pm EST on Thursday, February 29, 2024, 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 read all information below along with the cancellation policy carefully before registering.



Campers Arrive:

Friday, April 5, 2024 between 9:30am – 11:30am.
Camp starts after lunch with orientation and training class.

Campers Leave:
Campers leave on Tuesday morning, April 9, 2024, after breakfast.

Camp Size:
Current limit is approximately 31 – 39 working campers plus auditing campers and Logistics Team Members. Approximately 8 campers per regular working group and 5 campers per Elite Group. We will do our best to add more working spots as needed.

 

Small Camp Experience!

VA Camp will offer all the amenities of our larger camps in a small training atmosphere.

Location

Camp Friendship
573 Friendship Way
Palmyra, VA 22963

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.

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 consider our instructors’ 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. Your days include 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 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.

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, hosting trials, and instruction.
Read more about each instructor below.

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 four days / 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 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 rescued and trained service dogs for veteran’s full time for 8 years.

Carolyn has been training, competing, and titling dogs for 40 years in obedience, conformation, tracking, agility, earth dog, and for the last decade plus 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 is a Summit competitor. She participated in the 2017 NACSW National Invitational winning one of the searches and placing in another. Her rescue dog, Sam, achieved his NW3 Elite in just 5 trials that included placements and a first overall for his NW2. Carolyn’s future competition dog, Opal, is a black Labrador Retriever. Opal is 2.5 and has her NW2 and prepping for a fun career! Placing 2nd and then 1st for her NW1 and NW2.

Christina Bunn, CNWI

Christina BunnChristina 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.

Karin Damon, CNWI

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.

Jen Johnson, CNWI

Jen Johnson graduated from James Madison University and Penn State University. She was a health care professional for many years until she left the industry to work with dogs full-time.

Jen started teaching with Paws Plus in 2008 in the Tracking program. The joy of watching dogs identify a scent and follow it to the end was fascinating to Jen and gave her the spark to delve into the world of canine scenting sports. Since that time, she has trained two K9NW Elite Champions.

In 2010, Jen became a K9 Nose Work fan after taking her first class with her black Lab, Shadow. Shadow was environmentally fearful and K9 Nose Work changed her life. Shadow went from being shy and trembling to an outgoing searcher that earned the Elite Championship in 2019. Seeing the positive changes in Shadow’s life, Jen became a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) in 2011 and began teaching K9 Nose Work classes in the Richmond, VA area with her parents, Jim and Janie Simmons. At Paws Plus Training, LLC, Jen works with students of all levels to discover and enhance the amazing scenting abilities of dogs. Jen enjoys watching dogs come out of their shells while participating in Nose Work and watching the bonds develop between dogs and their handlers. 

Together with Janie and Jim, Jen has helped host more than 30 trial days in Virginia and volunteered at countless trials. She is a NACSW Certifying Official and Judge as well as Score Room Lead. She also judges all levels for AKC Scent Work. Jen enjoys setting level appropriate challenges for teams and watching teams across the country solve odor problems. In 2021, she became a Supervising Certifying Official and helps train certifying officials for NACSW.  

Jen resides near Richmond, Virginia with her husband, son, and daughter. She currently trains Mango and Kiwi in Nose Work and Tracking.  

Andy Sperber, CNWI

 

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! Over the course of their career, Andy & Maho 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 also competed in the Summit League and had fun at Element Specialty trials. Sadly, Maho has since passed away.

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, Kira and an up-and-coming puppy. Together they teach Nose Work classes through their business Sniff4Fun, LLC.

Silke Wittig, CNWI, CPDT-KSA, ACBC

Silke was introduced to K9 Nose Work® in 2010 and became one of first two Certified Nose Work Instructors (CNWI™) in PA in 2011.  In addition to instructing group classes, private sessions, coaching clinics and offering video reviews, Silke has hosted multiple NACSW™-sanctioned ORTs, trials and workshops.  She has taught at several K9NW camps hosted by Dogs of Course and is also a webinar presenter for the K9 Nose Work® Education Division and Dogs of Course Virtual Nose Work Camp.  Silke was also an instructor at the Training Fest West in 2023. To stay current on her K9NW education, she revisits the CNWI training and attends workshops, webinars and coaching days on a regular basis.

Silke is a Supervising Certifying Official and Judge for NACSW™-approved trials and ORTs and is involved in various admin projects for the NACSW trial and the K9 Nose Work® education department.

Silke loves to work on all aspects of this great dog sport while making sure that both ends of the leash have fun in a safe environment!  She has a soft spot for shelter dogs and introduced K9NW to several local shelters, two of which have now included it in their regular canine enrichment program.

Silke is also a certified professional dog trainer and behavior consultant and has been running HeRo Canine Consulting LLC, a successful dog training and behavior consulting business since 2006.

She currently competes with her 8-year-old Pit Bull Snap in NACSW™ nose work competitions and is an avid K9NW lover.

Dana Crevling, CNWI - Camp Director

Dana is a dog training and behavior geek. Over the last 40+ years she has attended, participated, or hosted hundreds of seminars, workshops, courses, camps, classes, and webinars to better understand canine and animal training and behavior.

Dana has made a career working in the dog training, rescue, and behavior professions since 1986. She worked in not-for-profit animal agencies until 1999, when she started Dogs of Course with the creation of her first Instructor Training Course. Instructor Training Courses were held in a shelter environment and trained hundreds of dog training instructors over the next eighteen years. Her dedication to improving the lives of dogs and their owners through quality education, while continuing to support charitable efforts, were the motivating factors when she started Dogs of Course, and they continue to be the guiding forces for all projects she creates.

Dana has been involved with canine camps starting in the mid 1980’s as a camper and/or staff member. Through her interest in agility, she created and operated an agility summer camp, Competitive Edge Sports Camp (2000-2004) that offered consistent cutting-edge training in a small friendly environment reminiscent of children’s sleepover camp. She also joined forces with Clean Run and co-produced the very popular Clean Run Camps, as well as a conference specifically for agility instructors in 2007 and 2008. It only made sense to approach the NACSW founders to start up K9NW Training Camp as the sport started to gather momentum. Since the very first K9NW Training Camp in 2010, Dana has planned and organized over 45 K9NW Training Camps and hopes to run many more.

Dana has been competing in dog sports since 1984, believing in building a deep connection with her dogs through teamwork. She has titled in obedience, field, conformation, earthdog, rally, agility, and Nose Work. She has dabbled in tracking, canine freestyle, canine square dancing and herding. Dana has trained and competed in Nose Work with two Flat-Coated Retrievers, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi and a Norfolk Terrier. Her 5th Nose Work dog, an adolescent Flat-Coated Retriever, is happily searching for primary and will put on odor soon.

Kathy Pierce, CNWI - Operations Manager

Kathy grew up in a dog show family and has been training dogs all of her life. Her mom showed in conformation, obedience & agility and Kathy followed completely in her footsteps. While still working as an engineer at the phone company, Kathy began trialing on the weekends in agility, hunting, obedience, rally, dock diving, etc. Then when she retired, she jumped whole heartedly into ALL the sports!

Always looking for new venues, Kathy took a K9 Nose Work Intro class with Taz, one of her springers who wasn’t thrilled with agility at the time. And they were sold on it! Taz became the first springer to earn an ELT-CH. Kathy became a NACSW trial coordinator, a NACSW Certifying Official, and CNWI. Kathy lives in the Atlanta area with her husband, Woody. She has been teaching weekly Nose Work classes for many many years while also traveling all over the country trialing and CO’ing. Kathy has hosted MANY NACSW trials in the Atlanta area and has plans for LOTS more!

Kathy stays BUSY teaching nosework classes and trialing two summit springers, two NW3 springers, and her baby girl in NW2.  She has had four ELT-CH springers (the first two in the country) & recently titled and took 3rd place in a summit trial with her boy, Dusty.

Steve Stirrat, CNWI - Logistics Team Supervisor

Steve has the status of CNWI and taught classes for 9 years. He recently retired from teaching as full-time Flight Paramedic for Shandscair Hospital in Gainesville, FL kept him more than busy.  He now has Nose Work fun with his dogs, Koda and Murphy, as part of a group of friends that have a weekly training group.

Steve brings energy, enthusiasm, experience, and competence to our team. As the Logistics Team Supervisor, Steve starts work at dawn and goes late into the night making sure everything is running perfectly for the campers, instructors, and his Logistics Team Members. Thank you, Steve!

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/Scent 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®/Scent 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®/Scent 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, as well as instructors certified with other organizations, will be given continuing education credit that is necessary for keeping your status current.

See the Continuing Education Units section below for full details.

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 spots are limited.

Working Campers, Pre-Competition and Beyond Currently full, but PLEASE sign up for the wait list at the registration link. If we get enough interest, we may be able to add another group. 
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 NACSW Elite title or the equivalent in other scent work organizations.

Elite/Summit titled teams (or equivalent) are also welcome to participate in the “regular” working groups. Elite/Summit/equivalent 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/Summit/SWM/DDCH groups  Currently full, but PLEASE sign up for the wait list at the registration link. If we get enough interest, we may be able to add another group. 
We offer specialized groups for our Elite/Summit League teams and those with AKC Scent Work Master (SWM) title, USCSS Detection Dog Champion (DDCH), or equivalent,  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 Summit League and competing toward SWME and Detective Titles. 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, Summit League, SWM, and DDCH teams. Dogs must have an NW3 Elite title and/or AKC SWM or USCSS DDCH (or equivalent) title to participate. There is an additional fee for the smaller Elite groups.

  • 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.

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.

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.

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, and 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 can be a physical job that requires lifting and the ability to walk around the Camp easily.

Please contact Michele 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 facility is 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.

There will be a designated smoking area for those who want to smoke. 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.

Camp Friendship has been family run for over 50 years. Located in Palmyra, VA, at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this camp is just 30 minutes from Charlottesville, VA and 1 hour from Richmond, VA. Easy access to highways as well as shopping and dog friendly hotels. Situated on 520 acres of rolling hills with a spectacular lake, open fields, and lots of places to walk your dog (on leash please), Camp Friendship provides a perfect setting for nose work fun.

Click Here to take a virtual tour of the grounds!

 

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 due to ongoing camp improvements. We will update as necessary.

HOUSING IS LIMITED at this camp.

2024 Housing: Each camper requests the lodging that best meets her/his needs. We will do our best to work with campers that want to stay on the property. Due to limited housing on the property, priority may be given to campers that have a roommate(s) in order to best accommodate as many people as possible. Campers must find their own roommates. This may mean that commuting may be an option if your housing choice is not available.

The housing at Camp Friendship offers a true sleepover camp experience. Campers should expect rustic charm and very basic amenities.  The cabins are not heated or air-conditioned. Cabins will be equipped with a space heater or fan furnished by the camp. All cabins have twin beds/bunkbeds.

Campers must bring their own linens. There is no linen service. Campers should plan to bring sleeping bags or heavy blankets. Electric blankets for the beds are welcome.

Camp Friendship’s housing is comprised of “villages.” Some villages have bathrooms in the cabins while others have a centrally located bathhouse.

Pine Grove: Full. Email Bonnie to be put on the waitlist. There are two types of cabins. The first configuration has 4 bunkbeds and 2 single beds in one large room with private 2 toilet and 2 shower bathroom.  The other configuration has 2 bunk rooms with own door off a main entrance area, each room has 3 bunk beds and 1 single bed with a private bathroom with 1 toilet and 1 shower. Park next to your cabin.

Cedar Grove: Full. Email Bonnie to be put on the waitlist. There are two types of cabins. The first configuration has 6 bunkbeds in one large room with private 2 toilet and 2 shower bathroom.  These cabins are open to reactive or friendly dogs. The second configuration has 2 bunk rooms off a main entrance area, each room has 3 bunk beds and 1 single bed with a private bathroom with 1 toilet and 1 shower.  There are NO DOORS to close rooms off from common foyer, Campers MUST use an expen and sheets to close off the entrance from the other room.  These rooms offer moderate privacy and can be good for friends who want their own rooms but don’t mind someone nearby. FRIENDLY non-reactive dogs only. Park in one of the two lots right by your cabin.

Dogwood: These cute cabins are perfect for campers that want their own space. Each cabin has 4 bunkbeds. Restrooms are located in a bathhouse just a short walk away. Campers that stay here should be fully mobile and can walk on uneven ground. Parking is close to these cabins.

Shared Cabin Bunk Rooms: Multiple occupancy cabins will house approximately two to four people in a cabin bunk room. Number, size, and special needs of dogs, or camper requirements, may dictate the lodging accommodations options available. Owners of reactive or socially awkward dogs should only room with friends that understand and can accommodate the dog’s spatial requirements or stay in a private/single room, or commute. It will be up to each camper to work with her/his bunk mate to create a safe and equal living environment. This may require that dogs will have limited time loose in the bunk room and may need to 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.

Single Rooms/Cabin Bunk Rooms:
A limited number of single bunk rooms/cabins are expected to be available. 

Pet Cleaning Fees: $40
The ability to stay at a children’s camp with our dogs is a privilege. No matter how well we clean-up after ourselves, facilities need extra cleaning after dogs stay.  For all campers living on-site that bring dogs there will be a $40 per camper pet cleaning fee. This includes Logistic Team Members who bring a dog with them to camp. Commuters, Auditors and LTM without a dog do not have to pay the fee.

Additional cleaning or damage fees may be required if a camper leaves their housing in worse condition than when they arrived.

Commuters: Campers that prefer more up-scale accommodations are welcome to commute to camp each day. Commuters who are working dogs should plan on crating their dogs in their vehicles. Vehicles will be parked at the edges of the camp or in one of the athletic fields that may be a walk from the main activities. Campers must provide their own shade as needed. We will not have a commuter crating cabin at this camp. All meals, classes and all activities are included with commuter tuition.

Commuters are responsible for locating and making their own sleeping arrangements. Below is a partial list of area dog friendly hotels. There are also many VRBO and Airbnb rentals in the area. The “Bring Fido” website has some ideas for lodging as well.

Local Hotels
20 Minutes from Camp Friendship:

  • Best Western Zion Crossroads, 135 Wood Ridge Ter, Gordonsville, VA 22942.  Pet fee $40/day. A refundable cleaning and damage deposit of $150 is required upon check-in. Allows dogs up to 80 pounds.
  • Prospect Hill Inn, 2887 Poindexter Road, Louisa, VA 23093.  Pet fee of $35/dog/night. 2 dog maximum

25– 30 minutes from Camp Friendship:

  • Homewood Suites by Hilton Charlottesville, 2036 India Dr, Charlottesville, VA 22901. $75 pet fee/stay.2 big dogs welcome.
  • Holiday Inn Charlottesville Monticello, 1200 5th St SW, Charlottesville, VA 22902.  $20/pet/ night
  • Red Roof Inn, 2011 Holiday Dr, Charlottesville, VA 22901. One pet up to 80 pounds stays free.
  • Hyatt Place Charlottesville, 2100 Bond St, Charlottesville, VA 22901. $75 pet fee/stay (up to 6 nights).
  • Graduate Charlottesville, 1309 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903. $75 pet fee/stay.

We will have room for 3 – 4 camper RV parking spots in 2024. The total number depends on the size of the RVs/trailers.

You MUST be self-contained. No hook-ups available.

 Dogs must be leash walked. No “expen toilet areas” please.

Eating at Camp Friendship will go beyond your expectations of “camp food.” Chef Oleg joined the Friendship staff after many years working at high end resorts in Florida. He provides fresh high-quality scratch-made farm to table dining. Breakfasts will always include a fruit and yogurt bar. Lunch and dinners will have salad bars. You will enjoy a great meal no matter whether you are an omnivore, vegetarian, vegan, dairy free or gluten free. We are sorry, but we cannot cater to specific dietary restrictions beyond the basic categories and suggest campers that have special needs supplement meals as required.

Campers and staff eat together in the dining hall, outside at picnic tables, or takeout to your cabin. 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.  Coffee and tea service with daily snacks are always available, too.

Camp Friendship offers limited shared refrigeration (no freezer) as well as ice for your cooler.  You may also want to bring a plug-in cooler for your cabin.

Grocery stores are about 15- 20 minutes from Camp.

  • 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) must 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 a crate or ex-pen 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 that still may be contagious due to illness, or exposed to an illness, may be asked not to attend. Dogs with a contagious illness that may affect the rest of the dog population may be asked to leave without refund. PLEASE READ the Canine Health Specific Refund Information carefully.

 

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 categories below, we ask that you leave her/him 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 away from the search areas.
  • 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 her/his crate (or car) to help communicate the dog’s needs.
  • Campers must be willing to negotiate with her/his 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.

Female dogs with working spots in season will be permitted to participate in this camp. Additional dogs coming to camp as non-working companions can NOT be in season. If a registered working dog comes in season, the dog may participate if the camper agrees to the following rules:

  • Owners must commute or have a single room. Upgrading housing to accommodate your dog may incur an additional fee. 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 in designated area.
  • Expect to have a designated toilet area near your cabin or vehicle if commuting.
  • Movement of female dogs in season will 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 depending on your group dynamics.
  • 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 so she can prepare for you.

See Cancellation and Refund section for all options including refunds.

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

We will continue the Dogs of Course tradition and hold our charity raffle.

Continuing Education Credits:

NACSW™
10 CEUs for CNWIs

CCPDT
15.5 (2 Knowledge and 13.5 Skills) – CEUs for CPDT-KA/KSA – working spots
11 – CEUs for CPDT-KA/KSA – auditor

KPA-CTP
30 – CEUs for working spots
27 – CEUs for auditors

No video or audio taping of lectures, demonstrations 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.

COVID-19 (12/7/23 revision)
Due to COVID-19 and our commitment to providing the safest environment possible, 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 participants must not have contracted COVID less than 7 days prior to coming to camp AND must be symptom free.
  • ALL participants must not have been in contact with, living with, or exposed to any person with COVID- 19 for at least 5 days prior to the start of camp.
  • All Campers are encouraged to discuss vaccination and risks of attending Camp with their doctors. Vaccination is not required.
  • PCR testing or rapid testing 5 days and then one day prior to traveling to camp is encouraged.
  • Campers will be required to take rapid tests and may have temperatures taken upon arrival at camp and/or during camp. Campers that test positive and/or have a temperature will be asked to leave without refund.
  • 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 should be prepared to wear masks for interior searches depending on the level of COVID-19 in the area/country. Best to plan for them. We will be making decisions based on CDC guidelines and current outbreak levels. We 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 stating that you do not currently have COVID-19 and have not been in contact or exposed to any person with COVID-19 in the past 5 days.
  • Social distancing may be encouraged and/or required in certain situations.
  • Non-compliance may result in dismissal from Camp without a refund.
  • Campers with COVID either at registration or during camp may not participate in Camp and will be asked to leave immediately without refund.
  • By registering and attending Camp you fully understand that there is risk of contracting COVID-19.
  • These policies also apply to other highly contagious illnesses that have health implications for the whole community. The specific number of days to be illness free may be adjusted depending on the specific illness.
  • By registering for, and/or attending Camp, you fully agree to accept these policies, and decisions made by the Camp Director or person acting as Director or given authority to make these decisions and their interpretation of these or other related policies listed or not listed.

See Cancellation and Refund section for COVID specific refund policies.

Registration ends at 5:00pm ET on February 29, 2024, 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 for this camp is due February 29, 2024.

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.

2024 Camp Tuition

Camp tuition covers lodging, meals and all classes and activities. Tuition includes 1 working dog and an additional companion dog if you wish. See costs for additional dogs (more than 2) below.

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 Friendship 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.

 

TuitionCostsNotes
Working Spot – Commuter/base rate Currently full, but PLEASE sign up for the wait list at the registration link. If we get enough interest, we may be able to add another group. 
$13708 dog and handler teams per group
Working Spot – Elite – Commuter/base rate (+$800) Elite working spots are currently full, but PLEASE sign up for the wait list at the registration link. If we get enough interest, we may be able to add another group.
$21705 dog and handler teams per group
Auditor Spot – Commuter/base rate$675
Helper – Commuter/base rate
Logistics Team Member
With or without dog.
Register only if you’ve been approved/accepted. Email Michele for information.
With or without dog.
$375Shared cabin housing: Additional $100 plus $40 cleaning fee for those with a dog.  You will see 2 options when you register: LTM commuter and LTM camp housing.
Room/Accommodation Options
Shared Cabin at Cedar Grove: Full. Email Bonnie to be put on the waitlist.
Private unheated cabin with bathroom for 2 – 4 people who want privacy. Preference may be given to larger groups. Space heater provided by the camp. Open floor plan with 4 bunk beds and 2 single beds. Two private bathrooms with 1 toilet and 1 shower. Convenient parking near cabin. CAMPERS MUST ALREADY HAVE ROOMMATES AND LIST ON REGISTRATION. Reactive dogs welcome IF approved by all occupants. Limited number.
+$200
Shared Bunkroom at Cedar Grove: Full. Email Bonnie to be put on the waitlist.
Private unheated bunk room for 2 people. Private bathroom with 1 toilet and 1 shower. 3 bunk beds. Space heater provided by the camp. Convenient parking near cabin. Each cabin has a main entrance into a foyer with two bunkrooms. There are NO DOORS to close rooms off from common foyer, Campers MUST use expen and sheets to close off the entrance from other room. FRIENDLY non-reactive dogs only. CAMPERS MUST ALREADY HAVE ROOMMATES AND LIST ON REGISTRATION. Limited number.
+$100
Single at Pine Grove
FOR REACTIVE DOGS: Full. Email Bonnie to be put on the waitlist.
Private unheated bunkroom with bathroom for 1 person who want their own cabin bunkroom. Space heater provided by the camp. Each cabin has 2 bunk rooms with own door off a main entrance area, the room has 3 bunk beds and 1 single bed with a private bathroom with 1 toilet and 1 shower. REACTIVE DOG HOUSING. Limited number.
For working teams only. Auditors cannot have singles.
+$300
Single at Cedar Grove
FOR FRIENDLY DOGS: Full. Email Bonnie to be put on the waitlist. 
Private unheated bunkroom for 1 person. Private bathroom with 1 toilet and 1 shower. 3 bunk beds. Space heater provided by the camp. Convenient parking near cabin. Each cabin has a main entrance into a foyer with two bunkrooms. There are NO DOORS to close rooms off from common foyer, Campers MUST use expen and sheets to close off the entrance from other room. FRIENDLY non-reactive dogs only. Limited number.
For working teams only. Auditors cannot have singles.
+$200
Single or Double at Dogwood
FOR ALL DOGS:
Private unheated bunk room for 1 or 2 people. 3 bunk beds. Space heater provided by the camp. NO BATHROOM in cabin. Nearby Bathhouse for toilets and showers. Convenient parking in village area. Camper must be able to negotiate uneven ground. CAMPERS MUST ALREADY HAVE ROOMMATE AND LIST ON REGISTRATION. Both Reactive and Friendly dogs are welcome.
For working teams only. Auditors cannot have singles. 
+$100
Commuter:
Stay offsite and commute to camp daily. Includes three meals a day and all activities; no housing. Dogs crated in your car when not in class. Cars may be parked on the outskirts of camp or in athletic fields.
+$0
RV Spot
Only 3-4 RV/camper spots at this camp.
You must be self-contained. There are no hookups. Parked near the show ring.
+$100
Additional Options
One additional dog (dog #3)
Only for working participants, auditors cannot bring dogs. Must live in single housing, standard multi plus, or commute.
$90$90
Two additional dogs (dog #4)
Only for working participants, auditors cannot bring dogs. Must live in single housing, standard multi plus, or commute.
$180$180
Please contact Dana if you need to bring more than 2 dogs for one working participant as this may limit housing options or your ability to be a camper.
Linen Service – no linens
Campers must bring their own linens. There is no linen service at this camp,
N/AN/A
Cleaning Fee
For Working Campers and LTM bringing a dog and living in a cabin.
Auditors, RV campers and commuters do not need to pay a cleaning fee.
$40$40

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.

Refund Schedule:

  • 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 /$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 50% of the tuition after the $200/$275 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/$275 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 wait list. 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, the camper agrees to all policies and the team can fit the previously requested housing assignment or commute.
  • 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.

COVID Specific Refund Info:
(updated 12/7/23)

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.

  • Campers who get COVID within 7 days of the start of Camp, or are still symptomatic (other than sense of smell/taste), will only be refunded in full minus the non-refundable deposit only if we are able to fill your spot from our current wait list.
  • Campers who arrive at Camp and test positive and/or have a temperature at registration will not be refunded any portion of their tuition.
  • Campers who get COVID during camp will not be refunded any portion of their tuition.

These policies may change depending on the current COVID information and status. Dogs of Course will make a reasonable effort to inform registered campers of significant changes in this policy but is not responsible for guaranteeing the information is communicated.

Canine Health Specific Refund Info
(updated 11/27/23)

Due to the unpredictable and highly contagious nature of canine upper respiratory virus, canine flu, and kennel cough, in addition to any other type of contagious disease, we are instituting a refund policy to specifically address this health concern in order to protect dogs attending camp. The nature of the sport of nose work places a dog at higher risk because their noses are touching where other dogs’ noses have been and as well as the saliva left behind.

4 to 6 weeks before Camp: If your dog was exposed to, or contracted, any of the above viruses between 4 to 6 weeks from the start of camp, please follow the policy below.

  • Your dog must be free of ALL symptoms and no longer deemed contagious at least TWO (2) weeks after the last occurrence of the symptoms have subsided.
  • If your dog was exposed to, but never contracted, the virus during this time, your dog is free to attend.
  • Your dog must be cleared by a vet and deemed safe to have nose-to-nose contact with other dogs.
  • A veterinary note may be required based on the severity of the symptoms and the amount of time that has elapsed since the last symptom was noticed.
  • If your dog does not meet this criteria, she/he will not be able to attend camp (nor will an alternate dog that is a housemate or exposed).
  • We will refund you in full, less the non-refundable deposit, ONLY IF we can find a qualified replacement.

3 weeks and 6 days or fewer before Camp: If your dog was exposed to, or contracted, any of the above viruses between 3 weeks and 6 days before camp, please follow the policy below.

  • If your dog contracts any of the above viruses or any other highly contagious disease within 3 weeks of the start of camp, we will refund you in full, less the non-refundable deposit ONLY IF we can find a qualified replacement. All dogs must be completely symptom free for at least 2 weeks before Camp.
  • If your dog was exposed to any of the above viruses or any other highly contagious disease between 3 – 2 weeks of the start of camp and your dog never shows symptoms nor has been re-exposed to the virus, your dog may attend Camp.
  • If your dog was directly exposed to any of the above viruses or any other highly contagious disease 2 weeks or less before the start of camp, your dog may not attend as it is possible the virus is incubating, and the dog could become sick or be carrying the virus. We will refund you in full, less the non-refundable deposit ONLY IF we can find a qualified replacement no later than 10 days before Camp starts.
  • 9 days and less before camp, we will be unable to seek a replacement due to the nature of preparing for camp. No refund is available.
  • A veterinary note may be required to receive a refund.

All campers and staff bringing dogs will be required to sign a waiver 7-10 days prior to the start of camp confirming that their dog(s) do not currently have, nor recently have had, one of the contagious canine illnesses.

Changing Attendance Levels:

  • Campers may change from a working spot to auditing/logistics team member, from an Elite working spot to regular working spot, auditor, 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 are not eligible to 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 or require commuting.

“No Shows” and Leaving Early:

  • Campers that leave early for their own reasons or are “No-shows” will not receive a refund.
  • Participants asked/required 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, disruptive or inappropriate behavior
      • Rule non-compliance
      • Health issues, either canine or human, that may impact or endanger other dogs or campers. See COVID specific policies.
      • Health issues that negatively impact the dog’s emotional, mental or physical well being

Force Majeure:

  • 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.

Options for Female Working Dogs in Season only:

  • Dana Crevling/Camp must be notified in advance that you will have a female dog in season at camp so we can plan accordingly.
  • Option 1) Working dogs that come into season are allowed if the camper agrees to specific rules. See Females in Season section.
  • 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.

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 for your  protection.

Camp Friendship
573 Friendship Way
PalmyraVirginia 22963

Airports: (times are approximate and will vary based on traffic conditions)

  • Washington, DC (Dulles) – 2 hours
  • Richmond International, VA – 1 hour, 10 minutes
  • Charlottesville, VA – 45 minutes

Questions? Contact Dana Crevling at Crevling@dogsofcourse.com

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

“…a memorable and enriching experience – from working sessions to lectures to building and maintaining camaraderie!”    J.M. GA
“It was, literally, the most stimulating nose work educational experience I’ve ever had…”   J.C. OR
“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.

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

Register below.

All working spots and Elite Working spots are currently full, but PLEASE sign up for the wait list by selecting your preferred spot in the registration below, then click the button at the bottom of the form for the wait list. 

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    Select from the available options below. If you are selecting an option where you will share a cabin or bunkhouse, you MUST ALREADY HAVE YOUR ROOMMATE/S NAME/S and list them below. Single room accommodations are for working teams only. Auditors cannot have single rooms. 
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