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K9 Nose Work® Training Camp
YMCA of the Rockies, Snow Mountain Ranch
Granby, CO

October 8, 2024 – October 13, 2024

Registration will open Spring 2024

Tuition Cost, not including housing:
Working Spot:
Starts at $1,2850.00 (early bird price: $1,185.00)
Elite Working Spot:
Starts at $2,180.00 (early bird price: $2,080.00) 
Auditor Spot:
Starts at $700.00 (early bird price: $600.00)
Helpers:
Starts at $100.00

Registration ends at 5:00pm ET on August 8, 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 and Refund Policy carefully before registering.
Pay special attention to the COVID and Canine Health sections of the Cancellation and Refund Policy. These policies have changed from 2023.


Campers Arrive:
Tuesday, October 8, 2024, between 3:00pm – 5:00pm.

Campers Leave:
Campers leave on Sunday morning, October 13, 2024, 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.

YMCA of the Rockies

Early Bird Discount:
If you register before or on 2024-07-08, you’ll get $100 OFF the Registration Price!

Location

YMCA of the Rockies Snow Mountain Ranch
Granby, CO
1101 County Road 53
Granby, CO 80446

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 try our methods if you are bringing your nose work dog.

This 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.

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.

Kimberly Buchanan, CNWI

A founding member of NACSW™ and one of the founding 7 Certified Nose Work Instructors, Kim has been training since 2007 and competing in K9 Nose Work® since its inception. She and her Belgian Tervuren Oscar were one of the first few teams to title to an NW1 and NW2. She and her Terv Emmy were the first to have earned the challenging NW3 title as well as the first to have earned the NW3 Elite title (= NW3 x 3) in 2011. Kim and Emmy successfully competed in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 National Invitational events. Kim and Emmy earned a 2nd place in the first Elite trial in 2015. Kim qualified both Emmy and her male Tevuren, Zen, for the 2017 National Invitational. Kim ran Zen in 2017 and placed in individual searches as well as 4th place overall.

Kim’s younger dogs are working hard to fill Oscar, Emmy and Zen’s big paw prints. Zen achieved his ELT-CH, Emmy and Cartoon are competing at the NW3 level and Tricks at the NW2 level.

Kim and her dogs have also trained and competed in Schutzhund, French Ring, Dock Diving, Agility, Herding, Tracking and Obedience. They have competed nationally as part of the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge, AKC and USDAA Agility and internationally in the 2011 and 2012 FMBB World Championships of Belgian Shepherds in Belgium and Italy.

Kim is a K9 Nose Work® Trial Judge and Certifying Official (NW1 – Elite). She is currently teaching K9 Nose Work® classes, running on-line education for NW enthusiasts nationally and internationally and hosting other K9NW activities in Southern California through her company, Joyride K9 Dog Training. She is part of the continuing education staff for other instructors and is enthusiastically helping to bring the sport of K9NW to other regions of the US and around the world as Senior Faculty with the National Association of Canine Scent Work, LLC®

 

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.

 

Chris Busch, CNWI

In 2008, Chris and his first Weimaraner Barley started taking Fun Nose Work classes at the SPCALA in Long Beach.  Chris has had the opportunity to watch this fun game turn into a thriving sport that has grown nationwide. He has been active with the National Association of Canine Scent Work ™ (NACSW) from the very beginning.  He has also spent countless hours volunteering at trials across the country.  Chris is currently active as a Certifying Official and Trial Judge at NACSW™ trials and ORT’s.  He also helps with training new COs as a Supervising Certifying Official.

To learn more about animal behavior Chris volunteered for many years with the behavior and education department at his local shelter. During the time he spent at the shelter he helped with assessing dogs before being adopted and for special programs, which involved the dogs interacting with children and/or elderly people. 

Barley was the first Weimaraner to achieve an NW1, NW2 and NW3 x2 title.  Barley and Chris had also achieved their NW3 Elite title and had been invited and competed in two NACSW™ National Invitational Trials.  They also participated in the year-long Naval Research Lab Detection Dog Study.  

Chris and Laura (his wife) both currently teach all levels of K9 Nose Work classes at the SPCALA in Long Beach.  They also teach specialized workshops and skills clinics and hosts many seminars and coaching clinics to handler/dogs teams in his area. 

In 2018 Wōden, also a Weimaraner, became his new nose work partner and they are currently working on their NW2 title.  

 

Laura Busch, CNWI

Laura was introduced to K9 Nosework® in 2008.  She started as a student with Ron Gaunt and his daughter Julie Gaunt-Harris. She attended the first NACSW trial as a volunteer and was hooked on the sport ever since.  

Laura has been very active with the NACSW™ since the beginning and has enjoyed watching this sport grow worldwide. Over the years she has gone through the NACSW™ K9 Nose Work® Instructor program, become a Certifying Official, a Supervising Certifying Official, a Judge for NACSW™ trials, a Certifying Official and Judge for ORT’s. She is also a NACSW™ trial host in Southern California and has hosted many trials over the years.  Laura continues to attend numerous detection dog seminars and was part of the year-long Naval Research Lab Detection Dog Study as the videographer.  She was able to watch all the Southern California participants and learn from the naval researchers during that time. 

Laura’s passion for this sport also compelled her to learn more about canine behavior.  She spent several years volunteering her time with the behavior and education department at her local shelter to learn more about canine communication and helping with programs designed to increase adoptions for the animals in their care.  

Laura currently teaches all levels of K9 Nose Work® Classes at the SPCALA in Long Beach, CA. She also teaches specialized workshops and skills clinics around the country and holds Charity Nosework® Odor Hunt Events.  These charity events have benefited Chase Away K9 Cancer, LA on Cloud 9 (which benefits homeless people and their dogs), and fundraisers that benefit low-income families with food during the holidays.

 

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 has competed in agility; tracking, field work, obedience and nose work with her other Goldens’: Jig, Jeep, Shamrock and Fiddler (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 appeared on the cover of Dog Fancy and Jig was 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 and Judge, 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 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.

Wendy Krehbiel, CNWI

Wendy is a professional dog trainer and owner of Tell a Wendy Krehbiel is the owner of Tell a Tail Dog Training and offers K9 Nose Work classes in Livermore, CA.

Prior to starting her career in dog training in 2002, she earned her Computer Science degree at Michigan State University and worked as a software engineer until 2001.

Wendy got involved in K9 Nose Work in 2009. She started teaching nose work classes at that time and also became involved behind the scenes with NACSW. She helped grow NACSW from its first California trials into an organization with trial opportunities around the country. She also helped grow NACSW’s Certifying Official Training Program and was an approved Certifying Official until the end of 2022. She became the NACSW Trial Director and served in that role until the end of 2022. She has now transitioned to a Special Projects with the organization and will be prioritizing teaching K9 Nose Work classes at Tell a Tail and spending more time with her own dogs and family moving forward.

Wendy currently lives with Mica her 12 year old rescue Golden Retriever, Coal a 8 year old Border Collie, and Carbon a 5 year old Border Collie. Mica earned a NW3 title and is now enjoying retirement hanging out with her dad. Both Coal and Carbon are actively competing in agility. Coal has earned his ELT2 title and Carbon has earned his NW3 Elite title.

 

Chris Mason, CNWI

Chris Mason is a Certified Nose Work Instructor with the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) and is on the K9 Nose Work® Education Team as a member of the CNWI Manual Task Force.

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 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 – stubborn bull breeds, creative terrier types, 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.

 

Nancy Osborne, CNWI

Nancy got hooked on K9 Nose Work in the fall of 2010 while attending a presentation by Amy Herot and Jill Marie O’Brien at the APDT Conference in Atlanta. Inspired, she began teaching K9 Nose Work classes in 2011 and attended her first K9 Nose Work Camp in 2012. Nancy teaches nose work teams for all levels of competition.

Currently teaching ten classes per week, Nancy enjoys watching students discover the amazing scenting abilities of their dogs. K9 Nose Work enriches and deepens the bond between the handler and the dog and Nancy finds it rewarding to see the magic relationship begin for each team.

Nancy has attended multiple K9 Nose Work Camps in Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Colorado as a working team, instructor, logistics member and an auditor. She frequently hosts K9 Nose Work Trials and ORT’s and workshops in North Carolina.

Nancy owns K9 Nose Adventures, LLC a business dedicated to Nose Work. She is a trial Certifying Official as well as an ORT Certifying Official and Judge. Nancy works with Triad SPCA and People & Paws 4 Hope organizations introducing Nose Work to at-risk youth working with SPCA canine partners to help change the lives of both.

Nancy competes in K9 Nose Work with her three Labradors and a Norwich Terrier, Dugan Summit, Billie ELT1, Sheldon NW2 working on NW3and Cate starting NW1. She didn’t plan on competing, but her dogs insisted.

Nancy has worked professionally with dogs at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston as a ward, clinic, and ICU attendant and a nurse. She honed her observation skills of dog behavior teaching obedience classes and working with dogs in the daycare setting at dog day care and training facility.

Nancy worked at the University of Northern Iowa, in higher education administration as the Coordinator of Student Organizations and later, the Coordinator of Non-Credit Programs organizing and managing 100 programs per year. She holds a Masters in Higher Education Administration. Nancy is also a Certified Montessori Pre-School Teacher.

Current memberships and professional affiliations the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW).

Nancy currently lives in North Carolina with her uber trial volunteer husband Walt, three Labrador Retrievers, Norwich Terrier and three cats.

Kathy Pierce, CNWI

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.

 

 

Jean Richardson, CNWI

Jean is the owner of Wells Creek Dog Training on the Central Coast of Oregon and has been involved in dog training in various forms since 1984.  She began training her personal dog for obedience competition at that time and has continued to learn along the way.  She has competed and trained her own personal dogs to titles in AKC Obedience and Rally, Agility, Herding, Tracking, Field Trials and Conformation and K9 Nose Work.

Since becoming a CNWI in 2011 she has brought K9 Nose Work to the Central Coast/Eugene area of Oregon, teaching many classes for various organizations in the area.  She has since gone on to become a NACSW Certifying Official and Judge and is the NACSW CO Director of Operations.

Before moving to Oregon in 2008, she was an Instructor for Guide Dogs of America in Sylmar, Ca, helping to train and then pair guide dogs with visually impaired recipients.   She has also been involved in teaching obedience, puppy and reactive dog classes in Southern California as well as Oregon.

Jean and her husband currently share their home with two German Shepherds and a Labrador Retriever, all competing at different levels of Nose Work.

 

 

Khara Schuetzner, MA, CPDT-KSA, CNWI

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 attended various nose work camps with different doggies. Khara has taught at Georgie camp. 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. Khara and Winnie (ACD/Bassett, Dachshund, Beagle, Rottie mix) are learning the art of following her nose.

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: 8 rescue dogs, 2 human remains detection dogs, four rescue cats, one donkey, chickens, a 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.”

 

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.

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.

 

Dana Zinn, CPDT-KA - Camp Co-Director

Dana Zinn has been working with and training dogs since 1999. Her many years of dog training experience include working at the spcaLA as an Animal Behavior & Training Specialist. It was the time working with dogs in the shelter that drew her to the sport of K9 Nose Work®; not only for her own dogs, but for the many dogs in need of a “job” to do.

Dana was involved in the first publicly offered Nose Work class in Long Beach, CA. She not only participated but eventually assisted in instruction. From there Dana became involved in the development of the K9 Nose Work® instructor certification program. Dana was one of the first participants to be certified as an instructor for the K9 Nose Work® curriculum approved by the National Association of Canine Scent Work, LLC. Over the years, she had many jobs with NACSW including certifying official, supervising certifying official, and trial judge.   

Her learning never stops as she continues to teach classes, instruct at camps, compete in trials, create webinars, and teach workshops. She recently co-authored a book with Sue Sternberg, The Dog-Driven Search, Handling Our Nose Work Dogs to Promote Independence, Joy and Enthusiasm.

Dana has participated in a variety of canine activities such as obedience, herding, agility and of course Nose Work. One of her proudest moments was placing first in the 2014 NACSW National Invitational. Dana moved from California with her family to Golden, Colorado in 2008 and brought the sport of K9 Nose Work® with her.  She hosted the first trials in Colorado and has absolutely loved watching nose work flourish there.  Dana is honored to be a part of the amazing community that has grown around the game and sport in Colorado and surrounding areas.  

Dana strives to increase her knowledge about canine behavior and instruction. She has attended and helped coordinate many seminars featuring some of the world’s most sought-after speakers. One of her most memorable educational experiences was working with and learning from the renowned dog behavior expert and trainer John Rogerson. She has traveled to England and Washington state to work with and assist him on many courses including his 21-day Instructors’ Course.  

Dana is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and a member of the Colorado Trainers’ Networking Group. Dana was certified as a professional dog training in 2005 by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT).

Dana currently shares her life with her wonderful husand Ken, two beautiful children Jessica & Ben, and her two Labrador Retrievers, Winnie and Sunny.

Jo Trent, CNWI - Logisitics Team Supervisor

Jo Trent has always loved all animals. Originally from Colorado, she had allergies to dogs and cats, so her home was filled with “pocket pets”. She was also lucky enough to have an uncle with a farm, so every summer Jo was able to connect with and learn about horses, cows, pigs, goats and chickens.

In 1995 Jo moved to sunny Southern California to work in the corporate world. After adopting her first cat, Jo’s passion for animals blossomed and she knew she wanted to work with animals. In 1999 Jo left the corporate world and started her own pet sitting business. To continue to develop her skills with working with animals and give back to the animal community, she volunteered for the spcaLA. Within months, Jo found herself working full time as the spcaLA’s Outreach Assistant.

While working at spcaLA, Jo was promoted to shelter manager at P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village & Education Center, assisted the spcaLA’s Animal Behavior and Training Department with assessments and became a member of spcaLA’s Disaster Animal Response Team (DART). Jo became a sworn spcaLA Humane Officer and is S.A.F.E. certified.

Jo’s interest in K9 Nose Work® developed in 2009, when she enrolled Sluggo into a Fun Nose Work class. Jo enjoyed the confidence and fun that Sluggo experienced through Nose Work so much that she wanted to share the wonderful game with more folks and their dogs. Through the support of the NACSW founders and her husband, Jo started a new career in 2010 teaching K9 Nose Work® classes.

Jo has worked for, and with, the NACSW in a number of roles including as Education Division staff member and first as a Certifying Official and now is a Supervising Certifying Official.

Jo loves to teach and has a warm, humor-filled, and low stress approach to educating her students. Her students have ranged from beginner through Elite. Jo has instructed for Dogs of Course at the Georgia and Pennsylvania K9NW Training Camps and is the Logistic Team Leader for the Colorado.

Jo recently relocated to Charles Town, West Virginia, with her current K9 Nose Work® dog MPact Jumping Jellybean, who is a Belgian Malinois and has earned their Elite 1 title.

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  
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  
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.

Campers must be at least 18 years old.

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

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

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

Campers will need two crates for their working dog. One for the room and a second one to bring to the work stations or have in your vehicle. We suggest your working crate be light weight and easy to carry. A small dolly or a crate cart may be helpful for unloading or moving supplies etc..

YMCA of the Rockies is a restricted smoking facility. All smoking must be done in designated open areas and never inside a building, structure, or in a grassy or wooded area. Inappropriate smoking could easily cause a forest fire in this environment. Violation of these rules is grounds for dismissal without refund.

Alcohol is strictly prohibited when working dogs or attending classes.

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

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

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

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

The YMCA is making an exception to their rules by allowing us to have dogs at the lodge. There will be a dog fee of $15/day/dog ($75 for one dog for a 5-day stay). Campers are also encouraged to please leave a tip in their rooms for the cleaning staff that count on your generosity. We have assured the resort that our campers will be responsible and thoughtful guests. So please clean up no matter where your dog toilets (including the fields and woods) and no bathing dogs in the rooms.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please see the “Tuition, Lodging and Other Camp Options and Fees” Section below for details about housing options that are still open.

Making Lodging Reservations at the Indian Peaks Lodge:
To make reservations, call Central Reservations Office at (888) 613-9622, and refer to the group name – K9 Nose Work Camp 2024
The group rate expires September 3, 2024.

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

Your lodging cost includes the meals listed below and resort/conference fees. Your lodging invoice will break out the meals as a separate category on your bill. Approximate meals total is $215.
The meals are as follows:
Welcome Dinner on Tuesday, 10/8
Breakfast and lunch on Wednesday 10/9, Thursday 10/10, and Friday 10/11*
Breakfast, lunch and Farewell Banquet on Saturday 10/12
Breakfast on Sunday 10/8
*You may purchase your third meal, on these dates, separately at the Dining Hall each night or you may opt to get food on your own.

Estimated 2024 lodging fees will be:

  • Single room – averages to approximately $170/night, plus tax, depending on length of stay and nights staying for the room – total cost is for lodging and the meals listed above.  Add in dog fee listed below.
  • Double or triple occupancy – averages to approximately $205/night, plus tax, depending on length of stay and nights staying for the room – total cost is for lodging and the meals listed above. Add in dog fee listed below.
  • Dog fee, per day, per dog – $15/day/dog ($75 per dog for 5 days)

Please do not make reservations for lodging until your Camp Registration has been submitted.

After you have registered for K9 Nose Work camp with Dogs of Course, you will make your lodging reservations by clicking on this link: Snow Mountain Ranch Booking Link (This link will be activated when K9 Nose Work Camp Registration opens.)

Our Group Code is Y002ABS239

To make and confirm an accommodation reservation for the dates of camp:

  1. Click on the booking link above.
  2. Select the group arrival (10/8/2024) and departure date (10/13/2024). If you are arriving early or staying after camp, you will need to call Central Reservations to add on the additional dates.
  3. Enter the group code. (see above)
  4. Enter the number of Adults.

If you would like to vacation at the Lodge beyond the dates of the K9 Nose Work Camp, please make your reservation on-line first for the dates of Camp by clicking on the link below, which will be activated when registration opens. Then please call Central Reservations at (888) 613-9622 to add the additional nights to your existing reservation. Please have your reservation number handy and refer to the group name K9 Nose Work Camp 2024.  If you are adding a person to share your room, you must contact Central Reservations and give them the name of the person who will be staying with you.  
The group rate expires September 3, 2024.

Your camp lodge room package includes accommodations plus the following meals: Dinner 10/8, Breakfast & Lunch 10/9,10 & 11, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 10/12 and Breakfast 10/13.  Additional meals are available for purchase but are not included in the lodge room package.   On-site complimentary recreation includes miniature golf, basketball, volleyball, tennis, indoor swimming, hiking trails, playgrounds, library, and many family programs.  Archery, mountain bike rentals, and craft projects are available on-site for a fee.

 Please note that a 35% deposit payable to the YMCA is due when making a reservation. Upon receipt of the 35% deposit by the YMCA, a lodging confirmation and reservation number will be emailed to you.

 

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

An RV is anything bigger than a conversion van. RV Camping will not be available at this Camp. Campers may NOT live in their RV/Car/Truck.  People staying in the Lodge, but traveling to camp in their RV, may park it.  Commuter campers may park in the Indian Peaks Lodge parking lot. RVs would need to remain parked in one location, so campers would still need a regular vehicle to get around camp and to the search areas. A local rental car or sharing with a friend with the same level dog is an option for getting around to search areas.  Campers MUST tell Dana if they plan to have an RV with them and let her know how you plan to get to search areas.

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

Contact Dana to discuss your RV plans.

Meals will be served in the dining hall at designated times starting with a Welcome Banquet Tuesday evening when you arrive, breakfast and lunch on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Farewell Dinner on Saturday night, and ending with breakfast on Sunday’s move out day.  All campers must be on the meal plan that is part of the lodging fee.  Your lodging bill will break out the meals and room fee separately. Expect a total meals fee of approximately $215.
You have the option to eat at the YMCA or elsewhere for your other dinners on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Campers not staying at Indian Peaks Lodge will pay an additional fee in the camp tuition to cover these costs.

The menu will consist of simple buffet stye food for omnivores as well as vegetarians. In the past, the YMCA of the Rockies does have some gluten free options, but we suggest that anyone with dietary restrictions bring extra food to supplement meals as needed. There is a grocery store about 10 minutes from camp.

  • 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.
  • Social Skills:
    K9 Nose Work® Training Camps welcome dogs with a variety of social skills and needs. For the YMCA of the Rockies, Snow Mountain Lodge Camp location, ONLY working dogs with mild dog to dog reactivity that can be safely and comfortably managed in a stressful environment for multiple days and in close living and searching quarters are allowed. The Lodge has narrow corridors and your dog must be controllable when in sight of other dogs it may encounter. Reactive dogs will be housed among the other dogs in the lodge. We will accept approximately 20 mildly dog reactive working dogs.We do not have exclusive use of the resort. This means that the general public, including children, may share space with our group.Non-working dogs must be friendly due to our lodging/housing situation.Dogs with human reactivity/aggression at any level cannot attend this camp.

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.

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. 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 are working on having a local vendor-driven camp store, with fun Nose Work related items, for you and your dog. If you would like to sell items at Colorado Camp, please contact Dana before September 1, 2024, to discuss. Dogs of Course may bring some items if possible.

The shopping opportunities will be at designated times during free time/non-class time.

Cash and checks are always strongly encouraged. Bring multiple checks in case there are multiple vendors. Credit card payment may be limited due to WiFi conductivity or vendor preference.

At Dogs of Course events, we have a tradition of helping those less fortunate. To date, Dogs of Course has facilitated $444,000.00 in charitable donations! Most often the recipient is a dog-related charity or of humanitarian interest. Guidelines on how to participate will be announced in the final camper preparation letter.

We hope campers will support our selected charity by either donating a new item or participating in the raffle/auction.

Donations are by cash and checks only. Campers may write a check directly to the charity for a tax write-off.

Continuing Education Credits:

NACSW™
CEUs for CNWIs – pending approval

CCPDT
CEUs for CPDT-KA/KSA – working spot – pending approval
CEUs for CPDT-KA/KSA – auditor – pending approval
CEUs for CBCC-KA/KSA –  working or auditing – pending approval

KPA-CTP
CEUs for working spots – pending approval
CEUs for auditors – pending approval

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.

At this time, we do not have a professional photographer lined up; we will update information here and notify you in your camper letter 2 weeks before the start of camp if that changes. 

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 August 8, 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 is due no later than 90 days prior to the start of camp – July 8, 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 all classes and activities. Lodging and meals are with the YMCA and separate.

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 if we can’t get more rooms from the YMCA.

Anyone who is not staying at the Indian Peaks Lodge for a minimum of four (4) nights is considered a commuter; this includes any other housing on the YMCA of the Rockies property. 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
(not including housing at Indian Peaks Lodge)
before or on 7-8-2024after 7-8-2024
Working Spot – YMCA Indian Peaks Lodge Housing
Working spot in 8 person group for campers staying at the Indian Peaks Lodge (NW camp reserved housing).
Remember to make your lodging reservations within 5 days of registering for camp.
$1,185$1,285
Working Spot Elite – YMCA Indian Peaks Lodge Housing
Includes extra $855 for 5 person group vs. 8. Elite group working spot for campers staying at the Indian Peaks Lodge (NW camp reserved housing).
Remember to make your lodging reservations within 5 days of registering for camp.
$2,080
$2,180
Auditor Spot – YMCA Indian Peaks Lodge Housing
Auditor spot for campers staying at the Indian Peaks Lodge (NW camp reserved housing).
Remember to make your lodging reservations within 5 days of registering for camp.
$600$700
Helper – YMCA Indian Peaks Lodge Housing
Logistics Team Members staying at the Indian Peaks Lodge (NW camp reserved housing). Includes 4 special working classes for your dog.
Remember to make your lodging reservations within 5 days of registering for camp. Arrival 1 day before campers.
Register only if you’ve been approved/accepted. Email Michele  for information.
$100
$100
 

Room/Accommodation and Commuter Options

YMCA Indian Peaks Lodge Housing
For anyone staying at the Indian Peaks Lodge (NW camp reserved housing).
Remember to make your lodging reservations within 5 days of registering for camp.
+$0+$0
Working Spot – Commuters and Other YMCA of the Rockies Lodging
Anyone who is staying in any other housing at the YMCA of the Rockies that is not designated for our group (Indian Peaks Lodge is the only lodging designated for Camp) or staying off-site (commuting).
The additional fee will cover camp meals, day pass, and the conference fees.
+$350+$350
Elite Working Spot – Commuters and Other YMCA of the Rockies Lodging
Anyone who is staying in any other housing at the YMCA of the Rockies that is not designated for our group (Indian Peaks Lodge is the only lodging designated for Camp) or staying off-site (commuting).
The additional fee will cover camp meals, day pass, and the conference fees.
+$350+$350
Auditor – Commuters and Other YMCA of the Rockies Lodging
Anyone who is staying in any other housing at the YMCA of the Rockies that is not designated for our group (Indian Peaks Lodge is the only lodging designated for Camp) or staying off-site (commuting).
The additional fee will cover camp meals, day pass, and the conference fees.
+$350+$350
Helper – Commuters and Other YMCA of the Rockies Lodging
Anyone who is staying in any other housing at the YMCA of the Rockies that is not designated for our group (Indian Peaks Lodge is the only lodging designated for Camp) or staying off-site (commuting).
The additional fee will cover camp meals, day pass, and the conference fees.
+$425+$425
RV Housing
Not available at this camp. See RV policy for this camp.
N/AN/A
Additional Options
You may bring up to two dogs to camp without an extra charge.
One additional dog (total of three dogs)
Only for working participants; auditors cannot bring dogs.
$90$90
You may bring up to two dogs to camp without an extra charge.
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 will limit housing options or your ability to be a camper.
Linen Service
Linens are included in your lodging fee.
N/AN/A
Cleaning Fee
$15/day/dog ($75 for 1 dog for a 5-day stay) Dog cleaning fee will be added to your YMCA of the Rockies lodging bill.
YMCA will add to your bill
YMCA will add to your bill

 

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.

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

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

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

Airport: Denver International Airport

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

Questions? Contact Dana Crevling at Crevling@dogsofcourse.com

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

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