This is a 4-day Summer Camp for kids aged 8 - 13. We also allow kids aged 5 - 7 to attend camp with a parent or guardian present during the camp program, or with permission from our Program Manager.
Each day, your child will practice dog obedience and dog safety, participate in a fun dog sport, make a dog related craft, and learn something new about dogs. Each week they will be visited by guest speakers to learn about jobs with dogs and dogs with jobs.
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A safe, active, and enriched experience is our focus for camp. How? We have a student/teacher ratio of 2 to 1, with a limit of 10 children each camp. During obedience, dogs will be backed up by a tether 16 feet apart to ensure dogs don't get loose. Dogs must be known to be friendly with unfamiliar people, kids, and dogs. During active sports, each child will have an adult assisting them. We consulted with Dr. Melissa Shamblott, a published Ph.D and national consultant in child education, to ensure we have enriched and meaningful learning throughout the program. Camp staff includes professional K-9 school teachers, and 2 -3 professional dog handlers. All staff have significant experience in dog training, dog sports, dog handling, and love KIDS!
Dogs, dogs, dogs! All dogs participating must be known to be kid and dog friendly, as well as comfortable resting in a crate. Upon arrival, the dogs will be exercised by staff while the kids gather to learn what is in store for their day. Then after getting some of their energy out, the dogs will be better prepared to focus on obedience with their young handlers. Following obedience is dog sport time! Kids and their dogs will try their paws at agility, disc, fetch, tracking, and lure coursing. After two hours of activity, the dogs will certainly be ready for a snack and rest in their crates, and the kids will be ready to settle into learning and craft time.
Know a child who loves dogs but doesn't have one of their own? They can attend with one of our trained Canine Coach dogs! Space is limited, see below for details!
Where and When. This is an OUTDOOR camp! The Canine Coach owns our own fully fenced park in West St Paul. We call it the The Canine Coach Sport Park. The park is has a shaded pavilion building, bathroom, dog pools, picnic table, and reading/resting area (when sometimes you just need to a break). If weather is bad, we can move into one of the Canine Coach indoor locations. Camp is Monday - Thursday, 9:30 - 12:30. Kids should bring a snack.
Cost of camp is $229 per child. Camp is Monday - Thursday, 9:30am -12:30pm. Kids should bring a snack.
2 Camp Options.
After registering and paying for camp, you will receive an email closer to your camp start date asking for more information on your dog, child, and emergency contact information.
- Dog Camp - Ages 8-13. Children ages 5 to 7 may attend this camp if a parent or guardian stays at camp for the duration of the program. Click here for dates and to register! One child per registration. REMINDER: This sign up is for children bringing their own dogs to camp.
- Dog Camp - Ages 8-13 - BORROWED DOG. This sign up is for one of the limited spots to use a trained Canine Coach dog at Camp. Children ages 5 to 7 may attend this camp if a parent or guardian stays at camp for the duration of the program. Click here for dates and to register! One child per registration.
- Advanced Kid Camp. The Advanced Camp builds on the concepts and skills learned in the Dog Camp for prior year attendees. We will delve into more advanced topics and build on obedience skills. For children ages 8-13 with prior dog camp experience or otherwise skilled dog handlers with experience in formal dog training classes. Children ages 5-8 with prior dog camp experience my attend this camp if a parent or guardian stays at camp for the duration of the program. Click here for dates and to register! One child per registration. REMINDER: This sign up is for children bringing their own dogs to camp. Borrowed Dog sign up will be at a later time pending space and dog availability.
Click here for all camp options and to register!