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 8 (Covid-19 Update, will remain in effect for Summer 2021) children each camp. During obedience, dogs will be backed up by a tether 12 feet apart (Covid-19 Update, will remain in effect for Summer 2021) 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 have an enriched and meaningful learning experience 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, trick training, 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? Pending space and availability, we have the option for some kids to work with a trained Canine Coach dog. These camp spots will be announced at a later time once we have confirmed dog availability. Want to know when we add borrowed dog spots? Just shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know.
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 has a shaded area for campers, bathroom, dog pools, picnic table, and reading/resting area (when sometimes you just need to a break). If weather is bad, we will move INSIDE the West St Paul facility. Camp is Monday - Thursday, 9:30 - 12:30. Kids should bring a snack.
Cost of camp is $290 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 - Currently open for registration. 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 - Currently not open for registration (these spots, if available, usually open in May or June each summer). 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 - Currently open for registration. 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 5-7 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.
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Refund Policy: For Dog Camp for Kids, you may receive a refund or transfer to another camp if we are notified by 9am the Thursday before your camp is scheduled to begin. Requests must be made to email@example.com via email (NO PHONE CALLS for refund requests).
Covid-19 Changes for 2021: We are still planning to have camp this summer with some important safety changes. Our main changes include a reduction in camp size (both students and staff, although we are maintaining our 2:1 ratio), revised camper movement for obedience, tricks, and sports, NO sharing of supplies for crafts or other activities (campers will each receive their own set of clean supplies daily), revamped "Dog Show" on Day 4, and an increase in handwashing frequency. Additionally, all campers AND staff must complete a short questionnaire and no-touch temperature check prior to entering camp each morning. Campers will be sent a full safety protocol prior to camp. These protocols were used for our Summer 2020 camp sessions and will remain in effect for Summer 2021.