Summer Camp: Doggie style

If you and your dog like the great outdoors, then summer camp is to perfect vacation choice. Photo: Bekah Wright

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 2, 2013 — Remember everything you loved as a kid at summer camp? Now you and your dog can enjoy the great outdoors reliving your childhood right down to singing around the campfire at one of a variety of pet and people summer camps popping up all over the country.

Each camp is unique in its offering. You can expect a wide range of options to suit you and your dog: from playing competitive dog sports, such as agility, obedience and fly-ball, to off-leash hiking, swimming, boating, kayaking and, of course, arts-and-crafts. Maybe you and your four legged best friend would like to take a stab at dancing in a canine freestyle class or maybe you will just want to enjoy a well-earned nap; everything you fondly remember from childhood can be revisited with a special canine twist. 


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Dog Friendly Summer Camps 

Located in Highland Park, IL, just an hour from Chicago or Milwaukee, Camp Dogwood is a place where roaming off-leash, playing on a dog-friendly beach by the lake, and experiencing the joy of running with the pack are not just encouraged, they are on the camp schedule. You and your dog can choose to camp or stay in one of the rustic cabins. Attend day camp or stay for a week, exploring more then 180 acres of doggie paradise. Check out this pet camp video from Animal Planet.

Enjoy a tail-wagging good time nestled in the natural beauty of Vermont at Camp Gone to the Dogs. Daily activities range from Basic Obedience classes to Doggie Square Dancing. There’s something for every dog on the schedule. You may want to take one of the informative workshops, such as learning the art of canine massage; or you may want to do some doggie socialization exercises with like minded two-legged and four-legged campers. The camp motto is “Tails Up” and everything offered is designed to get your dog’s tail wagging. New puppies are welcomed, too, and there’s no better way to start your pup’s education than at Camp Gone to the Dogs.

Eat, sniff, play at Camp Unleashed located in the Berkshires, MA, Asheville, NC and Sequoia, CA. You and your dog will enjoy a four-day weekend retreat in the beautiful relaxing countryside. Hang out in the company of other dogs and dog lovers, immerse yourselves in nature, celebrate the full free expression of your dog’s dogness, and learn to think like a dog. Camp Unleashed offers structured retreats for people and their dogs designed to deepen their relationship through education and organized play. 


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Enjoy an action packed, fun-filled week at Lake Tahoe’s Camp Winnaribbun. Located on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe, humans can take a little get away of their own to the nearby casinos, shows and golf courses while their dog frolics back at camp. Located on 33-acres of fenced, locked, private forest and beach-front property, Camp Winnaribbun offers dormitory style rustic cabins for dogs and their owners to share. Those wishing for more privacy can stay off-site. Learn how to achieve your goals through Psycho-cybernetics using the power of positive thinking in your training. Join the obedience or lure-coursing activities. Have professional photos taken of you and your dog having fun at the lake, or just enjoy an afternoon of Frisbee on the shore. 

The Maian Meadows Dog Camp in Lake Wenatchee, on the eastern slope of the Cascades, is approximately two hours from Seattle, WA. Enjoy camaraderie, great food, and off-leash fun with other dog lovers. Fee includes activities, meals, and rustic accommodations. This camp is for those looking for fun and relaxation rather than competition. There is plenty to do at camp, from games and contests, to hiking and mountain biking along nearby trails. Take a sightseeing trip to nearby Leavenworth, a Bavarian-themed town. The camp philosophy is: do as much or as little as you wish. You’re here to have fun and relax.

If you need a little time away from your pet, try the Double-Dog Ranch. With two locations — one in Southern California and the other in Northern Oregon — Double Dog offers a full summer camp experience that ranges from day camping and hiking with like-minded pet guardians, to kennel-free boarding at a pet “ranch.” You and your pooch can bond while taking swimming lessons, participating in costume contests, and learning handicrafts.  Described as adventure boarding, think of the Double-Dog Ranch as a Doggie Dude Ranch. Rates start at $40 a day. 

Check out the pooch-tested preferred vendors at Alpha Dog PR to prepare for the summer fun. If you are planning a vacation away from your dog, consider boarding your pet with a real dog lover through DogVacay

 


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As a consumer dog product and service expert, Susan Hartzler is up to date on the latest trends for dogs and their guardians. Dogs are her passion; so naturally, the subject is something she knows about from both a personal and professional basis.

An award winning writer, Hartzler is a contributor to New World Library’s “Dogs And The Women Who Love Them,” an Oprah pick, and Simon & Schuster’s best selling “Divinity of Dogs.” A short story she wrote about her first therapy dog, Baldwin, was published in Animal Wellness Magazine and awarded the Angel on a Leash Award from the Dog Writer’s Association of America.  Hartzler has developed a loyal following of dog lovers for her serial blog, http://sleepwithdogs.blogspot.com, a personal journey about dogs and men. She and her dog Bliss are a therapy dog team and visit children in the oncology ward at County USC Medical Center. For more information, please visit www.alphadogpr.com.

 

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