It is wise to teach your child about how to interact with their dog or other dogs they come in contact with. Children should know how to honor the boundaries and feelings of other living creatures, whether human or not. Learning acceptable behaviors around dogs will help them manage their interaction with the dog along with the dog’s interaction with other dogs. The conversation should also include what care is involved and how to train and manage them from as early as they show interest and are able to get involved.

KidsCamp! is a week-long overnight camp developed and designed for children (8-17 years old) and their dogs, offering the opportunity to learn and expand their knowledge through dog-related activities and more.

Each day, training, not limited to obedience and agility, is balanced with lectures and demonstrations. While the dogs are resting, the kids learn to read a dog’s body language and how to work with their dog’s personality to achieve harmony for each team.

This camp opens up a world to your child that includes dogs and feeds their simple love of everything that has to do with dogs or could lead to a career with dogs. This camp will create access for your child to see what they could do with dogs over their life including dog sport, showing or other things at any age or level.

This camp is introductory in nature but is a stepping stone to our other special skills classes and events aimed at young trainers.

Here are some of the subjects that will be covered over the course of the 5 days:

  • A basic study of dogs: Nutrition, Anatomy and Physiology, the role of the Veterinarian, All breeds & Mixed Breed Dogs are discussed.
    A trainer’s toolbox: How to use a leash and collar, equipment, voice, and hands.

  • Training Fundamentals: Communication, Correction, and Praise, cleaning up after your pet

  • Basic obedience: Place, Sit, Stay, Heel, Down, recall & touch.

  • Agility: Wobble Board, Table, Tunnel, Dog Walk, A-frame, Tire Jump, chute & weave poles.

  • Safety: dog/dog interaction, handling dogs you don’t know, reading a dog’s body language.

  • Hygiene: equipment, bowls, you

  • Public Speaking, Problem Solving, Team Building: confidence building, motivating your dog, the pack


Overnight camper fees include all meals and lodging including evening camping activities, training, materials and care of the dog overnight.

Early Bird Registration  = $995 Ends March 15, 2021

General Registration= $1045 Ends May 15, 2021

Late Registration = $1195  

Location & Registration

KidsCamp! will be held at Camp Horizons again since we all enjoyed that location so much last year. We will have two weeks of camp available, July 12-16 and July 26-30, 2021. Both camps will be held at the Mountain Valley Site.

Click here to register your child for KidsCamp!

Jean Pagnotta Scholarship

As a child, my Aunt Jean was instrumental in my involvement with dogs and dog shows. She often commented to me that she hoped she had something to do with my love of animals. I always assured her that she did. I learned patience, trust and many canine and life skills from my Aunt, and would like to show my appreciation to her by giving back to other children.

We would like to offer children the opportunity of attending our Kids Camp with this full scholarship! April 15, 2021 is the deadline to submit for this scholarship.