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2010 Agility Camp

July 31-August 1

Sugar Bush Farm, Stephentown NY

Dates: Saturday-Sunday, July 31-August 1, 2010

Location: Sugar Bush Farm, 760 East Road, Stephentown NY

Open to: all dogs currently competing or getting ready to compete
(must be comfortable on all equipment)



JUST ADDED!
Mini-Camp - Friday, July 30th

Instructors: Lisa Norris, Melinda Schneider, Tracy Sklenar, and Trisha Stall
Topics:
Agility Handling (Trisha and Melinda, AM), Sniff-A-Holics Anonymous (Tracy, PM),
Canine Water Sports (Lisa, PM)

NOTE: There is an error on the registration form. 
The correct mini-camp fee is $130.  The registration form below has been corrected.

Download registration form (PDF)


Instructors (bios now available):
Elise Paffrath
Tracy Sklenar
Ray Wheeler
Dr. Tanya Holonko, DVM
Becky Therian (massage, Reiki, myotherapy, stretching; Sunday)
Dr. Lisa Wiggins, DVM

 

 

CONFIRMATION LETTER FOR CAMP

 

Download confirmation (PDF format)

Download schedule (PDF format)

Download Groupings (PDF format)

 

Hello campers!

Thank you for coming to the AgileDogs Agility Camp 2010.  I hope you all enjoy yourselves and learn a lot.  Just remember, camp is the place to try new things and see how they work for your dog.  All of our instructors will strive to teach you the best that they know and will make every attempt to help each team succeed, but you have to do your part by keeping an open mind, trying new things, and learning something in the process!  And, feel free to step back whenever you need to, to give your dog a rest, as this will be a busy 2 days for you and your canine partner.

 
Some important notes
:

1)       It is absolutely required that you pick up after your dog.  Failure to do so will result in being excused from the grounds.

2)       Bring your own chairs, and shade if you wish.  We will have a large tent and some smaller tents by the lower rings, and another large tent by the upper ring, for shade during sessions.  Campers and their dogs may use the tents during sessions.  Auditors may also use the tents, but we ask that auditorís dogs not use the space under these tents for shade unless there is room available after campers have arrived.

3)       Wading pools and a water hose will be available for cooling your dogs. In addition, the pond will be available during camp for both dogs and humans to cool off.  Make sure you follow the Chittendenís rules about the use of their backyard for this camp and in particular the use of the pond, since the pond is located in their back yard!

4)       Remember that ticks abound in this area, so be sure to check your dogs for ticks, especially if you walk them in the woods.

Camp Format

There are 4 working groups.  These groups are based on the survey and information you provided to me about you and your dog.  These groups ensure that you're with other teams of similar experiences and goals for camp, as much as possible!  Your group information has already been emailed to you; in addition, the welcome bag that you receive at check-in will include the schedule for your group.  There are approximately 8 dogs per working group, so you'll get plenty of attention and chances to work your dog through the course of the 2 days.  Please stay with your group during each session if you're working your dog, and please be there on time for the start of each session.  If you take a break from working your dog for a session, you're free to sit in on any of the other sessions if you so wish.  If you're not working your dog for a session, you can also take your dog to the pond, fields, etc, as long as you don't interfere with any of the working sessions. 

You are free to work your second dog whenever you wish.  Many of you have previously specified to me details about your second dog; if you havenít done this, please make sure that your second dog is at least at the same level of experience as the first dog.

Lisa Norris, Canine Water Sports: Lisa will be a participant in camp (sheís working Pistol, her Boston Terrier, in Group B).  She has also agreed to be available during break times for anyone who would like either a beginner lesson or continuation of Fridayís camp session in Canine Water Sports.  For those of you not coming to the Friday mini-camp, this is a chance for you to learn about this sport!  Please note that she is not getting paid by me as an instructor during camp, so please arrange with her your lesson fees, and also respect her need to work her own dog during sessions.  Her email address is jumpinbeandogs@hotmail.com if you'd like to contact her before camp.

Check-in for camp:  From 6:45-7:00am on Saturday, check-in is at the large tent by the lower rings.  Make sure you've picked up your welcome packet before 7am.  We will be meeting at 7am SHARP for camp welcome and announcements! 


Food:  We will provide light snacks throughout the day, beverages, and lunch each day for campers and auditors (you are free to eat either in the building or under the large yellow and purple tent, or anywhere!).  Lunch and snacks can be found in the building; we will have water and drink "stations" by each outside ring.

Treats for dogs: Make sure you bring several types and plenty of quantity of treats for your dogs.  Also, bring different types of toys if your dog is toy motivated, as you're sure to use them at some point during the sessions.

24-HOUR VETERINARIAN:

Animal ER of the Berkshires
(at the Pittsfield Veterinary Hospital)

1634 West Housatonic Street

Pittsfield
, Mass.

413-997-3425

Parking: Pretty much anyplace goes as far as vehicle parking locations.  As long as youíre not too close to a ring with a barking dog in your car, and arenít blocking an access pathway or road, you can park anywhere.  If you need a handicapped spot close to the rings, please contact me.  Iíll mark off a few spots by each ring for you.

Parking for RVís, overnight campers:  Please see Craig Chittenden upon arrival to help guide you to your camping location.

Setup: You are free to set up at the site after 4pm on Friday.  We will have mini-camp in session at that time, but most people will be down by the water in Lisaís Canine Water Sports session.  If you wish to arrive earlier than that, please contact Trisha (Trisha@agiledogs.net, 518-331-7814).

Questions, etc: Both myself (Trisha Stall) and Debbie Wlodarski will be available to answer any questions you might have throughout camp.  Please find either one of us if you need anything.  Iíll be floating from group to group; Debbie will be in Group D.  If you have any questions specifically about the site and canít locate Debbie or myself, look for Craig Chittenden, owner of Sugar Bush Farm.

Directions to Camp: Sugar Bush Farm is at 760 East Road, Stephentown, NY  12168

From the East: Take the Mass Pike to the end. Continue on I-90 to the next exit, B-3 in Canaan, NY. At the end of the ramp go right, 22 North. In New Lebanon, Route 20 and 22 run together for a short while. Make sure you stay on Route 22 by bearing left just before a boarded-up gas station on the left. Continue approximately 7 miles to the traffic light in Stephentown where Routes 22 and 43 intersect. Go straight to continue on 22 North. Follow Directions from the 22/43 Intersection below.

From the West: Take I-90 East to Exit 11E - Route 20 East. Continue on Route 20 East until it joins Route 22 North. Follow Directions from the 22/43 Intersection below.

From the North: From Hoosick Falls you will take Route 22 South. Go through the town of Berlin.  Approximately 3 miles south of the Berlin Jr./Sr. High School on your left is Giles Road or County Route 33.  Take that road, it takes a sharp right at a horse farm (youíll see tan buildings and split rail fencing on the right). You will go over a little bridge, you'll see farm buildings and straight ahead on the right you will see the training building - white domed roof with tan walls and windows. There is a driveway marked by two metal fence posts just before the building; follow that driveway down to the ring and parking.

Directions from the 22/43 Intersection: Heading North on Route 22, you'll go up a hill where 22 becomes 2 lanes. It goes back down to one lane after you get to the top of the hill and you will pass a mobile home park on your right. Just after that there is a brown house with a small satellite dish. The road right next to that house is Giles Road or County Route 33.  Take that road, it takes a sharp right at a horse farm (youíll see tan buildings and split rail fencing on the right). You will go over a little bridge, you'll see farm buildings and straight ahead on the right you will see the training building - white domed roof with tan walls and windows. There is a driveway marked by two metal fence posts just before the building, and thereís also a Sugar Bush Farm sign there; follow that driveway down to the rings and/or building.

 

Camp Schedule

Saturday July 31

Time Slot

Building

"Barn Side" Ring

"Pond Side" Ring

"orange fencing" Ring

7:00a-7:10a

Welcome to Camp! - announcements, outside between the rings

 

Dr. Tanya Holonko

Elise Paffrath

Tracy Sklenar

Ray Wheeler

7:15a-9:00a

Homeopathy & nutrition

Teamwork in Action: handling that works for you

Jumping Foundation Skills

Contacts & Weaves: execution and proofing

 

Group A

Group D

Group C

Group B

9:15a-11:00a

Homeopathy & nutrition

Teamwork in Action: handling that works for you

Jumping Foundation Skills

Contacts & Weaves: execution and proofing

 

Group B

Group A

Group D

Group C

11:15p-12:25p

 

Dr. Lisa Wiggins:

 

 

 

Stretching, massaging, & keeping your dog healthy

 

 

 

 

12:30-1:00p

LUNCH (served in building, can eat there or elsewhere!)

1:05p-2:50p

Homeopathy & nutrition

Teamwork in Action: handling that works for you

Jumping Foundation Skills

Contacts & Weaves: execution and proofing

 

Group C

Group B

Group A

Group D

3:05p-4:55p

Homeopathy & nutrition

Teamwork in Action: handling that works for you

Jumping Foundation Skills

Contacts & Weaves: execution and proofing

 

Group D

Group C

Group B

Group A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, August 1

Time Slot

Building

"Barn Side" Ring

"Pond Side" Ring

"orange fencing" Ring

 

Becky Therian

Elise Paffrath

Tracy Sklenar

Ray Wheeler

7:00a-8:45a

Massage, Reiki, myotherapy & stretching

Distance vs. close work: how to have it all!

Driving Lines & Turning Cues

Course Analysis & Handling Options

 

Group C

Group B

Group A

Group D

9:00a-10:45a

Massage, Reiki, myotherapy & stretching

Distance vs. close work: how to have it all!

Driving Lines & Turning Cues

Course Analysis & Handling Options

 

Group D

Group C

Group B

Group A

11:00p-12:15p

 

Dr. Lisa Wiggins:

 

 

 

Recognizing injuries and problems in agility dogs

 

 

 

 

12:20-12:50p

LUNCH (served in building, can eat there or elsewhere!)

12:55p-2:40p

Massage, Reiki, myotherapy & stretching

Distance vs. close work: how to have it all!

Driving Lines & Turning Cues

Course Analysis & Handling Options

 

Group A

Group D

Group C

Group B

2:55p-4:40p

Massage, Reiki myotherapy & stretching

Distance vs. close work: how to have it all!

Driving Lines & Turning Cues

Course Analysis & Handling Options

 

Group B

Group A

Group D

Group C

 

Handler

Main Dog

Group

Barbara Hollis

Caedi

A

Kathy Risatti

Dakota

A

Kristen Van Derpool

Dart

A

Cynthia Grohoski

Emma

A

Iris Egan

Euro

A

Bruce Dobozin

Jake

A

Valerie Becker

Toby

A

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holland Fitts

Argus

B

Mariday Geyer

Crosley

B

Sue Levine

Gabe

B

Sue Vitro

Hattie

B

Devorah Sperber

Lil

B

Lisa Norris

Pistol

B

Melissa Ellis

Romeo

B

Jody Scott-Smith

Skipper

B

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melinda Schneider

Glitterbug

C

Kristie Foss

Kemu

C

Dottie Piroha

Liesl

C

Sara Blair

Oreo

C

June Feigtenblatt

Oskee

C

Chris Penna

Otis

C

Sylvia Aronson

Sebastian

C

Betty Mueller

Topaz

C

 

 

 

 

 

 

Judy Raffone

Bubba

D

Debbie Wlodarski

Gaby

D

Janet Lynn

Gigi

D

Maureen deHaan

Kiva

D

Heather Kaczmarak

Logan

D

Bob Domfort

Maurice

D

Jeff Boyer

Sizzle

D

 

 

Trisha Stall
www.agiledogs.net; Trisha@agiledogs.net
518-331-7814

 

Camping available on site

Registration form available now.  There are still openings!

Download PDF      Download Word Doc

 

 

Whatís this agility camp thing all about?  Itís a perfect opportunity to give you and your dog exposure to new and wonderful instructors, and over the course of 2 days to learn many new things and become a better team in the process.

Who can attend? Any dog currently competing at any level, in any venue, or ready to compete can attend.

Can I just attend one day? Unfortunately, no; because of the rotating instructor format and material to be covered, you must attend both days for the full camp experience.

Whatís the cost?  The cost is $350 for two days of camp.  A deposit of $100 (non-refundable) is required to guarantee a spot, and should be sent in with your registration.  The balance of $250 is due by June 1st, 2010.

Can I audit?  Yes!  Audit fees are $80 a day or $150 for both days.  All levels of experience are welcome to audit.

Whatís the schedule? Working groups will be set up based on experience level and problem/focus areas.  Max number of 12 handlers/dogs per group.  Each group will stay together for the course of the weekend, rotating from instructor to instructor for working sessions each day.  There will be breaks between working sessions, as well as a lunch break.

Can I work a second dog? You may only work one dog at a time.  However, if you want to substitute a second dog working at a similar or higher level to your first dog, please contact me so I can approve the substitution.  You may bring as many additional dogs to camp as you wish to that you are not working in camp.

Are cancellations allowed? For cancellations more than one month prior to the start date of the camp, all but the $100 deposit will be refunded if the spot can be filled.  For cancellations less than one month prior to the start of camp, no fees will be refunded.  Bitches in season and aggressive dogs are not allowed on the grounds.  If you plan to attend with an intact bitch, you should plan ahead and arrange to have an alternate dog of similar skill level available to work.  No refunds for bitches in season.

Local hotel information:

        Berkshire Mountain House, Wyomanack St, 150 Berkshire Way, Stephentown NY, 800-497-0176; Bed and Breakfast.  www.berkshirebb.com

        Berkshire Spur Hotel, Route 22, Canaan, NY (518) 781-4432

        Best Value Inn, 576 Columbia Tpke., East Greenbush.  (518) 477-9352; www.bestvalueinn.com

        Chatham Travel Lodge, 598 Route 295, Chatham  (518) 392-4066  www.chathamtravellodge.com

        Comfort Inn, 1055 South St, Pittsfield, MA; 413-443-4714; $25 pet fee

        Cozy Corner Motel 284 Sand Springs Rd. & US 7, Williamstown, MA (413) 458-8006; www.cozycornermotel.com

        Crowne Plaza Hotel, Route 7 & West St on Park Sq, Pittsfield, MA; 800-749-4789; $25 pet fee; www.crowneplaza.com

        The Hancock Inn, Route 43, Hancock, MA (413) 738-5873. Bed and Breakfast.  Mention AgileDogs for discount; www.thehancockinn.com

        Howard Johnson Express Inn, Lenox, 462 Pittsfield Rd, Lenox MA; 413-442-4000

        The Inn at Shaker Mill, 40 Cherry Lane, Canaan NY 12029  (518) 794-9345; Bed and Breakfast; www.shakermillfarminn.com;

        Jericho Valley Inn, 2541 Hancock Rd, Williamstown, MA, (413) 458-9511; pets allowed in cottages only; www.jerichovalleyinn.com

        Knights Inn Lenox, 474 Pittsfield Rd, Lenox, MA  (413) 443-4468; small pets allowed addíl fee

        Pleasant Valley Motel, 42 Stockbridge Rd (Route 102), West Stockbridge, MA; 413-232-8511

        Rodeway Inn Castleton; 1666 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush (518) 477-2606

        Shaker Meadows Bed & Breakfast, 14209 Rte. 22, Canaan, NY 518-794-9385; Pets allowed only in suites (sleeps 4, in 2 separate rooms) and farmhouse; www.shakermeadows.com

        Travelodge Gt Barrington, 400 Stockbridge Rd, Gt Barrington, MA; 413-528-2340

        The Villager Motel, 953 Simonds Rd, Williamstown MA; 877-986-6835; www.williamstownvillager.com