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Adventure Dog Camp

Welcome to Adventure Dog Camp, the retreat for adventurous dogs and their humans! 

We are Jen and Melissa, two outdoorsy friends who include our dogs in almost everything we do.

Having confident, well-trained dogs who love to be outside as much as we do has enriched our lives beyond our wildest dreams. As longtime owners of reactive dogs, we understand how difficult it can be to enjoy the outdoors with them.

We want everyone to experience the joy of taking their dogs on adventures, so we created the ultimate sleep-away camp style retreat! Adventure Dog Camp is for all skill levels.

We look forward to sharing our knowledge and expertise with open-minded folks in a gorgeous setting, and hope to foster a sense of community among other outdoor-loving dog owners like ourselves.

At Adventure Dog Camp you will:

  • Learn advanced dog handling skills specific to outdoor adventures
  • Have a blast trying new activities
  • Become part of the adventure dog community
  • Connect with other rad folks
  • Create lasting memories with your canine companions.

If Adventure Dog Camp sounds right up your alley, keep reading to learn more!

Our mission is to foster a community of diverse outdoor-loving balanced dog owners by providing a safe, inclusive, educational, and fun experience for them & their dogs. You can read our full Mission, Vision, & Values statement here.

About Adventure Dog Camp

September 19-22, 2021

This 3-day, 3-night retreat is limited to 8 dogs and up to 12 humans. Ideally, dogs will be professionally e-collar trained, however, we are open to accepting dogs that have not been professionally e-collar trained if they meet our obedience guidelines.

Obedience requirements for dogs:

  • Place
  • Down
  • Sit
  • Reliable recall (this means that your dog comes back when called on the first time)

Dogs need to be able to hold these commands for duration and not whine while doing so, or this will distract from workshops.

We believe that the outdoors is for everyone are reserving two sponsored spots for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ guests. If you identify as either, look for the applications below.

Some of the workshops and courses you can look forward to include:

Outdoor Inspiration

Outdoor Adventures

Outdoor Skills

  • Journaling & brain storming for future adventures
  • Outdoor goal-setting
  • Find inspiration in the forest & gorgeous scenery around the lake
  • Connect & swap adventure stories with other campers
  • Paddle boarding clinic ***
  • Hiking
  • Urban barn hunt
  • Engagement games
  • Play!
  • Pet First-aid + certification
  • Hiking etiquette
  • Brewery dog practice
  • Backpacking with dogs 101
  • Leash handling skills
  • How to advocate for your dog

*** The paddle boarding clinic will only be held if the weather & lake conditions are good. If it is too windy, if it rains, or if there is a harmful algae bloom in the lake, we will not hold the paddle boarding clinic. You will be refunded for the cost of the board rental. We will have alternative activity options dependent upon the weather.

At this time, Adventure Dog Camp is available to dogs that have been e-collar trained.

Interested? Awesome!

Please complete the brief application form at the bottom of this page and we will follow up to schedule a video phone call with Jen and Melissa to ensure your dog is the right fit.

Ogden Group Camp, La Pine, Oregon

We are delighted to be hosting the first-ever Adventure Dog Camp at the Ogden Group Camp site located in the high desert region of Central Oregon near Paulina Lake and on Paulina Creek. The campground lies within the Deschutes National Forest with ample recreational opportunities.

We recognize that the campsite sits on the stolen lands of the Yahooskin-Paiute people, a band of the Klamath Tribes.

A Few Notes

  • Check-in is at 2PM and check-out at 12PM
  • The camp ground has tables, drinking water & vault toilets, but no showers.
  • You will be responsible for providing your own camping, hiking, and swimming gear.
  • Day time temperatures will likely be in the upper 60s & lower 70s.
  • Bring warm layers for cooler evenings
  • Cellular service can be hit or miss.
  • Dogs must be on leash while at the camp site and owners must pick up after their dogs. Please note that there may be other dogs nearby, on trails, and on the water during our stay that are not part of Adventure Dog Camp.

Directions

Bend is about 30 minutes from Ogden Group Camp Site, Portland is 4 hours, & Eugene is 2.5 hours. 

What’s Included

  • Three days and three nights of expert dog training workshops
  • Welcome dinner on the first night
  • Paddle board rental for the paddle board clinic
  • Wag Bag full of goodies
  • 24-hour access to trails & creek

Not included

  • Meals
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Transportation costs to and from the camp site

If you can’t make it this time, stay tuned for the next camp, which will be held in the spring of 2022 at Suttle Lodge in Sisters, Oregon!

Your Camp Leaders

Jen and Sitka on top of Trapper Peak

Jen Sotolongo is the owner and writer for the popular adventure dog blog Long Haul Trekkers and the author of the Falcon Guidebook The Essential Guide to Hiking with Dogs. She is a native of the Pacific Northwest, and lives in Portland, Oregon with her rescued cattle dog mix, Sitka. Jen is an ultrarunner and when she’s not running, she enjoys backpacking, camping, and hiking, always with Sitka in tow.

Melissa Mella is the owner of Head To Tail Dog Training and has been working with dogs professionally for over 5 years. She grew up in New England, but has spent the last several years traveling around the Western U.S. in search of where to put roots down next. She’s currently living the vanlife with her cattle dog, Floyd in the Bend area. When she’s not hiking, you can find her getting lost in a sci-fi novel, playing her Martin 00-15 acoustic, wheelin’ down whatever dirt roads she can find, or taking way too many photos of her dog.

Prices & Deposit

Single person + dog $550

Additional person, add $200 to total fee

BIPOC & LGBTQ+ Scholarships

We recognize the lack of diversity in the outdoors and we want to do our part to change that.

We believe that the outdoors should be accessible to all and that’s why we are offering 3 scholarships for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ attendees, courtesy of Central Oregon Visitors’ Association that cover the full fee for Adventure Dog Camp.

This scholarship is open to anyone who identifies as BIPOC or LGBTQ+. Click on the link below to submit your application here and we will select a recipient after evaluation. The deadline to apply is Aug 15th.

Sponsors

Adventure Dog Camp wouldn’t be nearly what it is without our sponsors!