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!
About Adventure Dog Camp
September 19-22, 2021
This 3-day, 3-night retreat is limited to 8 professionally e-collar trained dogs and up to 16 humans.
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:
- Pet First-aid + certification
- Paddle boarding clinic
- Urban barn hunt
- Defensive management skills
- Hiking etiquette
- Brewery dog practice
- Backpacking with dogs 101
At this time, Adventure Dog Camp is available to dogs that have been professionally 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.
Suttle Lodge, Sisters, Oregon
We are delighted to be hosting the first-ever Adventure Dog Camp at the super dog-friendly Suttle Lodge in beautiful Central Oregon.
We recognize and acknowledge that Suttle Lodge sits on the lands of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.
Located on the shores of Suttle Lake and surrounded by the Cascade Mountains peaks, you can walk to trails from your cabin door, go for a swim in the alpine lake, or enjoy a craft beer while enjoying the views.
For the safety the dogs, we are not allowing shared cabins, except for same household. If you plan to attend with your bestie and your dogs already know each other, let us know! We can discuss.
A Few Notes
- Check-in is at 4PM and check-out at 11AM
- All rooms are non-smoking, please advise group attendees.
- The Rustic Cabins do not have running water, bathrooms, and do not come with linens. Linens are available for $20 per bed, with advance notice, or you can bring your own.
- Shared bathrooms and showers are available on the property.
- Dogs must be on leash while on property and owners must pick up after their dogs. Please note that there will be other dog guests at the lodge during our stay that are not part of Adventure Dog Camp.
If you are coming from Portland or Salem, Suttle Lodge is about 7 miles past the Hoodoo Ski Area and 4 miles before Camp Sherman. From Bend and Sisters, the lodge is about 4 miles past the Camp Sherman turn off.
Bend is about 1h from Suttle Lodge, Portland is 2h, 40m, and Eugene is 2h.
- Three days and three nights of expert dog training workshops
- Meals – 3 dinners, 2 lunches
- Wag Bag full of goodies
- 24-hour access to paddle boards during your stay
- Complementary wireless Internet in the main lodge building (cellular service an be hit or miss, depending on the weather or location on the property)
- Full restaurant with gourmet food
- Large communal deck with Adirondack to enjoy the view
- Dogs allowed on leash pretty much everywhere
- Breakfast – you are welcome to bring your own and eat it in your room or cabin, or purchase in the dining hall
- Alcoholic beverages
- Transportation costs to and from Suttle Lodge
- Rentals (kayaks, canoes, bikes; paddle boards will be available)
Your Camp Leaders
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 in Rustic Cabin $1,750
Single person + dog in King Room $2,600
Additional person, add $750 to total fee
$500 deposit reserves your spot
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 planning to offer one scholarship each for a BIPOC, courtesy of Central Oregon Visitors’ Association, and an LGBTQ+ guest that covers the full fee for Adventure Dog Camp.
We are currently still working on securing funding for the LGBTQ+ scholarship, and still invite you to apply because we are confident we will find a sponsor!
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 July 30th.