Dog-Friendly Summer Camps

Posted by Lauren Barker

Who says summer camp is just for kids? For that matter, who says it’s just for humans? Usually taking place over three to five days, summer camps for dogs provide lodging, meals and activities for human and canine campers. Bark camp songs, tell spooky stories about ten-foot cats around the campfire, and bond with your best friend at one of these incredibly pet-friendly summer camps.

Camp Unleashed

Poyntelle, PA
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Eat, sniff and play is the motto of Camp Unleashed. Their summer Poconos Camp in Poyntelle, PA boasts an idyllic location around a 100-acre lake. Water activities include doggy paddling, dock diving, and a game in which dogs stand on bases sunk in the water and retrieve items. You and your pup can also enjoy miles of hiking trails and a full schedule of activities, including classes on agility techniques from expert trainers. Even if he has two left paws, Fido can learn some new moves in Musical Freestyle. There are also scent games that incorporate tracking techniques, Flyball classes for pups with a tennis ball obsession, and parkour courses. For more leisurely fun, paint each other on a canvas, give your dog a guided canine massage, and enjoy the daily wine and cheese hour.

Camp Unleashed's Poconos Camp is held from September 1-4, 2023. Fees range from $949 to $1,299 per person and dog, depending on your room choice. Rates include lodging, activities, snacks and three gourmet meals a day. If you can’t make this date, Camp Unleashed Blue Ridge in Marion, NC will be held October 12-15, 2023.

Maian Meadows Dog Camp

Leavenworth, WA
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Washington’s magnificent Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is the setting of Maian Meadows Dog Camp, a three-day retreat for dogs and their owners looking to escape city life. The camp is located on the banks of Lake Wenatchee, a gorgeous expanse of water equipped with a dock, boats, funyaks and a swimming area. Active pups and humans can go hiking or try agility activities. Classic camp activities include campfire singalongs, hide and seek, musical chairs and a timed sloppy kiss contest (not mandatory). At the end of camp, awards are given out for the most energetic pup, the most laid-back pooch, and for dogs with the longest ears and shortest legs.

Maian Meadows Dog Camp is open from September 8-10, 2023. The fee is $185 per person and dog, and the price includes all meals and accommodation in the rustic cabins. There’s an extra $10 fee for a second dog.

Wild Blue Dog Summer Camp

Stateline, NV
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Explore 33 fenced acres with Fido during your week at Wild Blue Dog Summer Camp at a 4-H facility in Stateline, NV. You and your canine camper can enjoy a private beach and dock on Lake Tahoe, guided hikes along scenic trails, and training and testing from certified professional trainers. Spend time kayaking or paddle boarding, and let your pooch learn some new tricks and skills like lure-chasing, recall, nose work and problem-solving. Together you can take classes on fear-free grooming, nutrition, positive training methods and more. Professional photographers will be on hand to capture your week of memories.

Wild Blue Dog Summer Camp will take place from May 29 to June 4. Admission varies based on lodging but starts at $1,800 per camper. All profits will benefit canine cancer treatment and research. If you can’t make it for summer camp, attend Wild Blue Dog Fall Camp from September 17 to 23, 2023.

Canine Camp Getaway

Gettysburg, PA
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Located in Gettysburg, PA Canine Camp Getaway June Camp at Eisenhower Hotel & Conference Center is the ultimate dog-friendly summer adventure. Dogs of all ages, sizes and abilities are welcome to attend this five-day camp and participate in agility courses, barn hunts, hiking, and swimming in the dog-friendly pool. Your four-legged friend can also learn lure coursing, nose work, doga, and how to cut a rug (rather than peeing on it) with freestyle dance sessions. He can make you something to remember your week at camp during “Barks & Crafts” and join you for classes in Canine CPR, dog nutrition and more. If he prefers a more laid-back week, you and your pooch can visit the lounge during daily yappy hours, bark out some karaoke and curl up together for a movie under the stars.

Canine Camp Getaway takes place from June 9-13, 2023. Fees range from $1025 to $1,650 per person and pup. All meals are included, and dogs can even join you in the pet-friendly section of the dining room to snap up any crumbs that might drop off your plate. If you can’t make the June camp, Canine Camp Getaway Fall Camp will be held September 25-October 1 in East Durham, NY.

Dog Scouts of America

Roscommon, MI
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On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to ... Okay, Fido doesn’t have to say an oath when he joins the Dog Scouts of America, but he and his parent must pass a test proving that the owner is responsible and the dog is not a danger to other scouts or humans. Once they demonstrate these fine qualities, they can start earning badges and attend awesome summer camps in beautiful St. Helen, MI. There’s something for all dogs at these secluded retreats, such as agility courses, water sports and obedience lessons. Any DSA member can attend summer camp, and they even have classes that teach pups how to be a Dog Scout. Furry scouts earn badges as they complete their training. If your pooch has what it takes to earn the coveted All Dog Band Badge, he’ll have to use his nose or chin to play the piano!

Dog Scouts of America hosts two main camps in 2023, from August 11-15 and 17-21. The fee is $750 for the first camper and $300 for any additional family members, including meals and all activities. One dog is free and each additional dog is $50.

Yellowstone Dog Sports

Roberts, MT
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Every summer, Yellowstone Dog Sports brings dogs and dog lovers together in the beautiful wilderness of Montana. The camp spans 90 acres of countryside, with ponds for swimming, trails for hiking and even sheep for dogs to attempt to herd. The instructors have decades of experience in a range of disciplines like agility, freestyle and obedience. Dogs can work toward their Canine Good Citizen or Therapy Dog Certification, learn tracking skills, and practice search and rescue with real-life targets. Other activities include nature walks, canine nutrition lectures, Flyball and dock diving. There are even a few unique classes like reiki energy work and homeobotanical healing for hounds.

Yellowstone Dog Sports Camp runs from July 10-14, 2023 and August 7-11, 2023. Fees range from $825 to $1000, depending on the choice of accommodations. All activities, lodging and meals are included.

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Your pup doesn’t have to be a pug to attend Pug Camp, but she’ll feel right at home if she is! Held at Camp Westmont, the same location as Camp Unleashed - Poconos, this four-day adventure is open to all canines who wish to attend. All dogs can participate in crafts, campfires, doga, a photo booth and costume contests. Pug attendees can enter the Pug Olympics or the Mr. & Mrs. Pug Camp Pageant with categories like swimsuit, evening wear and talent. They’ll also enjoy a Pugcasso Pug Painting class, Pug Night at the Movies, Games with Pugs and more.

Pug Camp will be held from August 24 to 27, 2023. Registration is between $99 and $735 depending on the number of days you plan to attend and the type of accommodations you choose.

Camp Gone to the Dogs

Front Royal, VA
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Camp Gone to the Dogs, the ODC (original dog camp), is set in the countryside of Front Royal, VA. Originally located in Stowe, VT, it's the first camp that officially invited dogs to join their owners, and it's been the inspiration for other camps on our list. Expert dog trainers help Fido "try his paw" at agility, obedience and behavior classes, using only positive reinforcement to keep him motivated. More advanced canines can test their hunting and tracking skills, take Frisbee or Flyball classes, or try freestyle doggy dancing, which teaches canine theory like spin, sit and roll over. Arts and crafts are always a part of the fun at camp, and at Camp Gone to the Dogs, you can make your own leash, paint a “pawtrait” or tie-dye a shirt for Fido.

Camp Gone to the Dogs is scheduled from October 21-26, 2023. Fees include all meals and range from $1,225 to $1,875 per person and dog, depending on your choice of lodging. Daily campers are welcome for $225. Campers who prefer to stay off site should check out the nearby Bluebird Hill Cabin.

Have you taken your dog to a summer camp? Leave a comment or tweet us @BringFido!