3 DAY SUMMER HANDLING CAMP
WITH SUSAN GARRETT, JESSICA PATTERSON & JUSTINE DAVENPORT
Scheduled Date: August 21, 22 & 23, 2021
Available Openings Will Be Advertised February 2021 Here
In 2021, Susan welcomes back to Say Yes Summer Camp, Jessica Patterson and Justine Davenport.
Together the three will present three fun-filled, exciting days of handling challenges that set you up for success in the agility ring! We also have a Skills Day for less seasoned dogs or a 2nd seasoned dog who would benefit from a session of skills updating. It is the day before Summer Camp, to learn more about it click here.
Camp Format: Camp will be comprised of 3 groups of 12. Six participants will work in the AM morning session, while the other six partners audit the session. The groups will switch working spots for the PM session in the afternoon.
You will move daily to each of our exceptional instructors. This new formatting allows for concentrated work in small groups with well warmed up dogs and handlers / concentrated training/troubleshooting and a rest period for the dogs each day.
IMPORTANT: Due to the popularity of this camp we will be grouping the participants using a review of H360 training/trialling video.
In the "Video Link" section, please add a Vimeo/YouTube video link to your most recent training/trialling with your dog. The 2-3min video will highlight your current training/trialling skills.
Please also share where you are in your competition phases: Early competition, Advanced/Open or Excellent/Elite. This information will help our team balance all the working participant groups.
Camp Pre-Reqs: All handlers must have worked with Susan Garrett and/or Justine Davenport within the last year or have completed the first 3 levels of Handling360.
Camp Payments: New for 2021 we have a new and more convenient payment process. Full payments are required at the time of accepting your working spot. All pricing includes the HST (tax of 13%). Please also note our cancellation policy has been updated for 2021.
Waitlist: Our camps are very popular. If the camp is full at the time of your visit we strongly encourage you to put yourself on the “waiting list”. You will be notified as working spots become available.
Instructors: Susan Garrett, Jessica Patterson, Justine Davenport
Jessica Patterson is an accomplished competitor and dog trainer, who is quickly making a name for herself in the world of agility. Jessica’s competitive background in the sports world began at an early age. In 1999, Jessica was ranked 2nd in Canada in Figure Skating, and became a valued member of the National Junior Team for Figure Skating. Over the last several years, Jessica has turned her attention to the sport of Agility, making her mark in the competitive agility ring.
Jessica works actively with well-known trainer, Justine Davenport, and has been named as someone to watch on the World level in agility. She is a highly skilled and talented competitor and has several impressive accomplishments under her belt: In both 2011 and 2012, she won the Alberta Regional Championships. In 2012, she won the Canadian National Championships and placed 2nd in the Spring Cup and Canadian Open! Also, in 2012, she won first and second place in the 16-inch class at the Spring Cup and the Canadian Open. And in the summer of 2012, Jessica won the Canadian Open with her young 2-year-old Border Collie, Trix, and earned a spot to represent Canada at this year’s World Agility Open that was held in Spain in May.
Jessica Patterson is well-versed in the same handling style used by Susan Garrett and Justine Davenport, and is an amazing addition to this valuable workshop.
Justine is one of the most talented agility competitors in Canada today and a strong contender on the world agility stage. Justine’s commitment to consistency in training, handling, and competition has been instrumental in her success. For the past several years, Justine has been training and competing with her Shelties – Bounder, Chase, and Riot and Preston and now border collies Summit and True.
Justine, who lives in Edmonton, has been on Canada’s World Team for the past several years representing Canada at the FCI World Championships with all five of her shelties and is hoping to make this year’s team with her border collie Summit. She has placed 6th in the small dog team with sheltie Bounder. 4th in the medium team with sheltie Chase and this year came 7th in medium individual with sheltie Preston. Her newest venture is coaching and coached the Canadian WAO team the World Championships in Spain.
Justine has worked with some of the world’s best dog trainers and agility competitors and lately takes most of her inspiration from international competitor Silvia Trkman. Competing at international level gives Justine has an eye for training and handling far beyond the average seminar presenter.
Click Here for Pricing Information
Camp Participant with one dog (3 days)
Camp Participant with one dog + Skills Day Participant with one dog (4 days, 2 different dogs)
Skills Day Participant with one dog (1 day)
+ Camp Auditing (3 days)
SPECIAL PRICE: Auditing ALL 4 days (Skills Day + Camp)
Camp Auditing (3 days)
Camp Auditing (1 day)
Is the Opportunity to Audit limited?
At this time, auditing spots are unlimited. If we find that there a number of requests beyond which we think can best accommodate everyone's experience we will mark the opportunity as “waitlist”.
When do Skills Day & Summer Camp open for registrations?
Dates and available spots are announced as soon as we coordinate the year’s activities. Our instructors all compete internationally and as soon as dates and calendars are updated we release our dates.
Where can my dog and I stay if we are coming to Skills Day or Summer Camp?
There are a few different options available for you on our “Where to Stay” section here: https://dogsthat.com/live-event-info/
Are there any pre-requisites for auditors?
No, auditors do not have to fulfill any pre-requisites.
My female dog may be in heat for the dates of the event, what can I do?
Bitches in panties are perfectly fine here. We do ask you to be considerate when pottying your dog. This will help young males work through the experience without the added “closeness” of pottying near the working fields.
My dog has trouble being in a crate, can we still participate?
Both in Skills Day and Summer Camp we divide participants into groups by age/level and they rotate between the instructors and from working to resting. You can crate your dog out of your vehicle - or bring a crate by your chair. If you are not working a dog the expectation is they are crated safely (and quietly) while you record keep for a partner.
Curious if You Should Audit?
Here is what student Carol Brown shared with us:
My first time at camp and I audited. The auditing experience exceeded my expectations! I was able to see all the dogs work and hear all the instructors without having to worry about managing my own dog. It's stress-free. I have a notebook filled with Gems and Drills and ideas that I’ll be working on at home. My top 3 take-aways:
1. GEM. If my dog doesn’t stop at my RZ, but runs by me, why should I expect her to collect and turn tight at an obstacle when I cue. (Ahh Recallers, you are the solution.)
2. Dog Training. I watched an amazing session where Susan transferred the value of food (for an adorable corgi) into agility. While I’ve heard this phrase “transfer of value” many times, I never really got it until now. The light-bulb went off.
3. ACTION. I heard the phrase “Reward Your Dog” from every instructor at camp. It’s so easy to get caught up in running the sequence. Or when I make a mistake to stop (but not reward my dog). Or I want feedback from the instructor immediately. This really hit home for me. My action plan going forward is to make sure I am rewarding my dog and giving her feedback immediately. And when I watch my training video, count how many times I did (or didn’t) reward and record.
- Our Facility
- Where To Stay
- What To Bring
Say Yes Dog Training set on 28 secluded acres. Plenty of room to run, and ponds to swim your dogs in. And with a fantastic 13,000+ sq. ft. indoor turfed agility facility.
Restaurants Close By
Feel free to pick up lunch prior as Fortinos in Ancaster opens at 8 am and has a lovely premade foods section. You are welcome to enjoy your lunch upstairs in the classroom. Please bring along your morning coffee -Tim Horton's has opened two drive-thru locations within five minutes in both directions from Say Yes! There is also a Starbucks drive-thru in the Wal-Mart parking lot. Click Here to download the restaurants PDF.
Also, plan on bringing water for yourself and your dog.
When travelling to Canada it is important to ensure your personal paperwork is in order. Details are below about crossing our Canadian international border. You also should consult your own country regarding regulations about returning to your country.
Flying: You have three options when flying to visit us:
- Hamilton International Airport (a smaller airport approx. 20 minutes from us)
- Pearson International Airport (Toronto's largest airport about 60 minutes from us)
- Buffalo International Airport (about 1 1/2 hours from us)
Consult your airline for all their regulations for arriving and departing Canada.
Driving Directions: 2780 Dunmark Road Alberton, ON L0R 1A0
Hotel Accommodations in the area are below:
Hotels are becoming increasingly difficult to find locally. PLEASE pick up after your dogs at all facilities, Remember to also bring a throw sheet for your bed (2 if it has 2 beds), clean up outside and avoid EVER leaving your dog alone in the room. (Barking complaints hurts hotels as much as doggie do-do outside).
- Comfort Inn (about 15 minutes from the camp)
Location: 58 King George Road (exit Hwy 24), Brantford, ON N3R 5K4
Tel: (800) 2285150; (519) 753-3100
On the web: Comfort Inn Brantford
Description: A clean, modern facility; pancake house next door, lots of restaurants around. 2020 the facility now has a pet fee.
- Serenity Ranch Bed & Breakfast (about 3 minutes down the road)
Location: 2171 Wilson Street West, (Hwy 2), Jerseyville, Ontario
Toll-free number: 1-800-659-3714
On the web: Serenity Ranch Bed & Breakfast
Description: Beautiful country location 3 minutes from Say Yes; private rooms (with your own bathroom) with free wifi, satellite TV, free long distance anywhere in North America. Trip Advisor ~ Travellers' Choice Award 2014. Speak to Shane and share you are coming to a Say Yes Summer camp with a well-behaved canine. There have been some changes to his requirements so best to call and chat with him directly. Ask for the Say Yes student rate at the time of booking.
- Camping (Hydro and water hookups available):
Say Yes Dog Training: We welcome a LIMITED number of RV camping sites. These sites are Dry Camping Only. Our facility does not have water (we are on a well), dumping (we are on a watershed) or electrical hookups for RV's. We wish to share our space with everyone but must limit the numbers due to parking availability. Two other pieces of information we need to share about camping here on site. We request you have with you an RV Generator exhaust extension to vent up exhaust up. These are available at all RV stores. We also ask for a generator quiet time between 11 pm and 7 am for quiet sleeping times. Our summer generally offers cooler temperatures in the evening. Email [email protected] to check availability. A minimum of 14-day notice is requested to guarantee a spot. The fee is $20.00 per night payable on the day of registration.
Grand River Conservation (exit # 403 at Rest Acres Road) 20 minutes from camp
119 Jennings Road Rte 4, Brantford, ON N3T 5L7
Tel: (519) 752-2040
Walmart is located on Highway #2, just 5 minutes away from Say Yes. They are normally "RV friendly".
Below is information on what to bring to ensure you have a pleasant camp experience.
A Crate: Depending on the workshop, a hard-sided crate, as well as a soft-sided crate, could be beneficial (if you have room!). Dogs must be under control and not wandering while instructors are lecturing. Please respect this for your dog’s safety and the safety of others.
Collar: Either a flat buckle collar, a martingale type (Premier) or a head halter. Please leave your choke collars, pinch collars or electric collars at home.
Leashes: Just your standard 4-fooT, a 6-foot if you have one.
Toys: Please bring toys appropriate for tugging and those small enough to stay hidden on your body while working.
Our TURF: The desire is to keep our turf pristine for all to enjoy for a LONG time, so we are asking you pack accordingly for the upcoming workshop.
- Indoor Shoes: Please bring an extra pair of indoor shoes to use exclusively on the turf (you will possibly need boots for outside).
- Chairs: We request you to bring a chair with front to back tubing style legs. This style of chair disperses weight across the front and back (or two sides) of the chair vs four peg legs that may pierce and damage the turf.
- Dog Treats: Only dry, non-crumbly treats will be allowed on the turf area. (Just to be clear: no cheese, sticky or oily crumbly treats will be allowed on the turf.) The best idea is to bring a "doggie trail mix." That means that we suggest that you try to bring a mixture of different treats. Bring a lot!
- Towel: Please bring a towel to dry your dog’s paws off before running on the turf. It is our experience that it is best to dry your dog’s paws off before working the dogs on the turf if they have been outside.
- Tarp: We would appreciate a waterproof mat under your crates when crated on the turf. If previously used on dirt or grass surfaces, please take the time to be sure it is clean before using it on the turf.
- Human Food and Drink: No food or drinks (other than water) be allowed on the turf.
- Accidents: We ask that you be extra diligent about pottying your dogs before working on the turf. Accidents need to be dealt with immediately, so please do not hesitate to share if your dog has had an accident. Mark the spot so we can find it easily. Cleaning up on the turf is extremely time-consuming, and we do not wish to take up training time for “clean up”.
We appreciate you helping us maintain our beautiful new turf!
Winter Weather Workshops
In winter, we have a lot of snow on our grounds, so please do not walk anywhere to the right side of the driveway. At any time of year, if you choose to walk your dogs around the property, you’ll likely need boots, as well as a pair of shoes to come into the lecture/school area and a towel for wiping snowy/muddy paws.
You are welcome to videotape your own dog's working sessions. For copyright reasons, we have had to discontinue the practice of allowing taping of the lectures and other dogs.
Our camps are popular and we want to give everyone the opportunity and appropriate time to plan and attend. All camps are now paid in full and we have a new cancellation policy without exceptions.
Cancelling your participant/auditing registration:
Your cancellation must be submitted in writing to [email protected]
- Cancellations made between registration payment and 15 days prior to the event date: Where there is not a seminar waitlist, or the open spot cannot be filled by the team with a participant meeting prerequisites, cancellation will forfeit full fees.
Note: If the spot can be filled by our team, you will receive a partial refund of 50% the full amount paid (minus an administration fee*).
*Non Refundable Administration Fees: Participant $100.00 / Auditor $50.00.
- Cancellations made on the day of or less than 14 days forfeit full fees.
Selling Spots: No participant may give or sell their spot in the seminar to another person without written approval of the new participant from the camp administrator.
Cancellation Monies: Refund payments will be issued after the camp event date. This allows the team to assist in filling your spot. Refunds will be issued in the same manner payment was made. Transfer fees / international fees will be at the expense of the participant cancelling.
Insufficient Funds/Bank Fees: For day of events where cheques are accepted. A returned cheque for insufficient funds there will be a charge of $40.00 US/CAN.
If you have any questions regarding our policy please contact us at [email protected] for clarification.