2021 VIRTUAL CAMP
Skills Day: August 20, 2021
Summer Camp: August 21, 22 & 23, 2021
Scheduled Time: 9am - 5pm ET (Toronto Time) with breaks
Over the past two decades, Skills Day / Summer Camp here on-site in Canada has been one of the year's great highlights. What makes it so great is you! Students from all over the world gather here for agility, community, fun, and the love of dogs.
We have been considering the current global situation, international travel restrictions, and our students' safety. To ensure the safety of our students and provide top quality instruction, this year’s camp will be virtual.
That means you can join in via Zoom and audit without leaving home. If you're interested in participating as an auditor for virtual camp sign up on this link.
We are embracing optimism and looking forward to making the 2021 camp THE BEST ONE EVER!
Instructors: Susan Garrett, Jessica Patterson, Justine Davenport, Andrea Guindon
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.
Andrea transitioned from a dog training system that used intimidation as part of its methodology to Susan’s choice/game based methods. The second she was exposed, she knew she was home. The knowledge she gained from Susan’s courses allowed her to do a complete 180 in her relationship with her border collie Phoenix. The biggest challenge they overcame was getting her dog to love tugging with her.
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.
Click Here for Pricing Information
Summer Camp Participant (3 days)
Skills Day Participant (1 day)
SPECIAL PRICE: Auditing ALL 4 days (Skills Day + Camp)
Camp Auditing (3 days)
Skills Day Auditing (1 day)
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.
Click Here for Cancellations Information
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.