15240 Turkey Track
Culpeper, VA 22701


Below is a photograph of attendees of our 2016 Dog Training Camp at Graves Mountain Lodge.
The first week in April offered up plenty of weather from spring, summer and even some winter with snow flakes near the end of the week. With only a spot of rain on Thursday morning Virginia weather does change when you least expect it, especially in the mountains.
Thank you to our 2016 staff for supporting camp and our campers. Your attention to detail made the week go on without a hitch!

We are already planning for 2017. Dates are April 3-7. Mark your calendars early as to not miss this awesome annual event!

Experience the Volhard Difference!

Dog Training Camp 2016

Registrations are coming in for KidsCamp! 2016 at Mahogany Ridge. We still have openings for both June and July camps. Space is limited though so be sureto check out this awesome opportunity soon! call Theresa at 540 547 2958 and ask about our loaner-dog program and car pool opportunities.

Look at our indoor and outdoor training options posted through May: upcoming classes in Tracking and Obedience.

April - May 2016


In addition to our regular classes, we also offer

June 20-24, July 25-29

KidsCamp! registrations are coming in!
Click here to secure a spot now!

Spaces are limited.
Last year we had a waiting list.

A weeklong day-camp for
kids and their dogs

KidsCamp! has a solid foundation
and is now in its 18th year!
0ver 30 camps, 5 in VA

Knowledgeable and caring instructors

More about KidsCamp!

Refer a friend and see what we offer!

Mahogany Ridge Gift Certificate
can be used towards KidsCamp!

April 3-7, 2017
Mahogany Ridge Dog Training Camp

Directed by Theresa Richmond

Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria, Virginia

Save The Date

Mahogany Ridge Gift Certificates
are available and can be applied towards the training part of camp.
Make sure you let family and friends know you would like to participate
and send them to this page

What's all the barking about?

The Culpeper 4H dog club, Dogs BOL (Bark Out Loud) meet on the second and forth Thursday of each month at Mahogany Ridge Training Center. Beginning at 6:00pm with dog training and followed by our businees meeting at 7:00pm.

We are looking for kids who love dogs! No need to own a dog to become a member!

Contact the extension office for more information or come to one of our meetings and find out what all the barking is about?

4H Dog Club "Dogs BOL"

With Chris VonFrieling

and Sky

Therapy Dog Workshop

This workshop will be offered again in February 2016.

Chris and Theresa thank you for the donations for

KidsCamp! scholarship fund.

Nose and Toes

I had a really fun time at the "Nose & Toes" workshop.
Sky was awesome during NoseFun and Tracking exercises.
The bond between Sky and I continues to grow.
Thank you for a great weekend workshop.
Chris and Sky

We attended the Nose and Toes Workshop and wow what a great time!
We loved the mixed format offered it really kept things fun
and our dog's attention throughout the entire weekend.
Theresa did a wonderful job putting this together
and meeting everyone's goals with their dog.
We hope that more types of events like this will be offered.
Misty and Beecher

Congratulations to handlers and dogs who passed the following tests
AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC)
AKC Community Canine - the newest CGC test.

We had a group of wonderful dogs and handlers.

A big thank you to the volunteers who make this all possible!

Our 31st KidsCamp! was F U L L !

We had 20 'kid and dog' teams.

Mahogany Ridge Gift Certificates can be used towards KidsCamp

Benefits from attending KidsCamp! include, but are not limited to:

  • Children training their dog in obedience and agility.
  • Creating a strong bond between dog and handler
  • Thinking creatively during our art sessions
  • Practicing problem solving while training and most of all had
  • Having a lot of fun.

More about KidsCamp!

2015 Dog Training Camp!

Should you like to share some pictures, please email them to us.

Our 30th KidsCamp!

We were fortunate to add a
Canine Ride Along

that taught the kids and dogs how to ride in a cart while being pulled by a miniature horse or donkey.

The kids had a blast!

What a terrific group of 17 dogs and kids.

More about KidsCamp!

Mahogany Ridge Gift Certificates
can be used towards KidsCamp!

2014 Dog Training Camp!

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Should you like to share some pictures, please email them to us.

Absolute Public Auction

Our 4H Dog club, Dogs BOL, raised a nice sum of money at their public auction and wish to thank everyone that contributed their time, donations and energy to make this event a great success! Look for this to become an annual fundraiser!

Dog Club
"Dogs BOL"

2013 KidsCamp! - 52 paws

Eight new faces, two 2 time repeaters and one 1 year repeater attended our 29th KidsCamp! handling either their dog, their friend's or a "camp" dog.

Enjoyable weather enabled us to train and be outdoors most of the time. As a tradition, the highlight of KidsCamp! is the Graduation Show where each kid-dog team runs a Rally-O course followed by a 9 obstacle Agility course. Way to go kids, you are great! Then came the time for the certificates and the celebration cake.

A special acknowledge to our fabulous presenters for talking to the kids about special dogs and to our assistants for pitching in.

Let's stay in touch!

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Rally-O WorkShop with Laura Clute

A group of eight Rally-O lovers eager to improve their handling and/or building up their dog's confidence gathered at Mahogany Ridge. Laura gave them insight on the signs, body language, flow of a course... and much more. The highlight of the week end was laying out a course, as you can see by clicking on the link on the right.

We are looking forward to welcome Laura in the spring of 2014 as she accepted to drive down and work with us again!

How to set-up a Rally-O course

E-Touch Course with Martin Deeley

"Martin Deeley's E Touch training at Mahogany Ridge was just what the doctor ordered! Martin and his charming, positive and caring manner of teaching and motivation gave me the confidence I need to do much more with my 8 month old Labrador. The intimate class size and flexible course structure is ideal and allows the substantive training to be tailored to the needs, goals and skill levels of the students and their dogs. The icing on the cake is the fantastic training facility and grounds at Mahogany Ridge! Theresa and her staff warmly embrace you, roll out the red carpet, feed you well and make you feel like family. A++ for a fantastic week and many thanks to Martin and Theresa! " Joi and Jack

2013 Volhard Dog Training Camp

Jack and Wendy Volhard celebrated their 37th year of dog training camps at Graves Mountain Lodge in Syria, Virginia the first week in April.

Congratulations Jack, Wendy, you have given to both the dog and dog training community a lifetime of research and support, thank you! We are looking forward to camp 2014.

For more information follow this link.

Culpeper 4H Dog Club, Dogs BOL

Come and join our club!

We are looking for more kids with and without dogs that are interested in learning and making a difference in our community through our dog program.
Our business meeting is held at the Culpeper office, cooperative extension on Davis Street. We meet the 2 nd Thursday of each month.

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After completing only 5 lessons of Go To Ground

with Brooke Corson (at Mahogany Ridge)

Griffin got his 1st Jr. Earth Dog leg!!!

Congratulations to Ellen and Griffin. You go team!


Below are our Go To Ground Graduates

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