KidsCamp! 2018

KidsCamp! is a week-long day camp developed and designed for children (7 years and up) and their dogs, offering opportunity to learn and expand their knowledge through dog related activities and more.

Each day, training, not limited to obedience and agility, is balanced with lectures and demonstrations. While the dogs are resting, the kids learn to read a dog’s body language and how to work with their dog’s personality to achieve harmony for each team.

If you’d like to see what we did in 2017, check out this link to our photo gallery.

Subjects covered during the week

A basic study of dogs
Nutrition, anatomy, and physiology; the role of the veterinarian; all breeds and mixed breed dogs are discussed.

A trainer’s toolbox
How to use a leash and collar, equipment, voice, and hands.

Training fundamentals
Communication, correction, and praise; cleaning up after your pet

Basic obedience
Place, sit, stay, heel, down, recall, and touch.

Wobble board, table, tunnel, dog walk, a frame, tire jump, chute, and weave poles.

Dog/dog interaction, handling dogs you don’t know, and reading a dog’s body language.

Equipment, bowls, and you.

Public speaking, problem solving, team building
Confidence building, motivating your dog, and the pack.

Where, When?

This is our first year holding the camp at the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center! Since 1981, they have offered year-round, research-based programming to the youth and families of Northern Virginia. In addition to 9 weeks of summer 4-H camp, they offer a full schedule of day and overnight camps throughout the entire year designed to help youth learn and grow, develop life skills, and have fun!

This year we have two different date options for you to chose from! June 11th-15th, 2018 and July 16th-20th, 2018. Camp activities will take place between 8:30am-4:30pm.

Cost & Registration

*Also included in the price of camp is a Casper Dog Mattress for every dog that attends. Size appropriate for the dog. (Specific color cannot be promised. A $125-225 value dependent on size.) If your child did not bring their own dog, a different take home will be provided.

*Early bird prices available until March 18th, 2018.

Day Camper = $495 (early bird price = $445)
Includes daily activities from 8:30am-4:30pm, lunch and two snacks daily.

Residential Camper = $695 (early bird price = $645)
Includes all day camp activities, plus evening programs, lodging, breakfast and dinner daily.

Register here!

Jean Pagnotta Scholarship

As a child, my Aunt Jean was instrumental in my involvement with dogs and dog shows. She often commented to me that she hoped she had something to do with my love of animals. I always assured her that she did. I learned patience, trust and many canine and life skills from my Aunt, and would like to show my appreciation to her by giving back to other children.

We would like to offer one child the opportunity of attending our Kids Camp with this full scholarship!



Dog Training Camp 2018

Time to start thinking about Dog Training Camp for next year! Our annual event will be held at the 4H Center in Front Royal, Virginia in March.

Check in: Sunday, March 25th
Camp Days: 26th-30th*

*Those staying for a certification will stay on through Sunday, April 1st.


Registration is open!
Click here to register.





Under the direction of Theresa Richmond, enjoy a full week of continuous training in Novice, Open, Utility Obedience, Agility and Rally-Obedience. Using a building block approach, classes will enable the dog-handler team to learn and successfully progress in a positive and enjoyable environment.

Whether you are a dog owner or a dog trainer, camp may be just what you are looking for! Are you a dog trainer looking to be certified in Jack and Wendy Volhard’s Motivational Method? Add these tools to your toolbox to become an even better trainer. Experience the Volhard difference.

For all dogs, as young as 8 weeks old. Camp consists of 5 full days of fun,  14 “training with your dog” sessions,  and much more!

Camp participation fee:
Early bird registration is $865.40 and is happening now!
General registration is $890 and starts February 1st, 2018
Late registration is $920 and starts March 14th, 2018

+ All meals are included in registration fee, lodging is not.

+ Check in is on Sunday. Those wanting to get certified in the Volhard Method must stay until Sunday for the certification test.

+ Our instructing team will offer you the tools you need to attain your goals, and the “attention to detail” that has become the signature of the Volhard Motivational Method.


Photos from camp last year!


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Current Class Schedule

Fall/Winter Class Schedule 2017


Living With Your Dog, part 1
Begins November 27th @ 7:00pm

Living With Your Dog, part 2
Begins January 8th @ 7:00pm



Rally Obedience Excellent
Begins January 9th @ 10:00am

Rally Obedience Novice
Begins January 9th @ 11:30am



Tracking 2*
Begins January 6th @ 11:00am

Living With Your Dog, part 1*
Begins January 6th @ 1:30pm

Living With Your Dog, part 3*
Begins January 6th @ 3:00pm

* No class on January 20th


How much are classes?

The fee is $75 for each class.
All classes are 4 weeks in length and meet for one hour each week.


Additional Info

Theresa also offers classes at Paws Awhile in Warrenton on Wednesday evenings. Call them at  (540) 347-4855 to register.

Should you have any questions about our schedule please call (540) 547-2958 or drop us an email!