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As kids, many of us got to spend summer nights toasting marshmallows around a campfire after a day of outdoor activities and adventures. The downside? Heading to summer camp usually meant saying goodbye to the family dog for a few weeks. Now, canine camps give dogs and their owners the chance to enjoy all the Great Outdoors has a to offer, together with a little bit of nostalgia on the side.

Camp Dogwood
Highland Park, Illinois

After a scenic hike or refreshing swim, dogs can test their skills in canine activities, likeBarn Hunt and Flyball or even prepare for a Canine Good Citizen test. Meanwhile, seminars, like treat-making and pet massage, are available for owners. The next 2016 session is October 6–9.

Dog Scouts of America
St. Helen, Michigan

dalmatian in water

This camp offers sessions in June and July, when dogs can earn merit badges while splashing in the water, trying out agility, and participating in the wide array of activities that earned it the nickname “Disneyland for dogs.”


Canine Camp Getaway
Lake George, New York

City folk in New York, Philadelphia, and surrounding areas can steal away to the nearby Adirondack Mountains with their dogs June 26­–30 and September 17­–20, where dogs can enjoy various canine sports, learn new skills (scent detection and therapy work) and participate in fun activities, like “barks and crafts” and dog yoga (DOGA).

Camp Unleashed
Becket, Massachusetts, and Mountain City, Georgia

border collie in woods

This location is just a short drive away for both southerners and New England folk with locations in the Berkshires (camp dates: September 2­–5) and the Blue Ridge Mountains (camp dates: October 13–16). Both offer stunning mountain views and an array of off-leash activities for two-legged and four-legged campers. Also, owners will get tips on training, nutrition, body language, first-aid, and more.

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