10 Fantastic Camps So Your Pup Can Have A Summer To Remember

Written by: Dr. Katy Nelson

July 17, 2015

Summer is one of the best times to treat yourself to a vacation. But if you’re a dog lover, leaving your pup behind can make you feel guilty. Luckily, these 10 summer camps for dogs will ensure that your furry friend is having as good of a time as you are. Plus, with so many options, there’s bound to be a canine camp near you:

1. Wag Hotels

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Wag Hotels is a pet care option that’s located in San Francisco, Sacramento, Redwood City, and Oakland. The facility allows pickup and drop off 24/7, which means a lot for people who are taking the red eye flight. There are play areas for specific sized dogs and a full-service grooming spa. Oh, and did you notice how pimped out that room is? Dogs get a king-sized bed, a TV of their own, and you can monitor them from a computer at home. What more could you want?

2. Camp Winnaribbun


This canine camp gets points just for the name alone. But let me tell you, it has more to offer than clever wording. Camp Winnaribbun is the perfect place for pet owners who want to go on vacation WITH their tail-wagger. Owners and animals alike can participate in the activities at this camp. Located at the South end of Lake Tahoe, Camp Winnaribbun has opportunities for pets and people to learn herding, pet obedience, lure coursing, and agility. The humans can also participate in golfing, fishing, boating, and classes like photography. Camp Winnaribbun is the ultimate getaway for anyone who wants to vacation with their pup.

3. Camp Unleashed


Camp Unleashed offers 4-day retreats for you and your dog in the beautiful Berkshires and Asheville, North Carolina. Owners and pets can go on a smell hike in the woods, do yoga together, hear a presentation about dog health, and learn a dog sport. As one camp participant says on the company’s website, “It’s worth sleeping on a bunk bed or air mattress for 3 nights when you see how much joy your dog has.”

4. Canine Camp Getaway of NY

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As you can imagine, this camp is located in New York, which is perfect for anyone in the tri-state area. Located in the Adirondacks, Canine Camp Getaway has plenty of amenities to create a great vacation for pets and their owners. While there are activities like canine CPR classes, agility, and swimming in a dog-friendly pool, the humans also have their needs attended to. There’s a full-service spa, nighttime entertainment, and fine dining, as well.

5. Happy Tails Daycamp for Dogs


This camp in Michigan lets owner go for a daycation while knowing that their pet will have fun. Happy Tails Daycamp offers spaces for pups to play both indoors and outdoors. The owners also offer overnight “camping” for dogs who have been to Happy Tails before. For day campers, Happy Tails has no set schedule. They simply let the dogs roam and play however they please. If I was at camp, that’s the way that I would want it.

6. Call Of The Wild Dog Camp


Call of the Wild Dog Camp offers an annual camp with hiking, off-leash play, river games, creek paddling, dog sports, nature games, and training workshops. Like all of the other camps mentioned, Call of the Wild is only for dogs who behave well around people and other animals.

Call of the Wild is unique because the company also specializes in camps for dogs who haven’t been trained. They can also create custom trips that are catered to you and your pet. You can check out one family’s account of their personalized trip here.

7. Dog Scouts of America


That adorable picture should be enough to make you start packing your bags for Dog Scout camp. Seriously, how cute are those badges? Dog Scouts of America Camp, located in Michigan, offers multiple camps throughout the year. However, their most popular are throughout June and July. More information about those camps can be found here, or you can check out the video below:

8. Morris Animal Inn


The Morris Animal Inn in New Jersey offers daycare, boarding, training, and grooming. In other words, everything. Plus, any special needs that your pet might have, whether it be shots or special meals, can be accommodated. There is also a vet on staff 24/7. No matter how long you leave your dog for at the Morris Animal Inn, you can be rest assured that they will be well taken care of.

9. Camp Dogwood


Three words: Dog. Friendly. Beach. Camp Dogwood is located in beautiful Wisconsin and has all of the outdoor amenities you can dream of. Plus, pet parents are allowed to stay! Dogs and their humans can enjoy classes like dog massage, treat making, and even dog yoga. Sample camp schedules can be found here. Or, if you’re more of a visual learner, check out the video below:

10. Maian Meadows Dog Camp

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This camp, available for both humans and their pets, is on the shores of a lake in Washington. One of the most memorable aspects of the camp is that it offers superlatives for pets: longest ears, most laid back, costume contests, best sloppy kiss, etc. How cute is that? Of course, Maian Meadows offers more than just games. The camp also includes hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, and day trips to the nearby town. If you’re looking for a quaint weekend away, this is the place for you.

Featured image via Anne the Dog Photographer

Written by: Dr. Katy Nelson

July 17, 2015

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