When: Nov 14-16, 2014
Where: Along Dogtown Rd, a dirt road that forks off of Perkinsville
Rd (Hwy 73) a short
distance just south of Williams, AZ
What: Camping and training on Dogtown Rd., to Dogtown Reservoir (6.0
Dogtown Road is a graded dirt road suitable for carts and ATVs.
We’ll be running dogs
along this road to Dogtown Reservoir where there is a nice
turn-around @ 3.0 mi.
Camping is right along Dogtown Road in a mixed conifer/oak forest.
There are several
places to camp along this road – We’ll pick one suitable for dog
trucks/trailers etc. So,
you’ll just have to get to Dogtown Road and start looking for dog
trucks and sled dogs
(see directions below). Like pretty much everything in AZ this is a
primitive site, so be
prepared to bring water for you and your dogs. We will have a
porta-potty delivered to
the site. If all goes well it will be COLD so be sure to bring cold
weather gear! Dog
camp training begins on Saturday morning, Nov 15 @ 8am sharp. Feel
free to come
Friday night to set up your camp etc.
Schedule: PLEASE READ BEFORE COMING TO CAMP!
7-8AM: Hydrate & harness up the dogs. Get carts/ATVs ready for a
run. Bring water on
the run if you like.
8AM-11AM: Leap Frog Training - Leave for Dogtown Reservoir @ 8AM and
passing using the “Leap Frog” method: The goal is for everybody to
leave camp in a
continuous line of teams and practice passing one another on the way
Reservoir. This means that after you have passed one or two teams,
you should stop
your team and let one or more teams pass your team. This is
excellent training for the
dogs. If your dogs go after a team that is passing you should
correct them. If a passing
team goes after dogs that are standing still the passing team should
be corrected, too. The goal of this exercise is NOT to go fast –
this is slow, sustained training designed to teach the dogs to pass
well and to leave other teams alone, whether they are passing, or
being passed. This exercise is also good for dogs that don’t want to
wait – I know this will be hard for some teams, but it’s good
practice nonetheless. You must be able to stop and hold your team
during this exercise! This exercise could take 1-2hrs, depending on
how long people want to practice. When we get to the Dogtown
Reservoir turn-around we will have an opportunity to practice
head-on passing. This means that some teams should stay back to
allow other teams to go up, turn-around and then pass teams on their
way back to camp. We can continue playing “leap frog” on the way
back to camp, or folks can just run back to camp if they want to
“turn ‘em loose.”
11AM-1PM: Break for brunch – water and rest your dogs. Everyone’s on
their own for
brunch, but feel free to bring stuff to share.
1PM-3PM: Leader line-out training – This exercise is designed to
teach your lead dog(s)
to hold the line tight during hook-up EVEN in the midst of
distractions. For this exercise
you will need: a harness, a 6 ft leash with SNAPS at BOTH ENDS, and
6’ leash to attach to the dog’s collar. I also strongly recommend a
COLLAR for this exercise. The correction collar must fit snugly,
just behind your dogs
ears – Collars that DANGLE down below your dog’s neck are
INEFFECTIVE. If you
are opposed to this kind of correction method you can “opt out” of
collars. However, if used correctly, these collars are very
effective and will not harm
your dog. We will work with dogs individually to teach them
the line-out command. We will divide this session into two groups:
handlers who are teaching their dogs to line-out; and handlers with
dogs on leashes who will walk near to dogs learning to line out,
effectively creating a “training opportunity” (i.e, a distraction).
The goal is to have your leader line out regardless of any
distractions that come their way. We will do a demo of this exercise
before we start.
3PM-4PM: Break to water your dogs and harness them up for a late
afternoon run (not
4PM-5PM: Run to Dogtown Reservoir
5PM: Dinner and discussion of the day’s training around the
8AM-10AM: Repeat Leap Frog Training and passing practice to Dogtown
11AM – Brunch: Pancake breakfast with eggs, bacon etc…Please see
document on what you can bring for the Sunday brunch.
NOON – Pack it up and head for home!
Directions to Dogtown Camp
From Williams, AZ:
1. Navigate your way to S. Perkinsville Rd. This road leads south
out of town from
Grand Canyon Ave/Railroad Ave., which is the main drag through town.
either turn right (if coming from the west) or left (if coming from
the east) onto S.
4th St., which becomes Perkinsville Rd (Hwy 73).
2. Take Perkinsville Rd to the junction with Dogtown Rd (ca. 3.4
mi), then turn left
at the junction. This will be a dirt road.
3. Once you’re on Dogtown Rd., start looking for a campsite, just
along the road
with dog trucks and “dog people.” I’ll try to be there by 4pm on
4. Questions? Call Gery: (928) 853-4037; or email me at: