Dash2Devon Camp: My first experience
Back at the beginning of 2013 I was looking for dog training with a difference. I had attended weekly classes and lots of day workshops, but was looking for an experience I could fully immerse myself in. That’s when I found the Dash2Devon Camp that Devon Dogs run!
I had never, ever attended a camp before, so admittedly I was nervous about the whole thing. I called up and spoke to Carole and was instantly put at ease. There and then I booked my space….this was in June and the camp was taking place in September! Cue me getting very excited, even marking ‘days to go’ on the calendar.
What I loved was the emails and info I received before the camp. It was so amazingly organised and I felt at ease that I had everything I needed to prepare and get ready for the camp.
I’ll never forget the Monday, the first day of camp. Monday is the settling in day. I was booked into the Fox and Hounds as I didn’t fancy camping in my tent on the campsite in September! (I don’t own a caravan!!) The pub is fab, the room was nice and the staff were ever so welcoming. It would appear that they had many a Devon Dogs students stay there, as when I mentioned what I was up to they knew all too well!
I arrived at the camp ground on Monday afternoon for the welcome meeting. This was a chance for every camp attendee to meet and for us to receive our welcome pack, including our workshop timetables, and to be introduced to the week ahead. Pimms was served, along with cream teas! What a way to start the camp!
The workshop days themselves were simply awesome! The trainers were super knowledgeable, kind and worked at my level. I learnt so so much from each of them. The days were exhausting for me and my dog! Each evening we’d got back to the pub and crashed out on the bed pretty much until the following morning, ready for the next day!
The camp was finished off with a BBQ on the Thursday evening, where everyone got the chance to scoff yummy food and chitchat about our week. What I really loved about my first camp experience with Devon Dogs was how everyone came together and helped one another. There was no weird clickiness or odd looks! Everyone wanted everyone else to succeed and have fun, it was a true group bonding experience.
I left my first Dash2Devon Camp with renewed motivation in my training, newly made friends and a dog who was happy and content – who had just as much fun as me! This was back in 2013 and I have attended the Dash2Devon Camp every year since then! I simply can’t get enough of it!
If you are looking for an all-round dog training camp where you’ll learn multi-disciplines and skills, have fun and make friends along the way, Dash2Devon is the camp for you. To find out more, click on the link below:
About the Author: Kelly Murrell helps out with some of the work in the office at Devon Dogs, particularly with marketing and advertising. She used to work in the office at East Bowerland Farm, but recently moved to Vancouver Island, Canada with her husband. She is an avid dog trainer and regularly posts dog training tips for Devon Dogs, Bowerland and Progressive Paws.