You will need to arrive at Camp between 12:00 and 3:00 p.m. the first day. Please arrive early that first day as you need to get situated. Getting to Camp early will also provide you with the opportunity to get yourselves and your dogs settled in before Camp starts.

We will start Camp around 4:00 p.m. with introductions and go right in to One-on-One Walk Training.

After dinner we will gather so that you can get to know the other participants; meet Ann & Jamie; discuss when/where to gather for the morning run; answer any questions you might have about Boot Camp and discuss any other information pertinent to this Camp.We will run your dogs as a team to determine what your individual needs are.

Over a 4 day Camp, your team will run with the group 5 times with one of us working with you. We will work with each of your dogs one-on-one working on their problems as well as confidence training and other basic obedience skills. You will also pick up ideas while watching us work with the other participants.

We can work in rather warm temps during the day for the one-on-one training as long as the early morning and evening temps are cool enough for the team runs – mid 50’s F or lower. We’ve never cancelled a Camp due to weather – we work around it!  Please be prepared for anything/everything!

Please no dogs under 8 months age. Make sure that all dogs are up-to-date on all vaccinations.  Please have a current rabies certificate on site for the dog you are working with.

We are both very excited about the prospect of helping sled dogs get back on their own teams and become happy, confident workers. And that makes the musher happy to!




– Rig, 4-wheeler, Sacco cart (or all of it if you have them and want to bring them) NOTE: Your rig must be able to hold your team while you’re off the rig, but not so heavy that your team is unable to pull it).

– Harnesses and collars

– Ganglines

– Necklines (bring extras)

– Water containers (one or more that fit on your rig) and bowls/pans

– Treats (biscuits, etc. if you want, esp. for one-on-one training)

– Booties (if you use them)

– Head lamp (it may be dark outside when we run and/or take care of dog chores, depending on temperatures)

– Dog food

– Poop scooping equipment

– First aid kit and routine medications for your dogs, if you have any

– Extra straw or bedding if needed (we are a long way from town)

– Picket line, tie-outs, outriggers, crates (whatever you use to tie dogs out when you travel and run them)

– We have unlimited training right out of the yard. We will also have on site extra training rigs/4 – – – wheelers/sacco carts IN ADDITION to your equipment.



– Correction collar(s) (either a prong collar or fine link chain slip or “choke” collar that fits snug over the dog’s head — you’ll probably want to bring several to fit your dogs if you have different sized dogs on your team)



This fur saver collar has quickly become one of our favorite training tools.  We recommend it over both choke and pinch collars.


– 8 foot leash(es) with snap at BOTH ends (web or leather — poly rope will burn your hands. You can easily buy a snap at a hardware store and attach it to the handle end of an 8 or 10 foot lead.)

– Belly band (neckline will work)

Each team attending Boot Camp for the first time receives one Leash/Belly Band Set.

You can order Leash/Belly Band Sets through Windigo Outfitters. We will have Leash/Belly Bands for sale at Camp.



Line out!

– Harness(es)

– regular 4 and 6 foot leads or flexis are always useful.





– Clothes in layers:

We will work dogs no matter what, so bring rain gear, short sleeves, long sleeves, jackets, sunglasses, hats, etc. Bring sturdy shoes or boots andgood socks because you’ll be on your feet nearly all day. It’s a good idea to bring extra shoes and socks in case you get one pair wet.   Bring Mud Boots, duck boots or other calf-high waterproof boots plus raingear that is adequate in pouring rain.

– Flashlights, head lamps and extra batteries

– Personal toiletries

– Insect repellent – bugs shouldn’t be bad this time of year, but you never know Don’t forget sunscreen.

– Camera or camcorder (if you’re inclined to take pictures!)

– Extra water for yourself

– Camp chair

– Depending on the site, you might need sleeping bag, pad and pillow


This is the outline we use for Boot Camp.  Each Camp is a custom Camp and we adjust as needed.  We work on what YOU want and need to work on.


First Day (Afternoon):

We start promptly at 4:00 (except where noted)!!

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.     Introduction to Pull Training.  This is where we demonstrate then practice MVC-001Sthe one-on-one training with the pull-training leash,   harness, belly band and correction collar.


6:00 – 8:00 p.m.               Dinner/People Introductions – We will also talk about Boot Camp and answer questions; especially your concerns about your problems including specific questions regarding your team.


Second/Third Days:


6:00 – 7:00 a.m.               Water dogs for the morning run

**Grab breakfast now if you haven’t already!!**

Mushing Boot Camp 2007 010 7:00  –  8:00 a.m.              Hook-up for morning run


This run could last from 2 to 3 hours depending on the weather and what we are working on.  Please be prepared to carry enough water to water dogs several times during the run especially if the forecast is for warmer temperatures.



9:30 a.m.                           Brunch/Discussioncal_break


Morning Session   (Approx. ½ hour  after a.m. run)            

As time allows we will work on Individual Leader Training

*  Line-out Training plus checking proper harness fit

Go over lines/equipment/harness fit and other equipment issues (especially things that failed during the a.m. run!).


12:00 – 1:30 p.m.            Break 


Afternoon   Session 

*  More Individual Leader  Training/Tire Training

Introduction to Agilitylapine_or_tonka

*  Sacco Cart/Scooter Training




4:15 p.m.                          Water dogs for evening run

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.           Evening run


7:30 p.m.                           Dinner

8:00 – 9:30 p.m.               Discuss the day/plan the next day/answer questions/go over Kennel Management, Nutrition, Training, etc., etc

It’s your Camp!  All questions encouraged!!


Last Day (Morning):                     Morning run

Brunch to follow ½ hour after this run.

                                                         Wrap-up discussion


This is a schedule that is subject to change depending on weather and needs of our participants.

Please use this as a guide and be prepared to write down changes as we go along.


Feeding dogs:  We recommend that you split your feedings in half – a.m. & p.m. – and feed after your dogs have cooled down after their run.  If your dogs are overweight, you will have to cut your overall amounts.  Please see one us if you have questions or bring it up during the discussion the night before the first run.


We will provide each team with a small notebook.  Please keep notes and write down any questions that you can’t get answered immediately.  It will help you keep track of what you did at Boot Camp and be a future reference for you during your training.