Monday, February 23, 2009

Where dogs go to ruff it.....CAMP UNLEASHED

This is the 4th season Leading the Way has had the amazing opportunity to be part of this wonderful experience. Join us this June and or Sept 2009!

from Camp Unleashed web

Hello and Welcome to Camp Unleashed!

Camp Unleashed is dedicated to honoring and respecting the spirit of dogs in the community of like-minded souls, both human and canine.

I founded Camp Unleashed completely out of my love for dogs and the joy that I experience by their presence in my life. I also believe that people who are drawn deeply to dogs are participating in an incredibly rich journey of discovery that is pioneering a path toward more inter-species communication and partnership.

Camp Unleashed is a retreat in the countryside where people who feel this extraordinary kinship with dogs can come to experience and celebrate their relationship to the fullest, while deepening their understanding of the canine nature and having a lot of fun, too!

With that purpose in mind, I have brought together a team of outstanding and devoted dog professionals to lead us in a weekend of absolute enjoyment. You will be amazed at the elevation of spirit that comes from being in nature with a pack of wildly happy dogs and their people.

I invite you to join us for our next session. Let the howling begin!

Annie Brody
Founder and Director Unleash your dog's true canine spirit!

Escape to the country and enjoy a re-energizing retreat in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts. Hike with your dog off-leash in a safe, forested setting; take refreshing swims together in a a lake; discover your dog’s talents in agility and other canine sports.

Camp Unleashed takes place on the 1,300-acre grounds of the Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA Camp, in Becket, MA. We are within easy reach of the New York State Thruway and the Massachusetts Turnpike, 39 miles northwest of Springfield, 121 miles west of Boston, and 150 miles from New York City.

Summer and Fall Camp Unleashed sessions take place at Camp Becket of Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA in the Berkshires. The facility features spacious woodsy cabins and open space in a forested lakeside setting. There are 12 miles of hiking trails. Lodging is truly rustic — there is no electricity in the cabins. Fresh towels will be provided, but campers need to bring their own linens, sleeping pillow and blanket. Each group of cabins has its own wash house with private toilets and shower stalls, sinks, electrical outlets, lights and hot and cold running water. Three healthy meals, with options for vegetarians, are served daily.

Our camp sessions generally take place from Thursday afternoons at 2:00 pm and end on Sunday afternoons around 4:00 pm. Camp package fees include your selected lodging (dogs sleep with you!), meals (for people) and snacks (for dogs and people) plus all standard activities and workshops. Food quality is far and away above standard camp fare and offers many choices including options for vegetarians.

What the campers have to say...
the most profound weekends of my life. . . By allowing dogs off-leash in the company of other creatures—Camp Unleashed creates an environment that leads to discovery. —Prof. S. Sokuvitz

I cannot express how grateful I am for this experience—my dog and I have bonded more than ever. —D. Bartlett

Thank you for making our doggie weekend away a most memorable and fulfilling experience! We both enjoyed the many activities as well as the beautiful surroundings. . . The camp and the freedom it allows our dogs to have is the way it was meant to be for our special friends. What a joy to see them roaming free and interacting with other dogs and their people! —D. Corcoran

I loved that my dog got to act as part of a pack! I got to see that I could trust him to return to me and I got to watch him RUN and PLAY!! it was heartwarming. —C. DiMarzio-Richards

Great bonding experience! I also learned to trust my dog so much more off leash!! —J. Rosenbaum

What a fantastic experience for both of us—to live the entire weekend with the dogs off leash! I love this camp and the whole philosophy. —Anonymous

Camp truly was heaven on earth for both our dogs and the humans in my group. —K. Dolan

Thanks for an awesome dog camp experience! —D. Gallagher

It was great to be able to spend 24 hours a day with my dog. Having her welcome everywhere was great. Everyone was extremely friendly. The care and love for the dogs was especially obvious. —P. Connagher

I can't remember Sadie and Roo ever having such fun...a three-day "walkie!" It took them about two weeks to settle down afterwards... Things have returned to normal but I bet they dream about those three glorious days and all their new canine friends running free. —K. Lynch

Thanks for your wonderful selection of lecturers. I have started making my own dog food and have been doing massage and Reiki on my 11½ year old elkhound. She is bouncing with health and happiness! —L. Sassman

Through camp I gained a better understanding of who my dog and I are and how we are, together. Before camp my understanding of Pansy was MY experience with other dogs. But in reality she's nothing like any dog I've even known. I've become very aware of how she reacts to me and my feelings and how I react to her and hers. —J. Pierce

We can't thank you enough for the wonderful time we had at Camp Unleashed. It was really a dream come true for all of us—the two and four-legged participants! Our dear dogs, Miss Paws and Lillie, smiled from arrival through departure. When we returned home both slept soundly while dreaming of their great trip and running in their sleep. We all went to bed with smiles and great memories. —L. Blick

If you want to connect to the funniest, sweetest and coolest parts of yourself, go to Camp Unleashed. And as an added bonus, see yourself laughing with your favorite pal, Your Dog! —T. Rosen

Summer session: June 4-7, 2009
Fall session: September 4-7, 2009

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Leading the Way offers doggie daycare and all types of training, including private, group classes and a residential training program. Behavior assessment and modification is done using ONLY positive methods focused on shaping behavior.

We have over 25 years of professional experience, dedicated to enhancing the relationship of both ends of the leash, through knowledge, compassion, and building long term relationships with our clients, both two and four legged.