ASHEVILLE, NC – Camp Unleashed presents retreats for people and their dogs to deepen their relationship through education and organized play in an experience designed to be transformational for both species.
In 2004, Annie Brody founded Camp Unleashed on the premise that dogs need a vacation from the human world — a place where they can be off leash, safe, and in a pack with other dogs in their own natural environment.
The first Camp Unleashed started with 10 people. Today camps are limited to 50 people to keep the dog pack and the human group personal and manageable. In 2010, Camp Unleashed expanded from the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts to include a camp in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. In 2011, Camp Unleashed added a new location on the West Coast with Camp Sequoia Lake in the Sierra Mountains, adjacent to Sequoia National Park.
Each Camp Unleashed session offers dogs and their people a 4-day weekend retreat organized to be fun, satisfying, relaxing, and educational. The daily schedule is planned to keep the dogs active and participatory. Presentations and workshops teach campers how to take the best care of their dog. Sports and athletic activities led by experts engage the dogs and help campers understand how to maximize their dog’s abilities. Participation in activities is optional, and some campers may choose to simply relax by the lake with their dogs.
Over the years, feedback from campers has been extremely positive, and word of mouth has created the momentum for Camp Unleashed to grow. Campers say that being with their dog in nature in a pack, with the freedom to be off the leash is a transformative experience for both the dogs and their people. The Camp Unleashed philosophy, presenters, staff and programs build trust, deepen respect, improve skills, and reduce stress for both species. Some people even say it’s the best vacation they’ve ever had!
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