Dog Training Camp

Join Robin for 3 days of amazing training that will greatly improve the way you understand and relate to your canine companion. By participating in camp you will learn the basics of obedience training and how it is best utilized to create a balanced life style with your dog. You will get an in-depth profile of your dog’s individual personality and learn how to best work with it, rather than against it! Plus, you will learn a few games and fun tricks to help keep your dog mentally stimulated on those days when time is tight and you can’t get out for as much exercise as you would like. And of course, because Robin is a leading e-collar training expert, this camp will help you learn about proper use of remote training collars so that you gain confidence in having off leash control of your dog!

Off leash reliability = a happier dog and a more confident you.

You and Fido will also enjoy participating in some trick training, canine body conditioning and agility exercises that build confidence and provide mental stimulation. We’ll talk about nutrition and share ideas on how to help our dogs have healthier lives.

Not only will you greatly improve your dog’s training, you’ll understand why your dog does what he does. Knowledge is power and by gaining valuable insight into how your dog thinks and perceives the world, you will become a better dog owner, a better trainer and ultimately enjoy a much better relationship with your canine friend. Your dog will thank you for coming to Dog Camp!

Several of our sessions will take place at the That’s My Dog! training facility but we will also be enjoying the parks and beautiful outdoor regions surrounding Dubuque, IA. If you haven’t visited this little gem of a city on the mighty Mississippi you will be pleasantly surprised.

Who should attend?

Dog camp is an e-collar based training curriculum, with an emphasis on the whole dog. You won’t leave dependent on the tool, but you will hone your  training skills so you can operate more effectively in real world settings. If you’re ready to have fun and build a better bond with your dog this is the perfect weekend for you. If you have been interested in getting your dog started on e-collar training and want to work with Robin to learn the best techniques, this is a great opportunity.

With emphasis on the whole dog, not only will you learn how to incorporate the e-collar into your training in a way that improves control and obedience, you will learn how to do it in a way that is also fun and engaging for your dog! Robin will help develop your leadership skills so you can communicate better with Fido whether you have the collar on or not. You’ll participate in a wide variety of activities and exercises that will help the shy dogs come out of their shell and help the more assertive dogs to have better impulse control.

Dog Training Camp

Class is limited to 12 dog and handler teams.

What will you learn?

Dog camp is specifically created for pet owners who want a fuller life with their dog. If you want an obedient dog who can travel with you and gracefully behave in public settings, this weekend is for you. If you want a dog who is more motivated to listen to you and one you can learn to trust off leash, this weekend is for you. If you want to understand your dog better and learn a few new tricks, this weekend is for you!

Camp is not intended for dogs who have a serious history of aggression.

Is your dog a little reactive around other dogs? Yes, you are welcome to attend. Camp will help you get a better handle on that reactivity. Is your dog a little skittish and shy? Then dog camp can help you build confidence and make your pooch feel a bit more at ease. And camp is ideal for those young dogs who just need better manners or some improvement around distractions. If you have any questions about whether or not camp is right for your dog please contact

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When and Where?

The Dubuque, IA camp is held in June. Click Here to view exact dates. Three FULL days of training and fun!
If you are interested in hosting Dog Camp in your area, contact for details.

Topics Include:

  • Body language basics: Understanding what your dog is communicating to you, other people and other dogs.
  • Understanding Drives: Includes a drives assessment of your dog so you better understand the “why” behind certain behaviors and how to use these innate instincts to your advantage.
  • Intro to E-collars: Understanding equipment & Getting started.
  • Effective e-collar techniques that create a compliant AND happy dog.
  • 3 Behavioral skills that every well behaved dog should know and how to teach them. 
  • When and how to use rewards and corrections effectively to create a balanced and respectful partnership.
  • The critical aspect of timing and how to avoid mistakes in your training. 
  • Walking on a loose leash
  • Recall Training (ie. Come when called)
  • Place or Go to your Bed
  • When and how to go off leash
  • Problem solving 101 (barking, jumping, play-biting, etc)
  • Management protocols to implement right now so that your dog is no longer practicing behavior you don’t want.
  • Health and Nutrition and the role it has in having a well behaved dog
  • Games and Tricks that are fun and improve your dogs ability to pay attention to you in any situation.
  • Proper Socialization techniques to solve shyness and reactive behavior
  • A look at training tools. How various tools leverage your effectiveness and timing. And how to not create dependency on any particular tool. 


All attendees must be over the age of 18. No dog training experience is necessary, however, attendees must be in physical shape to be on their feet for a considerable part of each day. We may train in locations that include inclines or stairs. Portions of the class are held outdoors. Weather in Dubuque in June is variable. While moderate temperatures in the 70’s are the norm, higher temps are possible, as is rain and humidity. Wear comfortable, closed-toed shoes and bring bug spray for outings in wooded locations.


Dog and Handler $895.00 (includes a Dogtra e-collar)

Dog and Handler $695.00 (Handler has their own e-collar)

Audit $495.00 (attending without a dog)

Accommodations are not included in the cost of Dog Camp. A list of local hotels will be supplied with registration. Registration is not considered confirmed until payment is received. All cancellations must be in writing. For cancellations with no less than 45 days prior to the workshop, 50% of the registration fee will be returned. For cancellations with no less than 21 days prior to the workshop, 25% of the registration fee will be returned. Cancellations with less than 20 days prior to workshop are non-refundable.

This is a great canine friendly get-away and the perfect fit if you are looking to enhance and fine-tune the relationship with your dog.

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