It’s time for a
vacation...why leave your dog at home? Go together for a doggie break in
the country! For one week, our farm is your farm!
Enjoy Canine Country Camp at Glen Highland Farm in Morris, NY! All breeds are invited!! It’s a true escape to freedom for you and your dog into a
world where dogs happily and safely run free like they love to do most!
early, many people are returning again for another
-so spots are already filling!!
TO SEE YOU AGAIN FOR DOGGIE SUMMER FUN!
a small piece of heaven”
way to get lost, forget about your job and all the stress of everyday
life. Enjoy the countryside and just let go with your dog.
A world out of a dream!”
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Escape to the country for an
adventure vacation with your dog! 175 acres of gorgeous trails through
quiet hemlock forests; winding along side a babbling stream and around a
huge spring fed pond...throw sticks for your dog, let your dog cool off
with a quick
swim or just soak in the sun while your dog plays with other
it's a dog lover’s paradise and it’s all yours for a
of the Farm
Your dog can run freely off leash
through private trails, meadows, fields and forests and even better, can
play everywhere on the farm off leash...it’s doggie freedom like no
other place you go!
This land was once home to the
Iroquois Indians who lived near the beautiful Butternut Creek, a huge
curvy stream filled with trout, abundant wildlife, endangered
butterflies and birds, providing a life source for the entire valley.
trails and environment couldn’t be any more perfect."
trails are easy to travel but the beauty of the land hasn’t been
place is absolutely gorgeous.”
we couldn’t get enough.”
More people than ever
before in history have dogs in their lives. Dogs are everywhere and join
in almost everything we do. The days of master/servant interactions have
been fortunately replaced by caring people who want a real relationship
with their furry FRIEND.
That’s what CANINE COUNTRY CAMP
is all about.
A dog is a true companion
offering unconditional love and friendship regardless of whatever day to
day situations arise. At the Farm, we maximize that relationship by
offering a vacation experience that allows dogs to be dogs, truly able
to race around, making up doggie games and natural interactions which
include uninhibited playtime. We feel strongly about the uniqueness of
this environment to offer a safe place for you to enjoy your dog’s
real nature as well as learn about dog to dog interactions. Our
off-leash approach is not like other camp settings where dogs are always
required to be perfect and obedient, well controlled on leash. We just
don’t believe that kind of stiffness is a vacation for anyone,
especially a dog. The main play area (approx 5 acres) is securely fenced
so even dogs not so good off leash can safely have a blast racing around
with other dogs, making up doggie games! And, in unfenced areas, it’s
unlimited running and fun with 170 acres of trails,
swimming...a doggie paradise!
We encourage you
to open up your horizons by discovering the language of dogs. Coming to
Camp means you can safely let go of that leash and enjoy your dog off
leash as well as learn to let go of worrying about problems that are
really not problems. Dogs love being with other dogs! Almost all campers
are stunned by how the dogs easily co-exist which is of course an
amazing thing to witness firsthand.
you will experience day in and day out is a group of 20 - 30 dogs
playing, playing, playing and negotiating with toys, amidst the clear
signals of the pack rules, which dogs completely understand and desire.
We have never had any aggression that warranted worry at the Camp. So,
all that is required is that you open up to trusting your dog and what
the true nature of dog can be.
The majority of dogs in attendance are
border collies, which by nature, are not an aggressive breed, so the
likelihood of problems is very minimal. If there are any real concerns,
we will provide a solution and of course, put no dog or human at risk at
goal is freedom for your dog and joy. That’s what an off-leash vacation offers.
People find this experience to be an amazing change to be with relaxed,
And, of course, the dogs sleep for a week when they return home,
satisfied with so much mental, physical and emotional stimulation...they
are happy dogs!
dogs are relaxed, happy, dead tired, free and have learned to live with
and interact with others - both human and canine.”
learned that my dog really can be trusted and does have skills I
didn’t think he had.”
dogs are already highly socialized but this added a new dimension of
freedom to their opportunities to interact with large numbers of dogs
is one of the best things you could do if you love your dog.”
In addition to experiencing
the freedom of play, the Camp is designed to open your heart to a closer
relationship with the canine spirit. We believe that dogs are teachers
of the heart, helping us to find a kinder way of being and a more honest
expression of love. Camp sessions offer a spiritual connection to your
dog way beyond learning tricks or obedience or any behavioral
There is an opportunity here to learn
something much more profound...all that is required is an openness to
the land and nature and the honesty and energy of the dogs. You can
leave your human rules at home and discover the benefits of deepening
your canine relationship which has no rules, except the overriding one
Many campers find this spiritual part of camp to be the most rewarding.
feel so close to my dogs”.
taking home more of me and more of my dog. I’m taking home insight,
more confidence and strength.”
could not describe the atmosphere of this place. You need to experience
the sense of peace, serenity and tranquility first hand. You also need
to experience its’ total beauty and the richness and depths of the
intellectual and spiritual ideas discussed here”.
Vacationing at the farm
with your dog and with everyone else’s dogs is a blast. There will be only
30-35 other guests here, so the personalized attention during
the day at all the sports and speaker sessions is incredible. There are
no long lines, no waiting to be helped with anything. You are the focus
Because the nature of the
farm is so diverse, many people take trail walks throughout the day so
at any given time, you’ll generally see 10 people in whatever activity
you attend. We want the Farm to feel like yours, so personal attention
"I was surprised by the intimate
feel of having such a small group. It was great to have the dogs off leash
and to get one on one instruction from the teachers."
If you’re tired of
leashing your dog everywhere you go or worrying about hikes in state
parks populated by other non-dog people you meet on trails,
let those worries float away.
At Glen Highland Farm,
everyone here is vacationing just like you and they are all ‘dog
people’, happy to help work through any dog to people concerns or dog
to dog worries. You are vacationing with kindred
spirits who sincerely care about dogs. So, whether your dog is
shy or boisterous, we’re happy to have you vacation at the farm.
Doggie play is all delight here at the
farm... you won’t stop smiling as you watch your dog and others
endlessly racing around for frisbees; chasing each other in spontaneous
doggie games; exploring the real outdoors trails and creeks where
sniffing impulses are highly rewarded... it’s a candy store of
continuous fun for your dog to happily play.
And, of course, you share in all that joy
by being there side by side engaged in off-leash time. No worries or
concerns, you can join in for a week of play, play, play.
"What surprised me the most was
the ability to let go of everything from home and just enjoy myself with
others who have such keen love for their dogs as I do."
FARM DOGS: Rescue
There are numerous
dogs at the Farm in Sweet Border Collie Rescue, waiting for their
forever homes. At any given time, you will see and hear about 20 dogs
who play in fenced paddock areas and live in our Rescue Barn. Their stories
are detailed on our site and you are welcome to meet them and if you
like, take them for walks or even have them sleep in your tent.
Sometimes people like to share their love with other dogs that don’t
yet have that special person caring for them. We welcome your interest
in the Rescue Dogs. In fact, sometimes adoptions happen during camp,
become a Border Collie Angel, sponsoring a dog!
We love sharing the dogs, their stories and our work to help them.
"GHF Pack" dogs
Other rescue dogs
are on the farm, too. They are rescues who now live with us in our home,
also on the farm. You will meet them every day since they live in the
outdoor open area surrounding the Barn where meals, speaker sessions and
other activities happen. All our dogs are exceptionally well socialized
since they meet so many people and other dogs and in fact, are great
teachers for visiting dogs, offering a stable influence. Our dogs know
the drill at the farm and fit in beautifully playing and enjoying
visiting dogs. There are 18 family dogs so
you can expect to meet them all!
"I also love the rescue dogs and
the resident dogs being so happy and free.
There is such positive energy
there for dogs and people alike. They are on an equal plane here
and that is how I treat my dogs but it’s so hard to find..
for a very special experience at a very beautiful place.
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NEW THINGS WELL
KNOWN, NOTED INSTRUCTORS!
While your dog is
content to enjoy a real doggie place, you get to turn your attention to
uncovering new areas of interest. Being a fur guardian always has some
challenges, so your farm vacation includes meeting marvelous instructors
who share their expertise on dogs. We have the most noted teachers at
the Farm all available to work one-on-one with you and your dog.
Unlike most class
obedience situations where you are in a large group in an artificial
setting, meeting once a week, your vacation time at the Farm works quite
differently. You can be learning all the time. You get to see dogs being
dogs and grow to understand what motivates your dog more clearly and how
you can have a better relationship than you may have thought
It’s so rare to
have highly skilled teachers at your disposal 24/7 plus there’s never
any rush at the Farm...if you want to attend a class or skip it, it’s
all fine. No matter what, it’s your vacation so you can create the
week the way you want it.
Many people want
to try new things with their dog like agility, herding, tracking,
flyball or frisbee so sports are offered every day.
Most campers find
that the cumulative impact of doing a sport day after day has great
results and even clarifies direction on what to pursue upon returning
Plus, you have
access to the top people in each of these fields so for those who want
to improve their dog’s performance, this week is the time to gain that
for each week, along with their bios are listed on the registration page)
And, the world of
dogs has even more to offer us two-legged creatures who want to learn.
Animal communication, tellington touch, energy balancing, doggie
massage, homeopathic care and much more are available during the week
with guest speakers who share their knowledge and experiences. And, they
give you hands-on experience whenever possible.
It’s a rare
situation to have access to such noteworthy people in an open setting
where questions are welcome.
The sessions each
day are a fun break from outdoor activities and a way to stimulate your
mind with new ideas!
BEST SUMMER CAMP!!
We are so thrilled to have one of the noted pioneers of
animal communication -
Dawn Hayman - teaching at each of the camps this summer....
She is an outstanding speaker with tremendous wisdom and understanding of dogs and people and
Everyone who has
ever heard her at
is mesmerized and finds her information
to be invaluable.
We will offer
tracking every week, as well as canine water sports and freestyle.
-Tracking is a
marvelous sport where handler and dog work to scent and search through
fields, finding hidden items. Dogs absolutely love it and so do their
-Freestyle is an inventive new way
to build a
relationship based on
tons of fun! Think of it like dancing with your
courtesy of Steve Surfman)
-Water sports are truly a blast giving handler and dog
a chance to really enjoy the water including retrieval, towing and
(photo courtesy of Deborah
"It’s a place you can gain incredible knowledge and also have a
lot of fun.”
improved my relationship with my dog”.
teachers were outstanding, top notch”.
ACCOMMODATIONS LUXURY IN THE
at the farm is for campers and non-campers alike. It’s a luxury camping experience. Magnificent tent sites are
situated in private spots in the forest and creekside and most
importantly, you sleep on comfy Swedish cots off the ground with tents
on platforms, making your stay a restful and comfortable one. Each
spacious tent fits two people and two dogs easily with large zippered
windows and a screened porch for good airflow. Every tent site has an
outdoor lantern for nighttime light as well as fresh water for you and
your dog each day,
brought right to your door. Every little comfort is added to make
this camping experience easy, even a storage shelf is in each tent for
personal items. Plus, nearby flushing toilets make it easy to handle
personal matters in the great outdoors. And our shower facilities are
only moments away. Each tiled shower is private with it’s own changing
room plus a separate vanity.
Most campers say
this is the cushiest camping they’ve ever done and non-campers find it
surprisingly comfortable and convenient. Plus, everyone enjoys having
access to all on-site activities day and night, from sunrise breakfasts
and herding to evening talks and campfires!
There are 13
campsites available so please reserve early. Your tent is an L.L. Bean
12 x 12, 6’ 5” in height.
You can also bring
your own tent and enjoy the comfort of camping with gear you already
know. The same private forest or creek settings are provided, along with
water and a lantern. Your tent area is cleared so it’s easy to set up
on the ground.
CHOICES FOR LODGING AT CAMP! - CABINS!
We're happy to
announce that we now offer the comfort of rustic cabins at CANINE
COUNTRY CAMP! There are two cozy cabins available on The Ridge nestled
in the woods, near the kid's camp, a short walk from the agility field
and activity barn. Each cabin provides plenty of room for two people
plus their dog or one person with multiple dogs or for anyone who wants
to enjoy the cabin fully for themselves and their beloved canine
companion. And, two comfy cottages at the foot of The Ridge - with
enough room to sleep 3-4 people with their dogs
We provide twin beds, reading
lights, storage shelves, and chairs. Plus, the views from the windows are gorgeous, even in the
winter! And, just like the campsites, there will be fresh water each day
for you and your dog as well as a lit lantern at night to make your stay
even more comfortable.
Plus, private showers and flushing
toilets are only a few feet away. All you need to bring is your linens
The cost is only $125-$110 per night
for this comfy wilderness vacation with your furry friend. If the cabins
are your first choice, please contact us immediately since space is
FUN - RV’S!!
There are 11 RV
hookups for use at the Farm, situated in a gorgeous 30 acre meadow,
almost like having a private park just for RV’s. Only moments and a
short walk from the main activity area, RV campers have the luxury of a
rolling home complete with beds, kitchens, air conditioning and of
course their own bathroom.
Campers can bring
their own RV or contact us to rent one. Each are 30-35
ft. trailers with full kitchen, full bath, sitting area, double beds,
closets, tv (VCR only), stereo, micro-wave, full electric, awnings
We regularly book the rental RV’s for every camp so
please reserve early.
RV space fills quickly so book soon.
directly for rental RV booking: $500 deposit required; balance 30 days
Butternut Lodge is located right in the village of Morris, about 2
miles from GHF. There are four bedrooms, with shared full baths,
kitchen, dining and living room areas and a sundeck porch. The kitchen
is stocked with dishes and cooking utensils if you wish to cook meals
for yourself apart from those offered at the camp. Contact Matt Meyers
at 607-263-2580 or email email@example.com(click
here for pictures and rates)
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from $80 - $120/night
Holiday Inn 800-465-4329 rates range from $129/night and up
Howard Johnson 607-334-2200 rates range from $90 and up/ night
in clean, airy tents with comfortable swedish cots on platforms along
the creek, on a ridge overlooking the river and in the forest."
"The energy of the place defies
"I was blown away by how
beautiful the trails were and the campsites were really great, private,
shady and not too buggy."
You can rent a locker for holding
items during the day. Some people find it’s easier than returning to
the tent plus they feel more prepared with all that they need nearby
without having to carry anything extra.
KITCHEN: Most campers
enjoy preparing special meals for their dogs so you have access to the
Doggie Kitchen. It’s a full kitchen complete with refrigerator,
microwave, blender, sink and dishwasher plus it’s dog proof with a
closing dutch door to prevent dog to dog food related problems! You can
store any perishable items, including beer and wine (humans only!) in
the kitchen, too.
MASSAGE!: A very special
place exists at the farm called Willow Run, set alongside the Butternut
Creek and a stunning large, draping willow tree. The sounds of the creek
fill your ears as well as birds and soft winds as you enjoy a human
massage. An incredible place to relax and feel renewed, a trained
masseuse is booked just for you in this scenic spot. A changing room is
at the site, too.
Every camper has
just loved this experience of being in a private spot yet in the
outdoors to make this massage like no other anywhere!
"When I need a moment to
de-stress or unwind, I think back to the farm, our afternoon walks, doggie
swims and napping at the campsite.
There’s no greater feeling of
relaxation and joy!"
food will include organic vegetarian dishes as well as humanely raised
grain-fed poultry and beef. At GHF, we honor dogs as well as all animals
by offering food choices that do not encourage factory farming or cruel
processing methods. If you're interested in a meal away from the
camp, there are restaurants moments away in
Morris or Oneonta and we’d be happy to suggest where to go.
There is no
cooking at tent sites due to fire hazards.
and dinner are served in our Barn, a remarkable 100 year old restored
wooden barn complete with stunning high ceilings, natural wood
throughout and space for up to 100 people! An architectural wonder,
there is a separate eating area and serving area as well as our teaching
area, complete with comfy couches for relaxing. Snacks and beverages are
available throughout the day.
am totally surprised that the food was so good and satisfying”.
Visit our registration
page for more details of your arrival, teacher bios, pricing
registration form. Take advantage of the "Early Bird
and contact us directly for any other questions you may
have. We look
forward to seeing you at camp!!