Frequently  asked  Questions

What is your refund policy for working spots?

A refund will be issued if requested on or before March 31, 2020. Refunds and/or substitutions requested after March 31, 2020 up to and including April 30, 2020 will be conditional on a suitable replacement from the waiting list or an approved substitute registering for the same type of spot. Cancellations or approved substitutions are refunded in the full amount excluding service fees, and less a 25% processing fee (maximum $100).

All requests must be done by email to fdsa.training.camp@gmail.com. No refunds or substitutions will be considered after April 30, 2020. There are no exceptions to this policy.

What is your refund policy for audit spots?

A refund will be issued if requested on or before April 30, 2020. Cancellations or approved substitutions are subject to a $50 processing fee and will be refunded in the full amount excluding service fees.

All requests must be done by email to fdsa.training.camp@gmail.com.  No refunds or substitutions will be considered after April 30, 2020.  There are no exceptions to this policy. 

How do the dog & handler working spots register and work?

All dog and handler working teams must pre-select their labs during registration.  Teams will select and participate in one morning and one afternoon working lab each day. 

Handlers will audit the other sessions when they are not working a dog. We strongly suggest that working spot registrations review all the lab selections before registration.  Working spot selections are space limited so options will decrease as spots fill. Additional lab spots may be available once general registration has filled.

What is the recommended experience levels for working dogs?

Each session contains the required experience level for a working team.  

Novice is defined as having introductory experience with the topic. Example: Nosework and Agility – you would not take a working spot if your dog has never taken part in the sport or never taken a class.

How do audit registrations work?

All sessions are open seating for people not working a dog.  Audit registrations are not required to pre-select their sessions during registration.   

Can I bring an extra dog?

Yes, there is limited crating room available for extra dogs for either working or audit spots.  You must indicate this during your registration. The fee is $30 per dog for the entire camp. This fee will be donated to help fund the FDSA scholarship programs.  Please note this option is limited so register early before it sells out.

Can I work more than one dog?

You may work separate dogs in separate labs but cannot split working time in a single lab.  If you need crating space, then you are subject to the extra dog fee as above.

Is my dog suitable for this camp?

Only you can answer this question. Will your dog be comfortable and well behaved in a moderately crowded space?  While we have limited enrollments to avoid excessive crowding, other dogs and people will be nearby.  If you are working through uncontrolled reactivity or aggression, this is not a suitable environment.  It’s not fair to your dog, and it’s not fair to other dogs who need to feel safe to perform their best.  

Your dog will likely need to spend a fair amount of time in a crate.  The crating space will be a high traffic area.  Can your dog handle being crated for hours on end in a separate area without your presence and without making excessive noise?  Barking and whining can be a huge problem.  It is stressful for the other dogs crated near your dog, and it is highly disruptive to both speakers and participants.   If your dog cannot settle comfortably in a crate for several hours, your dog is not a good candidate for this event.  

This conference lasts three days. Is your dog mentally mature enough to work several times over a weekend?  Even a highly seasoned dog is going to be taxed by this.  Before enrolling, ask yourself if attending this conference with your dog is in their best interest. 

Where can I find more information about the venue?

Visit www.lcfairexpo.com for more information about the facility and surrounding area.

Is lunch available?

Pre-purchased lunch options are available as part of registration. Please keep in mind that lunch is only one hour when deciding between purchasing lunch or opting to go elsewhere.

We will update the website and announce it on the Facebook event page once actual meal options have been chosen.

Are RV spaces available?

Yes! To book an RV space or find more info, please visit the Lynn County Fairgrounds website: www.lcfairexpo.com/rv-reservations

What airports are located nearby?

International airport near Albany, OR

Domestic airports near Albany, OR

Local airports near Albany, OR

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What is your policy for bitches in season?

In-season female dogs are not allowed at the conference and there will be no refunds given for females who come into season. This includes dogs spayed using the ovary-sparing spay procedure.

Can I earn continuing education credits (CEUs) by attending FDSA Training Camp?

Traditionally, camp has been approved for CEUs with both CCPDT and IAABC. We are still waiting to hear back for this year and will post that information once it is available both here and on the Facebook event page.

Please bring your member number with you to camp if you are part of one of the above organizations and have it with you when you check in to pick up your badge.

Interested in Sponsoring FDSA Training Camp or attending as a vendor? 

Contact us at fdsa.training.camp@gmail.com for rates and available opportunities.