Frequently  asked  Questions

Is there a camp hashtag? What can we share on social meda?

The camp hashtag is #fdsacamp and we’d love to have you post to social media both leading up to and during training camp.

Please be respectful of other students however, and don’t post video of them working their dogs without permission. We also ask that you do not post videos of the instructor’s lectures or videos with sound of instructors coaching working teams (even if it’s you and your dog). This is to prevent advice from being taken out of context and applied inappropriately.

What time does the venue open each day for crate set up / arrival?

The venue opens Friday morning at 7:30 am and all other days will be 8:15 am.

When is registration/check-in available during camp?

Check-in is available on Thursday evening, as well as each morning before the conference begins.

On Thursday, registration will be at the host hotel (Holiday Inn) from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.  Please come by the lobby area to say hello and pick up your welcome package to beat the rush on  Friday morning. 

Conference Check-in will also be available in the Roberts Centre Lobby on Friday morning between 7:45 – 8:30 am.

For those participants that are not doing the full camp, check-in will be available on  Saturday & Sunday from 8:30 – 8:45 am. 

What is your refund policy for working spots?

A refund will be issued if requested on or before September 15, 2024. Refunds and/or approved substitutions requested up to and including September 15, 2024 are refunded in the full amount, less a $225 cancellation fee. All requests must be done by email to help@fenziacademy.com. No refunds or substitutions will be considered after September 15, 2024. 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 September 15, 2024. Cancellations and/or approved substitutions are subject to a $100 cancellation fee. All requests must be done by email to help@fenziacademy.com. No refunds or substitutions will be considered after September 15, 2024. 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 https://www.robertscentre.com/conference-center/dog-cat-shows/ for more information about the facility and surrounding area.

What is the flooring for the agility sessions?

All agility sessions will be run on turf.

Is lunch available?

Pre-purchased lunch options are available as part of registration ($30/day). Please keep in mind that lunch is only one hour when deciding between purchasing lunch or opting to go elsewhere.

Friday Lunch Buffet

  • Smoked Chicken Quarters
  • Grilled Portabella with Redskin potatoes (vegetarian)
  • Beer Cheese Mac & Cheese
  • Garden Salad with Ranch & Balsamic Dressings
  • Vegetable Medley
  • Corn Bread
  • Coffee, Decaf Coffee, Iced Tea, Herbal Tea and Water available to drink

Saturday Lunch Buffet

  • Meat Lasagna
  • Eggplant Parmesan (Vegetarian)
  • Caesar Salad
  • Herb Roasted Carrots
  • Garlic Sticks
  • Coffee, Decaf Coffee, Iced Tea, Herbal Tea and Water available to drink

Sunday Lunch Buffet

  • Pulled Pork
  • Stuffed Bell Peppers (Vegetarian)
  • Potato Salad
  • Green Salad with Ranch & Balsamic Dressings
  • Brussel Sprouts with Craisins & Bacon
  • Corn Bread
  • Coffee, Decaf Coffee, Iced Tea, Herbal Tea and Water available to drink
Are RV spaces available?

Yes! To book an RV space or find more info, please click here to download the reservation form and send it to kwoods@columbushospitality.com.

What airports are located nearby?

International airports near Wilmington, OH

Domestic airports near Wilmington, OH

Local airports near Wilmington, OH

What is your policy for bitches in season?

In-season female dogs are required to wear panties and will be crated in a separate area — run order may also be impacted. Females in heat may be asked to run last in each session.

Please notify both the session steward/volunteer for each session when checking in, and notify help@fenziacademy.com as soon as possible, so separate crating can be arranged.

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

There are 21 CEUs from CCPDT for trainers and 0 CEOs for behavior consultants.

IAABC has also approved us for CEUs — they’ve approvd 21 CEUs. 

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 help@fenziacademy.com for rates and available opportunities.