Camp Doglando is a

10-day adventure

for rescue dogs, youths,

and their families!

Camp Doglando offers youths (10 to 17 years old)* a unique, fun-filled opportunity to learn how to "Dog Responsibly!"  


We begin with the qualities you should look for when choosing a pet. We work through the process of howand whereto acquire “the right dog”. 


Campers will experience firsthand all that is really involved in caring for, and training a dog. This experience increases their understanding of what a dog needs to live a happy, healthy life as a companion.


*1st year campers must be 10 to 14 years old.

Over the course of this two-week adventure, each Camper will actively prepare a dog to be adopted into it's awaiting forever home. 


Camp Doglando is a must for kids and youths who have wanted a dog, and parents who are not so sure their child is ready.


We provide the unique opportunity for kids to work in teams, training and caring for a specific dog on a daily basis. 


This experience teaches kids what it means to be a prepared and responsible pet parent!

The Curriculum

The goal of Camp Doglando is to provide Campers with hands-on experiences and education, while making the dogs they work with even more adoptable. 

Each 2-week Camp Doglando session is broken down into daily topics. 


Every Camper (and the dog they are responsible for) will participate in related training sessions, games, activities and crafts. 


Weekly outings include a one-day trip to visit places to get a dog, including a pet store, a breeder and a rescue organization in the Orlando area. 


We take a weekly lunch outing to a local Orlando restaurant, so campers can expose dogs to new environments and work on training in public. 


We also take the dogs to a veterinary appointment, to learn what's all involved in keeping a dog healthy. 


In addition to the topics covered in our outings, Campers will learn about, and gain firsthand experience in:

  • Obedience training
  • Bathing & basic grooming
  • Healthy nutrition 
  • How to travel with a dog
  • And, fun ways to exercise a dog’s body and mind, all while working towards successfully placing a dog in its new adoptive home. 

As part of this experience, Campers will also learn how rescue organizations select adoptive families, and what steps must be taken to ensure a successful adoption. 


This summer camp requires a large commitment from participants. Not only will Campers be required to work cooperatively with a teammate, they also need to be invested in the care and training of the dog they are matched with.

In addition to the daily in-camp activities, training sessions and care of the dogs, Campers will be expected to meet and work with families... 

  • at the end of the first week of camp
  • at the opening of the second week
  • and, at the conclusion of the second week of camp 

These meetings will discuss areas in which the dog still requires training/work, set homework for the adoptive families and discuss care for the dog as it transitions into it’s forever home.  


We will also require that our Campers remain committed to this adoption process, by following up with the family on a bi-weekly basis for at least 2 months following the completion of the program. 


This can be done by phone or e-mail. We understand that this is a lot to ask, but Camp Doglando is designed to provide participants with a firsthand understanding of all of the dimensions of "dogging responsibly".