Educational themes:

1. Introduction to Dog Behavior

Children are the most at risk from unstable dogs. This camp will help increase dog awareness and animal behavior through understanding causes, functions, development and evolution of dog behavior.

Students will learn how abnormal levels of various hormones play a role in certain forms of aggression and fear behavior. Discussion includes the brain and how neurotransmitters play a fundamental role in temperament and behavior.

The purpose of this camp is to educate the next generation of dog owners. By the end of the camp participants will know how to walk, socialize with, and teach dogs about household rules, boundaries and limits. A wide range of situations, activities, and fun games will be applied.

2. Student Training for Dogs

A hands-on guide to understanding the basics of dog behavior. Workshops focus on the Earth Studies pack of twenty-Seppala Siberian Huskies. Topics include non-verbal body communication, dominant and submissive language, pack dynamics, lead and follower mentality.

3. Confident Leadership & Responsibility

How to have a meaningful relationship with your dog. Students learn how to supervise dog-related activities and games. The most important knowledge participants learn is how to develop respect, trust and love with their own dog(s).

The best way to teach how to be your dog’s leader is through participation and engagement. Several interactive games and activities will help bridge the communication gaps between new students and senior sled dogs.

4. Code of Conducts

Students discuss and research different mainstream teaching methodologies. It is important that group members create their own perspective and opinions on the guidelines and come together in collaboration. The main focus will be animal rights and the ethical treatment of our canine friends.

5. Common Canine Behavior Cases

Solutions to the most common dog problems which include leash-aggression/pulling, over-excitement, jumping on people, separation anxiety, resource guarding and general obedience commands. Students learn how to prevent problems before they start.

The most common behavior problems in people and dogs are those associated with aggression, primarily dominance/impulsive control aggression and fear aggression. ES does not have any problem dogs but participants will learn these behaviors from case studies.

6.  Environmentally Normalized Social Interactions

This camp allows participants to gain perspective of how dogs interact and socialize within a large dog pack. Understanding the significances of the environment, people and dogs allows for informed lifestyle choices.

Students who understand the people-dog relationship dynamics, will share their experiences and knowledge within their sphere of influence. The life skills learned can then be taught to siblings, friends and family members.

7. Behavior Modification Techniques

Most of the techniques involved in behavior modification are not hard to learn and can be successfully used as preventive techniques. They do require a regular investment of time and effort.

8. Ethical Treatment of Animals

Group discussions on the ethical treatment of sled dogs and dogs in general as household pets. The topics discussed will include but are not limited to eugenics, natural history, canine evolution, and a dog’s purpose.

9. Active Outdoor Lifestyle

Developing self-confidence and awareness by experiencing sled dog sports. Participants are paired with a husky for selected activities such as hiking, bikejoring, canicross and behavior related exercises.

10. Flatwater Canoe Class  

It’s all about teamwork, communication and respecting your environment.  Students will not only learn about important strokes, maneuvers and water rescues -- they will work as a team and better understand the concepts of follow the leader. Similar to how dogs establish order and authority.

11. Outdoor Wilderness Survival

Students will develop confidence and initiative through learning about backcountry preparedness and travel, primitive shelter and fire making, and the prevention and mitigation of outdoor recreational emergencies.

12. Animals Environmental Impact

To help preserve and understand freshwater ecosystems and the role they play in the food chain, students will choose one of several ongoing Earth Studies projects. The most common group projects include beaver mitigation, tree planting and wetland restoration.

13. Coaching & Leadership Communication

Students will learn how to stay motivated while controlling their stress, emotions and wellness. There will be two professional sports coaches who will talk to these points. These speakers have been carefully selected and have created youth-leadership initiatives with Earth Studies in the past.

4.2 Interdependent Studies Workshop

Students will be encouraged to take advantage of the countless resources and natural places on the Earth Studies 250-hectare private campus. Swimming, paddleboarding, backcountry exploration and lake-side meditation are a few examples of common activities.

4.3 Free Time

Depending on day-to-day scheduling, weather and group dynamics, students will be given rest and relaxation time to reflect upon their own personal goals. Although, activities and games are also encouraged during this time, it must be low energy and within a specified location or habitat.

 

Games include:

Ringalevio

Capture the Flag

Infected

 

Activities include:

Outdoor Recreation

Swimming

Flatwater Canoe Class

Paddleboarding

Backcountry exploration

Campfire

 

Other Activities

Discover animal totems

Native American Seminar

Sports coaching

Movie Nights

Nightwalk

Sled Dogs

Dog play

Cleaning dog kennels

Feeding time

Dog behavior training

Pack dynamics

Video case studies

Bikejoring/canicross

Hiking

 

Wilderness Survival

Primitive shelter making

Firemaking