Why Callahan's K9 Camp ?
Do you have work commitments that are keeping you late? Busy lifestyle with little or no spare time for your dog(s)? No back yard to romp around in? Is your dog disobedient and /or overweight?
Dogs are pack animals. Their ancestors ( wolves) lived and traveled in packs. Wolves can travel as much as 30 miles a day. The average dog can't travel 30 miles a day but all dogs are hard-wired to travel as a pack and get daily exercise. Your family is his/her pack. Leaving dogs at home all day can make them anxious or stressed (not to mention lonely) and can lead to a buildup of energy and they can develop bad habits (i.e. Over-excitement, jumping on adults/children, barking, chewing, digging, aggression towards other dogs and generally being destructive). Lack of weekly training, physical exercise, mental stimulation, and socialization with other dogs are primary causes of misbehavior. Exercising breaks the boredom, relieve loneliness, and allows your dog to release energy. Just like human athletes, weekly practice prevents them from getting rusty in their skills. Your dogs weekly training of basic obedience ( sit, stay, down..etc) prevents your dog from becoming rusty in their basic obedience skills and helps you build a better bond with your dog, creating a well balanced happy dog. We encourage you to work on your dog's basic obedience skills weekly to ensure they don't become rusty. We hike Monday - Friday. Below you will find hiking rates.
Serving in all of Hamden, North Haven (Center of town to southern end), and New Haven ( Northern end of New Haven) for hiking.
Safety is our Number 1 concern. All dogs will have an Orange Hunting Vest and Orange Hunting water proof collar with bells.
Pack Hike - $35 per hike
* Pick up and drop-offs are included in the price
The dogs will be hiked in a small pack. They run up and down the trails burning off energy while having fun. Swimming to cool off in the rivers, lakes, and ponds nearby. Organic treats are given to them on the hike as well. We work on basic obedience with the dogs on the hikes as well ( Sit, Stay, Come..etc)
I will be putting an orange waterproof collar with bells, and a Orange hunting vest on your dog so I can see/hear them and so other wild animals/other hikers can as well. Pictures and videos of your dog(s) will be uploaded daily on our Instagram page: @Callahank9Camp and the facebook page Callahan's K9 Camp LLC
At least 1 hike scheduled per week is mandatory so the pack gets to bond better and learn the routine/basic obedience
For any new dogs, there will be a one time $15 Dog Evaluation fee. We evaluate each individual dog to ensure the safety of the pack members and to keep a peace of mind to their owners.
In case of bad weather ( Thunderstorms, Nor-Easter or extreme heat wave), I check the forecast the night before and morning of. Hikes will be delayed or canceled depending on the conditions and severity of the weather. Cutting a hike short in extreme heat can also happen. I will let you know the night before If I can call it that early or if I can't I will let you know first thing in the morning.
Dogs need to have ID tag on the collar
Dogs MUST be up-to-date with their vaccinations (proof of Distemper, Lepto, Parvo, Bordatella, and Rabies is required).
Dogs must be treated regularly with flea and tick medication (encountering insects on the trails are unavoidable and we care about the health of your dog). You can pick up a dog flea collar at your local pet supplies store or order online. They repel ticks and fleas, lasting 8 months and are waterproof. Seresto and Dewel are two examples of flea collars brands. There is also essential oil options to control ticks as well if you want to go more natural ( Ask vet beforehand)
Dogs must be treated monthly with a heartworm preventative ( Ask your vet)
If you have a puppy, please contact and ask your vet beforehand. Puppies are growing and too much exercise can irritate growing plates. Puppies must be 10 months or older.
DOGS MUST NOT HAVE ANY HISTORY OF AGGRESSION TOWARDS ANY OTHER DOGS, PEOPLE OR CHILDREN.