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Unleash Your Inner Dog

Dogs in Water at Camp Unleashed Berkshires

By Lisa Spector, Canine Music Expert, Juilliard Graduate, and co-creator of Through a Dog’s Ear.

Camp isn’t just for kids anymore. While camps for people of all ages have grown in popularity in recent years, camp isn’t just for humans either. Camp Unleashed, for dogs and their people, is a retreat in a gorgeous, nature setting where dogs enjoy the company of other dogs, and people get to learn to think like a dog. While dogs enjoy a few days of unleashed time, people also discover the freedom and joy in bonding with their dog without the restriction of a leash. Camp Unleashed presents retreats for people and their dogs to deepen their relationship through education and organized play in an experience designed to be transformational for both species.

In 2004, Annie Brody founded Camp Unleashed on the premise that dogs need a vacation from the human world – a place where they can be off leash, safe, and in a pack with other dogs in their own natural environment. A few months back, I was asked by Annie if I would consider being the local director of the first Camp Unleashed on the West Coast. I knew of Annie’s work and of her passion to help provide a safe place in nature for dogs to be off leash, with other social dogs, while bonding with their people. For eight years, she had been doing that on the East Coast in the Berkshires (MA), and had recently opened her second location in Asheville, NC. Now she was wanting to come west. I was honored to accept her offer.

Annie and I share similar missions of wanting to improve the lives of dogs and their people. While Through a Dog’s Ear donates music to shelters, Camp Unleashed gives camp scholarships to shelter and rescue dogs. Last year Camp Unleashed gave a full scholarship to a shelter volunteer who brought a shelter dog to camp. The dog was adopted shortly after camp. This year Camp Unleashed Asheville is having a Shelter Dog Contest, awarding a full scholarship to a lucky person who has adopted their dog from a shelter or rescue organization. Oh, what a lucky dog that will be!

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Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.


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10:13AM PDT on Apr 13, 2013


3:25AM PDT on Apr 13, 2013

Let us and our doggies enjoy life

10:03PM PDT on Sep 8, 2011

Great idea, what fun for dogs!

5:26PM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

nice article

4:31PM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

Cool beans...though I tend to think more like a cat than a dog.

3:39PM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

cool idea, thanks and good luck ...........

11:27PM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

Please bring a camp to Texas! Outside of Austin &/or Dallas/Fort Worth would be GREAT!

8:41PM PDT on Jul 30, 2011


5:35PM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

Looks like a fun camp! My dogs would love it!

11:04AM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

Thank you.

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