Work Study at Country Dream

Since I had my April’s Fool joke yesterday[1] about free agility camps in 2009, I thought it would be prudent to say a thing about our Work Study program at Country Dream. Marsha and I have been very sensitive to the economic depression. Inasmuch as we live in a part of the country of modest economic means we’ve put into place a Work Study option for our students.

We live on a very rural, wooded and hilly, 28 acre property. Aside from the main cabin there are two cottages that are typically rented by our out-of-town students. And of course there is the training building, and about a mile of graveled road, and large pond. Given the scope of the facility we have lots of chores and projects.

Certainly our agility classes aren’t free. But in exchange for honest hard work we’ll make working space available.

I shouldn’t make this sound like it applies only to classes. Here’s the simple list of the activities that are scheduled (or can be scheduled) at Country Dream:

  • Bi-monthly agility mini-clinics (2 – 4 hours, on Sundays)
  • Weekly fun run (2 hours, on Thursdays)
  • Private Lessons
  • Public Agility Camps
  • Private Agility Camps
  • Resort  Rentals
  • Agility and Obedience Trials

You’ll note that I differentiate between public and private agility camps. More and more we are scheduling special camp events for parties traveling together and who typically train together. Often they’ll reserve the entire facility, both cottages, and will reserve a schedule of private lessons and possibly even group dinners. Scheduling these is simply a matter of finding mutually available dates in our schedules.

So, you see. I wasn’t completely teasing about free agility training camps in 2009. But it’s true that there’s no such thing as a free lunch.

Feel free to chat me up about what kind of work we have to do here at Country Dream.

Fun Video (Link) on Susan Garrett’s Blog

http://susangarrett.wordpress.com/2009/04/01/impressive-dog-training/

Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston: BudHouston@hughes.net. And Check out my new publication the Idea BookAgility Training for a Small Universe available at www.dogagility.org/store.


[1] It is such just fun to tease poor people. Who could resist?

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