FAQs I Dogs at Camp Ottawa
Our Most Frequently Asked Questions

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How much time do the dogs spend outside?

During the day, the dogs are outside just about as much as they want to be. They are free to be inside or outside - whichever they prefer. If it's very hot outside, some like to rest inside the air conditioned barn, and when it's very cold, there's lots of indoor warm-up time too.

Are the dogs always supervised?

Yes, always. From the moment they wake up, to the moment they go to bed, our staff are with them.

Do you have Veterinary care nearby?

Yes. Our vet is minutes away from us. Also – each one of our staff have been trained in Pet First Aid.

Is the play field fenced?

It certainly is! 6' chain link fencing covers the entire field.

How do I book camp time?

Booking camp time is done here, through our web site, by clicking the ‘Book Now’ link on the top of any page on this web site. If this is your first visit, you must create an account.  Once that is complete, you will complete your booking online.  All bookings must be done online.  If you do not have access to the internet, let us know and we'll find a way to complete your bookings another way.  If you are a return client, you just have to log in and complete your booking.  Once you complete your booking, you will receive a confirmation email. All of the information we need for your dog's stay is completed online so please ensure that we have up-to-date information, including updated vaccines. If you ever have any trouble with this system, please let us know.

What is the maximum number of dogs you accept at a time?

Forty. We tend to have between twenty and thirty dogs per day.

How do you feed all those dogs?!


Actually, we feed them individually in a stall so there is no access to any other food.  We rotate the dogs in and out of the barn until they are all fed.

Do we bring our own food?

Yes, please. It is best that dogs don’t have temporary changes in diet. Dogs with food allergies wear a special pink collar so all the staff are aware of the allergy.

How do we know what else to bring?

In the package you receive by email once you complete your booking, we include a page entitled ‘What to Pack’. In that you’ll find out what to bring, as well as what not to bring!

Our dog is on a ‘raw food’ diet. Can you accommodate this?

Yes, we can accommodate a raw food diet. Please check your camp location's pricing page, as there may be an additional daily charge for this diet. This is simply because of limited freezer space.

What about at night? Where do they sleep? Are they alone?

At night, the dogs sleep in a beautiful and comfy, fully restored barn that is built just for dogs! The barn is climate controlled, has windows, doors, lights, and lots of fresh filtered water!! It is a VERY cushy environment.

For those dogs who are crate trained and comfortable sleeping that way, we do have crates. The others are divided into groups in various stalls in the barn. We also have a stall designed specifically for those dogs who prefer to sleep alone.

The owner of camp lives on the property and there are emergency evacuation procedures in place.

Does my dog need to be spayed or neutered in order to come to camp?

Yes, once he or she is over the age of 9 months.

Which vaccinations does my dog need to have to come to camp?

We have outlined this on our 'Health Requirements' page on this site. Click to visit that page.

What do you do if my dog is not well while I'm away?

When you register, we ask you to provide us with an emergency contact. If we have any concerns at all about your dog, we will contact your emergency contact first, and if you have asked us to do so, we'll contact you as well. If your dog needs to see a Veterinarian, we will take him / her in to our own Veterinary clinic and report back to your emergency contact (and to you if requested) with the results of that visit.

My dog is comfortable with other dogs, but is not particularly playful. Would she be ok coming to camp?

Sure! Some dogs are more playful with other dogs, while others prefer the attention of our Camp Counselors. As long as they're comfortable being around the other dogs, even if they're not particularly playful, they'll be just fine with us at camp.

Do you charge for your "Meet 'N Greet" camp visit with our dog?

No, there is no charge for this visit. The purpose of the visit is to ensure that you are confident that your dog will do well in our camp environment, and that we feel the same. It's also a chance for a camp tour, and to ask all the questions we haven't covered here!

Can I visit my dog while he is at camp?

It depends on your dog. If your dog has a hard time seeing you come and go, and he doesn't leave with you, then we don't recommend it.  It can be stressful for some dogs to visit with you, and then they stay at camp. Some dogs are OK with it. If you wish to visit your dog, let us know and we can discuss how we think your dog will react. We always do what is in the best interests of your dog.

Do you provide television, couches, and other ‘cushy’ amenities?

At camp, we work very hard to provide a safe and secure environment which is FUN for the dogs. Dogs’ days here at camp are spent with each other, interacting with our staff members, hiking, swimming, etc. We have found that dogs are happiest when they get to be… well…dogs! We don't offer TV's or couches.  Frankly, we just don't see how we could keep a couch clean!

Our ‘camp‘ concept differs from a ‘resort‘ concept. While the camp environment might be ‘ruffin’ it’ compared to Fido’s cushy bed at home, remember that when you went to camp, you were ‘ruffin’ it’ too!

Rest assured, as you will see when you visit with your dog – camp is fun!

How far in advance do people generally book?

That really depends. For the various holidays (and holiday weekends), we’re often fully booked weeks in advance. That also happens at times when there is no holiday at all. There are times though – that you could call just days in advance and we’d have the space available.

In other words: As soon as you know you’ll be away – book the camp time you need!