Dog Policy

At Winter Count, it is our intention to provide a safe and healthy learning space to fully immerse into traditional, primitive and ancestral skills. These may include fire making to animal processing and everything in between.

In spite of loving dogs.... after a total of 53 gatherings between Winter Count and Rabbitsick, we are sure that dogs and primitive skills gatherings aren't a good mix, so we ask that you PLEASE LEAVE DOGS AT HOME. We try to accommodate those few people that are on the road and don't have a home in which to leave their dogs.

If bringing a dog is unavoidable, or you just don't want to heed our request, you will be required to camp in a separate area with other dog owners unless you have a service dog (see below). Dogs are not allowed outside of Dog Town unless they are service dogs. A quick google search for pet sitting resources Florence, AZ will yield many possibilities.

All dogs will need to be registered at our entrance gate and be issued a leash band.

As we are moving to a new site, the planned area for Dog Town is .5 mile walk along a beautiful desert road from Main Camp. Our new site is very different from our old site and spaces will now be much more defined. We feel Dog Town needs to be on the periphery so as not to require people to walk through a camp with dogs. I and others have been lunged at by "dogs doing their job" too many times to allow for this. It may seem like you are being sent to Siberia to camp with your dog but this seems to be a solution that meets all of our needs. We are always open to new possibilities but this will be the situation for this year.

Another important point that has been made to me lately is the danger of cactus to the dogs. There is a lot of cactus on this land and I recently spoke with an instructor who said I should make it quite clear that dogs and cactus are a bad mix.

Service Dogs

Service dogs are allowed in main camp. Having papers for your dog does not mean they are a service dog. They must meet the following requirements:

  • A service animal is a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability.

Under the ADA, service animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. In that case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls.

If we suspect that your dog is not qualified to be a service dog, you may be asked the following questions:

  1. Is this a service dog required because of disability?
  2. What is it trained to do to mitigate the disability?

Any dog, regardless of whether it is a service dog or not will be required to leave camp if any of the following occur: barking, jumping on children or adults, growling, lunging at anyone, defecating and not being cleaned up after, running free without being leashed, stealing other peoples items.

Your understanding of our position in this matter is greatly appreciated.