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.... we are sure that dogs and primitive skills gatherings aren't a good mix, so we are informing you: 


The State of Arizona does not recognize emotional support dogs as service dogs.

Service Dogs

Service dogs are allowed in camp. Having papers or a vest 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?

Service dogs will be required to leave camp and you will not be refunded if any of the following occur: wandering, 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 and not maintaining a "heel" position.

Please do not try to pass your dog off as a service dog if it isn't one. If you bring a service dog that misbehaves, you will be required to leave the property without a refund. Unfortunately, we have reached a point of having no tolerance for this issue. Your understanding of our position in this matter is greatly appreciated.

Gatherings that permit dogs are Between the Rivers and Rabbitstick.

Starting in 2023, you may see dogs in camp and these belong to Instructors. Instructor dogs must still behave according to the above behaviors.