The Getaway is under new ownership!

The Getaway at Glen Highland Farm is now THE EMERALD GLEN GETAWAY! The Getaway will re-launch as the ‘Emerald Glen Getaway’ in time for the 2020 summer season!

To be contacted when bookings resume, please drop an email to to get added to the list. If you were a past guest, you are already on the list to be notified!

An updated website will launch soon at! We hope you and your dog continue enjoying Getaway vacations!

We at Glen Highland Farm want to THANK our Getaway guests for ‘vacationing with a cause’ and supporting the Border Collie rescue. We have helped over 3000 homeless dogs find new lives during our 20 years in NY. We are so proud of all that has been done for canines and humans, alike. Please know that even though we leave the Farm property and upstate NY behind, our Border Collie rescue journey is continuing south in VirginiaRead the full anouncement here.

Managing Your Dog

A Getaway vacation is a social experience with many dogs mingling with dogs and people. The benefit of the Getaway is that most of this occurs off-leash. However, just because your dog is off-leash does not mean that you are ‘off-the-hook’ from being responsible for your dog’s behavior and his well-being at all times.

Your dog is in an unfamiliar place surrounded by dogs and people they have not interacted with before. Be ready to intervene on your dog’s behalf if he is uncomfortable and resorting to defensive or fearful behaviors. On the flip side, if your dog is being overly rambunctious in play with others, exhibiting guarding behaviors, or charging aggressively at other dogs and people, you must intervene and remove your dog from the situation before things escalate.

We need the cooperation of all of our guests to create a positive experience for everyone and every dog.

Canine Rules

  1. Keep your dog in your sight and under your voice control. If you are unable to do this in a particular situation, consider having your dog on leash or do not have him out with you at that time.
  2. Prevent your dog from acting aggressively or overly rambunctious towards other dogs or people. Nipping, grabbing, charging or excessive barking or jumping up should not be allowed. Leash your dog or remove your dog from the situation. There is a NO TOLERANCE rule regarding dog bites. If your dog bites another person, you will be asked to leave.
  3. Monitor your dog when he is involved in group play. No one should allow any dog (yours or someone else’s) to be picked on, ganged up on, etc.
  4. Ask permission from the owner first, before engaging in a game of fetch with a dog that is not yours. A dog may have health issues that you are not aware of!
  5. Keep all food items away from the reach of dogs. Be mindful of where you leave bags and jackets with food items where dogs can reach them (on the ground, hanging on chairs, etc). Besides ingesting something that is not good for them, accessible food may cause a dog fight.
  6. Do not allow your dog to resource guard. If your dog is guarding you, your table in the pavilion, the entrance to your lodging, etc. you must not allow this to continue. Remove your dog from the situation.
  7. If you have multiple dogs, you need to be able to manage them ALL. Dogs from the same household have a certain pack dynamic that can easily overwhelm other dogs and people. If you are not able to monitor the whereabouts of all your dogs, or 2 or even 1 of them, leave them in your lodging to make it easier on yourself. Give them turns with you or give them all a break!
  8. Rest your dog! Your dog is probably not used to the constant stimulation, exploring, playing, running and swimming as he is probably asleep while you are at work all day! Remember to give your dog frequent breaks from all the action so they don’t get grouchy!
  9. Pick up the poop that you see! Nobody wants to step in dog poop – please pick up dog poop when you come across it, even if it was not left there by your dog!
  10. Be tolerant of eachother if issues with dogs come up. Remember everyone is here because they love their dogs as much as you do!

If you are having trouble managing or understanding your dog’s behavior in this new environment… please contact us. We are more than happy to help.

Your cooperation is needed or you may be asked to leave.