Our small group enrichment walks are not your standard dog walk, this is a group sniff-venture packed with fun training games, scentwork and parkour activities led by Kate Cert. WCC ADTI, an experienced and qualified dog trainer. Exercising your dog both physically and mentally helping you to have a calmer, more confident and happy dog.
Although insured to walk 6 dogs, I keep my group size small and when possible keep to a maximum of 4 or 5 dogs per walk to ensure your dog receives lots of individual attention, enabling me to add more enrichment and monitor the dogs interactions. It also means less travel time in the van.
After a complimentary initial ‘meet and greet’, all dogs joining will be required to complete a 45 minute solo enrichment walk. This enables me to get to know your dog better and find out what motivates them so that we can assess which type of walk will be most suitable and then integrate them safely.
If your dog needs to brush up on their recall training, then more solo walks may be necessary before joining the group and this will be assessed on an individual basis.
Once the solo walk is completed, and all has gone satisfactory, your dog will be ready to meet their new friends and join in the fun on our group enrichment walks.
Let the Sniff-Ventures begin…..
A Sniff and Wagg Trail aims to be a little different to your average dog walk. We do everything you’d expect from a professional dog walking service—and more!
A Sniff and Wagg enriched dog walk exercises your dog’s body and mind, giving you a healthier, happier, and calmer dog to come home to.
Cortisol is a stress hormone and it is released when dogs are involved in strenuous exercise or repeated ball/stick throwing.
It takes 2 hours for cortisol levels to come down after fast-paced exercise. During this time stress is being placed on the body.
Sniffing games and moderate exercise activate something called the Seeking System part of the brain. It’s a part of the brain that is also responsible for the release of dopamine and serotonin. Dopamine increases feelings of motivation and reward and is related to enhanced memory. Serotonin enables brain cells and other nervous system cells to communicate with each other and helps with sleeping, eating, and digestion.
Simply put – dopamine and serotonin makes your dog feel good.
Our walks are structured to include special places where we can stop and play fun training games that allow your dog to be a dog and create a safe outlet for natural predatory behaviours.
Sniff & Wagg Trails uses fear free and reward based reinforcement dog training, where your dog is motivated to carry out good behaviour with the promise of a reward. Once I find out what motivates your dog, I will use that to reinforce good choices. Rewards may come from food, toys, environment or social interaction.
All the treats I use on my walks and in enrichment sessions are 100% natural and contain no additives, grains, preservatives or other behaviour affecting nasties.
As well as having active time, we also love to slow down and to stop and play lots of fun scentwork games.
There are lots of amazing adventures a dog can have through their nose, from searching for catnip scented toys, small treats or tennis balls hidden in Autumn leaves or long grass, to ‘cheese trees’ or ‘sausage walls’.
And as these calmer activities help your dog relax we always ensure we also play one towards the end of our walks which will help lower your dogs pulse rate and arousal levels so they are dropped off home calm and relaxed.
We use the environment to our advantage, practicing low impact behaviours on different natural obstacles. Introducing some fun training to teach the dogs to put their paws up, climb on, crawl under or jump up.
Its a great confidence booster and helps the dogs to get incredibly fit and also helps to build their relationship with me.
Do you worry when letting your dog off lead that it won’t come back to you?
I use my knowledge and skills as a dog trainer and build fun training games into each and every one of our walks. These games motivate your dog to listen and help to teach them to stay connected even when presented with all the other exciting distractions in the environment.
Your dog through plenty of practice and fun games, will be learning a recall attention cue and an anchor cue and then combining them for a supercharged DUAL RECALL.
Your dog will enjoy a group off lead sniff-venture combining a countryside walk with added scentwork, urban agility and fun training games. Helping your dog to learn important life skills such as:
🐾Focus & Connection
🐾Turn taking and good manners around food.
Some of our favourites games to play include:
Recall Hide n Seek
Wait Your Turn
The Zen Game
Sit, Stay and Release
Sniff with me
The Catch-up Game
The Counting Game
In the Zone
After the enrichment walk is over, your dog will be returned home with the option for them to be left with a tasty Kong stuffed with high quality ingredients. Not only is this helping to keep them occupied for longer, but licking and chewing also has a soothing effect as it is associated with feeding and rest.
You’ll also get frequent updates on how your dog is doing on their walks including photos and videos.
Who are Group Enrichment Walks for?
Dogs who can safely and reliably be let off their lead
Dogs who are comfortable and friendly around other dogs
Dogs who can commit to at least one fixed day per week
Price from £14 per dog
Included in this price:
Access to exclusive online content full of advice and training games.
Peace of mind that your dogs are being walked by a professional, qualified, fully insured, DBS checked dog trainer.
A calmer and more contented dog to come home to.