About us

Common Scents – canine enrichment

Common Scents is an innovative and unique canine enrichment practice for the local dog community in the Arun area. We are proud to offer ‘something different’ with enrichment and sensory experiences designed individually for your dog. Our passion to enrich the lives of dogs stems from continued worldwide learning with some of the most experienced and respected tutors, to help us reach our goal … making dogs happy.

What is enrichment?

The lockdowns due to COVID-19 may have given you an idea of how we affect our dog’s daily lives. During the pandemic decisions about what we could do had been made by others, from only a limited range of options. We are a nation of dog lovers, and yet we make the choices on where they go, when they eat, what they eat, who they meet, and what activities they take part in every single day.

The ethos of Common Scents is to give dog’s a choice, be it exploring The Secret Dog Garden, investigating new and interesting items with an enrichment experience in the comfort of their own home, or simply taking a walk in an environment they actually enjoy and feel safe, being given the time to stop, sniff and simply be a dog.

We all want the best for our dogs, and giving them opportunities to exhibit their natural behaviours and make their own choices in a relaxed environment, increases their optimism, confidence and general well-being.

The Secret Dog Garden

This is a small, secure, dedicated area where your dog can simply ‘be a dog’ and follow natural behaviours exploring an environment designed just for them; be it investigating items that have been carefully chosen to appeal to their senses, foraging for hidden treats, and simply experiencing different textures underfoot gives them a stimulating mental and physical workout thus enhancing their well-being. It is also your chance to sit back and relax and just enjoy being with your dog.

The Secret Dog Garden for Puppies

This experience is a huge benefit to your puppy’s socialisation, as it is not all about meeting new people and dogs. Exploring different sights, smells, sounds and textures, whilst feeling safe and secure in a 1-2-1 environment with the comfort of their human is really beneficial to a young dog who is discovering his or her new world. The set up is different for puppies, and session times are shorter as as they will tire more quickly as they are still developing both physically and mentally.

Sensory Treasure Hunt

Coming soon …

Be your dog’s best friend

This page is dedicated to dispelling the myths of the ‘old school’ approach to dog training, and instead enlightens you to what is actually out there that can help you and your dog have the best relationship.

The Dog Blog

The Dog Blog is updated regularly with different subjects of interest written by highly regarded dog professionals, as well as articles which feature the dogs in our care and the different experiences they have enjoyed.

Your dog’s staff

Common Scents canine enrichment practice is run by Lisa Edwards who has studied at Brinsbury College (Canine Care and Management) as well as completing various companion animal training programmes whilst working for the RSPCA. Lisa is also qualified in ‘Canine Communication’ and ‘Scentwork Enrichment’, and has completed a comprehensive range of training programmes including ‘Enriched Environments for Professionals’.

Common Scents – Contact

Please get in touch to find out more. Contact Lisa Edwards on commonscentsenrichment@gmail.com or call on 07913 482056 and leave a message and Lisa will call you back.

Follow us on social media @commonscentsenrichment

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