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Scarborough's first indoor sensory garden for dogs

what is snuffl?

A safe, dog focused sensory indoor garden for confidence building, stress busting and brain boosting...

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Dog exploring

why try snuffl?

Sensory gardens and enriched environments provide a safe, enclosed sensory experience for dogs of all ages, mobility and life history. The indoor garden is built to engage your dog's brain, improve balance and proprioception and increase problem solving abilities. It's not only healthy and fun for your dog but helps form a stronger bond between you and your best friend.

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Laura launched Dog Sense, Cornwall and the SW Peninsula’s 1st dedicated indoor canine enrichment facility in February 2020. Now in North Yorkshire, she is excited to bring Snuffl to the noses and hearts of local dogs and visiting hounds alike.

Snuffl owner with dog

Let's sniff!

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What is snuffl?

Snuffl is a 'secret' sensory indoor garden for dogs in Scarborough. It's a special place where you and your dog will discover a new way of being together. Part curated scentscape and part obstacle course, Snuffl is part of a growing trend. There are enriched environment facilities and sensory gardens in the UK. There are many in Europe and in other parts of the world. I help to run the 'Sensory Gardens 4 Dogs' project along with Birgitta Geerlings.When you book, I will send you a short questionnaire so that I may get to know your dog better.Dogs go 'naked' once secured in the completely safe and secure indoor space. I lock the door and it's just your dog, you and myself to enjoy an oasis of calm and sensory interest. The actual location of Snuffl 'In Town' will be divulged in February/March of this year.If you arrive early, and I am with another client, please enjoy the window shopping until you see my Snuffl customers leave the premises.Cost £25 for 45 minutes (includes JR Pet Products pure protein treats, pate and 2-3 appropriate chews) and the watchful eye and input from a dog behaviour consultant.All Snuffl clients enjoy a 20% discount for first time Lala Human Dog Coach dog coach consultations.General opening hours are below and subject to change closer to April 2023. I will have the 'shop' part of the premises open when the enrichment section is closed.Please check the Snuffl booking calendar for exact times available:Sundays 10:00 - 15:00
Tuesdays 10:00 - 15:00
Wednesdays 14:00 - 17:00
Thursdays 10:00 - 15:00
Fridays 14:00 - 17:00
Saturdays 10:00 - 15:00
See you in the Snuffl 'secret
indoor garden' soon! (located in Scarborough Town).24 hours notice for cancellations or to re-book please. I am on site one hour before my first client.*I am fully insured with Pet Business Insurance.Enjoy a £3 coupon to Purple Pup in Scarborough when you book a session in December and January at Snuffl.

why try snuffl?

Dog climbing on ramp

Dogs are built to explore their environment. When they get the opportunity to slow down and use all of their senses in a sensory garden or enriched environment, the results can be magnificent...Sensory gardens offer an enclosed space for dogs to move at their own pace. Snuffl sensory indoor garden welcomes one dog per visit. Sometimes two dogs from the same house can come together but it's better 1:1. The solo visit takes any worry your dog may have about other dogs approaching them. They can relax completely in the space.As you observe your dog from our comfy sofa, you will learn what their preferences are. Your dog will choose to climb onto a ramp, a log or an unusual texture in the space. They may stop and sniff the air or lie down. They will explore in their own way with your passive support. You don't need to provide verbal support or commands. They will learn to problem solve on their own. This experience will strengthen your relationship with your dog.This secret dog garden is a curated for a complete sensory and body movement adventure. There are items with scent history and different levels for proprioception and balance. The indoor garden soundscape will be 'natural' and soothing. All visitors to the space will leave their scent without even trying!Dogs benefit in many ways from sniffing in freedom. Inhaling scent is the most basic of dog natural behaviours. Their nose is their world! They grow new neural pathways and their body releases calming hormones. When checking out a new environment, dogs use all their senses. Their nose, eyes, ears, sense of touch/skin, vestibular (balance), and taste. As many dogs have limited walks, only on pavement, one level or at the dog park, Snuffl is like a relaxed 'spa day.' An oasis in Scarborough Town.It takes a lot of energy to visit any new place for a dog. Visiting Snuffl and exploring for 45 minutes will leave your dog relaxed and ready to digest it all. Make sure that you head home after the session and allow your canine friend to have a good sleep.Enjoy a £3 coupon to Purple Pup in Scarborough when you book a session in April and May 2023 at Snuffl.

Laura Dobb, SNuffl curator and host

Snuffl owner with dogs

Laura Dobb Lala Human Dog Coach is a dog coach specialising in behaviour and problem solving, certified and taught by Turid Rugaas in 2014/15 and based in North Yorkshire, U.K. She is a friend of ANPECEC and member of the Pet Professional Guild and the International Companion Animal Network.Born in Vancouver, Canada, Laura has lived on Gabriola Island, BC, Vancouver, San Francisco, Cornwall, and now lives with her family, in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. She has two dogs, a Jack Russell Terrier named Izzy and a Weechon called Ted. They are both small rescue dogs with big spirit.Laura launched Dog Sense, Cornwall and the SW Peninsula’s 1st dedicated indoor canine enrichment facility in February 2020. Now in North Yorkshire, she is excited to bring Snuffl to the noses and hearts of local dogs and visiting hounds alike.In early 2020, Laura started the Slow Dog Movement C.I.C. a social enterprise with six directors in three countries and over 4k (and counting) members who engage on our FB page on a daily basis.The #slowdogmovement aims to foster deeper relationships between dogs and humans, educate by ‘showing the right way’, and grow a like minded worldwide community of dog lovers embracing the value of SLOW.