Gold Award for Buddy!

Congratulations to Ruth, Coz and Buddy (2yr Labrador) who attend our Minster classes as they become the 38th combination in 12 1/2 years to pass their Gold II Award. Buddy started off in puppy class in 2020 and they have worked their way steadily through the levels. A well deserved pass. Baby brother Aksel has some big pawprints to follow in. Congratulations!


First Gold Award of 2022

Huge congratulations go to Kevin and Briar (2yr Labrador) who attend our Thanington classes as they become the 37th combination in 12 years to pass their Gold II Award. Kevin and Briar started off in puppy class in 2019 and they have worked their way steadily through the levels. A well deserved pass. Congratulations!


Scent Success!

Congratulations to our Scentwork class attendees for passing their first assessments. We have spent the last year introducing Scentwork and it has become so popular we have designed our own framework of 7 levels from Beginner to Master. For each assessment level we have a beautiful range of rosettes to present. The race to become the first Enve Scentwork Master is on!

 

Scentwork classes are currently held on Wednesdays at Minster and Deal (either coupled with obedience or scent only).

 

Congratulations to:

 

BEGINNER: Sue & Archie B, Dan & Rosie, Caroline & Flint, Angela & Tasker, Liz & Georgie, Liz & Merlin, Emma & Luca, Ruth & Aksel, Gina & Astra, David & Cooper, Sue & Archie R, Annie & Flo, Jane & Gertie, Rose & Barney, Pauline & Bunty, Helen & Flynn

 

NOVICE: Sue & Archie B, Dan & Rosie, Caroline & Flint, Angela & Tasker, Liz & Georgie, Emma & Luca, Sue & Archie R, Jane & Gertie, Rose & Barney, Pauline & Bunty, Helen & Flynn

 

INTERMEDIATE: Sue & Archie B, Dan & Rosie, Caroline & Flint, Angela & Tasker, Emma & Luca


Four Gold II awards to end 2021

We also presented Gold Award XXXIV to Gina, our Canine Behaviour Practitioner and Koda, her homebred German Shepherd. This is a huge achievement, Koda is the 3rd dog that Gina has progressed to Gold II – something that no one else has ever done before. Congratulations!

October 2021 saw the presentation of Gold Award XXXIII to Ciaran, our canicross instructor, and Penny, his border collie. Penny was rehomed from the Isle of Thanet RSPCA centre, where we hold our Monday and Friday classes, and has become Ciaran’s favourite running partner.

December 2021 saw two of our loyal customers reaching Gold II with second dogs. Enve Gold XXXV is awarded to Vicky and Quincey, her black labrador. Vicky has a wonderful relationship with Quincey who can sometimes feel worried about things in the world around him.

And last but by no means least, Enve Gold XXXVI was awarded to Josie & Sykes. Josie has been with us since Enve was first established in 2010. Josie’s dedication is unwavering; she only misses training when unwell or injured!  She achieved her first Gold II with Sabre (GSD) and we are now delighted to award her second Gold II with Sykes, her EBT x SBT.

Our huge congratulations to everyone.


Two Gold Awards!

It was with great pleasure that we awarded two very special Gold II awards back in July. The first was to Instructor Pauline and Frankie who became the 31st combination to achieve this award in the 11 years we have been trading. This means Pauline now has two Gold II dogs!

The second was to Kevin, who is our invaluable assistant at Thanington, and Sheba his collie who are the 32nd combination to achieve this award. This also brings Kevin’s household total to two Gold II dogs as his wife Annette, who is an Instructor at Thanington reached Gold II with Cassie in 2016.

Please join us in congratulating them all.

(Our apologies for not posting this announcement sooner. Our website has been undergoing an update in the background and this is the first opportunity for us to post).


Golden end to our first course back after lockdown

It was with great pleasure that we awarded two very special Gold II awards at the end of our first course back after lockdown. The first was to Angela and Tasker who became the 29th combination to achieve this award in the 11 years we have been trading. This also marked the completion of Angela’s instructor training and we are delighted to welcome her to Enve team.

The second was to Sally, Jeremy and Castro who have been with us for nearly our entire Enve journey, from his first puppy class on 27th July 2013 to his Gold II award in 2021. A great example of perseverance and dedication. Castro claims the 30th spot. All our Gold II owners are presented with a polo shirt with their Enve Gold number on in Roman numerals. Castro is Enve Gold XXX. This makes me chuckle as it makes me think of the Vin Diesel movie XXX and the crazy action stunts and this really reminds me of some of the mischief Castro got up to in his younger days. Love him.

Please join us in congratulating them all.


April opening and addition of Scentwork classes!

After yet another lockdown we can finally announce that we are reopening. Enve Canine Services will be re-starting their dog training classes at all venues from Saturday 17th April (provided Step 2 of the governments roadmap out of lockdown goes ahead from 12th April). We cannot tell you how much we are looking forward to seeing each and every one of you and getting back to normality! Thank you for your ongoing support in what has been a very challenging year.

We aim to restart as follows:

  • Sat 17th April – Minster (morning ) – 6 week course
  • Sun 18th April – Thanington (morning) – 6 week course
  • **NEW** Wed 21st April – Minster (morning) – 5 week course
  • Thurs 22nd April – Deal (morning) – 6 week course
  • Fri 23rd April – RSPCA Animal Centre (morning) – 5 week course
  • Mon 26th April – RSPCA Animal Centre (morning) – 4 week course (no class bank holiday 3rd May)

We return with the exciting addition of scentwork to our repertoire.  Following training six of our instructors with Scentwork UK in January 2020 the coronavirus pandemic limited our planned roll out of this exciting new activity. We are pleased to announce that Wednesday classes will now be obedience with an introduction to scentwork at the Minster venue. Scentwork utilises your dog’s number one sense. Learn to work your dog like a search handler looking for hidden scent. Teach them to indicate, to show you where the item is. Scentwork is a great mental work out for your dog and tires them out in ways you cannot achieve physically. It’s the job many were bred for, uses their natural abilities, the dogs love it and it is hugely rewarding for the handler too. All breeds can take part and all ages.

Please keep an eye on your inboxes and messages, if you have signed up to our waiting list your class time will be winging its way to you very soon! See you on the training field, lets have some fun!


Lockdown 3 - here we go again!

Here we are again and what can we say. Apologies it’s taken a couple of days to write this update we have been waiting for trading standards and government guidance to be updated.  Both of us are feeling  miserable but really wanted to compose something positive.

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This pandemic has been really hard on our small business and being able to reopen in a small way in December, seeing everyone’s (dogs and humans) happiness at being back at class, doing what we love again has meant that this has hit harder than November’s lockdown – especially with no clear end in sight. We are on the right path though and we have to have faith in the vaccination program and that spring 2021 has brighter prospects. We know that with your continued support we can come back in the spring and pick up where we left off. One bonus is at least the weather will be warmer and drier!! We stay home now to protect each other so that when we do get back together, everyone is there.

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As per government guidelines group classes and 1:1 appointments are on hold for the foreseeable future. Neither are permissible by law in the current lockdown. You can still support us though by ordering your dog treats from us instead of picking them up from the supermarket with your shopping ( https://envecanineservices.co.uk/finer-by-nature-catalogue/ ) or treating your dog to a tug toy from us instead of ordering online (https://envecanineservices.co.uk/toys-and-other-equipment/ ).

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In addition we have our online course, Good Dog Level 1 for anyone new, waiting to join us with puppies or adult dogs. This is a basic obedience, 6 week course with daily videos. These easy to follow videos introduce exercises on loose lead walking, sit stay, recall, leave and much, much more. Now is the perfect opportunity to crack on with this course in the comfort of your own home, garden and on your daily walks. By the time group training courses reopen you will have a strong foundation in training techniques and your dog will have a baseline understanding of what is expected. You will be perfectly ready to then take your training to the next level at group lessons adding in the distraction of the environment, people and other dogs. You’ll be amazed at the difference that practicing daily can make. As well as lifetime access to the course, you will have support from us via email and a dedicated Facebook group. For more information please see https://envecanineservices.co.uk/online-training-courses/

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Stay safe everyone and as always if you need anything during the lockdown please do not hesitate to get in touch. Look forward to seeing you all as soon as we are allowed.

 

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Emma, Ve and the rest of the Enve team.


Christmas message and Covid-19 update

Wishing all of our clients past, present and future a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year.

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Thanks to Kent’s Tier 4 designation we are closing our classes for Christmas a little earlier than planned. We would normally reflect here on the year that has past and for 2020, given it’s challenges, it would be easy to focus on the negatives – the closures, the lockdowns, the struggles, the misery. Instead, we are going to look at what we have achieved despite the challenges faced thanks to Covid-19:

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  • Our 10th year trading anniversary.
  • Addition of canine hoopers to our training program.
  • Addition of Deal, our 5th venue.
  • Taking on our first employee.
  • Engaging a canine behaviour practitioner consultant to manage our high volume of 1:1 appointments.
  • Qualifying six of our instructors with Scentwork UK.
  • Addition of Scentwork lessons to our training program.
  • Purchasing a complete, brand new agility kit and hoopers kit including giant tunnels.
  • Launching our first online training course Good Dog Level 1 (learning about online course writing, filming, editing and marketing on the way!)
  • Passing 5 more dogs at the highest level ENVE Gold II bringing the total to 30 dogs in 10 years reaching this prestigious level.

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Our plans for 2021, assuming life starts to return to something resembling normality, getting all our venues back up and running, fully implementing our Scentwork program, trick training and more online courses.

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This year would have been far more hellish without the absolutely unwavering support from our clients. Those that have stuck by us through all of this. Those patiently waiting to join us. Messages of support and encouragement. Offers of payment for courses in advance just to keep us ticking over. Buying our treats and toys and online courses to help us have some income. Being there as we have started and stopped and started and stopped again. Recommending us to people they meet when out with their dogs and to friends and family. Following our covid secure rules in order to keep everyone safe. Thank you doesn’t really feel expressive enough. But, thank you, a massive thank you from the bottom of both of our hearts.

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Special thanks also has to go to our wonderful team without whom we could not survive.

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We look forward to seeing each and every one of you in 2021 and starting off our next ten years with some more wonderful memories.

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With love, Emma and Ve

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Enve Canine Services is now closed until Thursday 31st December – there will only be very occasional review of email / messages in that period. On 31st December we will review the governments tier designation for Kent and make a decision regarding classes restarting in January. If classes can restart we anticipate first classes being Sat 9th January at Minster with all other venues in the following days.


Looking back at happier times - two more Gold II passes in March 2020

At the final Saturday session of training classes we held on 22nd March, ahead of the first lockdown, we awarded not one but two Gold II awards – both to Labradors! This post to congratulate those receiving the awards got somehow missed in amongst all of the covid-19 drama! I do apologise.

The first was to our Ve and Mia who became the 26th pair to be awarded Gold II, closely followed by Iain with the lovely Gill who were the 28th combination.

But, hang on I hear you say, you’ve gotten that wrong – you have missed number 27. I haven’t – the 27th spot was taken by one of our St Nicholas clients, Paul with his gorgeous Vizsla Milo, who snuck in between the two labs. Milo was Paul’s second Gold II award having already taken the 22nd spot with his boxer Tosh making Paul the 4th person to get two dogs to Gold II – well done! (I unfortunately don’t have a photo of Paul and Milo).