Lockdown 2 - temporary closure

We’ve been here before and no doubt we will be here again before this is all over. The difference is we know a bit more this time - it’s not so scary or unknown. We know that with your continued support we can come back and pick up where we left off.

We stay home now to protect each other so that when we do get back together, everyone is there.

As per government guidelines classes are therefore on hold from 2nd November until 2nd December when we hope to resume for mini courses in the lead up to Christmas. All being well normal courses will resume from January 2021. Stay safe everyone and if you need anything during the lockdown please do not hesitate to get in touch via the enquiry page or email. Look forward to seeing you in a months time.

Emma, Ve and all the Enve team x


10 Years in business!

1st October 2020 marks Enve Canine Services 10 year anniversary trading and what a 10 years it’s been. From a part time hobby business to a full time job for us both with our first employee taken on last year. From 2 venues, 2 days a week to 5 venues, 6 days a week, we have trained thousands of dogs and more importantly their owners.  Starting with obedience and agility and adding Scentwork and hoopers along the way. We’ve gone from being virtually strangers to the best of friends, learnt to run a business, studied numerous canine courses in our quest for knowledge, Ve has gained a degree and post grad diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy and Emma has had 2 children. Emma has sadly lost Rocky and Apollo, two of our founding canine members, but Ve’s black Labrador Missie has been with us every step of the way.

None of this would have been possible without our volunteer instructors, our friends, who have given up their time in the best and worst of weathers to help and support us on our journey. We are ever thankful to them.

And, you, our clients. We have loved working with each and every one of you. Each dog teaches us something new and makes us better trainers for those that come after. To know that we have helped solve problem behaviours, helped dogs fill their potential, created partnerships and helped dogs become happy, well behaved family members means everything. When lockdown was announced I think everyone saw how distraught we were at the thought of losing the community we had grown. We love what we do and are thankful we can continue even through these difficult times.

Thank you everyone, here's to the next 10 years!


Exciting news - we are opening!

After 4 long months of uncertainty, in a very much
changed world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we can finally announce that we are
back in business!! Enve Canine Services will be re-starting their weekend dog
training classes on Saturday 8th August at Minster and Sunday 9th August at
Thanington (provisional dates). We cannot tell you how much we are looking
forward to seeing each and every one of you and getting back to some thread of
normality!

Our reopening will be phased to enable us to make sure
the new health and safety measures are working. We will start by reopening the
weekend classes to those that were attending at the point that lockdown was
implemented. We hope that many of you will be able to return but appreciate
that for some, circumstances may have changed. Please keep an eye on your email
and what’s app messages and get back to us ASAP. After that we will offer
places to anyone who was attending on a weekday (as those classes will not
resume until September). We will then start offering places to people from our
weekend waiting lists. Please be patient, we will try to get everyone into
class as soon as we can.

As with everything, your experience with us will need to
be slightly different to before COVID-19 came along. As well as precautions to
safeguard everyone from the risk of contracting or spreading coronavirus, we
have had to make changes to the content of the training syllabus. These changes
are made in accordance with our risk assessment (which you will find on our
website new.envecanineservices.co.uk/covid-19-risk-assessment/
) and in line with Health and Safety directives, government guidance, kennel
club advice and the Canine and Feline Sector Group (who advise DEFRA). We hope
that these changes will not put you off returning. We promise that the training
content will be just as fun and just as challenging as before. The main change
is that all dogs (with the exception of puppies in puppy class) will need to
remain on lead at all times in the training areas as we are using public
spaces. That means that exercises that would have previously been completed
off-lead will need the dog to be on a long line instead. With this safety
precaution in place we can still carry out virtually all of the exercises.
Hopefully as the pandemic eases so will these restrictions. If you are at
silver or gold level we suggest that you purchase your own long line for use in
the lessons if you do not already have one. This will enable you to simulate
the dog being off lead but remain in complete control. (This is one of the ones
we use in class (7m long) https://www.cannyco.com/shop/canny-recall-lead
or you could look at horses lunge lines or canine tracking lines).

In order to be able to go ahead and reopen we need to ask everyone to abide by the Enve COVID-19 rules. These rules are in place to protect both your health and ours. They are also mandated by the venues we hire and the law. Anyone not following the rules below puts our livelihood at risk. We have made it through a forced 4 month closure - we cannot afford to do that again. These COVID-19 specific rules have been added to our terms and conditions which can be found in full here: https://envecanineservices.co.uk/training/terms-and-conditions/ . By accepting a space on a course you are agreeing to abide by these conditions.

We appreciate it is a lot to take in and this new normal
will take time to get used to. We thank you for your ongoing support. We look
forward to hopefully seeing you at class very soon.

Emma, Ve and the rest of the Enve team


Challenge 6 - Boundary activities

This is the sixth instructional video from the series we hope to share whilst we are all in isolation due to COVID-19. In it you will find some information on boundary activities to help teach your dog to stay in a set location until released. This training can help with teaching your dog to stay for example in its bed whilst visitors arrive, stay in a specific location whilst you prepare or eat food, stay in the car boot when opened or maintain distance whilst training distance control (if you have a dog that returns to you for reward by hand). All is explained in the video and your challenge is to train your dog to go to a specified location and stay there until released. Good luck!


Challenge 5 - Send Away

This is the fifth instructional video from the series we hope to share whilst we are all in isolation due to COVID-19. One of our instructors, Suzy, runs through the steps needed to teach your dog to send away to a marked location. It is a fun exercise that is easy to do in your home or garden. All is explained in the video and your challenge is to train your dog to send away. Good luck!


Challenge 4 - Wrapping

This is the fourth instructional video from the series we hope to share whilst we are all in isolation due to COVID-19. It uses the luring technique that we introduced in the previous video. Luring is used to teach the dog to go around or wrap around an obstacle. It is a skill used in the canine sport of hoopers that Pauline teaches at our Deal venue on a Thursday. It is a fun exercise that is easy to do in your home or garden. All is explained in the video and your challenge is to train your dog to wrap around an object and to then increase your distance so you are sending them away from you to wrap around it. See how far away you can get. Good luck! Luca and I will see how far we can get from the obstacle - see if you can beat us!
PS Feel free to send me your videos by whats app or email (for some reason I cannot save or upload them from facebook/messenger) and I will upload them.


Crime scene challenge

Create a crime scene photo with your dog outlined with kibble or treats. Working on stay and impulse control.

I saw this challenge elsewhere on the internet and had to have a try with Luca. Posted it onto the Enve Canine Services Facebook page and lots of our clients have had a go too - fantastic work everyone!

(L-R Luca, Hank, Luna, Buddy, Harley, Astra and Ziva, Luna, Ozzy and Star)


Challenge 3 - Luring

This is the third video from the series we hope to share whilst we are all in isolation due to COVID-19. It is a technique known as luring. Luring is a very versatile technique and one you have probably used before and seen us describe in class. All is explained in the video and your challenge is to try to train your dog to show a new behaviour on command (eg. middle or leg weaves etc.) using this luring technique. Good luck! Leg weaves are new to Luca so we are working on those and I will also upload our progress.
PS Feel free to send me your videos by whats app or email and I will upload them.


Challenge 2 - Capturing

This is the second video from the series we hope to share whilst we are all in isolation due to COVID-19. It is a technique known as capturing. All is explained in the video and your challenge is to try to train your dog to show a natural behaviour on command (eg. bark, sneeze, lick lips etc.) using this technique. Good luck!

PS Feel free to send me your videos by whats app or email and I will upload them.


Challenge 1 - Free Shaping

This is the first video from the series we hope to share whilst we are all in isolation due to COVID-19. It is a technique known as free shaping. All is explained in the video and your challenge is to try to train your dog to do something new using this technique. Good luck!