The Sensory Room is based on ACE Free Work (developed by Sarah Fisher) and Hersenwerk. It's a simple and low impact activity. Sensory Room sessions give dogs freedom to engage with their environment freely and make their own choices. The dog can gather information from their environment at their own pace.
Walking through the Sensory Room all senses are stimulated: taste, touch, smell, hearing, sight, proprioception (feedback loop in the nervous system that provides information about body position, balance, movement and action) and vestibular (sensory system that gives the brain information about the head position and movement; important for keeping balance).
The Sensory Room is a calm and low impact body exercise for the dog; it can help to improve the posture and the dog works every muscle in their body in a slow and controlled way.
Observing the dog going through the Sensory Room we can learn a lot about their posture, preferences and dislikes. Sometimes we observe movements that are a reason for us to recommend a visit to the vet. We can only give you our observations, we're not able to give any diagnoses.
What happens in the Sensory Room:
During the session, it will be just your dog, you and me in the room. Each and every dog and their owner will have their own experience in the Sensory Room. We don't have expectations or goals. The dogs will have the time to explore, reset, rebalance and release and the humans take the time to observe calmly and silently.
Entering the Sensory room, I'll ask you to remove your dog's collar and/or harness, so they're totally 'naked'. If there is a reason you don't want to do that, that's okay too, we'll go with the flow.
Your dog will probably be excited when entering the room or maybe a little overwhelmed or cautious. That is all perfectly fine, we give them the time to start exploring and will make adjustments if that makes them feel better.
When your dog starts exploring, we'll just sit and observe. We do that calmly without talking a lot, but I will point out my observations during the session.
At a certain moment your dog will show that they're done. We can talk a little more to share our observations and then it's time to end the session.
Any dog can participate
The session is beneficial for ANY dog: young, old, reactive, shy, disabled, healthy, fearful. If you have any concerns if it is suitable for your dog, let me know and we can discuss that. I can't predict what will happen and what we will observe, it can be smaller or bigger things.
Schedule 2023 (Fall schedule follows):
Sunday January 22th: Upward Dog Rehab & Wellness, Porters Lake
Sunday February 5th: The Paw Pad Retreat & Recovery, Timberlea
Saturday February 25th: Keep it Simple Dog Training, Avonport
Sunday March 12th: Upward Dog Rehab & Wellness, Porters Lake
Sunday March 26th: The Paw Pad Retreat & Recovery, Timberlea
Saturday April 15: Keep it Simple Dog Training, Avonport
Sunday April 23rd: The Paw Pad Retreat & Recovery, Timberlea
Saturday May 20th: Keep it Simple Dog Training, Avonport
Saturday June 24th: Passage Paws, Eastern Passage - Fully booked
Price (tax incl): $75, included in the pice:
Sensory Room session and observation chat
Treats (diets/allergies are taken into account)
Video link to your session
Pdf to set up your own Sensory Room at home
How to book your spot:
Send an email with location and date you want to book for to firstname.lastname@example.org