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OFFICIAL CLUB ADVENTURE: Canine Snoezelen in Nature

Join our July Official Club Adventure, taught by Monica Allaire-McMahon, professional dog trainer and owner of Barrington Barks & Behavior, which focuses on exploration of a multisensory environment. Dogs will have the opportunity to investigate dog safe plantings, open grassy areas, a small wooded trail, splash pools, tents, tunnels, a variety of textures underfoot, and the unique odors of nature. Investigate an outdoor enriched environment in Barrington, led by your dog, as they engage all of their senses and experience an increased sense of agency, curiosity, confidence and wellbeing.

This 2-hour, on-leash event, with the use of a harness and long line, will provide dogs as much freedom of movement as possible, while still giving space to other participants. Monica will be offering mini parallel walking sessions, and leash skill exercises for interested participants. There will also be splash pools available for fun water play.

Participants will:

  • Experience the relaxation and social aspect of a multisensory environment;
  • Experience the joy of slowing down with their dog;
  • Learn new skills they can apply at home.

Enriched Environments have been shown to reduce stress and the experience of pain or discomfort. A more relaxed dog will be better able to cope with the everyday challenges in life-making life together more peaceful.

In addition, slow thoughtful movement of both dog and human allows adequate time to process and integrate information from the environment (and builds core stabilizing muscles with little to no risk)-resulting in improved physical health and reduced reactivity for both dog and human.

Finally, combining physical, cognitive, social, and sensory elements in an enriched environment is a very simple way to fulfill essential needs of both dog and human and provide an excellent platform for observation and communication.

Participants are encouraged to bring a snack for themselves and their dog, and a camp chair or blanket.

This adventure is rated as Level 1 Stroll. See an explanation of our Trail Rating System .

Reactive Dog Level 1-2. See our Comfort Chart for explanation. This event is a good one for reactive dogs since it is in a controlled environment with focused and relaxing activities. There will be lots of room for dogs to spread out and engage in the exercises and activities offered. If you have concerns or questions about if this event is right for your dog, please email for assistance.

COST: Please register for this event below. Limited to 15 dogs.

  • Golden Dog Members – $30/dog (Your special pricing will be reflected in the CART.)
  • Not-Yet-Members – $45/dog
  • Are you a Corporate Partner employee? Email for your special registration discount code.
  • Rain date is Sunday, July 14th.

For maximum happiness, 1 dog per person and 1 person/dog please. Full refund issued if cancellation received 48 hours prior to event start time, otherwise no refund if canceled after. 

Monica is the owner of Barrington Barks and Behavior LLC. She is committed to kind, ethical treatment of both humans and their dogs. Monica focuses on learning what the needs of the individual dog and their family are, addressing those needs and in turn improving the welfare of every one in the home.

Monica is a certified Nordic Dog Trainer and Behavior Specialist, and a KPA-CTP-Karen Pryor Academy graduate with distinction. She was the second person worldwide to receive certification through the Dynamic Dog Practitioner Programme –acting as a liaison between client and veterinarian, and highlighting physical and behavioral areas of concern. Monica is also an Associate Member of the Pet Dog Trainers of Europe, and is an ambassador for The Slow Dog Movement.

Her studies include aggression, fear, animal emotions, relationship, and sensory enrichment. Monthly sessions in the Tiny Science Journal Chat club led by a PhD candidate, review current research papers and keep her up to date on the evolving understanding of dogs.

Monica had the honor of speaking at the Virtual Dog Conference, Fling less February, and From the Hound Up Academy – UK based groups – and will be delivering talks for her Russian colleagues in the fall.

She currently offers one-to-one consultations, Dynamic Dog Assessments, Sensory Explorers sessions, and is a Mentor for the Nordic C.A.R.E. community

To learn more, visit

This adventure takes place in Barrington, NH. Directions will be provided to participants in the confirmation sent via email 24 hours prior to the event.

Please review our Club Guidelines, sign our Liability Waivers & Release Forms, and read our covid guidelines on our Events & Activities page.

If weather or covid conditions make gathering and walking unsafe, the event will be cancelled and registered participants will receive a email cancellation notice. It will also be announced in the Event section of the Facebook Community Group and on this Calendar page.

If you have questions, text/call (603) 815-2453 or email


Jul 13 2024


9:00 am - 11:00 am




Barrington Barks and Behavior (NH)
Barrington, NH


Golden Dog Adventure Co.
Golden Dog Adventure Co.
(603) 815-2453
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