SPECIAL EVENT: Sensory Scavenger Hunt at the Mall at Fox Run
ABOUT THE EVENT:
Join us for a sensory experience that will put a big smile on your dog’s face. And when your dog is happy, you are happy, right? This activity is great for all kinds of pooches, including senior dogs and dogs with limited mobility or in wheel carts. We also invite reactive dogs and younger dogs/puppies to engage in this mentally stimulating event.
The Sensory Scavenger Hunt at the Mall, in collaboration with Monica Allaire-McMahon of Barrington Barks & Behavior and the Mall at Fox Run, provides your dog with mental stimulation and enrichment over 600,000 square feet!
Whether you live with a dedicated nose to the ground sniffer, an enthusiastic adolescent, or a more dignified mature pup, this event is appropriate for you. Your dog will lead you on a journey to locate over 25 unique scents “hidden” around the mall. Monica will also be available for questions as you and your dog engage in this exercise.
Worried your dog may have an accident? We have you covered. All adventure guides will be carrying backpacks with cleaning supplies and and will help you to easily clean up any messes!
- The hunt will take place from 8:30 – 10:30am, prior to the Mall opening to the public. Arrive anytime and stay until your dog is mentally satisfied.
- The event is limited to 40 dogs.
- Participants will be directed to move in a clockwise fashion to allow plenty of space between canine/human teams.
- A live Q&A session will be held in our Zoom Room on Wednesday, March 8th at 7:00pm to review guidelines and ensure a fun and memorable experience. In addition, Monica will answer your questions about how to maximize your dog’s exposure to this event. If you cannot attend live, the recording will be made available immediately following the session via email. Upon registering for this event, you will receive a link for the Q&A Session in your email confirmation.
- Scented dots will be numbered so they are easy to locate. They will also be located around the inside exterior wall of the mall vs. up the middle aisle.
- You will be given a scent key at check in that lists scents you and your dog will hunt for, including more animal scents (duck, squirrel, goat, horse, coyote, rabbit, racoon, cow and chicken), sweet, pungent, earthy, fishy, fruity, flowery and other interesting scents. This will help you identify the scents that excite your dog the most.
- We will have numbered, scented dots available for humans to sniff and experience what their canine companions are smelling. These will be located at nose level and numbered so you can easily match with our scent key provided at check in.
In addition, there will be three stations set up in the Mall where your dog can exercise their body with a focus on slow thoughtful movement and connection with you. This includes two larger areas set up with sensory pits and snuffle mats for additional exploration and fun as well as a scent sensory area.
Your dog will also receive a participation prize for joining us at this event. A yummy treat for their hard work!
BENEFITS OF THIS ACTIVITY:
Through quiet observation of your dog, you can expect to:
- Gather information about how your individual dog navigates the world using their exquisite sense of smell;
- Experience a smiling leash as you follow your pup;
- Have a glimpse into what choices your dog makes about interaction with the mall environment;
- Work together through a series of items while building trust and maintaining thoughtful movement.
Engaging the “Sniffing Brain” and slowing down benefits both the dog and human by:
- Allowing time to gather and process information and choosing an appropriate behavioral output;
- Spending more time in the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest).
In addition, slow thoughtful movement engages core muscles needed for strength and stability.
IS THIS EVENT GOOD FOR REACTIVE DOGS?
This event is excellent for reactive dogs since it is a private event before the Mall opens to the public. There is lots of room to spread out for this enriching and focused activity. If you have concerns or questions about if this event is right for your dog, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
The Mall at Fox Run is rated as Level 1 Stroll. See an explanation of our Trail Rating System.
COST: Limited to 40 tickets.
- Members – $30/dog Your discount will be reflected in the Cart.
- Non-members – $40/dog
- Please no children under the age of 15
We highly recommend only 1 dog/person for maximum happiness. However, if your dogs like to work as a team, no more than 2 dogs/person please.
Full refunds issued if cancellation received 48 hours prior to event start time, otherwise no refund if canceled after.
Mall at Fox Run, 50 Fox Run Road, Newington, NH
WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE JOINING AN 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 Group and on this Calendar page.
If you have questions, text/call (603) 815-2453 or email email@example.com.