Introducing Canine Enrichment LIVE

Transform Your Profession and 

 the Impact of Your Work with Canine Companions

Canine Enrichment LIVE is a 3-day Immersive Learning Adventure that will unleash your freedom to grow in your life, your work, and your relationships as never before (with the dogs you are working for, and the people you are working with).

Does it bother you that the quality of life for most companion dogs in today's modern world results in them spending their days alone, bored and under-stimulated?

Have you struggled with...

  • Feeling uneasy about dogs being confined to small, crowded spaces, not being allowed to be "dogs."
  • Some dogs afraid to attend your daycare, hiding and looking scared?
  • Dog picking up bad habits or negative behaviors from other dogs?
  • High-energy dogs experiencing stress and "bouncing off the walls" because they have no outlet? 
  • Problem behaviors with some of your dogs, but you can't identify where the stress is coming from?


A culture of Enrichment changes everything!

    • Through purposeful engagement with your dogs (including games, activities, and play), you can feel good knowing that you're providing an environment where every dog has a meaningful life, and can express his or her individual needs in your care.
    • Say "goodbye" to illness outbreaks and frequent dog fights! As your team builds relationships with each dog, and follows a system of "Rules for Play", you will see your dogs engaging with one another in healthy, positive ways.
    • End frequent staff turnover, by creating a more structured approach, including a culture where your team members stick around because they look forward to each day's new challenges, and the personal growth they experience as they engage with the dogs and their teammates.

















    By observing and understanding their most important needs, I discovered a better way to engage dogs (and my team).

    It took an open mind and keen observation.

    Here's my story...

    Dear Friend,


    I was born and raised in Kenya, East Africa. My family and I moved to England when I was 14, and a year later we packed up to move to Florida (USA), where my home has been ever since.


    As a child, I was always very drawn to animals - all creatures. As I grew older, my love for birds, dogs, and elephants grew in particular.  


    I recall sitting on our rooftop with my favorite book, “The Field Guide to Birds of East Africa”, and watching the migratory birds fly overhead.  I quickly flicked through the pages to mark the birds I saw that particular season.


    My favorite family vacations were safaris. This is really where my love, respect, and appreciation for animals stems from. During those experiences, I took wildlife observation etiquette very seriously… and to this day, it has allowed me the opportunity to have some of the most profound experiences in documenting the relationship between humans and street dogs around the world.


    My childhood dream was to help prevent the extinction of elephants. Moving away from Kenya was one of the most troublesome segments of my life in more ways than one. Knowing I would not get that opportunity in the United States, I spent days, months, and years drawing from the precious experiences I was so lucky to have in my youth, so I could build a future that was just a little different than my childhood dream.


    I feel very strongly about wild animals, who have the need for space and roaming - being restricted in captivity. Through my research and fieldwork, the animals I've encountered have taught me a lot about what I know, teach, and apply as a dog trainer today.


    I have followed only two species (Homo Sapiens and Canines) through many forms of existence, documenting their relationships as collaborative and cooperative, in an attempt to better understand the abnormal, non-collaborative and non-cooperative forms of existence.


    I find dogs to be very fascinating. Their need for co-dependency has allowed them to be one of the few creatures who possess the ability, desire, and values (intrinsic and extrinsic) to endure the pressures that mankind imposes on wildlife, and still, they co-exist and cohabitate with us.


    There is so much that we can learn from the natural environments that animals choose to live in, and the conditions they seek to make them strongest in their efforts for survival. The lessons I have learned from these living beings shaped the creation of Doglando in 2003.


    Doglando is an enrichment campus for restricted canine companions. It is a place where dogs can truly "be dogs" and live a fruitful and purposeful  lifestyle.


    I had the vision of using the lessons that dogs can teach us in a multitude of ways. I am humbled by the impact that our educational programs (such as Camp Doglando, for youth, and Canine Enrichment LIVE, for dog professionals) have had on both Homo Sapiens and Canines. I am thrilled to invite you to join me in the next step of our own evolution as a learning organization.


    Canine Enrichment may be a new path, but it is not a new mission for me.


    Whether you found me through my work at Doglando, at my speaking engagements around the country in the dog industry, through our forest Kindergarten program ("A  Barefoot Village"), or through our Doglando Discovery Days, I welcome you to spend time at Doglando and evolve your vision through our strategically-designed, immersive learning experience.  


    Join me -  and the entire Doglando team -  as we create a tribe of change-agents who seek to “give life,” by creating a new future of enrichment, freedom, and growth for ALL living beings.


    Here’s why I am so excited about Canine Enrichment LIVE!


     As I look around, I believe that trends in the dog industry have really become out of control lately. It’s as though we have forgotten two things: 


    1. we are all living beings, and,

    2.  we are dealing with living beings.


    It’s time to go back to the basics. At the nucleus of Canine Enrichment, you will re-connect to the mammalian part of your brain to bring to life three basic fundamentals of leadership, the roots of all life-giving relationships: Trust, Honor, and Nature.


    I know that no one else is talking about Canine Enrichment in the same way… and I’m willing to take the risk of being the first to do so, because I know what this unexpected experience can create for you and for your team, your family, and the living beings in your world at large.  


    Here’s the thing: most leadership and business development programs are all about developing YOU - but when you learn to make it about you AND the way you are shaping the environment of the living beings in your care, you’ll see a HUGE difference in your team, your company’s culture, and the quality of your time.  


    What I am inviting you to experience is  a life-giving approach to doing business. It's a model of care that will allow you to play big in the most natural, and nature-inspired way.


    I look forward to sharing this journey with you!


    Yours in Enrichment,


    Why You Need Canine Enrichment is Clear

    Maybe, like so many of your colleagues... you've tried to piece together all kinds of "enrichment" tactics, activities, and games, yet you're still struggling to see a major impact, and you're not getting outcomes you desire. Instead you experience...

    • dogs appearing stressed and not very engaged

    • low staff morale, and high staff stress

    • some dogs bouncing off the walls with high energy, and no place to release it

    • and, an underlying feeling of frustration, because you know there has to be a better way...


    This leaves you seeking more - a deeper, more meaningful transformation in your life and your day-to-day business flow.

    People have been talking about enrichment for decades. Historically, the term "enrichment" was most commonly used in Zoos and Aquariums; places of captive living for wild animals. For decades, enrichment has been considered a small addition or change to the environment or conditions, that enhances the quality of life for animals in captivity.


    But that approach doesn’t result in a transformative, powerful living experience, especially when the dose of enrichment is not enough.


    At Doglando, we have been creating “enriching” experiences with the understanding of the term, NOT the way it reads in the dictionary:


    Enrichment - the action of improving or enhancing the quality or value of something.


    This definition is less than desirable wouldn’t you agree?  



    In pursuit of a stronger definition, Doglando’s main purpose was to understand the term "Enrichment" in a way that the behavior of interest can be:

    • Observable

    • Measurable

    • And everyone can remain Unambiguous in their observations and measurements


    The result, is our working definition of Enrichment:

    • "En" - a unit of width or measurement (used to measure performance)

    • "Rich" - abundance

    • "Ment" - expressing the means, or a result of a species-typical behavior (that is life-giving)


    With this working definition, you will find that identifying, implementing, and integrating our 8 Spheres of Enrichment framework is universally applicable to all living beings.  

    Your Environmental Design Impacts Your Outcome

    To create the outcomes you desire, you need to learn how to develop and shape your environment - for your dogs and your team.


    Environmental Shaping is very impactful, and results in one of two outcomes:

    • Destruction and Diminishment
    • Creation and Expansion


    Here’s the stark truth...

    Whether you or your team members are intentionally - or blindly - shaping the environment, every action and decision is shaping the environment, and will create a massive impact on how you, your team, and your clients, partners, and vendors will behave.


    Most leadership development/business development programs focus on the leader’s skills and character which don’t even reference the function of the environment on performance or behavior. 


















      Enrichment Changes Lives...

      Here's how we've Impacted the lives of dog professionals

      Elliott Rodgers

      Dog Daycare Owner

      Hunger Hill Dogs, UK

      "What's happening here [at Doglando] is, these dogs are being taught how to live their lives as dogs.


      What we were doing was working to an extent, but ...what we were able to do with the dogs and the freedom we could give them was being limited. 


      Whereas, everything we have learned here has shown us that there are ways to give them more and more and more freedom - as much freedom as possible!


      ...And it doesn't just stop at the dogs. The dogs are just the way into enriching the lives of the people that have the dogs. 


      It's just so much more than just what's going on with the dogs here..."



      Sue Sternberg

      Dog Behaviorist

      "I have to say, this has made my heart sing here..."


      Dog Daycare Owner

      "Teena puts her entire heart into what she does and is a great trainer for people as well as dogs! Everything she does is to enrich and enhance the lives of the dogs she works with. She is incredibly knowledgeable and was always willing to answer all of my questions."

      And Here's Exactly How It Works.

      In this groundbreaking, out-of-your-seat, immersive learning experience, you will join dog daycare owners who share a commitment to creating the freedom to grow, learn, and work - for themselves and their tribe - in radically-unique and generative ways.


      Together, we will spend 3 action-packed days exploring the world of Canine Enrichment through:

      • Curated tours of numerous indoor and outdoor environments for living beings of all kinds in Central Florida

      • Peer-Driven Learning Experiences

      • Immersion on the campus of a proven business, founded upon the VISION of Enrichment for all living beings.

      • Inclusion in the day-to-day experience of Doglando Team Members, including observations that span every detail of the successful business operation, plus Q&A Sessions and group debriefs.

      What Sets This Experience Apart

      Most importantly, you will forge life-long friendships with other like-minded dog daycare owners and industry leaders, who are committed to getting out of their seats (literally and figuratively), and living and leading in the rich freedom to grow.


      These people don’t see ANY reason to separate their personal growth and development, from their love for dogs and living beings, and their leadership AT ALL!! So imagine…..


      Who We Are


      Founder of Doglando,

      The World's 1st Canine Enrichment Center

      You will be hosted by Teena Patel, and a team of leaders in Canine Enrichment, who have 15 years of proven success in creating a radically unique environment for dogs AND for people. They are well-practiced in opening the doors to their “home” and welcoming like-minded leaders who want to infuse their own places of work, learning, and growth with the foundational principles of enrichment.

      Now, let’s walk you through, in detail,

      exactly what to expect at this training event.

      We'll explore...

      • How to identify and distinguish between the 8 Spheres of Enrichment, and an introduction to how they work in synergy as a system.

      • Immerse yourself in a deep sensory experience as you encounter new and unfamiliar habitats, and develop an awareness of Bio-Empathy: the ability to see things from nature's point of view, to understand, respect, and learn from nature's patterns.

      • Identify dysfunctional conditions in environments (those that limit species-appropriate behavior), and learn how to make an immediate difference in the lives of all beings in your care, through habitat and environmental design.

      • Learn what “Natural Environments” mean for animals held in captivity.

      • Measure the success of creating an environment that promotes physical enrichment and robust movement.

      • Identify challenges associated with stimulating mammals in captivity, and how to overcome them.

      • Observe the effects of the environment on different learners (including various species of animal).

      We'll explore...

      • An introduction to Doglando's philosophy, and how to create a team culture of enrichment.

      • Spend time observing and shadowing Doglando's Play Professors, as they work with our dogs.

      • Learn how to identifyassess, observe, and measure the effectiveness of interactions, experiences, and games and activities to create environments that are rich in stimuli that promote species-typical behaviors (behavior patterns that are normal, natural and allow the animal to thrive in nature).

      • Develop a working definition for what play is, and what play is not.
      • Learn how to engage your dogs more, via play and games and activities.
      • Distinguish the difference between constraints and true games.

      • Identify the nature of spontaneity and how it aligns with play.

      We'll explore...

      • The real WORKING Definition of Enrichment, and how you can apply the 8 Spheres of Enrichment to your facility's environment, and create a Team Culture of Enrichment.

      • Why Skill Building™️ is a necessary part of Enrichment, and how it can be used to advance individual dogs' learning and growth.

      • The criteria for measuring success in Skill Building™️.

      • What it’s like working on the inside of an organization that is committed to enrichment
      • How innovation and design thinking concepts can help you create new opportunities for your team and community to embrace Enrichment

      • Learn how to add value to your life and the lives of others in every moment, with the mindsets, practices, and skillsets, you currently inhabit

      • Gain clarity on your personal vision and intentions for transitioning to an enrichment center or model at your daycare or rescue shelter. 

      • Plan your path to Enrichment - for your dogs, your staff, your clients, and yourself!

      What stood out for you at Doglando?

      "This was huge in teaching me about Enrichment... I thought I knew a little bit, and I realized there was a whole lot more to learn, really going into depth... It has opened my eyes."

      Mary Frances

      Dog Daycare Owner

      "Just how different it is from daycare... and how different the dogs function - they seem to be enjoying themselves." 


      Ali Bradshaw

      Dog Daycare Owner, Washington


      Make 2021 the year you stop dreaming about it, and start DOING more of it!


      Join us at Canine Enrichment LIVE!


      Get on the Waitlist Now

      Dates TBD due to COVID-19

      If You Can Say "Yes" To Any Of These Questions,

      You’re A Perfect Fit For Canine Enrichment LIVE.

      Question #1: Are you looking to pour your soul into the work you do, and still have freedom, time, energy, and personal fulfillment?
      Question #2: Has the day-to-day challenge of managing and leading gotten in the way of living out your BIG WHY / Personal Vision?
      Question #3: Are you looking to find new pathways and companions on your journey of leading change?
      Question #4: Do you find that you’re much better at active learning and apprenticeship, than sitting in a chair listening to experts share their knowledge?




      If you can say YES to any of these questions, the good news is this: Canine Enrichment LIVE is perfect for you!


      Here’s why:


      You can’t expect your own leadership skills to make an impact on your organization without learning how to create the environmental conditions that the living beings around you require to reach their highest, and most fulfilling potential. And Canine Enrichment LIVE can show you how to do it.


      If you believe in investing in yourself and you’re curious about whether or not this program will create the impact you are seeking when you return to your daycare, you'll be happy to know that the entire program is designed with the end in mind - which is not what happens when you are with us, but rather what happens when you are with your team.


      And if you’re like MOST people, you find you’re better at working on developing yourself as a leader than developing the environment around you, and  that’s okay, too. The proven training we provide you at Canine Enrichment LIVE will be a life-saver!



      And the good news?

        Canine Enrichment LIVE

        After 3 action-packed days exploring the world of Canine Enrichment, you will...

        • Create an actionable plan for ENRICHMENT to shape your outcomes in Work AND in Life. 

        • Experience the power of a community that gathers for the purpose of creating a new future of enrichment, freedom, and growth for all living beings.

        • Discover a life-giving approach to doing business; and be immersed in a model that will allow you to play BIG in the most natural, and nature-inspired way.


        Join us at Canine Enrichment LIVE!


        Get on the Waitlist Now

        Dates TBD due to COVID-19

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                Not sure if Canine Enrichment LIVE is right for you?

                If you have any questions about our event, or if you'd like to know how it can support your vision, we invite you to a FREE Business Breakthrough Call with Teena Patel. Click below to schedule!


                This event is an active, out-of-your-seat, IMMERSIVE Experience!  


                Please note that:

                • There will be fieldtrips (and maybe even old school buses)

                • There will be playtime (and we have 6 acres to play in)

                • There will be messy, creative work taking place

                • Any fancy or even business casual clothes you wear to the event are subject to getting dirty or destroyed ( be comfortable every day!)

                • There will be deep dialogue and possible discomfort

                • There will be risk-taking

                • We are completely committed to your success!

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