Crabtree Canine Enrichment and Training Centre, The Warren, Crowborough, TN6 1UB

Crabtree Canine Enrichment is a very special place that has been set up for dogs of all breeds and ages. It is situated just outside of Crowborough in East Sussex.

It has been created with many things in mind, in particular to encourage dogs to do things they really enjoy, in a natural environment. 

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Why visit Crabtree Enrichment Centre?

Crabtree is an area where dogs can explore and feel safe. It is widely known that sniffing helps to reduce stress levels in dogs. Therefore, enrichment is proving to be one of the most important things that we can do for our dogs, especially if they are anxious and/or are suffering from various physical or behavioural problems.

At Crabtree, dogs get the opportunity to make full use of their specialised senses. The area is situated away from both noise and pollution, as we all know dogs see the world through their noses.

A range of enrichment areas also help dogs to develop more awareness of their bodies, through proprioceptive activities, which is particularly beneficial for puppies and senior dogs.

Finally, individual appointments ensure that your dog will have room to explore on his own, which will have a calming effect. This is especially important for reactive or newly rehomed dogs.

Other benefits of canine enrichment include:

  • Helps to keep dogs’ brains young; 

  • Helps dogs to become more independent; 

  • Reduces stress levels and helps to encourage calm interactions; 

  • Helps boost confidence through making choices as they move around the area. 

Will all dogs benefit from a visit?

Yes, they will!  All breeds and ages are welcome at Crabtree, but enrichment can be especially beneficial for:


  • Dogs receiving palliative care; 

  • Those recovering from illness and/or surgery;* 

  • Dogs that can’t cope with human or canine interaction; 

  • Puppies and senior dogs with restricted or limited mobility; 

  • Reducing stress levels in recently rescued or rehomed dogs; 

  • Those with problem behaviours including anxiety and reactivity.

*Pennie is also a canine therapist and can help you formulate a plan to assist your dog's rehabilitation.

Cost: Fully loaded enrichment sessions, £25.00 ... For other services, please contact Pennie

Please note: 

Crabtree can be used as a base for many of Pennie's other services. Please see below for more details.
- Sessions are by appointment only, and will be held under the guidance of Pennie herself.

- All dogs must wear a well-fitting and comfortable harness.

- A long NON-EXTENDING lead of approx 2 metres must be worn at all times. This is non-negotiable.

- To gain maximum benefit, dogs should be allowed to make their own choices and discover things at their own pace. 

- Owners are encouraged to limit the amount of talking, to promote full absorption into the environment.

- We do NOT condone aversives of any kind. As such, clickers and anti-pull harnesses are not permitted.

Other services available at Crabtree :- 


  • Behavioural Consultations - It is often beneficial to discuss problem behaviours in a quiet, stress free, neutral space, away from the home environment.

  • Canine Bowen Therapy - Bowen is a gentle, hands on therapy which can be useful for both physical ailments (eg. reducing pain and promoting recovery after operations) and mental issues (eg. reducing stress and anxiety). 

  • One-to-One Training Sessions - Being private and secluded, Crabtree makes the ideal location for one-to-one training sessions, allowing dogs to both relax and focus. This also makes it the perfect environment for reactive dogs. Enrichment and exploring can be very helpful when resolving anxiety issues around other dogs by building confidence. The biggest benefit is in knowing that there will be no other dogs in the area which can help reduce anxiety in a non-threatening outside area.

  • Puppy Development Sessions - Curiosity should be encouraged in puppies as it helps them to learn about their world. Crabtree offers a safe area for for puppies to explore, either individually or as part of a social session.

  • Talks & Demos - Follow our Facebook page for upcoming events.

More information on all these services can be found on this website. Alternatively, please feel free to contact Pennie for more details.