Tambor3Volunteer puppy raisers provide specially-bred puppies a safe and loving home, take them to obedience classes, provide them with a healthy diet and socialization opportunities, and give them lots of love for the first 18 months of their lives. Ultimately these puppies will learn how to retrieve items from the floor, open doors, turn light switches on and off, open and close drawers and pull a wheelchair.

Leslie Zelamsky is not only our full time director of Dog Training at Especially for Pets but also a longtime puppy raiser and advocate for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI). She recently spoke to The MetroWest Daily News about her rewarding experiences working with future assistance dogs.

Max with ballLast year, Sally Harper’s grandmother was hospitalized and she became responsible for the care of her West Highland Terrier, Chelsea. As a writer for a small senior care site, Sally felt it important to cover this topic and was kind enough to share it with the Especially for Pets’ community. We hope this information is helpful for you and/or your loved ones.

SalespersonwithcustomerOur Personal Shopping service offers new dog owners a one-on-one, highly personalized service with one of our canine professionals to discuss and make recommendations regarding training, diet, health, toys and equipment. This complimentary service is offered by appointment only, Tuesday through Saturday, exclusively at our Wayland store. Please call 508/647-6923.

DaySchool1When we opened our Day School doors in December, we had no idea it would be such a huge hit! Join us on Saturday, April 22 from 1:00 to 4:00pm to meet our trainers, tour the facility and learn how the Day School can provide a comprehensive training and socialization experience for your canine companion. All attendees will be automatically entered into a raffle to win a free full day! While we do offer Day School for certain reactive dogs, please bring your dogs only if they are friendly. We will have activities and treats for them to enjoy!

Bodhi'My puppy Bodhi has attended the Sudbury Day School at Especially for Pets since the launch of the program, and we absolutely LOVE it. The program is exceptionally well designed, tailored to our specific needs and very creative. All of the trainers are wonderful. We have worked primarily with Breanna and Leslie and I cannot say enough about both of them--they both put their whole heart into this work, their devotion and love for the animals are obvious, and in terms of skill, they are absolutely amazing! We feel very fortunate to be a part of this program and cannot recommend it strongly enough.' -- Anna & Bodhi