BrynGraduationFor the past 18 months, Leslie Zelamsky, Obedience Manager, has raised Bryn, an assistance dog in training for Canine Companions for Independence. Especially for Pets proudly sponsored this very special puppy by donating all necessary supplies, food and training and collaborated with Framingham Animal Hospital who donated her veterinary care.

On May 13, Leslie brought Bryn back to the Canine Companions facility for advanced training. Bryn has now entered the third leg of her journey with the goal of graduating and being placed with a disabled person. She will undergo numerous health and temperament assessments and also begin her advanced training work. Read Leslie's last journal entry about the experience.

Acton EmployeesAre you energetic, positive and outgoing? Retail part-time help is needed in several of our stores. Applicants must have previous retail experience, be detail oriented and physically able to lift large bags of food and have a passion for animals. We offer an established, loyal clientele, employee discount and a friendly work environment. Opportunities for advancement are available for hard working individuals. Please complete an online employment application.

Mouse new RLRLast year, Baypath Humane Society received an Especially for Pets' Nail Clipping Grant. Thanks to these funds, Baypath was able to realize their dream of building a Real Life Room adjacent to the shelter.

Today, the Real Life Room serves many purposes. As a quiet space free from distractions, it is the ideal location for dog training. In this video, Baypath Humane Society’s Julie Wakstein demonstrates the positive training techniques she is using to teach new skills to Mouse—a lovely young dog who is awaiting a new home.

Using high-value treats, plenty of praise, and consistent training, she has taught Mouse new skills that will help her become a wonderful companion pet. See what else this smart cookie has learned!

Show Dont TellDo you want to learn how dogs communicate? Watch two dogs play. Is their means of communication verbal or physical? Canines communicate in an extremely physical way. Humans, primarily communicate through words. Words mean something to us, but to an untrained dog, they are initially background noise. Dogs respond to body language and physical presence. Your body language tells your dog a lot about how you view yourself and how you expect him to behave.

bennyWe are proud to share Dalana Bewley Huss' announcement about her dog Benny: "Thanks to the strong foundation received in Gail McCarthy's Nose Work classes over the 18 plus months, Benny just earned his United Kennel Club Advanced Interiors (AI) Nose Work title on February 7, 2016, in Whitmore Lake, MI. This title, plus the one he earned in Advanced Vehicles (AV) Nose Work at the November 20-23, 2015 UKC trials in Hutto, Texas, now make Benny the '2nd Most Multi-Titled UKC Dog in the History of the Breed!'