CratedpupMany books and articles have been written about the benefits of housebreaking by using a crate. Primarily they discuss the importance of scheduling and what size crate to use. But there are many reasons why a crate should be used during and beyond housebreaking and if used appropriately, a crate will become your primary tool and a safe place where your dog can relax and feel secure.

One of the basic rules for raising a puppy is to introduce new things gradually and positively. This is especially true for the puppy's introduction into his crate.   

womanpuppyA wonderful way to encourage a young puppy to become a well-mannered adult dog is to catch him doing something right and letting him know. We do this by 'marking' the behavior. Marking a behavior that you like and want to encourage is easy! Just give praise and a treat! Doing so will encourage him to repeat behaviors that you like. Here are some examples of wanted behavior to positively mark on a regular basis. 

Rymsza Print 1Children and pets are welcome on Saturday, April 1 from Noon to 4:00pm in Medway! Photos will be taken courtesy of Erin Mathieu and all proceeds will go directly to Dog Orphans Humane Society. Three packages will be available, each for $20. All pets must be leashed or crated for safety. No appointment necessary.

TamborArtGalleryCanine Companions puppy Tambor is now seven months old and is beginning to do more work in public situations. When a CCI puppy is six months old, the puppy raiser begins the slow and steady process of acclimating the puppy to all types of social situations. It is important that service dog puppies are comfortable and well behaved in public. So far, Tambor has been to a few restaurants, supermarkets and retail stores. He has done very well. In this photo, he accompanied me to an art exhibition reception. He was well received by everyone and was a calm and happy addition to the festivities. As Tambor matures, so will the intensity of his public outings. 

I am so lucky to be able to bring Tambor to work with me where he gets to enjoy playtime in our new Day School in Sudbury. He loves to 'party' with his class mates! Tambor is particularly good at adjusting his play style to any dog. He loves to rough it with the big guys but is also a gentle friend to a three pound Yorkie.

It gives us great pleasure in honoring two 2016 employees of the year, Shannon Casey and Niheeta Dalvi!

ShannonEOTYShannon Casey in Sudbury has been an esteemed employee of Especially for Pets for three years and has continually shown sincere dedication to the company and our customers. Last spring she took on great responsibility by running day-to-day operations while management was on leave. Shannon enthusiastically took on important tasks such as ordering and scheduling and payroll while maintaining outstanding customer service and strong leadership for fellow employees.