TamborFirstPicAt 11 weeks old, our Canine Companions puppy, Tambor, is already learning. Here is one of the methods his Puppy Raiser, Leslie Zelamsky, uses.

Do 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.  As humans, we primarily communicate through verbal conversation. Words mean something to us, but to a young puppy, they are initially background noise. Puppies 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.  

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Especially for Pets offers nail grooming in exchange for monetary donations to a local animal shelter or non-profit organization. Four different charities per year are chosen to be the recipient of these donations.

With the generous donation from Especially for Pets, this volunteer-led, non-profit, no-kill shelter can improve the comfort of their adoption room and the quality of life of their feline residents.

TamborCapeAt ten weeks old, our Canine Companions puppy, Tambor, is already learning. Here is a method Puppy Raiser, Leslie Zelamsky, uses.

If you are not prepared to make it happen, do not ask, or your puppy will learn to listen only part of the time. Consistency, clarity and follow through are the keys to getting your puppy to learn. NEVER repeat your commands. NEVER train without the tools you need such as treats, training collar, and leash. NEVER ask anything of your puppy unless you have the time and energy to follow through and make it happen.


MeetTamborThis little guy is on his way to changing someone's life and is currently under the love and care of his puppy raiser, Leslie Zelamsky, who is our director of Dog Training. Especially for Pets is proudly sponsoring Tambor for the next 18 months while he is raised by Leslie.

Tambor is sleeping through the night, adjusting to his crate and starting to learn some basic commands such as sit, down and shake (paw).

Tambor, who is the eighth puppy Leslie has raised for Canine Companions, has already been to a playgroup and his first Puppy Kindergarten class at our Training Academy in Sudbury. His favorite teacher is our Lead Trainer, Angela Nickerson. Angela has welcomed many of these special puppies into her classes. Her wonderful and sweet guidance has surely contributed to their success.


Bryn in TrainingSome of you might remember the Canine Companions for Independence puppy that we sponsored and was raised by our director of Dog Training, Leslie Zelamsky. It has been three months since Bryn entered Advanced Training at the Northeast Regional Training Center for Canine Companions for Independence in Medford, NY. At the end of every month, the puppy raisers get a report on how well their puppy is doing and what they are learning. I am pleased to write that Bryn's reports have been quite good. She has adjusted to her daily training routine, plays beautifully with the other dogs and is learning her commands very well.