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Puppy

puppy

Classes are continuously being added to our schedule. Online updates are made as quickly as possible, however, we suggest checking directly with the individual store location for the most up-to-date information. Prerequisites serve as a guide for proper placement. For more information, please see the Placement Chart or speak to an Especially for Pets' sales associate or trainer.

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Beginner Primer

Prerequisite: None

Family Agility (6 Months & Over)
Looking for a fun, new activity for the whole family to enjoy? Bring the family together in this safe and fun environment. No one will be bored during this upbeat and fast moving class. Your kids will love directing their dog through, over and under various obstacles. Your dog will build confidence and learn to take direction from the whole family. Everyone will be encouraged to work together to teach the dog while learning the rules for safety and positive, gentle, handling skills. As everyone progresses, we will practice sharing responsibility and taking turns, as well as team work. Family Agility will provide the opportunity for children to learn how their actions and attitudes can have an impact on their dog. Through kindness and compassion, they will take pride in their progress and success.

Prerequisite: None

Puppy 911
Did you just get a puppy? Is he fussing in his crate, nipping at your kids or having housebreaking problems? Have you signed up for a Puppy Kindergarten class but waiting for it to begin?

This private, at-home service will help you and your new puppy get off to a great start. One of our professional trainers will visit you in your home and help produce a customized plan for your family and puppy. We will help you assimilate your puppy into your unique lifestyle and make your puppy's transition easier. During an in-depth discussion regarding puppy behavior, you will learn how your actions can influence your puppy's success. We will also discuss housebreaking, crate training, fair pack leadership and more! Puppy 911 is especially beneficial for the client who wants or needs more guidance in their home environment. Topics include how to shape wanted behaviors such as coming when called, proper play, proper interaction with children and housebreaking. You will also learn how to prevent undesirable behaviors such as nipping, jumping, destructive behavior, barking and fussing at night. For puppies up to 16 weeks old. The cost of a one-hour session is $85. To schedule an appointment, email Leslie Zelamsky, Obedience Manager.

Please note: One of our professional dog training instructors will provide this service. In order to qualify for this special discounted rate, the appointment must be made with Leslie Zelamsky. Discounted rate is limited to two hours of service. Subsequent private lessons and fees are arranged between the client and their trainer of choice.

Prerequisite: None

Puppy Kindergarten
We provide a holistic approach to training your dog and believe that a well-designed Puppy Kindergarten class should include a solid foundation in lure/reward based training while addressing all aspects of raising a well mannered, happy and confident puppy. Our Puppy Kindergarten class compliments the American Kennel Club’s S.T.A.R.sm Puppy Program which promotes socialization, training, activity and responsible ownership. Puppies will learn to play appropriately with other dogs as well as basic commands such as sit, down, come, stay and leash etiquette. You will learn how to discourage unwanted behaviors such as jumping and excitable greetings. In addition, you will learn training theory, puppy care and how to be a responsible member of the dog owning community. All of our seven-week Puppy Kindergarten classes will include an optional S.T.A.R. Puppy evaluation and certification. Puppies should receive a minimum of one set of vaccines at least seven days prior to attending the first class and a first de-worming, and should be kept up-to-date on vaccines throughout the class. If you have any questions or concerns about your puppy's vaccine status, please consult your veterinarian or visit www.AVSABonline. For dogs ten weeks to five months.

Prerequisite: None

Classes are continuously being added to our schedule. Online updates are made as quickly as possible, however, we suggest checking directly with the individual store location for the most up-to-date information.
Start Date Time/Duration Location Price Trainer
Thu 12/08/2016 6:00pm / 7 Weeks Wayland $ 150.00 Marita Everhart
Mon 12/12/2016 5:00pm / 7 Weeks Sudbury $ 150.00 Breanna Leonard
Wed 01/04/2017 5:00pm / 7 Weeks Acton $ 150.00 Lisa Forbes
Sat 01/07/2017 10:00am / 7 Weeks Westborough $ 150.00 Christine Macdonald
Sun 01/08/2017 10:00am / 7 Weeks Canton $ 150.00 Breanna Leonard
Mon 01/09/2017 7:00pm / 7 Weeks Wayland $ 150.00 Marita Everhart
Tue 01/10/2017 9:30am / 7 Weeks Acton $ 150.00 Christine Macdonald
Wed 01/11/2017 7:00pm / 7 Weeks Medway $ 150.00 Marita Everhart
Wed 01/11/2017 5:00pm / 7 Weeks Westborough $ 150.00 Amy Schuller
Sat 01/14/2017 10:30am / 7 Weeks Wayland $ 150.00 Katie Olenio
Sat 01/14/2017 9:00am / 7 Weeks Canton $ 150.00 Dave Flahive
Sat 01/14/2017 9:00am / 7 Weeks Acton $ 150.00 Amy Schuller
Tue 01/17/2017 10:30am / 7 Weeks Wayland $ 150.00 Janice Ritter
Wed 01/18/2017 10:00am / 7 Weeks Westborough $ 150.00 Janice Ritter
Sun 01/22/2017 4:00pm / 7 Weeks Medway $ 150.00 Marita Everhart
Tue 01/24/2017 5:00pm / 7 Weeks Canton $ 150.00 Breanna Leonard
Mon 01/30/2017 6:00pm / 7 Weeks Acton $ 150.00 Amy Schuller

Puppy Kindergarten / Children's Supplement
If you are currently enrolled in one of our Puppy Kindergarten classes and have children, they are welcome to join our supplemental children's sessions. This one-hour workshop is exclusively designed for younger family members and their puppies. In addition to practicing the hands-on training during Puppy Kindergarten class, we will also introduce additional handling that is targeted just for children. This will help support their efforts in becoming a leader rather than a "sibling.” Your children will feel more in control which will result in increased comfort level, as they are more able to interact with and understand their puppy. Basic techniques will help prevent jumping, mouthing, and other unwanted behaviors. Children under the age of ten must be accompanied by parent or adult.

Prerequisite: None

Puppy Kindergarten / S.T.A.R. Puppy
We provide a holistic approach to training your dog and believe that a well-designed Puppy Kindergarten class should include a solid foundation in lure/reward based training while addressing all aspects of raising a well mannered, happy and confident puppy. Our Puppy Kindergarten class compliments the American Kennel Club’s S.T.A.R.sm Puppy Program which promotes socialization, training, activity and responsible ownership. Puppies will learn to play appropriately with other dogs as well as basic commands such as sit, down, come, stay and leash etiquette. You will learn how to discourage unwanted behaviors such as jumping and excitable greetings. You will also learn training theory, puppy care and how to be a responsible member of the dog owning community. All of our seven-week Puppy Kindergarten classes include an optional S.T.A.R. Puppy evaluation and certification. Puppies should receive a minimum of one set of vaccines at least seven days prior to attending the first class and a first de-worming, and should be kept up-to-date on vaccines throughout the class. If you have any questions or concerns about your puppy's vaccine status, please consult your veterinarian or visit www.AVSABonline. For dogs ten weeks to five months.

Prerequisite: None