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  • "We are currently enrolled in your Puppy Kindergarten and have purchased crates, food, toys, etc. over the past two months from your Acton store and have always been very impressed with your service and selection. I am so happy with my experience that I have recommended your store to friends with puppies. Definitely a more personalized and positive experience than shopping at the large chain stores." - Janet W
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Specialty Workshops

specialty2Classes 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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Greeting Manners
Does your friendly dog greet people with too much excitement? Does he jump up instead of politely sit when someone approaches him or comes into your home? This workshop will help you solve this common problem by teaching you to encourage your dog to remain seated and calm when he is approached for a greeting.

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
Sun 03/05/2017 Noon / 2 Weeks Acton $ 60.00 Lisa Forbes
Tue 03/07/2017 6:00pm / 2 Weeks Acton $ 60.00 Lisa Forbes

Greyhound Speciality
Congratulations on your very special adoption! Greyhounds are very intelligent, loyal and friendly dogs who thrive on love, attention and human companionship. Especially for Pets recognizes this and that is why we have designed this class to address the specific needs of retired greyhounds. The main goal is to develop a strong bond of trust between pet and owner using positive reinforcement. Our training philosophy is praise, focus and fun! This class will focus on basic obedience as well as some common issues associated with adopted greyhounds. Some of these issues include becoming a pack leader to your dog, socialization including other dog breeds, separation anxiety, sensitivity and how to develop confidence, and navigating the new environment, including stairs. Please, no dogs first class due to discussion length.

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
Sat 03/11/2017 1:00pm / 7 Weeks Westborough $ 185.00 Christine Macdonald

Newly Adopted Dog
Dogs who have been through the stresses associated with abandonment, neglect, multiple homes, lost or stray, and then finally brought into a shelter or rescue, have a very specific set of needs. This unique training opportunity is designed specifically to address their adjustment and transition, as well as the establishment of a positive relationship for these newly adopted dogs and their families. In contrast to traditional obedience classes, this program will focus on behavior adjustments, establishing clear communication and leadership, and creating a solid foundation for future learning. Our goal will be for families to have a clear understanding of their new dog's mental and emotional state during this transition period; from the first homecoming through the honeymoon period, and to also recognize the common pitfalls and mistakes new adopters often encounter. Classes will include in-depth discussion and problem solving, as well as hands-on training. This class is offered in cooperation with our shelter partners and is for dogs six months and over who have been adopted within three 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
Sat 03/11/2017 3:00pm / 2 Weeks Westborough $ 60.00 Christine Macdonald

Reliable Recall / Coming When Called
This class will focus on teaching your dog to come to you, no matter the distraction. Designed for dogs six months and over, you will learn how to build your dog’s DESIRE to come. We will focus on building positive associations towards this sometimes difficult command. As skills are built, distractions will be added and intensified. You will have weekly  “homework” that includes practicing skills outdoors. Your dog will even learn how to come from play with other dogs!

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
Sun 03/19/2017 10:00am / 2 Weeks Acton $ 60.00 Lisa Forbes