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  • "Especially for Pets has staff who know their products and are well versed in the variety of foods they offer for sale. They are also very rescue friendly hosting events in their store and offering discounts for folks who adopt animals from shelters and rescues." - Lisa K.
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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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Fun & Games
This class is designed to showcase a variety of today’s popular canine sports and activities that you can enjoy with your canine companion. We will focus on the sport of Agility with introductions to Fly ball, Rally, Tricks and more. Find out what activities you and your dog enjoy the most and perhaps want to further pursue. This class is based on positive reinforcement and the goal is to enhance the communication between dog and handler and to enjoy the time spent together. This class is appropriate for any age dog that is well socialized, responsive to his handler and controllable around 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 including 'no class' dates.
Start Date Time/Duration Location Price Trainer
Thu 10/26/2017 4:00pm / 4 Weeks Newton $ 110.00 Jaye Ward
Sun 10/29/2017 4:00pm / 4 Weeks / No Class 11/5 Newton $ 130.00 Jaye Ward

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 including 'no class' dates.
Start Date Time/Duration Location Price Trainer
Wed 10/25/2017 5:00pm / 2 Weeks Acton $ 60.00 Lisa Forbes
Wed 11/08/2017 7:00pm / 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 including 'no class' dates.
Start Date Time/Duration Location Price Trainer
Sat 10/14/2017 1:00pm / 4 Weeks Westborough $ 110.00 Christine Macdonald

Loose Leash Walking & Equipment Workshop
Do you walk your dog or does your dog walk you? Are there so many different equipment choices and opinions that you don't know where to start? Struggling with leash control is a very common problem, but it doesn't have to be! This workshop will help you find the right, individualized, most effective equipment and teach you the appropriate techniques to help you better communicate with and control your dog. We will demonstrate and discuss a variety of training tools and help you choose the best option for you and your dog, and ensure the equipment is fit properly and you are well versed in how to use it. We will work with you and your dog to help establish good handling and to teach your dog how to walk politely. It will soon become a pleasure, not a chore, to walk your dog.

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 including 'no class' dates.
Start Date Time/Duration Location Price Trainer
Wed 10/25/2017 5:00pm / 2 Weeks Newton $ 60.00 Jaye Ward
Wed 11/08/2017 5:00pm / 2 Weeks Acton $ 60.00 Lisa Forbes

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 including 'no class' dates.
Start Date Time/Duration Location Price Trainer
Wed 10/25/2017 1:30pm / 2 Weeks Newton $ 60.00 Jaye Ward
Wed 10/25/2017 7:00pm / 2 Weeks Acton $ 60.00 Lisa Forbes

Play & Train (6 Months & Over)
This class is a combination of our popular fun playgroup and the skills taught in our more advanced classes. It will be primarily off lead and alternate between play, commands and behavior-based training. We will practice initial control and appropriate greeting when meeting another dog; appropriate and fun play, disengaging from play; and responding to a variety of commands including recalls, attention and stays. It is intended for dogs that already have a working knowledge of basic commands whose handler would like to take the next step to off lead training while giving their dog the opportunity to exercise and play in a safe, indoor environment. Dogs must be non-aggressive and well socialized with other dogs.

Prerequisite: None

Play & Train (6 Months & Under)
This class is a combination of our popular fun playgroup and the skills taught in our more advanced classes. It will be primarily off lead and alternate between play, commands and behavior-based training. We will practice initial control and appropriate greeting when meeting another dog; appropriate and fun play, disengaging from play; and responding to a variety of commands including recalls, attention and stays. It is intended for dogs that already have a working knowledge of basic commands whose handler would like to take the next step to off lead training while giving their dog the opportunity to exercise and play in a safe, indoor environment. Dogs must be non-aggressive and well socialized with other dogs.

Prerequisite: None

Play & Train (All Ages)
This class is a combination of our popular fun playgroup and the skills taught in our more advanced classes. It will be primarily off lead and alternate between play, commands and behavior-based training. We will practice initial control and appropriate greeting when meeting another dog; appropriate and fun play, disengaging from play; and responding to a variety of commands including recalls, attention and stays. It is intended for dogs that already have a working knowledge of basic commands whose handler would like to take the next step to off lead training while giving their dog the opportunity to exercise and play in a safe, indoor environment. Dogs must be non-aggressive and well socialized with other dogs.

Prerequisite: Graduate Puppy or Intermediate

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 including 'no class' dates.
Start Date Time/Duration Location Price Trainer
Sun 10/15/2017 5:00pm / 1 Hour Newton $ 30.00 Jaye Ward
Tue 10/17/2017 1:30pm / 1 Hour Newton $ 30.00 Jaye Ward
Wed 10/18/2017 6:00pm / 1 Hour Newton $ 30.00 Jaye Ward
Thu 10/19/2017 3:00pm / 1 Hour Newton $ 30.00 Jaye Ward
Tue 10/24/2017 1:30pm / 1 Hour Newton $ 30.00 Jaye Ward
Wed 10/25/2017 6:00pm / 1 Hour Newton $ 30.00 Jaye Ward
Wed 10/25/2017 Noon / 4 Weeks Sudbury $ 110.00 Angela Nickerson
Thu 10/26/2017 3:00pm / 1 Hour Newton $ 30.00 Jaye Ward
Sun 10/29/2017 5:00pm / 1 Hour Newton $ 30.00 Jaye Ward
Tue 10/31/2017 1:30pm / 1 Hour Newton $ 30.00 Jaye Ward

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 including 'no class' dates.
Start Date Time/Duration Location Price Trainer
Thu 10/26/2017 6:00pm / 2 Weeks Newton $ 60.00 Jaye Ward

Tricks
Tricks is a great way to make training extra fun for you and your dog! This class will use multiple positive reinforcement training methods to teach your dog fun tricks such as paws up, spin, crawl, hold, hand signals and more. Plus this class will give your dog the skills he needs to earn his official AKC® Novice Trick Dog title and can be earned during the class for no additional fee! Great for the whole family, this lighthearted class will exercise your dog's brain while providing smiles for all!

Prerequisite: Graduate 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 including 'no class' dates.
Start Date Time/Duration Location Price Trainer
Tue 10/10/2017 2:30pm / 4 Weeks Acton $ 110.00 Christine Macdonald
Sat 10/14/2017 2:00pm / 4 Weeks Westborough $ 110.00 Christine Macdonald
Wed 10/25/2017 1:00pm / 7 Weeks Westborough $ 185.00 Janice Ritter

Prerequisite: None