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  • “I asked Lib where can I find the bitter apple spray, and I told her that our ex vet suggested using Right Guard deodorant spray to deter out furbabies from nibbling on cords. Needless to say, she was SHOCKED, as was the woman behind the register. You should have a rating of 10+, because I was treated so wonderfully. Really. Ben and I have two furbabies, and right now Ms. Lucy is quite ill, and happily she is turning the corner. The sales people in your store CARE, and in today's world where everyone is RUSHING TO GO NOWHERE. I was treated with such kindness and respect. You guys have soooo many wonderful things; so much better than Petco, and some other pet store that is in Waltham.” - Dineece J.
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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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Confidence Builder
Does your dog worry? Is he nervous when meeting other dogs, around new people, noises or places? This class is designed to give you training tools and techniques to help bolster your dog's confidence in himself and in you. Through thoughtful handling and communication, gentle exposure, obstacles and activities, we will help you help your dog.

This class is specifically for shy, nervous or under socialized dogs who could benefit from a calm environment and no stress opportunities to interact and build positive experiences and associations. This is not an obedience training class, but rather a collection of activities and behavior modification exercises with targeted discussions to help families of shy dogs understand how to increase their pup’s confidence and sociability. It is not designed for dogs displaying aggressive, loud or unruly behavior. Although these can be signs of nervousness, if your dog is reacting aggressively, please see our training opportunities that specifically address that behavior. 

Prerequisite: None

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
Tue 10/04/2016 2:00pm / 2 Weeks Sudbury $ 50.00 Angela Nickerson
Tue 10/18/2016 2:00pm / 2 Weeks Sudbury $ 50.00 Angela Nickerson

Play & Train
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.
Start Date Time/Duration Location Price Trainer
Tue 09/27/2016 11:00am / 1 Hour Sudbury $ 25.00 Angela Nickerson