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Leslie, Manager Obedience Training

Leslie_TrainerLeslie has been with Especially for Pets since 1994. During this time, she has created and implemented a number of the educational programs offered at Especially for Pets. She is Especially for Pets' Obedience Manager and also helps to develop a variety of special, community based projects and events.

Leslie states that "working for Especially for Pets has been a pleasure and a privilege.” She feels that the company culture truly respects and encourages each employee bring their particular talents and interests to the table. As a result “this is why Especially for Pets is an industry leader in the retail sector and more importantly, a large contributor to humane and animal awareness."

Leslie’s personal canine passion is being a volunteer puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), which is a nationwide, non-profit organization that provides assistance dogs to people with disabilities, other than blindness. She has served as President for CCI's New England volunteer group. Currently, she is the Volunteer Trainer for New England-based puppy raisers. As volunteer puppy raisers, Leslie and her family train, socialize, care for and love one of these special puppies for the first 18 months of his life.  After this, the puppy enters advanced training with the goal of graduating and being placed with a disabled person. Leslie has had the honor of raising seven puppies for CCI; Lively, Zillah, Enzi, Titan, Bogie, Jason and Bryn.