Specialty Workshops May/June 2020

Join us for some wonderful 2 week workshops with valuable skills to work on during this social distancing time at home! 

PREVENTING SEPARATION DISTRESS with Jill Haley Rose : Staying home with your dog for an extended period of time is wonderful, but it is important to remember how difficult it may be for your dog to transition back to a typical lifestyle of owners going back to school and work.  Join Jill as she explains and teaches some protocols and techniques to minimize stress when that transition time arrives. 

TRICK CLASS with Missy Kielbasa: Tricks are so much fun for both ends of the leash! Entertain your family and friends with a variety of skills you and your dog will learn in this mini session of our popular trick class. Because of the small class size, the tricks can be altered or added upon request. Typical tricks taught include, shake, high five, wave, weave, bow, roll over, sit pretty, and hoop.

HAPPY HANDLING with Elizabeth Depin: Do you have a dog who doesn't enjoy grooming, nail clipping, vet appointments, or having his ears cleaned? Elizabeth will go over techniques to help your dog happily participate in general husbandry skills and make your grooming, bathing, and vet appointments easier and less stressful for everyone. 

CATS CAN TRAIN TOO with Ashley Loehn: Do you have a cat who loves treats or tries to steal food from you? Does she love knocking things off of counters and chasing toys? Ashley will show you how to train a variety of behaviors and tricks with your social cat. Let your cat show everyone how smart she is with a brand new skill set! 

These workshops will all meet for 2 weeks at a cost of $50. Maximum class size is 4 teams per class. Time and day for each class will be determined once participants register so that we can  find a time that works for everyone interested.  Additional class times, and level 2 classes will be added by request. 



Dogs and Storks
with Jill Haley Rose, licensed presenter
Saturday TBD 2:00 - 4:00 pm 
$40/for 2 adults attending.

Preparing families with dogs for life with baby.

Having a baby is a life changing experience for everyone involved, including the family dog. If your dog has never spent significant time around babies, toddlers or young children, don’t wait until your baby comes home to discover potential problems. Preparing ahead will decrease stress and increase success!

Questions to consider:

  • How will your dog react to the sight and sounds of an infant wiggling and crying?
  • Does your dog have areas of his body he is sensitive towards being touched?
  • Has your dog ever exhibited possessive or guarding behaviors around food, bones, toys or sleeping locations?
  • Does your dog exhibit demanding behaviors such as barking for attention or climbing and pushing into you for petting?
  • Does your dog shadow you from room to room and become anxious when separated?
  • Has your dog exhibited any type of aggressive behaviors?
  • How does your dog react to visitors coming and going from your home?
  • Has your dog ever had any formal basic manners training?

These are just some of the things to consider when a new baby is on the way. Dogs and Storks is the first national program that prepares families with dogs for life with a new baby. Jill Haley Rose has been an approved Licensed Dogs & Storks Presenter for the past 9 years.

This workshop covers:

  1. preparing your dog before the baby arrives
  2. introducing your dog after the baby arrives
  3. reading your dog’s body language & recognizing signs of stress
  4. keeping everybody safe


Date to be determined

Dogs and Toddlers Workshop

FREE Workshop to celebrate Bite Prevention Month (May)  from 2:00 to 3:30 pm
Helping Families with Dogs and Toddler Age Children Create Safety and Harmony at Home.

with Jill Haley Rose, licensed presenter
As babies hit their developmental milestones, the family dynamics within the home will begin to change and may affect the family dog. We offer positive, practical, and fun solutions to address the challenges that often arise.

Recommended for parents with children between the ages of 3 months and 3 years.

  •   Important information for parents who have toddler age children.
  •   Answers to your questions about toddlers and safety.
  •   Advice about common trouble spots between dogs & toddlers in a home.
  •   Practical solutions and do-it-yourself techniques.

*Requires Preregistration - please see registration tab


PetSaver / Pet First Aid & CPR


 9:00 am to 3:00 or 6:00 pm depending on program choice
Westfield, Ma - at Sandy Meadow Farm

This is a valuable course for both pet owners and professionals with CEU's available to those who need them! 

All our Pet First Aid and CPR classes are approved for CEU's by many organizations including:

  • Massachusetts Certified Veterinarian Technicians
  • PSI
  • North Carolina Veterinary Board
  • Others

Don't see your organization listed for CEU's? Let us know and we will apply for you. 

Pet First Aid & CPR (Approximately 5 - 6 hours), 9am - 3 pm $80.00 (Part 1 below)

PetSaver (Approximately 8 hours)(9am - 6pm) : $110.00 ( Part 1, 2, and 3 below) 

1. Pet First Aid & CPR 

One of the most important and vital items you will learn in this class is the Snout -To-Tail assessment. This skill alone is worth the price of admission

Restraining and Muzzling

Primary Assessment

Rescue Breathing

Canine and Feline CPR

Choking Management

Snout-To-Tail Assessment

Assessing the Pet's Vitals


Insect Bites & Stings and snake bites

Heat & Cold Injuries


2. Caring For Your Senior Pet-izen 

Part of being a caring, conscientious, and responsible and loving pet owner includes helping the pet into its “golden years.” Medically speaking, “old age” for pets is considered a condition and not an illness or disease.  There are many preventative measures that you can do now to increase the quality and quantity of your pet’s life as they become “senior pet-izens.”  This course will teach you to create a lifestyle for your pet that minimizes the risk of illness, injury and disease and, at the same time, maximizes the quality of their life and your relationship with them.


3. Dental Care For Your Pets 

Your pet not having their teeth brushed for the first 3 years of their life is equivalent to you not seeing a dentist until you were about 20 years old.  Imagine what your mouth would look like, what it would smell like if you didn’t have any dental care for the first 20 years of your life!  This course will teach you how to properly brush your pets' teeth, how to recognize the signs of periodontal disease, the four stages of periodontal disease, and what you should do if you suspect your pet has periodontal disease.

Registration on the registration tab - copy and paste to an email. Payment due at workshop in cash or check or can be mailed ahead.