×

Dogs have a training room they can bark about in Orange

  • Pet Groomer Celeste Barron gives Bella a trim at the Mount Tully Pet Hotel and Store. August 18, 2017. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz—Paul Franz

  • Owner Steve Drew waits on a customer in the pet supply store at the Mount Tully Pet Hotel and Store. August 18, 2017. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz—Paul Franz

  • Owner Steve Drew in the kennel at the Mount Tully Pet Hotel and Store. August 18, 2017. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz—Paul Franz

  • Owner Steve Drew shows some young customers a gecko at his pet supply store at the Mount Tully Pet Hotel and Store. August 18, 2017. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz—Paul Franz

  • Sharon Wachsler of At Your Service Dog Training works with Moxie in the new training room at the Mount Tully Pet Hotel and Store last month. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz



Recorder Staff
Thursday, September 28, 2017

ORANGE — Mount Tully Kennels Pet Hotel & Store can add a training room to its list of accommodations.

The grooming, boarding, and pet supply company at 138 Fryeville Road in Orange spent all winter creating a new dog training room and in June opened it to local trainers for classes. Store owner Steve Drew said the 800-square-foot refurbished space used to be filled with kennels and it now serves as the site for another service Drew had wanted to offer.

“It was kind of a fantasy of mine for, like, 10 years,” he said in the room, the smell of canine heavy in the air. “It’s been very well-taken. We’ve been filling some classes and getting a lot of interest.”

Wendell resident Sharon Wachsler, who owns At Your Service Dog Training, has begun offering training consultations and classes in the space. On a recent Monday, she spent some time there with Moxie, a 1-year-old female golden retriever owned by one of her clients. Wachsler demonstrated how training works in the new room, throwing around a tennis ball for Moxie and issuing commands. Wachsler gave Moxie treats for a job well done while practicing stationing, or training that often entails a piece of cloth and is used to teach an animal to come to a stop in a predetermined spot.

“How about some freeze-dried turkey?” she asks Moxie before stationing. “What do you think?”

The room sports a rubber floor, which Wachsler said is best for the joints of both dogs and humans. Drew said the handful of lockers in the back corner came from the Greenfield YMCA, which recently had some renovation work done.

Wachsler and Moxie typically have in-home lessons but both seemed to enjoy the new training room just beyond the grooming station.

“I love it. It’s great. I’m really impressed, because when I saw it before it had been transformed, I’m not good at visualizing those kinds of things, but it’s been fantastic,” Wachsler said in the room that can accommodate up to six dogs per class. “It’s a really good size.”

She also said the room does not produce much echo, which makes it easier to communicate with the dogs.

Drew said he has no idea how much the project cost him — he’s just excited to have the space available to local small businesses.

He created the room through sheetrocking and painting, updating heat and lighting, installing the new rubber floor and removing walls.

“I just pecked away at it. … I can figure it out, and I just haven’t,” he said. “It’s more about getting the Moxies and the Sharons in here, working. That was my goal.”

For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/2hcnbtc or contact Wachsler at Sharon@atyourservicedogtraining.com or 978-544- 8674.

A complete list of classes is available from Mount Tully Kennels Pet Hotel & Store. Call 978-575-0614 or visit http://bit.ly/2wqmi79 or check out the company’s Facebook page.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com
or 413-772-0261, ext. 258.
On Twitter: @DomenicPoli