All classes are held at our studio in Blue Hill, unless otherwise stated.
All classes are dog-friendly and safe, meaning we will never use methods that incorporate the use of fear, force, pain, alpha rolls, prong, choke, or shock collars. Class size is small between, 4-6 dogs and all family members (including kids!) are encouraged to attend. We only use the most up-to-date, scientifically proven and humane methods to train you and your dog as efficiently as possible!
Because of our small class size, classes fill quickly, so register as soon as possible by stopping into the studio, or by calling 207-659-9547. Class payment is required at the time of registration. Without a registration form and class payment, we cannot hold a spot in class. You may withdraw from a class and receive a refund (minus a $25 handling fee) any time up until 10 days before the first class. After that, your registration fee is non-refundable. If you would like to observe a class or learn more about our philosophy before registering, please call 207-659-9547.
We are so excited to offer FREE Puppy Club classes to all Blue Hill/Ellsworth area new puppy parents! This class has a focus on socialization, crucial at this age in preventing fear and related problems down the road, as well as helping you trouble shoot common puppy problems (puppy teeth, anyone?!) Puppy Club is offered on a drop-in basis, for dogs 8-16 weeks old, and you can attend as many classes as you want in that time period!
Although this class is free, registration IS REQUIRED. Only 6 spots available per class each week. If you register and cancel within 24 hours of class or do not show up, you will be placed on a waiting list for the following week. Please do not register for a class unless you are committed to attending.
Classes held each week: Thursdays at 5:30pm
Starting March 9th, Saturdays at 9:30am
Tired of feeling like you’re at the other end of a dog sled team? Want to be able to take your dog to the farmers market without them jumping all over everyone? Need to figure out how to get your dog to come when you really need him to? Manners 1 is the class for you! For dogs 4 months and older, this class will help you and your dog work as a team to conquer the big struggles of having an adolescent dog.
Class meets for six weeks, first week without dogs. Cost $155.
- Tuesday, January 8th at 5:00pm FULL
- Wednesday, January 9th at 11:00am FULL
- Saturday, January 12th at 1:00pm FULL
- Wednesday, January 16th at 5:00pm FULL
- Wednesday, January 16th at 6:15pm FULL
- Wednesday, February 20th at 11:00am (one spot)
- Saturday, February 23rd at 1:00pm
- Tuesday, February 26th at 6:15pm
- Friday, March 8th at 12:00pm
- Tuesday, April 9th at 6:30pm
- Saturday, April 20th at 10:30am
Taking your basic obedience skills to the next level. Including mat training, walk away, drop it, focus work, leave it, heeling and adding distance and distractions to your obedience cues. Must have completed Manners 1 course for entrance (or by instructor permission).
Class meets for five weeks. Cost $155.
- Tuesdays, January 8th at 6:15pm FULL
- Wednesdays, January 16th at 12:30pm FULL
- Tuesday, February 19th at 5:00pm
- Wednesday, February 27th at 12:30pm
- Wednesday, April 10th at 12:00pm
- Tuesday, April 16th at 5:15pm
Canine Good Citizen Prep
The AKC’s Canine Good Citizen Program is designed to recognize dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. This program stresses responsible dog ownership for owners and training and good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10 step CGC test may receive a certificate and their first official title from the AKC. The class will prepare you to take the (optional) test at the end. Manners 1 & 2 required for entrance to class (or by instructor approval.)
Covered in class:
-Sit and down on cue and staying in place
-Coming when called
-Accepting a friendly stranger
-Appearance and grooming
-Walking on a loose leash
-Walking through a crowd
-Reaction to another dog
-Reaction to distractions
-Sitting politely for petting
Class meets for six weeks. Cost $155.
- Thursday, January 10th at 6:30pmFULL
- Wednesday, February 27th at 6:30pm
- Saturday, March 16th at 2:15pm
- Wednesday, April 17th at 6:30pm
Let’s get your dog learning some cool new skills! Class will be tailored to the individuals in it and what tricks they already know (so everyone’s learning something new!) Tricks might include: take a bow, sit pretty, crawl, roll over, hoop jump, play dead, go to sleep, perch, wipe your nose, back up and more! We’ll use luring, shaping, and rewarding to teach your dog new things. The last week of class you’ll also have an opportunity to earn the AKC Trick Dog (Novice and Intermediate) titles! Manners 1 required for entrance to class (or by instructor approval.)
Class meets for six weeks. Cost $130.
- Saturdays, January 12th at 11:45am
For dogs who have completed the introductory tricks class or who already have their AKC (or DMWYD) Novice and Intermediate tricks titles. In this class we’ll work towards learning the tricks on the Advanced Trick List found here.
Class meets for five weeks. Cost $130.
- Saturday, April 20th at 1:00pm
Is your dog having a hard time feeling safe in the world? Did she miss that early socialization period? Lacking confidence or scared around new people/dogs/objects? This class is designed just for dogs who are nervous in new situations, to help them grow confidence and learn that the world is a safe and fun place.
Class meets for 5 weeks. Cost $145
- Saturdays, January 12th at 10:30am FULL
Field Trip Class
Take your skills to the next level and on the road! Do you want to be able to take your dog more places? Each week we will meet in a different dog-friendly business between Ellsworth and Blue Hill to practice your skills and help your dog learn to focus on you around lots of different real-world distractions. For dog and human friendly dogs who have completed at least Manners 1 class.
Class meets for 3 weeks. Cost $95
- Saturday, February 23rd at 11:00am
- Saturday, March 16th at 11:00am
Really Salty Dogs
Struggling with getting your dog’s attention? Does your dog have little focus or self control around other dogs or new people? Does she know recall or stay but struggles when there are distractions around? This class will build on this skills your dog learned in Manners class and help her develop the self control necessary to take your training to the next level. This class is for dogs 5 months and older, who have completed another Salty Dogs class, or by instructor permission.
Class meets for 4 weeks. Cost $130
- Wednesday, February 27th at 5:15pm
- Wednesday, March 13th at 5:15pm
Maybe our most fun class, focusing all on that super important skill: getting your dog to come when called. We will teach you how to convince your dog that *you* are the coolest thing outside. Class will involve many different strategies and skills to get your dog excitedly running to you when you call. Recommended after Manners 1 or private training.
Class meets for 4 weeks. Cost $130
- Wednesday, April 10th at 5:30pm
Have some training under your belt but STILL getting pulled down the road? In this three week class, you will learn how to: get and keep your dog’s attention, hold your leash so that your dog can’t pull you off your feet, use equipment to help with training, reinforce your dog effectively, and maneuver around distractions. No choke, prong, or shock collars will be used. This class is not for reactive dogs. Freedom Harnesses are recommended for big pullers, give us a call or stop in during office hours if you’d like to get your dog fitted for one.
Class meets for 3 weeks. Cost $110
- Saturday, April 20th at 12:00pm