Advanced & Specialty Classes


Leash Walking Clinic

It was all fine when your dog was a tiny puppy but now they don’t seem to know their size and strength?  Neighborhood strolls are challenging because they pull so hard you almost trip? Hiking in Acadia might seem out of question since you know you’ll be yanked off the trail after a squirrel?

Know that you’re not alone. This frustration plays out for so many people when they walk their dogs. If you’re interested in helping your dog develop good leash manners that will take the stress out of daily walks and outings, we’ll share everything you need to know and implement to walk calmly on a loose leash. Along with loose-leash walking we will cover leash handling skills, focus games you can take on the road, and relaxing in public spaces. This class will run for 3 weeks and is suitable for both puppies over 4 months and older dogs. This class is offered with rolling admission so you can join us at any time throughout the summer! We currently require dogs to have completed Manners 1 or puppy class with Salty Dogs in order to attend, or by instructor permission.

*When you sign up for this class you are selecting your start date. You will then be signed up for 3 consecutive weeks of class. You do not need to select multiple dates. 
Class meets for 3 weeks. Cost $120. Class is held each week on Saturdays at 10:15am in Bucksport

Reactive Dog Class

Does your dog lunge, bark, growl, pull, or whine when seeing other dogs on leash? Does she get overaroused or frustrated in public? This 6 week class is designed to help your dog feel safe and relax in the presence of other dogs, and teaches you how to handle your dog to easily and safely move around others. The class will start with a humans-only orientation, and then the remaining 5 weeks as a group with dogs.

This class will be held mostly outside. Entrance into class with instructor permission only. If you sign up without first talking to us, your registration will be cancelled. Please call 207-835-5363 to discuss whether this is an appropriate fit for you and your dog. Cost $235

Blue Hill Start Dates

  • Sunday, September 18th at 9:15am
  • Tuesday, September 20th at 6:15pm



Rocket Recall

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.

Bucksport Start Dates:

  • Sunday, September 25th at 12:15pm



Sunday Group Walking Club

This class is offered on a drop-in basis every other Sunday for those who have completed Manners 1 (or by instructor permission). Each week we practice leash walking, attention with distractions, and other obedience skills while in a real world setting. Each class will meet in Blue Hill. Even though it is a drop in class, sign up is required!

We’ve changed the pay scale of this class to make it more accommodating (and affordable) for those who would like to attend throughout the summer, giving students the option to pay for a club rate of $80 for the entire course and attend as many as you’d like (June-October), or $30 per class for those who would like to attend occasionally.

First Walk: Sunday, June 19th at 8:00am



Salty Dog About Town

Our most advanced obedience course! Take all the skills you’ve learned in previous classes and put them into practice in real-world situations on Main Street! Class will meet in downtown Bucksport to practice 

  • Loose-Leash Walking

  • Polite Greetings (without jumping!)
  • Heel Through Busy Areas/Crowds
  • Coming When Called
  • Real Life Leave-It Practice
  • Sidewalk Etiquette
  • Down-Stay with distractions

Class runs for four weeks. Must have completed Manners 1 & 2 or by instructor permission (6 months and up). Dogs who have their CGC are eligible to take the Canine Good Citizen-Advanced test at the end of the course. 

Bucksport Start Dates

  • Sunday, September 25th at 11:00am



Therapy Dog Prep

Does your dog have an excellent temperament? Do they seem to gravitate toward people who love dogs or who need a pick-me-up? Do they love attention and affection? Then they might be a perfect candidate for therapy dog work! In this class we’ll build the skills necessary for you and your dog to become certified as a therapy dog team and visit facilities such as nursing homes, hospitals, libraries, colleges, etc. In class, you will learn dog handling skills while exposing your dog to a variety of scenarios such as odd objects, medical equipment and unexpected loud noises. We will create scenarios where the therapy dog team discovers how to handle unexpected surprises. Dogs most be at least one year old to join this class and already have attend a group training class (or by instructor permission) with basic manners including sit, down, come, stay, and loose leash walking. Dogs must be comfortable working around other dogs and a variety of people. This class is not appropriate for dogs with fear, anxiety or reactivity issues.

Class meets for five weeks. Cost $140

Bucksport Start Dates

  • Fall Dates TBA