The Capable Canine
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About The Capable Canine

Learn more about this small southern Maine dog training business.

At the Capable Canine we offer professional group and private dog training in Southern Maine. We firmly believe that the relationship between you and your dog is the most crucial element to developing trust and a life long bond.

If you do not have a relationship or you do things to damage the relationship between you and your dog, your dog will have a harder time trusting you. This is why we use clicker training/reward based training, which has proven to be the most effective form of dog training. The focus is not to wait until your dog does something wrong then punish her, instead we wait for her to do something right and reward her. We also work on teaching your dog something else to do that is a more appropriate behavior. To top it all off, using these types of techniques is fun for everyone!


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About Jessica

Get to know Jessica.

Jessica Robichaud is a Knowledge Assessed Certified Professional Dog Trainer and AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. Ms. Robichaud holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism/Communications from the University of Hartford.

After holding various positions in corporate America, she decided to pursue her passion for working with dogs. Upon completing her training at a national retail chain, she began teaching puppy and beginner training classes in New Jersey. Ultimately, she became the senior trainer, teaching up to 12 group classes per week and conducting private lessons for owners of dogs with specific behavioral needs.

Jessica continues her education while working as an assistant volunteer trainer at one the of most influential schools in the country, St. Hubert’s Dog Training School in Madison, New Jersey.

She is delighted to return home to Maine and have the opportunity to continue working with dogs. Jessica finds that the most essential building block to creating life long trust in your canine companion is developing a relationship that is built on mutual respect. Committed to the use of positive reinforcement and behavior modification, Jessica has provided practical solutions to help owners better communicate with their dogs.

Jessica is a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and attends numerous seminars each year. She enjoys volunteering for Boxer Angels Rescue, doing pet therapy work and participating in Rally Obedience. Mrs. Robichaud resides in York County with her husband and two rescued dogs, a Boston Terrier, Bean (RN, CGC/TDI, AOE – RL1) and a Boxer, Layla (RN, TT, RL1).

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Group Classes We Offer

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Get your pup started on the right track with this 4 week Fast Track puppy class. We will touch on the basics such as sit, down, come, loose leash walking. Plus, we will help you with potty training, socialization, handling, chewing, biting and much more.

Beginner Training

We will learn basic behaviors such as sit, down, come, stay, leave it, go to your bed/mat, loose leash walking and much more. This class is the perfect next step after puppy class or a great place to begin training with your dog. All dogs welcome over 5 moths of age. Week 1 is a human only orientation.

Intermediate Training

In this class we will refine some of the skills learned in Beginner. We will focus on emergency cues, adding distance and duration to behaviors such as stay, wait, come, and go to bed. We will work more on loose leash walking, recalls and much more.

Tricks and Games

Come learn and play at this new tricks and games class. We will teach some really cool tricks and play some exciting games. This is sure to be a blast.

Canine Good Citizen/Therapy Training

This class prepares students with five weeks of instruction to take the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test. Week 6 will be the test. The American Kennel Club offers a certification open to all dogs (pure and mixed breed) to recognize the efforts of dog owners who have made a commitment to training. The Canine Good Citizen certificate is granted to those dogs who can perform all 10 of the items on the CGC test. All dogs that pass the CGC test can receive a certificate from the AKC. This class is also ideal for anyone with the goal of doing therapy work with their dog. You’ll learn what is required of a therapy team and become familiar with the certification process.

Private Training with Jessica

Private training is offered for dogs that have specific behavioral problems or for those that would like to have sessions conducted in their home. Jessica offers private sessions at a rate of $65 per hour.

Potty training

Barking and lunging at other dogs

Jumping up


Counter surfing

Pulling on lease






Food aggression


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