The Capable Canine Training

At the Capable Canine we offer professional group and private dog training in Southern Maine and 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!

All classes are held at my new studio at 863 Alfred Road in Arundel, ME.

Private Training

Private training is offered for dogs that have specific behavioral problems or for those that would like to have sessions conducted in their home. We offer private sessions at a rate of $90 per hour at The Capable Canine or $120 for in home visits. We only travel 15 miles from our location at 863 Alfred Rd in Arundel.

Common Behaviors Addressed:

Potty Training
Barking/lunging at other dogs
Jumping up
Nipping
Counter Surfing
Pulling On Leash
Barking at stimuli
Escaping
Not Coming When Called
Guarding Food or Possessions
Chewing
Counter Surfing

Group Training

Puppy Class - $110.00

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

Length: 4 weeks
Location: Arundel, ME

$110.00Select a date and time!

Puppy Socialization Class - $90

This class is designed for puppies from 8 to 17 weeks of age. Puppies will get the opportunity to play and socialize with other puppies lead by a trainer. Emphasis will be on teaching puppies impulse control and the start to off leash reliability. We will also introduce novel items such as tunnels, ladders, platforms, etc.

Length: 3 weeks
Location: Arundel, ME

$90.00Select a date and time!

Fast Track Beginner (Next Step After Puppy Class)- $130.00

This class is the next step for dogs that have already completed a puppy class. We will continue to expand our understanding of basic behaviors such as sit, down, come/here, leave it, and touch. We will learn several new behaviors such as go to bed/mat work, wait and stay. All dogs welcome over 5 months that have previously taken a puppy class.

Length: 5 weeks
Location: Arundel, ME

$130.00Select a date and time!

Beginner Class - $160.00

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 months of age.

Length: 6 weeks
Location: Arundel, ME

$160.00Select a date and time!

Beginner Training Semi-Private Class- $185.00

This class will cover the basics of a beginner class in 4 weeks with only one other dog and human team. We will cover attention, name recognition, targeting, loose leash walking, come when called, stay, wait, leave it and mat work and much more. This class will meet for 4 weeks and will run 60 to 70 minutes. The dates listed below are the first day of class and subsequent classes will run at the same day/time for the remaining weeks.
Length: 4 Sessions
Location: Arundel, ME

$185.00Select a date and time!

Intermediate Class Level 1- $125.00

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.

Length: 5 weeks
Location: Arundel, ME

$125.00Select a date and time!

Intermediate Level 2 - $125.00

This class will focus on more advanced heel work. We will also start working on off leash reliability and continue increasing duration and distractions with stay, wait, leave it, go to bed/mate and come/here. This class has a prerequisite of Beginner/Fast Track and Intermediate Level 1.
Length: 5 Sessions
Location: Arundel, ME

$125.00Select a date and time!

Building Fitness with your Canine Companion - $100.00

A fun, 4 week class, for you and your dog to bond, gain confidence, and learn new ways to stay mentally and physically active and fit indoors.

Length: 4 Sessions
Location: Arundel, ME

$100.00Select a date and time!

Tricks, Games and Obstacles Class - $100.00

Have a blast in this 4 week class where we will have some fun and work on tricks such as bow, crawl, spin, touch/target, pushing items, shake, wave, etc.

Length: 4 weeks
Location: Arundel, ME

Select a date and time!

Canine Good Citizen/Therapy Dog Class - $130.00

This class prepares students with five weeks of instruction to take the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test. Week 5 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.

Length: 5 weeks
Location: Arundel, ME

$130.00Select a date and time!

Canine Nosework - $140.00

Newcomers will learn about the fun and exciting sport of K9 Nose Work®.  Searching will begin with high reward treats utilizing a variety of search set-ups. Dogs will have fun hunting for treats while beginning to build context for this exciting new game of nose work.

Length: 6 Sessions
Location: Arundel, ME

$140.00Select a date and time!

Foundational Nosework - $140.00

This course, taught by Jeff Laton, is multilevel and will focus on a variety of search areas and hide placements. Dogs must be on all 3 odors: birch, anise and clove. Focus will be on strengthening and building foundational skills for both dog and handler.

Length: 6 Sessions
Location: Arundel, ME

$140.00Select a date and time!

Below, please find the registration form for group classes.

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