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  • 39 years in business
  • East Andover, NH 03231


When we met Dee we had 3 dogs, one of which was very ‘reactive’. Dee Ganley, dog trainer extraordinaire, set us on the right path to begin reclaiming control over our household. Her practical, straightforward approach was much appreciated. Her greatest gift to us was teaching us how to read our dog’s behavior so that we could maximize the type of reward based instruction we give our pets. From the first moment I met Dee, and watched her with her own dog, I knew that was the type of relationship I would like to build with my own dogs. Thanks in large part to meeting Dee Ganley life at home and on the road with our dogs is lots of fun! Dee taught us how to build a relationship with our dogs so that they know what behavior is expected of them. We’ve learned that each interaction is an opportunity to teach with kindness and respect for our furry family members. We highly recommend Dee’s services. Sue and Ben Cluff

  • 34 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Provincetown, MA 02657


After 25 years of training Doberman and other breeds, several people had noticed how obedient these dogs were and had asked for my help with training their dogs. All these years, I was just training my own dogs and helping others. I had thought about becoming a professional dog trainer but just continued to help others; then years later, two different situations, both having rescue dogs came up and, in one case, I heard that they were going to put their dog down. I had, reading this, understood that this was an aggressive dog that was biting family members as well as their other dog among several other complications. The next day, I came to help in this emergency situation and had then come to realize that there is a need for my dog training services. Now, I'm charging for my dog training and counseling services, as I come with several years of vast experience in training dogs and helping individuals and families with their dogs of all ages. I do have experience, from puppies to adult dogs, in several breeds. I have worked with basic training/obedience training and from simple to advanced tracking, working dogs as well as guard dogs. I have coached on several simple tricks that many wanted their dogs to learn. There are many basic training methods as well as training tools, and each breed is different, so they learn and understand differently. Some are slow learners; some are fast, and some are easily distracted. Others are more eager to learn. Every dog is special and unique with different abilities, and it is up to you to bring this out and challenge him, but first you must understand your dog at hand. I am training dogs in and outside of the family home and business. You will learn how to understand your dog as your dog will learn to understand you. This will give a happier, comfortable relationship, and the earlier you get your dog into training, the better. Look at it as habits; there are good habits, and there are bad habits, and you know the saying, "Habits are hard to break." Well, with a good dog trainer, these bad habits can be changed to different positives, and a good trainer will explain in detail or give you some different options. I offer the following: * Tools You will learn the difference between the tools and what will best suit your dog for the situation at hand. I use the basic to advance training tools. Remember, every breed is different as are all the situations, so the right tools for your dog will make the difference. * Tips and tricks Every trainer has his/her methods in training and his/her reasons. I look at several details beyond the dogs, and along the way, there are tips and tricks that you will learn to speed up the training; in most cases, it takes a bit of understanding of your dog. Most of these tips and tricks are very simple; however, some are advanced. Some might depend on how far you want to go with your dog training. I use the three-stage training. * Puppy, basic and advanced, includes the following: - Puppy - Barking - Biting - Jumping - Temperament - Crate training - Come, sit, stay, and heal Basic training completes the first stage of all the above training and a preparation for advance training. Advanced training includes the following: - Service Dog - Seeing Eye Dog - Danger Alarm - Rescue Dog - Warning Dog - Working Dog - Guard Security - Tracking Dog - Sports and Agility - Hunting Dog - Obedience - Pack Training For three-language training, all training is explained and shown in three different languages for your dog to understand and you to communicate. I teach many different tricks. Many simple tricks can lead to an advanced training. There are so many tricks out there; some will amaze your friends, you and your family. The following are a few tricks: - Tracking Tricks - Silly Tricks - Parlor Tricks - Useful Tricks - Jumping Tricks - Agility Tricks - Circus Tricks - Magic Tricks - Kids Tricks - Emergency Tricks - Tricks for Kids and many more For tools, I teach what to use and what not to use. Situations are all different. I use adjustable whistles. There is a free downloadable. I recommend remotes. Remember, do not take advice from just anyone. You can look at training like a chess game; there are strong moves and weak moves, which lead to good and bad habits. Being consistent with your commands and following the same patterns, such are when to eat and when to go out, your dog will know. Keep it simple as it is best for your dog to understand. I like to keep commands short and direct to the point, and you must be consistent. Patience and understanding every breed is different in situations and environments. Hopefully, some of these tips help you, and I wish you the best in relation with your best friend.

  • 16 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Sanford, ME 04073


I do medication administration, blood draw for blood glucose, transporting your pet to vet, or grooming appointments when needed, dog obedience training, behavior modification, and yes, cats, too! I do dog walking while spending quality time with your animal(s) when you're away, feeding, cleaning litter boxes and much more! My most recent reference: Extremely knowledgeable about animals behaviors, training, health and abilities. Bobbi takes the time to get to know your pet and caters her visits to the animals individual needs and the owners desires. My German Shepherd Orion LOVES seeing Bobbi and working with her. He has learned new training skills and is now learning agility skills. I would highly recommend Bobbi to anyone!!

  • South Berwick, ME 03908


I am a dog trainer/human educator. I go to the home of the dog and his human and help them through everyday issues that are getting in the way of a harmonious dog/human relationship. My program is different from other dog training services that are out there. I start out with a free in-home consultation that we go over specific goals and issues the client would like to work on with the dog. This also gives the client time to get to know what I am like and what my program entails. After this consultation, if we decide to go forward with training, I present the client with a history of the breed of the dog we will be working with and a customized, working, training plan. I like to use the customized training plan as a living, working, guide that changes based on discoveries made throughout the training process. These training plans and any homework are always presented in written form so the client can review and fully understand the steps taken in each session. Clients love the flexibility of having the training done in the comfort of their own home, as well as the flexible time frames I can offer. They also love that we work on what they need to work on to enhance the relationship they have with their dog.


You love your dog. Your dog loves you. We'll help you keep it that way! Alexandra Morgan has been a full-time dog trainer and pioneer in the field of canine behavior therapy since graduating from Brown University in 1984. At Animal School, we provide dog daycare for a happy, well-socialized, puppy that is dog-tired at the end of the day (sorry, couldn't resist!), group classes, from puppy kindergarten through Canine Good Citizen, social boarding, dog and cat food and treats made on-site from all human-grade ingredients, and trainer-selected retail. If your dog is having behavior problems, private lessons with trainer Alexandra Morgan at Animal School or in your home will help you to resolve the issues. Puppy and adult dog temperament evaluations and purchasing/adoption guidance are available, as well as expert witness testimony for dog bite cases. Animal School Rescue always has dogs and cats for adoption. Please visit our website for more details!

  • Portsmouth, NH 03801


We work with puppies and dogs from eight weeks old. Our methods are punishment-free, easy to learn and fun for you and for your dog. We welcome clients with children. Kids are natural trainers. Our goal is to build the best relationship between you and your dog.

  • 8 years in business
  • Portland, ME 04101


I specializing in helping your dog become the awesome companion that you have dreamed of. A dog that comes when you call him, is polite when the guests arrive and does not pull you on the leash. You will feel proud when your friends tell you what a great dog you have. Yes-your dog! I offer private sessions for polite dog or puppy obedience, as well as solutions to problem behaviors. Problem behaviors can include things such as aggression (biting, barking, snarling), leash reactivity (getting your arm pulled out of the socket when another dog passes by), separation anxiety and more. Group sessions are also available. Each lesson includes written "how-to" instructions for you to follow on your own. Overnight obedience camp is a great option for those of you who just don't have the time to teach your dog the necessary cues or protocols. When you pick your dog up, he/she will understand the cues and be performing them on command. It will then be your job to incorporate them into your everyday life. Your dog will have a blast with reward based learning, while getting one on one attention throughout the day. Campers often take field trips with me so that we can practice our protocols out in the real world. Camp runs from 1-2 weeks depending on your dog's specific needs. All campers receive an instructional, take-home video on material covered. These videos not only show you how to do the obedience exercises but feature your dog as the star!

  • 17 years in business
  • Saco, ME 04072


Our services include: * premier doggy daycare - human lead pack play groups * boarding for daycare clients * grooming - personalized and professional dog grooming for all breeds * training - puppy kindergarten, basic and advanced obedience for dogs of all ages and sizes * canine good citizen preparation and testing * K-9 nose work training and mock trials * facility rental All services are provided from Monday through Friday.

  • Somerville, MA 02145


What do you need about your precious? I'm studying veterinary. I can help you. I have experience and talent with animals.

  • 18 years in business
  • Westbrook, ME 04092


Team Charlie provides dog training and evaluations using a non-agressive style. We provide consulting and specialize in mobility service dogs but will work with most non-aggressive dogs to meet your requirements. We have veteran discounts available.


I am a Maine based farrier of more than 25 years, available for caring for your pets, large and small. My work experience includes obedience training as well as behavior modification. I will travel at your expense, and long term is acceptable. FMI, please reply.

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