Dog Training

Training in Tracking, Obedience, and Protection

Doreen Metcalf is the president of the Maine Schutzhund Club and she welcomes TR GSD owners to audit club training and to become members.

Family dog obedience lessons, trick training, and AKC STAR puppy and Canine Good Citizen class are taught by Helen Peppe. We also offer boot-camps year round for all breeds. Boot camp is a week long intense training and play week that includes boarding and an exit lesson as well as continued support. Camps are $700.

Hourly training is available. Working walks are available when a dog is boarded at TR for $20/each. We welcome puppies and all dog breeds with no training or beginning training.

Our training is based on motivational training using Operant conditioning: positive and negative reinforcement methods. We include families in the weekly boot camp training with intake and out going consult/counseling and training sessions. We also teach dogs how to swim and loose leash walk as well as dog and human socialization.

Training with Doreen Metcalf is $120 an hour.

Private lessons with Helen Peppe or Maryjane Grant are $100 an hour.

We offer classes in trick training, puppy and dog basic to advanced obedience as well as AKC classes in puppy obedience AKC STAR puppy, AKC Canine Good Citizen, AKC advanced community Canine Good Citizen, AKC advanced urban Canine Good Citizen, dog reactivity walks and sessions at stores, scent work, and Therapy Dog.

All classes are combined with AKC Fit Dog, extensive dog socialization work, and distraction/distance work. They run in 6-week increments and dogs and owners are on their own six-week cycles with the exception of Wednesday night 6:45-7:45 CGC class and Saturday 5:30-6:30 STAR puppy class, although if students miss a class, they can make it up in another class offered during the week. All breeds are welcome. The teacher may ask that some dogs have a private lesson prior to beginning to class, especially if a dog has a reactive dog-dog or human-dog history to evaluate for class readiness. All classes are $200 for 6 weeks. Individual classes at $35 each are an option for those who want to experiment with different classes before committing to 6 weeks.

Current classes are Monday nights: advanced agility and advanced obedience 6-7 and AKC Canine Good Citizen and AKC novice trick dog 7-8. Tuesday nights: scent work 5:30-6:30, 6:45-7:45 (These classes cap at 5 dogs). Wednesday nights: advanced obedience and advanced agility 5:30-6:30 and AKC Canine Good Citizen and AKC novice trick dog 6:45-7:45. Saturdays: advanced agility and obedience 4:30 pm-5:30 pm and AKC STAR puppy and obedience that includes AKC novice trick title 5:30 pm-6:30 pm. Additional trick titles can be  achieved dependent on the level your dog is performing. All titles can be tested by request without taking a class. The cost is $45. The trick titles can be tested by submitting a video. The cost of testing for a title via video is $25 and the list of required tricks is available on the AKC website or by contacting Helen Peppe at the below number. Titles are sent to the AKC to be added to the database. Students receive ribbons. The advanced CGC classes are tested off site in a public location. Dogs can be tested during classes or by appointment. Text or call Helen Peppe for additional information and registration: 207-400-6010.

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