Programs: Due to COVID19 surge in Maine, group classes are postponed until January 17th. Members are welcome to drop in and play/train independently. Got training questions? Ask for the membership video list, questions will be answered there.

Canine Good Citizens Class: Master the foundations of dog stewardship. We’ll go over self control around distractions, sit and down stays, loose leash walking, recalls, good grooming and practice of social skills! Free for members, $150 for 5 classes for non members. Next session begins Saturday December. 5 at 10am at Whole Dog Camp

Agility! The agility obstacles are like a deck of cards, there are many games you can play. Come join us as we practice handling skills and obstacle skills that build confidence and cue vocabulary that transfer to many different activities. Free for members. $150/5 classes non members Rolling admission, classes go til snow falls

Intermediate Agility: Tuesdays mornings 10 am , Saturdays 3 pm

Drop in and Play: Not especially interested in training or competing but just want to do something fun with your dog? $30 drop in Tuesdays and Saturdays morning 11am til noon Get an introduction to a variety of dog sports

Family Puppy and Star Puppy Class! You asked and now we offer the AKC Star Puppy program! Learn how dogs learn, and help your pup grow into a smart, creative and responsible young canine! Foundations for great social skills, off leash control, and clear communication with your furry friend. Please contact us for more information. Ongoing Sundays 3 pm free for members or $25 drop-in classes is open to families with children, and we will discuss helping your children and your dog play safer together. Our next STAR puppy session begins the last Sunday in January and runs for 6 weeks.

Amazing Recalls and Off-Leash Control Around Distractions: Practice games that grow your relationship with your dog! Fridays 4 pm. and Sundays 10 am until snow fall! Meet up near the entrance to East End Beach in Portland, and put environmental distractions to work for you! Practice habituation and safer handling in more challenging environments. Free for WDC members, or $150/6 drop-in classes

Skijoring: Picture going on a sleigh ride, but without the sleigh and with your dog! Learn the skills you need to know to skijor, before it snows! Sundays 2pm beginning Nov. 22 and continues for 6 weeks.

Tracking! Join us in building your dog’s ability to solve problems without your help! Schedule TBD For members only.

Color Coded Training Levels

Discounts: Dogs earn the following membership, boarding, daycare and training fee discounts for training achievements: Green -10%   Blue -20%,   Purple/black -25%.

Orange dogs are typically newbies to training, and may need their space. Provide 6 feet of space around orange dogs and handlers. Newbies are on-leash except when training alone in a fenced training yard, or with instructor permission.

Green dogs have passed a Canine Good Citizen test  and they may play and train off-leash during dog park hours and on-leash around other dogs and people. Green dogs can use areas marked for enjoying green dog privileges. Green dogs and handlers should understand a RMS and a Release signal, and practice their dog’s ability to able to rest calmly in an open or closed crate while the handler is nearby. Handlers’ should understand and practice safer and  humane ways of handling their dog. Green dogs should be reinforced for “dropping” something when asked. Green dogs are learning to balance, rear end awareness, heeling, shadow handling, and cone work.

Navy Dogs In addition to passing Green level response to cues,a navy dog understands  hand and mat targeting, release and reward marker signals, conditioned encouragement, discouragement and NRM. Navy level handlers know how to teach their dogs to play two toy games, to target, tug, drop it, find it, retrieve, deliver, and one alert. Handlers understand safe dog handling and training  on five basic agility obstacles (a-frame, dog walk, tunnels,  jumps, table, tire, and weaves),  they may independently train on all camp agility equipment and in our training fields.  Navy bandana dogs should be able to walk nicely on a flat collar, and handlers should be proficient in handling their dogs. Navy dogs are able to relax quietly in a covered crate. Navy dogs handlers receive a 20% discount on Whole Dog Camp services and membership fee!

IN ADDITION TO PASSING LOWER LEVELS, black dogs have entered a clearly defined “career,” and can remain down around moving distractions, recall through moderate distractions, settle, wait alone quietly for 3 minutes, crate quietly for one hour, respond to 5 cues from a distance of 30 feet. These dogs are mentally healthy, happy and eager to learn with no severe behavior problems, they are conditioned to understand and use all four of the basic signals (RM, NRM, KGS, release cue)  and as such they have full Whole Dog Camp privileges and 25% discounts for boarding, daycare, classes and seminars. Trainers achieving “black” status dogs may earn additional Camp credits and privileges by volunteering as training assistants.

Purple Dogs: Got a sweet old dog who really has no problems (and no big ambitions) beyond the need for a soft place to sleep in the sun? Sweet old dogs get a 25% discount at Whole Dog Camp. Dogs must be 9 years or older, and have approval of our head trainer to qualify.

Red dogs may have potentially dangerous behavior problems. Dogs that are evaluated as “red” level dogs must enter our muzzle training program, wear a wire basket muzzle, and remain leashed and under an individualized training program. Please speak with Jenny for details.
 We aspire to create a healthy and inclusive training environment where diverse trainers are supported in growing and sharing their experiences with each other.