Group Classes

Our group classes offer an affordable training option in a class setting. 

Join us the MDTC training studio

Conveniently located in Brunswick Maine, our training facility is available to locals and dog owners throughout the Northeast. At the heart of our services is the 1600 square foot training room, featuring crates, wall mounted leashes, raised beds, soft rubber floors, and all the tools needed to give dogs and owners an exceptional training experience

Puppy Class

The MDTC puppy training class is an engaging and educational experience designed to lay the foundation for a lifetime of positive behavior and companionship between puppies and their owners. Through a combination of hands-on demonstrations, socialization activities, and essential obedience exercises, this class provides a safe space for puppies to develop social skills, adapt to various environments, and gain confidence. By the end of the four weeks, your puppy will be on a path to becoming well-mannered and well-adjusted canine companions.

Benefits

Of all the training you do with your dog, a puppy training class may be the most important. First, it works to establish clear communication and mutual understanding between a dog and its owner. Secondly, it begins to expose puppies to essential obedience commands and behaviors, ensuring a well-behaved and manageable pet as it matures. And third, early training promotes proper socialization, helping puppies develop confidence and friendly interactions with other dogs and people. The MDTC Puppy Class lays the foundation for a stress-free coexistence, making daily life with a well-trained puppy more fulfilling, and enhancing the bond between the dog and its owner.

What you should know

  • Puppies must have at least 1 distemper vaccine prior to the first class.
  • You will receive a printed class packet and training clicker.
  • Puppies must be 8-16 weeks old.
NOTE: Once registered, we will send you a confirmation email with details, invoice, and waiver. Only full payment guarantees a spot.

Who it's for

This class is for owners looking to lay the foundation for a lifetime of positive behavior and companionship between puppies and their owners through educational experiences and playful interactions. All puppies must be 8-16 weeks old at the start of class.

Where it is

MDTC Studio
25 Stanwood Street, Brunswick, ME.

Difficulty

All dogs welcome!

Price

$145 per puppy 

Foundation Obedience

Our 5-week Foundation Obedience class will cover skills such as impulse control, leash walking and foundation obedience skills (sit, down, place and engagement). The class meets once a week at our Brunswick training studio.

As a group class, dogs are trained with other dogs in the studio (classes are limited to no more than 4 dogs). But dogs do not typically interact directly.

Dogs who complete the class are welcome to join our Day School (reservation required) and the MDTC private Facebook page.

Benefits

Having a dog with basic skills is not only satisfying as an owner, it allows you and your dog to be better citizens in your community.

With our Foundation Obedience course, we will teach you how to get and maintain good behavior from your dog.

What you should know

  • NOTE: This class is NOT for dogs with reactivity. If your dog struggles with leash reactivity, please visit our Private Training page.
  • Included: All of our classes include our PDF handbook and training clicker. Other training equipment can be purchased separately.
  • The first class is a human-only orientation (please leave your dog at home). The following four classes will be with the dogs. 
  • Space is limited!
NOTE: Once registered, we will send you a confirmation email with details, invoice, and waiver. Only full payment guarantees a spot.

Who it's for

This 5-week class is for dogs 4 months and older. An excellent option for new dog owners looking to give their new pups a solid framework before continuing on to more advanced training. 

Where it is

MDTC Studio
25 Stanwood Street, Brunswick, ME.

Difficulty

All dogs welcome!

Price

$200 per dog/handler team 

Advanced Obedience / CGC Prep

This fast-paced, 4-week class jumps into all of the skills of the Canine Good Citizen test and more. Dogs will train in close proximity to other dogs to work on the next level of obedience. In addition to training the dog, handlers will also be challenged in their engagement skills. A list of skills that we will work on for the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test can be found here

This class is for dogs 6 months or older. Dog/handler teams that want to participate must have EITHER:

  1. Completed the foundation class
  2. Have participate in at least 4 days of day school
  3. Explicit instructor permission.

Benefits

This class will create teamwork between you and your dog that goes beyond the classroom. We will cover skills to keep and maintain engagement and create a bond where training is part of an enjoyable game that allows your dog to be a welcome member in the community.

What you should know

  • Handlers will be challenged in their engagement skills. This is a very face paced class!
  • The CGC test will NOT be offered in this class. Please check our calendar for CGC testing dates
  • We offer a discounts for dogs/handler teams who attend our Day School.
  • Included: All of our classes include our PDF handbook and training clicker. Other training equipment can be purchased separately.
  • Space is limited!

NOTE: Once registered, we will send you a confirmation email with details, invoice, and waiver. Only full payment guarantees a spot.

Who it's for

This 4-week advanced class is aimed at owners wanting to prepare their dogs to take the Canine Good Citizen test and/or are looking for advanced training for their dog that already has strong training foundation.

Where it is

MDTC Studio
25 Stanwood Street, Brunswick, ME.

Difficulty

Dogs are required to have strong basic training skills or instructor permission to participate.

Price

$160 per dog 

Competitive Obedience

If you are the competitive type, this class is for you! Each class we will cover a skill (engagement, heeling, fronts, finish, group, etc.).

You and your dog will learn what is needed to be a well-oiled machine in the competition ring. This class is not just training the dog, but also addresses the handler’s headspace and presentation in the ring.

Benefits

If you already own a dog with advanced training skills, then you already know the benefits of a course like this. But Competitive Training offers more than just advanced training. While the dog certainly learns advanced skills, the course is especially effective at building the dog-handler team relationship.

What you should know

  • For handlers ready to up their game.
  • Handlers MUST understand the foundation of engagement and be able to get it from their dogs
  • Space is limited!

NOTE: Once registered, we will send you a confirmation email with details, invoice, and waiver. Only full payment guarantees a spot.

Who it's for

For dog/handler teams who want to compete. This is a fun class filled with uncensored feedback and tough love. You will learn to be a better handler and work through problems while having a good time with your dog.

Where it is

MDTC Studio
25 Stanwood Street, Brunswick, ME.

Difficulty

Our most advanced class. No whining!

Price

$145 per team 

Nose & Scent Work

Nose Work is an activity that allows your dog to use their natural desire to hunt. It harnesses a dogs unique ability to detect scent and determine the source. In training, dogs learn to find specific scented objects just about anywhere you can hide them.

Although there are challenges involved in scent work, such as learning to trust your dog and encouraging him to work independently, any dog can enjoy the sport. The class will cover the foundation needed to get a dog started.

Benefits

There are many benefits of scent work for both the dog and handler. Often pet owners with timid dogs see large gains in confidence from participating, while also observing improvements in their behavior and attitude. And because dogs will generally participate one at a time, nose work is a good choice for reactive dogs who may be nervous in a class setting.

This detection–style sport is fun, burns mental calories, and can help create environmental hardiness. Young, old, handicapped, performance, reactive… doesn’t matter! Any dog can benefit with this ‘no obedience’ zone sport.

What you should know

  • Class must be prepaid to hold your spot
  • Limited to 4 dog/handler teams
  • Dogs MUST either be in a crate in the building or stay in handler’s car between turns (more information in confirmation email)
  • There are no make-ups for this class

NOTE: Once registered, we will send you a confirmation email with details, invoice, and waiver. Only full payment guarantees a spot.

Who it's for

Great for dogs with low self-confidence. Excellent source of mental and physical exercise. For owners looking for new ways to stimulate active pups and provide new methods of enrichment.

Where it is

MDTC Studio
25 Stanwood Street, Brunswick, ME.

Difficulty

All dogs welcome, but see requirements

Price

$130 per dog