“We’ve dealt with several dog trainers over the past 50 plus years with seven different dogs but none were nearly as effective as Brooke. In very short order, our Chloe got her basic commands down pat, got her canine good citizens diploma and obviously enjoyed the whole enterprise. Now, when we take her to daycare, she can hardly contain herself. She NEEDS to get to Brooke!! Wonderful service all round!!”
-Linda and Paul Wilson
"We are more confident dog owners and Bergie is more trusting of our leadership after attending Blue Dog School. Brooke's skill with dog training is evident from the first session. We love that she brings in the family to go over areas for improvement so we know we're working on the right things at home. You can tell Brooke really cares for Bergie and treats her like her own."
-Heather & Charles Fear
"Our two dogs, 8-month-old Eddy Mercyx and 8-year-old Holly, are the odd couple of canines. Holly has suffered from anxiety and insecurity around other dogs all her life, while Eddy is a wiggly, frisky force of nature who loves to play with friends of all species. So both had boundary issues, but in the completely opposite direction, and we were at a loss about what to do to help them. Thank goodness for Brooke. She didn't merely train Holly and Eddy to become the dogs they were always meant to be, but she also helped us better understand what they needed from their humans. Using daily email, videos and an online guide, we were able to support Brooke's in-school work with at-home practice sessions. Holly is still anxious around other dogs and Eddy remains super-friendly, but they are better equipped to deal with their impulses and understand our expectations around behavior. It's been a five-star experience all the way!
-Jack & Fay Beaudoin
"Brooke is truly outstanding in her ability to not only provide consistent and great training, but helps owners, like me, to reinforce good behavior with specific instructions. My dog's behavior with strangers is now completely different than it used to be. He is more confident and willing to do the things I ask of him. For me, it is now a pleasure to take him places where he will meet people. The staff at Blue Dog have been wonderful. I am very grateful for the care that he receives. The training is awesome. He has made progress over a short period of time and in a way that I can participate in, and know that when he goes to training, I can expect results, and I am very pleased with those results."
“We have been so happy with the results of Blue Dog Day School. We adopted our dog, Moe, at the end of May 2018. When he arrived at our home was lacking confidence and was very fearful. We wanted to provide Moe with a place where he could interact with other dogs and humans while also getting some structure and focus on good behavior.
Moe is our first small dog. I was doing a lot of reading on how to properly train and discipline a small dog. Everything I was reading was completely opposite of what I was familiar with in my large dog interactions. I didn't want to "harm" Moe in any way and further impact his confidence in a negative way, but on the other hand the methods I was trying were not working. I spoke with Brooke on the phone and she talked about the importance of being a leader to your dog. Everything she talked about made sense to me and felt intuitive.
Moe started attending classes with Brooke while at Blue Dog Daycare. He quickly developed a positive relationship with her and other members of the day care staff. He is always happy to go to Blue Dog and his time there has made a remarkable impact on his overall socialization and comfort level in interacting with people in general. In terms of his training, I noticed changes in his confidence and overall demeanor within the first few classes. It was also helpful for me to learn how to be a better leader for Moe and give him the confidence that I have his back when he's in situations that are fearful for him. Brooke provided informative reports on his progress, and the lessons that we were assigned to do at home were clearly presented and easy to follow. Moe was responsive to the home assignments after being introduced to the concepts by Brooke and we were able to confidently reinforce the lessons at home.
We couldn't be happier with the whole experience working with Brooke and highly recommend her services for your dog.”
-Allison & Eric Hopkins Harpswell, ME
“I grew up with dogs. I knew I wanted a dog in my life always. But I never understood my dog until I met Brooke. My dog, Charlie, was rescued from a kill shelter in the south. A woman I worked with adopted him, but soon found out she was pregnant with her second child. 2 dogs, 2 cars, a husband and 2 kids was overwhelming for her. I had just lost my dogs, and was feeling empty. Brooke showed me how to communicate with Charlie in a way I never had with ANY of my dogs. The “calm freeze” she taught me has been priceless. Private lessons worked best for me, as I was the one who needed the most learning, but Charlie has grown more confident with lessons at daycare and the socialization with other dogs. I feel so much more bonded with Charlie, and he has become my best dog. I believe this is from Blue Dog Daycare and their excellent staff, especially Brooke. Thank you!”
“I have nothing but great things to say about Brooke and the training program she provides at Blue Dog. We had just moved to Maine and our dogs, needless to say, were feeling a bit adrift and in need of some structure and guidance. Brooke helped us get them settled and into a more familiar pattern when walking on a lead, waiting by the door, and just general manners. The online tools and report cards are wonderful and give us an incentive to keep practicing at home. A terrific program!”
“I am the mom of a mini golden doodle named Barney. Barney is still a puppy and gets so excited when he meets anyone. To my amazement, Brooke, the Blue Dog trainer in one session managed to get Barney to sit and stay while she introduced several distractions. Barney just followed Brooke with his eyes but he remained sitting. That evening, I received a video of Brooke’s training session. Not only was I impressed with her efforts but I thought the video was very thoughtful and caring. Still I remained skeptical that Barney would continue to sit and stay. The next day, I repeated Brooke’s instructions to Barney and once again Barney remained sitting.
I am very pleased with Barney’s progress and the care he receives from the staff and his trainer, Brooke.”
“Blue Dog is the best....
With a true dog loving staff that cares, highly recommend!
Excellent training, play and socializing, baths and nails-one stop shop! Highly recommended by our family and our Peppah!”
“Can't say enough about the Blue Dog Day School program! Brooke worked with our rescue Lucy at both private lessons and at school. With Brooke's patience and training, Lucy went from being very attached and scared to a proud school graduate and a pretty confident little dog. She loves going to Blue Dog every week to see all her friends, dog and human. It's a great place for training and fun.”
“Do I have a Naughty Dog or a Untrained Dog? I'm so thankful for Brooke's training, education and support to have a better dog!”
“We adopted Snoopy from far away and as soon as he arrived and had all the proper paperwork, we took him to Blue Dog for day care. Everyone was so positive and caring: Big shout out to Doreen whom immediately gave him lots of love, reassurance, and attention. After a period of time, it became obvious that he was untrained in thought and actions. We enrolled him in day school with Brooke as his mentor and teacher. She has taken this wild child and taught him so many, many behaviors. Brooke is loving and positive as she trains him in more and more subtle behaviors. He can go almost anywhere now, as he can be an absolute gentleman in public places. Thank you everyone at Blue Dog Daycare for being an awesome resource for all of us dog owners!”
"Brooke completely transformed our dog. We have a whole new dog. She's a different dog now. In all the best ways."
“We cannot thank Blue Dog Daycare and Brooke enough! Our little Fig graduated day school and is now a well-behaved and polite little pup. Brooke truly loves what she does and it shows. We always received thorough report cards and updates on Fig’s training. We continue to send Fig to daycare weekly because she loves it and has so much fun. I love the personal connection the staff makes with her. I can tell she is well cared for and loved at Blue Dog.”
“Finny LOVES his days at Blue Dog! He comes home happy and thoroughly exhausted. The staff is very caring and it’s obvious they love dogs and truly enjoy their jobs. Brooke is an amazing trainer. Finny learned lots of positive behaviors and earned his Canine Good Citizen certificate. We highly recommend Blue Dog!”
“We love Brooke and the Blue Dog's training program. She's helped our lab become a well behaved pup and helped us eliminate his annoying habits. The communication and support was outstanding.”