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Dog Training

offering board & train exclusively at this time

What I do:

As a trainer who specializes in dogs with moderate to severe behavioural issues I have recently decided to restructure my training program so I can focus on this ever-growing segment of our canine population. My heart will always be with the difficult dogs and working with them is where I feel I can be most useful.


Why choose me? 

I had a conversation with someone recently who asked me how many dogs I’ve trained….I can honestly say, I couldn’t count them all. That’s a blessed career. I think my bio puts my experience in perspective but if you have a difficult dog, I can help.


The program:

The program is 4 weeks and the dog lives with me one on one, day to day.

We will work on making sure there is a clear understanding of general manners, and of basic commands. We will begin to target the particular behavioural issues once the dog is settled and we have developed trust.


The method:

Having worked with dogs ranging from 5 lb chihuahua’s to 90 lb military dogs I have gained the wisdom to know no two dogs are the same. My style of work is to find the method that is best understood by the dog in front of me.  I am not married to a particular philosophy or style. I do however subscribe to the famous quote by Mahatma Gandhi ..”The greatness of a nation and its moral progression be judged by the way its animals are treated”.


Here are the basics we teach all dogs, in addition to your specific needs:


  • Loose leash walking – This command allows your dog a little more leeway to enjoy their environment, but pulling is not allowed.

  • Sit – Your dog will follow your command with precision and commitment.

  • Stay – Your dog will remain in place until you give him additional commands.

  • Down – This command is so incredibly useful. We create a strong and reliable down, allowing you the freedom to place your dog in this position to take the groceries out of the car or sit outside the coffee shop.

  • Come – We will teach this command so your dog understands coming to you is a wonderful and fun exercise.



  • Wait nicely when people come to your home 

  • Go to a mat and lay down – this allows you to make dinner, watch tv, etc. while your dog is in a controlled exercise.

  • Stay off of people and counters 

  • Remain focused around distractions such as other dogs, street noise, toys, etc.

We can do in four weeks what will take most owners years to learn and practice.

Quite simply, we have the time and expertise you may not!


** Please note your dog must be over four months of age and our consultation must find him a suitable candidate for this program.

Training is $1000 per week 
inclusive of the 3 Private Lessons before your dog re-enters your home



Sue and “Red”

I tried many different training centers and many different trainers. The private sessions offered by A Capable Dog were the ones that changed our lives! Can’t recommend enough.

Dennis and “Alder”

If you are looking for a trainer that explains concepts in a clear and concise way, and who will build a bond of trust between you and your dog, then Mary is the trainer for you.

Gordon and "Bella"

I had called and interviewed several companies regarding different types of training for my German Shepherd that was, at 14 months, very excitable, always getting into something. Within the first few minutes Mary was exactly what I was looking for. She gave me a few different options. The one I chose was to have my dog go to what I call BOOT CAMP. I was trained to understand and as well be consistent with no mixed messages for my dog’s obedience. I picked up my dog after the training was over, and I could not believe my dog’s disposition, obedience, calmness and the way she listened to me. I cannot thank Mary enough for her knowledge of training. Mary, THANK YOU. YOU ARE THE BEST!!!

Luis and "Mckenzie"

I hired Mary to perform a training evaluation for me and my dog to see how to best spend our limited training budget. We got good useful advice and it gave me a clear direction. It was money well spent and Mary is a super trainer.

Lynn and “Casper”

This is the 2nd puppy we’ve had Mary help us with. We find her information useful and easy to understand and follow. Our pup learnt so much faster when we presented the information correctly. Thanks again Mary!

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