SERVICES

Below is a list of services offered by Merrill's K9 Academy including Day School, Private Lessons, Virtual Lessons, and Group Classes.

 

If you are planning on attending any group classes (including social hour, day school, or agility), please sign up online or send us a message. If you do not sign up and it fills up, you may not be able to attend.

 

Cash/Check preferred at time of class.

In-Home Lessons

Merrill's K9 Academy is now offering private lessons for dog owners who want to work on specific in-home training with their dogs. All classes are held in-home or in a public space for individual convenience. 

Our professional Trainers can address a variety of issues from biting, jumping, counter surfing, and barging through the door, as well as common basic obedience commands.

Our private lessons are great for families to all get involved in training. The flexibility of our private lessons allow us to focus on any commands from basic, intermediate, or advanced levels.

Please call, text, or email for booking - booking is not available online.

207-530-7141

sarah@merrillsk9academyme.com

Why Choose us:

  • Classes are individual, allowing for a tailored training experience

  • Focus on training in your home to get unwanted behaviors under control

  • In-home lessons to provide more flexible scheduling

  • One-on-one lessons with our professional trainers

  • Specific training styles are chosen to fit your lifestyle

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Day School

Our Day School program is completely booked! If interested in joining, please fill out waitlist form (button below) or reach out for more information.
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At day school, your dogs will get structured socialization with other dogs, while focusing specifically on training. Your dogs will learn that training comes first, even when in the presence of other dogs. With place beds around the training facility, your dogs won't be in kennels when they are not participating in play time, they will be on their place bed, working their minds, while other dogs are training around them in a very structured socialization environment! Consider day school the private school for your dogs!

Due to high demand, we have started accepted recurring bookings under a separate "Honors Students" Program. If you are interesting in booking on any of the below dates long term, please reach out and we can place you in the Honor's Class so your spot is held every week for the foreseeable future. Classes book up fast, so be sure to book ASAP or you will be placed on a waitlist!

Day school runs on Monday, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays

Drop-off is between 7AM and 9AM

Pickup is between 3PM and 5PM

1 Day per week: $55 per day

2 Days per week: $50 per day

We are currently completely booked for Day School. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please click the button above and fill out the waitlist form.

 

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Virtual Lessons

Merrill's K9 Academy is excited to announce virtual training options!

With the advancement in the ability to communicate with technology, Merrill's K9 Academy has decided to offer personalized virtual private lesson in 1-hour time slots, or as a programs. From the comfort of your own home, MK9A trainers can help you through basic commands, setting boundaries, engagement exercises, and more! 

Virtual Course are a great option for those who want personalized, one-on-one dog training for in-home problems. These lessons are not 1 hour long, but rather require an initial consultation where we create a 2 or 4 week in-home virtual training program to match your lifestyle. Once a week we have a quick video chat, discuss what the goals are, and then spend the next week sending training videos back and forth to perfect your commands and boundaries.

The virtual program uses Microsoft Teams to stay in touch daily, sharing videos, notes on daily training, and coaching one-on-one daily over the course of 2 or 4 weeks.

Why Choose Virtual Lessons:
  • Classes are individual, virtually in-home, allowing for a tailored training experience each week 
  • Virtual lessons to provide more flexible scheduling - you send videos whenever you do training!
  • Specific training styles and lessons are chosen to fit your lifestyle
  • One-on-one coaching is continual communication, which is key to creating a new lifestyle with your dog!
  • Virtual Courses are sold in weekly increments - if more weeks are needed you can simply book an additional pricing plan!
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INDIVIDUAL LESSONS

PRIVATE
LESSONS
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Merrill's K9 Academy offers private lessons for dog owners who want to work on specific training with their dogs. 

Our professional Trainers can address a variety of issues from biting, jumping, counter surfing, and barging through the door, as well as common basic obedience commands.

Our private lessons are great for families to all get involved in training. The flexibility of our private lessons allow us to focus on any commands from basic, intermediate, or advanced levels.

Why Choose us:

  • Classes are individual, allowing for a tailored training experience

  • A controlled environment to add as many / as few distractions as necessary

  • One-on-one lessons with our professional trainers

  • Specific training styles are chosen to fit your lifestyle.

$75 PER HOUR

PRICING PLANS AVAILABLE

Virtual Lessons
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Merrill's K9 Academy has decided to offer personalized virtual private lesson programs. From the comfort of your own home, MK9A trainers can help you through basic commands, setting boundaries, engagement exercises, and more! 

Virtual lessons are a great option for those who want personalized, one-on-one dog training for in-home problems. MK9A offers virtual lessons in 2-4 week increments, or at a 1-hour private lesson via video chat.​

Why Choose us:

  • Virtual 1-hour private lessons provide more flexibility in your schedule.

  • The Virtual Course provides constant communication with trainers.

  • Upload videos to Microsoft Teams when you do your training every day!

  • One-on-one lessons with our professional trainers address in-home behavior problems. 

  • Specific training styles are chosen to fit your lifestyle.

$60 For 1-Hour Lesson

PRICING PLANS AVAILABLE FOR COURSES

In-Home Lessons
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Merrill's K9 Academy is now offering private lessons for dog owners who want to work on specific in-home training with their dogs. All classes are held in-home or in a public space for individual convenience. 

Our professional Trainers can address a variety of issues from biting, jumping, counter surfing, and barging through the door, as well as common basic obedience commands.

The flexibility of our in-home private lessons allow us to focus on any commands from basic, intermediate, or advanced levels.​

Why Choose us:

  • Classes are individual, allowing for a tailored training experience

  • Focus on training in your home to get unwanted behaviors under control

  • In-home lessons to provide more flexible scheduling

  • One-on-one lessons with our professional trainers

  • Specific training styles are chosen to fit your lifestyle

$100 PER HOUR

Please call, text, or email for booking - booking is not available online.

207-592-7567

sarah@merrillsk9academyme.com

NOTE: Due to high demand, we are only taking very limited behavior modification clients. Behavior modification includes dogs who have recorded bites and/or show extreme aggression towards people / other dogs. If you are unsure whether you qualify as behavior modification, please reach out and we can discuss!
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GROUP cLASSES

BASIC
OBEDIENCE
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Our Basic Obedience group class allows your dog to learn in an environment with other dogs and a lot of distractions!

Over the course of 5 weeks, your dog will learn how to walk on a loose leash, heel, recall/come, place/stay, sit/stay, and down/stay. We use a positive approach to training and trouble-shoot any issues that arise during training your dogs. Each class is 1 hour long with 10 minutes at the end of each class saved for socialization. 

This class is perfect for puppies 12 weeks and older, as well as older dogs that just need a refresher!

*If you think your dog can pass our test and skip to intermediate obedience classes, or if you aren't sure what training to do with your dog, please sign up for our 30-minute consultation*

 

Why Choose us:

  • Spend an hour each class learning new commands to create a foundation for successful training.

  • Allow socialization between dogs at the end of each class to encourage structure when socializing in a safe environment.

  • Classes with other dogs will allow your dog to understand commands in chaotic environments.

  • We understand that each dog learns different and can adapt training styles based on your dog's needs.

$150 PER CLASS

Intermediate / AKC Canine Good Citizen
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We have revamped our intermediate / AKC Canine Good Citizen class! During this course, we focus on increasing our obedience, while also adding a focus of greeting other dogs, greeting friendly strangers, calm behaviors during interacting with strangers. We expand on our basic obedience class with additional long distance down and sit stays, including leaving rooms, and creating an overall well-rounded and social dog.

Each class is 1 hour long and we invite new people to class each time to pose as our "friendly stranger" to greet your dog! Towards the end of the 6 weeks, we will take a trip in public to put what you've learned to the test!

The last class will be spent going through the AKC Canine Good Citizen test with the evaluator as well as ensuring all dogs have the ability to move on to our off-leash course if desired! Our trainers will trouble-shoot any problems before the last class to make sure you are more than ready before taking the test!

Why Choose us:

  • Classes focus on increasing obedience previously learned in basics class to create he foundation for off-leash trining.

  • In addition, this class focuses on creating a social dog you can bring in public that will stay under control.

  • This class will have a lot of distractions and real-life scenarios for you and your dog to work through, creating a strong bond and well-rounded dog by the end of 6 weeks.

*Basic Obedience Class is Required before joining*

$250 PER CLASS

Off-leash Obedience
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Merrill's K9 Academy offers and off-leash training course to those dogs who have completed basic obedience and intermediate obedience classes. 

This course focuses on taking knowledge learned in the previous 2 classes and applying in an off-leash setting. We spend at least 3 classes in public places pushing the obedience we have learned in a real life environment.

Our off-leash classes spends 3 classes at our facility re-enforcing all the commands we have taught our dogs in a controlled off-leash setting before going in public. For the last 3 classes, we travel out in public and put our knowledge to the test in the community.

The off-leash class is a great way to set up a healthy lifestyle for you and your dog, so they can live their best and most free life with you!

Why Choose us:

  • This class focuses on real life scenarios that you will find yourself in, in public.

  • This course sets you up for a healthy off-leash, free, lifestyle with your dog, either in public or at home.

  • We incorporate e-collar training so everyone can learn how e-collars work and how they can be used in a correct, healthy way to benefit your dogs off-leash life. 

  • We understand how your dogs learn as we have had them in class before and can tailor the training to ensure that you get the most out of this class.

*Intermediate Obedience / CGC Class is Required to take this course*

$250 PER CLASS

Agility
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Merrill's K9 Academy is very excited to be opening up an introduction to Agility Class!

Classes will run weekly and focus on the introduction to Agility as well as creating a foundation for training with agility equipment at the most basic level.

The focus of each class will be getting dogs used to different surfaces, working through agility equipment, learning your body placement and how dogs enter obstacles.  

Why Choose Us:

  • We have limited the sizes of our agility classes so dogs get more one-on-one focus.

  • Dogs will gain confidence working through different surfaces and obstacles.

  • Dogs will work their brains learning on agility obstacles and reading from your body language and positioning during training.

$35 PER SESSION

Prior classes are not required to participate in agility

*Does not include social hour at the end*