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Cassandra B.

Google

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It’s been just over 3 months since I brought my dog Seymour home from the 4 week “Save My Dog” Board and Train. I’m mad I didn’t find Chelsea sooner! She has really changed my life for the better and has given me my happiness and confidence back.

This was an extremely emotional turn around for me. Seymour was so fearful and thus aggressive towards humans and overexcited and reactive towards other dogs that I hadn’t taken him for a walk for about a year and a half. I would run him on the treadmill, play mentally stimulating games with him, and let him run in the backyard. I was stressed and scared of walking with him, but would feel bad going outside without my dogs so we’d all just stay home. My friends were scared to come over and my parents (who I live with) hadn’t even met him. Drop off with Chelsea was my worse fear come true. He had tried to bite Chelsea AT LEAST 10 times and there was nothing I could do that was able to stop him. The drive home was very emotional to say the least.

Since bringing Seymour home my world has completely changed. Walking the dogs is my favorite thing to do! I’ve had friends over multiple times and my dogs are able to be a part of the social event. Seymour will still hold place, but now he wags his tail and does a little wiggle when my friends look his way and say “Hi Buddy!”. My friends still haven’t build the courage to walk him themselves, but he’s able to walk with us! We walk by the elementary school and Seymour is focused on where I’m going instead of the kids that are running around. I’m no longer scared when I see another dog or person or BOTH (lol) walking towards me. Chelsea thank you so much. You’ve given me the tools I needed to feel confident as a dog owner and also have given me my life back. I’m excited to finally be able to plan a trip from my boyfriend and me because Chelsea also does pet sitting!

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Renee W.

Renee W.

We can not recommend PUPS and Chelsea (as well as Phelan and Grim 🙂) enough. They really truly did save our dog Ruger.

We adopted him back in March from Florida with some known fear issues but nothing we thought we couldn’t handle. Turns out we definitely couldn’t handle it.

He would lunge and bark aggressively at any dog that went by as well as cars and people. We got to the point that we couldn’t even walk him unless it was somewhere where there were no triggers.

He had pulled me down numerous times and his world was becoming smaller and smaller. Since we took him to PUPS his world has opened up again. I’m much more confident when taking him on walks and I know I have the tools to correct anything that needs to be. He has learned how to just be and it has made our lives so much better and our relationship with him much stronger.

We love PUPS and plan on sending him for fun times with other happy dogs. Thank you PUPS!!!

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Molly has bigger life

Molly has bigger life

Molly won the three week board and train with Chelsea. Molly is an anxious, fearful, reactive dog. She had gotten to the point that I didn’t take her out in public because she would bark fiercely and lunge and scare people. I was afraid she might bite someone or would pull out of my hands and get hit by a car.

I HIGHLY recommend this training and this trainer for reactive dogs. Molly is home now and has handled every single thing we have asked of her. We’ve had an injury in the family— ok me— so people are dropping in to bring food and check on me etc, which BEFORE Chelsea’s hard work, would have been a disaster. Now, MOLLY has the ability to calm down. She has learned that she can be ok, that she can settle in a hard or scary situation. And I have ways to communicate with her and tools to use, even while a little under the weather, to help her settle, to NOT explode, and to be out on walks again, to go places, see dogs, have company. This training has given Molly a much bigger and happier life. I’ll always be grateful.”

Gloria S.
Buxton, Maine

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Jessica F

“We did our homework when selecting a trainer for our 1 year old German Shepard and landed on our vet’s suggestion: PUPS Maine in Unity, Maine. After reading the testimonials on the Facebook page and watching their training videos, I decided to give them a call. I was pleasantly surprised when the trainer started questioning me! We talked for a while on the phone and I knew she was the right person for our girl. There was an extensive intake process where I was able to provide such great detail about my dog that I felt the person reading it would truly have a good idea of who she is.
Chelsea is the real deal when it comes to dog training. Our dog Dani attended a 3 week Board and Train program to address her anxiety. She was biting people she knew! After biting her third person (two in our home), I was ready to rehome her. If I were being honest, she was making our lives hell around the house, and with three young boys always there to work her up, I knew Dani needed more than we could and had given her. She deserved more and we were not giving it to her. I didn’t know how to help her and I couldn’t get ahead of her anxiety. She paced, jumped up on counters, lunged after cars on walks, barked incessantly when people would walk by our house, became aggressive with strangers, ate every stick of Chapstick I ever owned and, well, basically did whatever she wanted.

Fast forward a month and we have a much calmer, happier dog. She relaxes on her “place” on command and will stay there regardless of distractions (and BELIEVE ME, there are plenty). She stays calm when people come into the home and waits for a command to “break” before she checks new people out. She is comfortable with other dogs and clearly enjoys being around them. It’s like they have unlocked her potential as a dog! We now have a schedule for her, my son can take her for a walk without fear of being dragged to the ground and I am much more confident as a dog owner to tell people how to, or how not to interact with her upon meeting. I have felt my own fears and anxiety lessen drastically since she returned. The kids are constantly commenting on what a good dog she is now. Oh, and I can leave my Chapstick wherever I damn well please.

When we picked our dog up we were trained on how to work with her. We were given a wealth of videos, blogs and other reading materials including a copy of The Good Dog Way to read while Dani was in training. In other words, we didn’t just send her somewhere to be trained. We all trained along with her.

To be fair, she was always a good dog. Chelsea knew it right away. If you are looking for a trainer who knows dogs psychology and the ins and outs of behavior modification like the back of her hand, I highly recommend PUPS Maine.

PUPS Maine really is in it for the right reasons: to help families and their pets become better, together.”

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Carly C.

I cannot begin to describe how amazing Chelsea and her partner Phelan are!! PUPS saved my dog Dino! We were at wits end with his territorial aggression in the house when we had visitors and his leash reaction out on walks. Dino stayed for 3 weeks (Save My Dog program) and he is a COMPLETELY different dog. They did a great job teaching us to use tools and implementing structure everyday for him. I appreciate PUPS so much!! Thank you for everything!

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Melissa W.

Great session, I highly recommend! For the first time in months I have hope that my dog can be trained. He’s a nervous and reactive dog with a bite history – but now I have the tools and knowledge to work with him. Watching Chelsea walk him at the end of our session brought tears to my eyes – no one has been able to get near this dog since I brought him home from the shelter! Not only is she good with dogs, but she is great with thier owners as well – I now know that even when I thought I was calming and reassuring my dog, I was actually doing the opposite. I am amazed at the difference a few commands and structure can make!

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A Few of Our Facebook Reviews

Jessica F

“We did our homework when selecting a trainer for our 1 year old German Shepard and landed on our vet’s suggestion: PUPS Maine in Unity, Maine. After reading the testimonials on the Facebook page and watching their training videos, I decided to give them a call. I was pleasantly surprised when the trainer started questioning me! We talked for a while on the phone and I knew she was the right person for our girl. There was an extensive intake process where I was able to provide such great detail about my dog that I felt the person reading it would truly have a good idea of who she is.
Chelsea is the real deal when it comes to dog training. Our dog Dani attended a 3 week Board and Train program to address her anxiety. She was biting people she knew! After biting her third person (two in our home), I was ready to rehome her. If I were being honest, she was making our lives hell around the house, and with three young boys always there to work her up, I knew Dani needed more than we could and had given her. She deserved more and we were not giving it to her. I didn’t know how to help her and I couldn’t get ahead of her anxiety. She paced, jumped up on counters, lunged after cars on walks, barked incessantly when people would walk by our house, became aggressive with strangers, ate every stick of Chapstick I ever owned and, well, basically did whatever she wanted.

Fast forward a month and we have a much calmer, happier dog. She relaxes on her “place” on command and will stay there regardless of distractions (and BELIEVE ME, there are plenty). She stays calm when people come into the home and waits for a command to “break” before she checks new people out. She is comfortable with other dogs and clearly enjoys being around them. It’s like they have unlocked her potential as a dog! We now have a schedule for her, my son can take her for a walk without fear of being dragged to the ground and I am much more confident as a dog owner to tell people how to, or how not to interact with her upon meeting. I have felt my own fears and anxiety lessen drastically since she returned. The kids are constantly commenting on what a good dog she is now. Oh, and I can leave my Chapstick wherever I damn well please.

When we picked our dog up we were trained on how to work with her. We were given a wealth of videos, blogs and other reading materials including a copy of The Good Dog Way to read while Dani was in training. In other words, we didn’t just send her somewhere to be trained. We all trained along with her.

To be fair, she was always a good dog. Chelsea knew it right away. If you are looking for a trainer who knows dogs psychology and the ins and outs of behavior modification like the back of her hand, I highly recommend PUPS Maine.

PUPS Maine really is in it for the right reasons: to help families and their pets become better, together.”

Carly C.

I cannot begin to describe how amazing Chelsea and her partner Phelan are!! PUPS saved my dog Dino! We were at wits end with his territorial aggression in the house when we had visitors and his leash reaction out on walks. Dino stayed for 3 weeks (Save My Dog program) and he is a COMPLETELY different dog. They did a great job teaching us to use tools and implementing structure everyday for him. I appreciate PUPS so much!! Thank you for everything!

Melissa W.

Great session, I highly recommend! For the first time in months I have hope that my dog can be trained. He’s a nervous and reactive dog with a bite history – but now I have the tools and knowledge to work with him. Watching Chelsea walk him at the end of our session brought tears to my eyes – no one has been able to get near this dog since I brought him home from the shelter! Not only is she good with dogs, but she is great with thier owners as well – I now know that even when I thought I was calming and reassuring my dog, I was actually doing the opposite. I am amazed at the difference a few commands and structure can make!

Abbie S.

Abbie S.

Our Australian Shepard, Blue completed a three week board and train a week ago with Chelsea!

She is amazing and does such great work!

We got Blue when he was 8 weeks old and started working with him from day one. He never seemed afraid of anyone, he just didn’t care about anyone outside of our LARGE family!

He was well socialized and was exposed to everything! We worked with purely positive training and thought we could work him through anything with praise, redirection and lots of conditioning!

As time went on he became reactive towards people, especially children. Even though we have five of our own and he showed no aggression to them. He also was very nippy and would nip us in the face when excited!

Blue ended up biting one adult and nipped at several children! He never broke skin, but we knew if we didn’t find a solution soon we would have to rehome him.

I saw a friend who posted about PUPS and the tools she uses to help rehab and train them. This opened my mind to balanced training! I learned that rewarding the behavior you want and correcting the behavior you don’t want gives a clear message to the dog and helps them to feel more confident.

Also having structure for your dogs, makes life much easier for you and your dogs. 

Not only is Chelsea training the dogs, she is training us, as the owner, how to be successful at home after she has put in the time to create a foundation for the dogs!  She gave me a lot of resources to watch and read so I would know how to continue the work she has done. 

While Blue was away, we were able to see updates and videos of his progress!  Since having him back we have seen such a big difference!  He is no longer reactive when people come to our house.  He is able to politely greet them and then go back to place or free roam depending the situation.  His obedience is amazing, Chelsea was able to get him to a level in his obedience commands that I wasn’t able to do in the nine months I had been working with him! 

I recommend Chelsea to anyone struggling with a reactive dog or someone just wanting to start off with balanced training and give their dog clear expectations.

Google Reviews

Melissa T.

Local Guide·50 reviews·6 photos

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We have had only one ,1-hour session with my two, 8month-old shih-tzu’s and i learned so much. From what I have been able to teach my pups they are doing really good and picking up commands quick. It was really about training me to help them and they have done alot better with the new tools and in the short period of time. I have signed them up for a 5 day training end of August and looking forward to it. Peace & Unity Pet Services are also available for any questions or if you just want to tell them what going on( if humans need a little good job). In the photos they wouldn’t even go in there crates now there learning thats there space my little all black one just goes in there to lay down. We can’t wait to go back for more training and plan on using the daycare! Highly recommend-

Carrie M.

1 review

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Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Reliability, Responsiveness, Value
My 3 year old lab went here for a two week board and train and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. She has learned how to properly walk on a leash without pulling or barking at other dogs or distractions. It has changed our world and what we are able to do. I literally take her every where with me because I know I have the skills and tools for any interaction or setting. It has given us more freedom to do the things we love and it has been so enjoyable!

Chelsea was friendly, professional, and knowledgeable. She texted pictures and posted videos on her page of my pups new skills which were fun to watch while she was away. 5 stars!

Arrive Alive Records

5 reviews

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Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Reliability, Responsiveness, Value
HIGHLY RECOMMEND they’re the reason why I was able to keep my dog after going through many other trainers.

Connor M.

1 review

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Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Reliability, Responsiveness, Value
Couldn’t recommend PUPS more. Brought in a 3 year old beagle who was incredible aggressive toward other dogs on our walks, fearful of strangers, and would run off on me the first chance he got. After the first couple sessions with Chelsea, I noticed a huge improvement. Now he is no longer aggressive towards other dogs, comes to me when called, and is finally breaking out of his shell. I am amazed by the results! Thank you PUPS!

Mike M.

1 review

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Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Value
We did a 1 hour virtual training session to learn how to handle our new Jack Russell pup that was proving a lot to handle, and came away with a ton of quality training info to set us up for success! Luckily our pup Moxie is a smart gal and we got instant improvement with basic commands and crate training (which is totally new to me). Will be going back for more training for sure!

Lady V.

Local Guide·18 reviews·10 photos

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Love this place!! Training is top notch and rates are incredible! Expect a wait time and know that its because of how good she is. I don’t trust my service dogs with just any trainer after a disaster experience. My 2nd SD in training will be attending here as well. I promise you will not be disappointed she does everything necessary to set you and your beloved fur baby up for success!!

Sonja T.

Local Guide·30 reviews

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I was at my wits’ end with my dog’s reactivity. I am only one session in with Chelsea and I am already seeing a difference! I am using new techniques that I never thought I would use, but her education and dedication to training has really opened my eyes to dog training in general. HIGHLY recommend.

KC F.

1 review

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We brought our 9 month old labrador to PUPS after trying other obedience trainings. Mitchell is a goofy exuberant dog but his jumping, mouthiness, ignoring us, and being fresh was unacceptable. After one private session with Chelsea, Mitchell was a different dog. The transformation was stunning. We have gone twice more and continue to see improvements. He now listens, heels, autosits, is no longer mouthy, no longer jumps on people, knows “place,” and is working on recall. He is still a work in progress, but Chelsea has given us the tools to help Mitchell find success. Chelsea, in her patient way, has the unique blend of connecting with both dogs and humans. We are deeply grateful we met her. One of the greatest compliments we can give Chelsea is when our friends and family who have known Mitchell since he was a young pup see him now and say, “IS THAT MITCHELL??!!” We say yup. Thanks Chelsea!!

Arlene H.

2 reviews·6 photos

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Made my Siberian Huskey Buddah to stop pulling while walking and made him more relaxed around new people.

Scott G.

Local Guide·57 reviews·3 photos

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Have never felt more confident that my pet was going to be well cared for! A beautiful new facility. And the most caring staff. Can’t imagine going anywhere else.

Laurel S.

1 review

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Positive: Quality
I have been to group classes and I was amazed at the quick behavior changes you can see right before your eyes. Chelsea explains things well (she includes how to do something and the different ways a dog may react, then appropriate techniques for that behavior). Excellent for puppy training or fixing dangerous or unwanted behaviors.

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