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Gentle Canine Fitness and Training

Gentle Canine Fitness and Training (GCFT) focuses on building a healthy and happy relationship between you and your canine companion. The dog's physical and emotional wellbeing will be integrated with the needs of your individual lifestyle.

Australian Shepherd

What I Do

cooperative training for health and happiness


Mind and Body Enrichment


Manners for Home-life


Problem Behaviors


A Bit About The Trainer

Founder of Gentle Canine Fitness and Training, Nicole Ireland, has been a licensed veterinary technician with a special interest in behavior for twenty years. She is a VSA-Certified Dog Trainer (Online) who practices least intrusive minimally aversive (lima) methods with her patients and in training. 
Nicole uses skills learned from her Fear Free certification (elite), Low Stress Handling University course, and reading extensively about behavior and training. She also stays current on the science of dog training through webinars and short courses online. Nicole is a Certified Canine Fitness Trainer thru the University of Tennessee, Certified Walk This Way Instructor thru Dognostics, Karen Pryor Puppy Start Right Instructor, and a Certified Trick Dog Instructor thru Do More With Your Dog. 
Nicole's personal dog training philosophy is to care for the whole dog. She strives to balance dogs' physical, emotional, and mental well-beings with the needs of their humans' households. 
Nicole lives with her husband, David, in Bradford, Maine. They share the love of five dogs and two cats. She spends her spare time competing in agility, hiking with her Australian shepherd, and exploring the world through her camera lens.

Contact Us

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(207) 631-7686

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Next Manners, and Agility Classes start October 14th. We also have a new Tricks Class available this session! Puppy training will now be given at private house calls. 
Click the scheduling button for prices and available packages.

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