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About Gentle Canine

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.

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-three years. She is a VSA-Certified Dog Trainer (Online) who practices positive reinforcement and adheres to 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 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 the dog's physical, emotional, and mental well-being with the needs of their human's household. 

Nicole lives with her husband, David, in Bradford, Maine. They share the love of five dogs and one cat. She spends her spare time competing in agility, hiking with her Australian shepherd, and exploring the world through her camera lens.


What I do

Leave it/give

Leash manners

Mind and Body Enrichment
Exercise plans
Enrichment plans
Home agility (seasonal)

Puppy Life Skills
Early manners

Body awareness
Positive introductions to sounds
Exploring the environment

Challenging Behaviors
Leash work
Non-aggressive reactivity
Mild separation anxiety

Potty training
Resource Guarding
Impulse control
Confidence building

And more

The next session of group classes starts 07/20/2024.
Drop-in classes are on-going - special pricing on Tricks and Things 

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