At Seacoast Canine, we pride ourselves on being problem solvers. Every dog and owner have unique needs which we strive to meet with an individual training, exercise, and pet care plan. So if you need help turning your devil dog into man’s best friend, look no further!

Serving the greater Newburyport area


The first step is deciding how involved you want to be in the training process.

Dog Sitting

Are you a ‘do it yourself’ dog owner? You love learning about dog behavior and working through an issue yourself. You have the time and energy to put into getting the job done and love the feeling of accomplishment that comes with tackling a project head on! Well then, in-home private lessons may be for you; this traditional style of training is better described as professional coaching. During scheduled training sessions, the trainer will talk you through how to teach your dog and demonstrate the technique one step at a time. Success will depend upon your ability to dedicate practice time between sessions so that your dog stays on track for success.

Or are you an ‘on the go’ owner? You are already trying to fit a million things into any given day. As much as you love your dog and want them to be well behaved, the idea of daily practice sessions makes your head spin. Day training is the solution for you! Several days each week a trainer will come to your home and practice with your dog- moving them through the training process quickly and efficiently. At regular intervals the trainer and owner will meet for ‘transfer sessions’ to ensure your dog’s new skills will stick around once the trainer is gone. This program has proven to be fast and effective and has become our most popular choice!

Need to see change fast? Let a professional do the work while you enjoy the benefits! Board and Training is available on a case-by-case basis. Are you going away and want your dog to make the most of their time apart? A board and train may be the solution for you! Think boot camp meets summer camp and you’re on the right track; these lucky dogs come live with the trainer for 1-3 weeks of all day, every day training. Exercise and socialization are built into the program so that your dog is having a great time while making huge strides in the training process. Follow-up sessions with the family are included!

Don’t want to break the bank? We offer a variety of small group obedience classes ranging from puppy through advanced obedience and therapy dog evaluation. Classes cover age appropriate topics and help your dog learn good behavior at any age. Visit our Facebook page to see the dates and times of upcoming classes!

Not sure which option is right for you? Get in touch to set up a consultation! This is an opportunity for a trainer to see your dog in an environment they are comfortable in while giving us humans a chance to discuss the training options and establish goals.



While dogs are social animals, not all of them are cut out for large group-play settings; they may find that stressful, overwhelming, or overstimulating. Many dogs prefer to socialize in a smaller pack with dogs they are familiar with. Other dogs may enjoy daycare but need something else for their in-between days. Whether your dog is a social butterfly or more particular, we can find a group for them! Options include:

Off Leash Pack Walks: $25 Our canine CPR and first aid certified dog walkers pick your dog up from home (along with 3-4 of their pals) and hit the local trails for an hour of hard running and playing off leash. While we can’t promise they’ll come home clean, these pups are always tired at the end of a pack walk! Note: Training is required for dogs to join pack walks unless already reliable off leash.

Playgroups: $20 Not all dogs are trustworthy off leash and so we offer a variety of playgroups each day for energetic pups who need to run. Playgroups are held in fenced in yards and, like the pack walks, these dogs get a full hour of running and romping together. Groups for puppies and small breeds are also available each week day. Pick up and drop off is included.

On Leash Solo Walks: $15 Like humans, some dogs are just more independent. Older dogs, fearful dogs, and aggressive dogs all deserve to get out for walks within their comfort zone. Leash walks are 30 minutes and give your pup a chance to stretch their legs and enjoy one on one attention.

Our team works hard to not only give the dogs an outlet for their physical energy, but also to wear them out mentally. We strive to improve each dog’s behavior and prevent bad habits from forming even when playing or walking. So if your dog needs more exercise or socialization, get in touch to schedule your free consult today. We would love to help you and your dog get their energy out in a structured, safe, and fun way!

Pet Care

Dog Sitting

As fun as a vacation may be, it’s always hard to leave your dog behind. Many dogs don’t enjoy boarding or need more attention than they can get in a large facility. Instead, keep your dog in a low stress, high fun environment and give yourself peace of mind that they are being well cared for.

Seacoast Canine offers three pet care options:

1. Your furry friends (we like other animals too!) get to stay at home in their normal routine with one of our staff members. You have the benefit of a house and pet sitter in one!

2. Lower maintenance pets can stay home while a pet sitter makes three or more visits to the house each day for potty breaks, meals, and some one-on-one attention.

3. Tell your pup to pack a bag- they’re heading to a pet sitter’s house for a sleepover! These dogs must be friendly and social with other dogs and people, since nobody likes a party crasher!

About Us



Seacoast Canine would like to welcome our newest dog trainer, Linda R Haley. Linda has been professionally training dogs for more than six years. Her methods are scientifically based, force-free and enjoyable for both the dog and the human. She is a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) and is a Certified Training Partner with KPA as well as a Certified Dog Trainer through the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.

Linda is currently teaching private lessons with Seacoast Canine. She can help you with your new pup or teach your old dog new tricks. Linda especially likes working with rescued dogs as she is passionate about animal welfare. She volunteers at the MSPCA walking and training dogs with behavioral issues and has volunteered at New England Equine Rescue. Linda lives in West Newbury with her dog Cally.



Jenny Ford is the human behind Seacoast Canine. She has earned a bachelor's degree in Animal Behavior from the University of New England, where she learned training methods based on science and supported by research. Jenny has worked in boarding kennels, dog day cares, and animal shelters, practicing her skills with dogs of all shapes, sizes, and personalities. She has even worked with tigers!

As a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Jenny makes a point to continue her education through seminars and reading current research on dog behavior. She takes pride in her ability to accomplish each training goal without the use of force, intimidation, or physical punishment. Training dogs is her dream and Jenny works with enthusiasm and dedication to make each dog the best possible version of themselves. Jenny shares her home with her adopted dogs, Parker and Skye, and fosters dogs for local rescues whenever possible.


Pet Caretaker

Chris is a Dog Sitter and Temporary In-Home Pet Caretaker (AKA dog sitter). The best part of the job for him, aside from the fresh air and exercise, is getting to play with so many different dogs. It’s like having a dozen pets without nearly as much mess! Chris also handles some of the behind-the-scenes details to help keep the chaos at bay. One thing is certain; all the dogs love Chris!



Erika is one of the dog trainers at Seacoast Canine. She started out working with service dogs in 2008 at a local non-profit. During that time she also worked with a pet dog trainer and fell in love with group classes. After several years with service dogs it was time to peruse a career in training pet dogs and their owners. She especially loves teaching puppy classes and Canine good citizen prep classes. Erika is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and the Pet Professional Guild, which focus on continuing education and kind training practices. She is a certified Canine Good Citizen (CGC) instructor/evaluator as well as a certified Trick dog instructor. She shares her life with Earl the Australian Cattle dog, Sundee the retired service dog and Toffee the glassware smashing feline.


Pet Caretaker

Hello, My name is Mathew, I am a graduate of the University of New England. I grew up and live in Newburyport and all my life I have had a bullmastiff by my side. Even before I could walk I rode them around my house. My passion for animals has driven me throughout the years, first working with birds, both on a bird banding station as well as with identifications. Now I have the chance to work for Seacoast Canine, and give back to the animals who started it all running playgroups and leading off leash group walks.


Pet Caretaker

Hi, my name is Wendy! I'm a California native now living in Merrimac, MA with my children, Ari(18) and Aaron(21) and our two kitties, Midnight (aka. Spaz) and Chesnut (aka. Chessie or Fluffy Butt) whom we adopted from an animal shelter seven years ago! I attended Biola University and received my Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. Growing up I was surrounded by dogs and cats and absolutely loved spending time with them! After working many years in the banking industry and medical field, I recently decided to make a change. Caring for and walking dogs and cats (aka. My furry, four-legged nieces and nephews) brings me great joy! In my free time I enjoy hiking, photography, creative writing, football (Go Broncos!), video games, and both downhill and cross country skiing. I play the clarinet, piano and I also play the bass clarinet in the Merrimack Valley Concert Band.


Day Training

Includes 2-3 weekly practice sessions with the trainer and regular transfer sessions with both the owner and the trainer. Owners may attend practice sessions to observe, but the trainer’s focus will be on the dog until the transfer session.

Cost: $75/session

Board and Train

"Boot camp for dogs:" this highly effective method gets results quickly. Dogs receive daily exercise, excellent care, and multiple training sessions each day while living with the trainer. Owners receive an in-depth explanation of all training as well as transfer sessions to ensure the change is permanent. Board and Trains are also available in your home on a case-by-case basis. All board and train stays must be a minimum of 7 days; one free follow-up session given for each week in boot camp.

Cost: $150/day

Private Lessons

Traditional hour long coaching sessions with both the owner and trainer present.

Between sessions the owner is expected to practice the skills introduced by the trainer.

Cost: single session per week $85/session; multiple visits per week (2+) $75/session


Off Leash Pack Walk: $25
Playgroup: $20
Solo Walk: $15

Pet Sitting

$10/day for each additional pet
Note: If you’d like a pet sitter to visit more than 3 times daily there is a $20 charge for each additional visit.

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