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Positive | Sustainable | Dog Training

Kirby’s Canine Academy uses force free training to make each session positive and fun. We work with each individual dog and guardian to create a sustainable approach to your dog training needs. Helping you and your dog become the best possible team. 


About Owner & Head Trainer Kristen Renaud

Kristen Renaud, JD/MBA, is a graduate of the Victoria Stilwell Academy’s Online Dog Trainer Course. She believes in positive, force free training to create a thriving team between you and your dog. After several years as a Management Consultant Kristen realized she could combine her passion for problem solving and consulting with her love of dogs. 

Kristen's path to becoming a certified dog trainer began while working with her own dog, Kirby, on anxiety related behavioral issues. After witnessing Kirby’s transformation, utilizing a holistic approach to diet, impulse control and positive training methods, Kristen set out to help other dogs and their families. 

With several years of experience of working with dogs, teaching group classes and private sessions Kristen founded Kirby’s Canine Academy in 2019. Kirby’s Canine Academy strives to work with each individual dog and guardian to create a truly sustainable approach to your dog training needs, helping you enjoy your dog for life. 

Kristen currently lives in Portland, Maine with her husband, dog Kirby, and two cats Diggs and Ollivander.



Training you and your dog to be the best team

Train From the Comfort of Your Home

Train from anywhere in the world. All you need is a computer, webcam, and online connection. Each training session includes a one on one video conference, email support, and a personalized training plan. You can select a training package such as puppy training, or customize a training plan specific to you and your dog's needs. Get started today!

Exercise and Bond With Your Dog in Your Home

No time for a walk or bad weather? Complete a free Home Gym Exercise Class with your dog today! These 20 minute or less sessions guide you through a circuit with your dog. From quick training, to mental stimulation these exercises allow you and your dog to enjoy the rainy day after all! All you need is a toy, some treats and of course your dog!

Kirby's Canine Academy Live Events

View our calendar to see if our Owner and Head Trainer, Kristen Renaud, will be speaking near you.



Get in touch with Kirby's Canine Academy to learn more about our training services and how we can help you and your dog become a better team.