Downeast Dog News

Hello, Doggie! Is a unique dog daycare where owner Shannon Oliver stands by the belief that every dog is a star! We believe in positive reinforcement and the importance of appropriate play and an enriching environment for every dog! With Shannon's years of experience with animals, Hello, Doggie! is able to go above and beyond with these beliefs.

Hello, Doggie! is theater themed because of Shannon's long-rooted love for all things Broadway. She is a supporter of local arts and an active performer with Lake Region Community Theater (Naples, Maine) and Lyric Music Theater (South Portland, Maine).

On top of performing any opportunity she gets, Shannon has years of experience with horses, has worked in shelters and rescues, and several dog daycares. It was from these hands-on positions that Shannon learned dog training methods, and also what a doggie daycare should really be like! She has a vast amount of knowledge and experience when it comes to dog behaviors, body language, and socialization, and her priority above all else is to provide a safe, fun and nurturing place for your precious dogs!


Training Classes

Hello, Doggie! offers the following classes that when completed in succession, prepare you and your dog for the AKC Canine Good Citizen Certification. All classes run for 7 weeks and any clients new to Hello, Doggie! must schedule an evaluation with Chris to assure you and your dog are ready for a group class.


Trainer - About Chris Ford

Chris is a Certified Dog Trainer through the Animal Behavior College. He is also a registered Evaluator for the AKC Canine Good Citizen and S.T.A.R. Puppy courses. Chris has been surrounded by dogs his whole life, but has been training professionally for four years in the area. He most recently taught private and group lessons through Finish Forward Dogs, Inc.​

He strives to assist families in bonding with and understanding their dogs by opening the proper channels of communication.​

Chris is a proud and loving dog dad to his beautiful pup Raya, and loves spending his time with her in the Maine outdoors.