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Tired of Tucker’s potty accidents? Is Cisco pulling like a sled-dog? Perhaps Scout destroys shoes and dog beds.
From potty training your new pup, to helping teach your teenage dog how to walk nicely on leash, Girl Friday ACK is here to help.

 Contact us today and say goodbye to pup’s frustrating behaviors.

Private Coaching

Dog Training & Behavior Counselling

Our trainer is Als Allan, CPDT-KA, a graduate with distinction from the Victoria Stilwell Dog Training Academy and DogNostics certified Dog Trick Instructor.

Girl Friday ACK offers:

  • Basic manners tuition such as “Sit”, “Down”, and “Come”, or just some fun tricks.
  • Potty and confinement training.
  • Help for behaviors like excessive barking & fear.
  • Day training – that’s right, we’ll train your dog for you! Click here to read more about day training.

All private training and behavior modification programs take place at your house or another location of your choosing – we come to you. The whole family is encouraged to participate.

We begin with a 90 minute consultation ($120) where we learn more about you, your family & your pup,  design a training plan and introduce you to our training methods.

Further training sessions can then be booked by the hour ($100/hour)  or as part of a 3 hour ($290) or 5 hour ($480) discounted package.

Some training goals can be achieved in just a session or two while other behavior change plans will likely require more time to implement effectively. All require a commitment to the training process. In order to help you achieve your training goals, all private coaching sessions will be scheduled at the time of purchase. 

Girl Friday ACK practices force free, fear free and intimidation free dog training and behavior modification.  You can learn more about the benefits of positive reinforcement based training methods here.

We’re so confident that our companion animals can be trained without resorting to prong, choke or shock collars we offer significantly discounted training services in exchange for these devices. Click here to read more about Project Trade

For pet parents who prefer to learn in a group setting, Als has been offering a Basic Manners for Young Dogs class through the Nantucket Community School since 2016. You can read more about group classes through the Nantucket Community School here.


Contact us now to schedule your initial consultation.

Day Training

Consistency and repetition are the cornerstones of successful dog training so why lose precious time while you’re at work or even taking a vacation?

Girl Friday ACK can help you to train your dog even when you’re not there! That’s right – we will train your dog for you!

Our unique Day Training package ($699) includes:

  • An initial private consultation to establish your training objectives.
  • 10 (thirty minute) training visits when we will work with pup on your desired training  goals.
  • Daily notes and/or video.
  • A weekly progress update.
  • Two half-hour transfer sessions with you to ensure you are in a position to continue reinforcing Fido’s new behaviors.

Contact us today and let us take care of the training for you.

Puppy care

Girl Friday ACK loves puppies! But we know how much time it takes to raise a well behaved pup. That’s why we offer customized puppy packages which address your specific needs.

Our puppy services include:

  • Multiple daily relief visits.
  • Potty & confinement training assistance.
  • Help with basic manners training.
  • Day training – we train pup for you.

Our puppy care services are designed for puppies 8 to 16 weeks old. Daily relief visits cost $25/30 minute visit. But if you’re hiring someone to let your dog out, wouldn’t it be convenient if they’d train pup at the same time?

What puppies learn by the age of 16 weeks will affect them for the rest of their lives. This is the time to put in place really strong foundation behaviors. Our young puppy training packages start with an initial 90 minute meeting ($150) where we learn more about you, your family, your pup, your objectives and then introduce our training methods. We’ll leave you with such an awesome folder of puppy information this may be the only help some pet parents ever need.

Further training services with pup are then arranged according to your schedule and needs. Because young pups have limited attention spans, puppy training sessions are no longer than 30 minutes ($50).  For the greatest training progress we strongly recommend multiple daily visits.

Bringing a new puppy into the home should be a great experience for everyone.  Contact us now to find out more about our Puppy Packages and let us put an end to your new puppy fatigue.



Girl Friday ACK has been offering dog walking services to Nantucket since 2014. We offer private walks, and also small group hikes. Our commitment is to your pup and their specific needs. We understand that dogs are individuals and some just prefer one on one time, while others may benefit from playing with well-matched pups.

Private training walks are available after an initial private coaching session and are an ideal way to complement your training program.  Otherwise, we are happy to schedule regular walking appointments or, once we get to know you at a complimentary Meet & Greet, to help you with occasional walking. We know how unpredictable our weather can be and what a relief it is to know that you always have someone to call if you get delayed off island!


Girl Friday ACK customizes all pet care to the individual pet but our walking services include a potty break, brain games, any meals and of course copious amounts of tender loving care.

Private off leash hikes and small group outings are available, but only where this is appropriate. All off leash services are subject to evaluation of a dog’s disposition and recall. Our group hikes are kept intentionally small so they can be closely managed. Dogs are carefully matched, and play styles must be compatible. One bad experience can last a dog’s lifetime.

Puppy play dates can be arranged and are always held in a secure but enriching environment.


While looking after your pup, we also believe in creating a relationship with you. We understand that it takes trust to allow someone into your home and to take care of your beloved pet. We want you to know that you can ask us to help in other ways too.

We’re happy to help get Fido to or from the groomer, or to pick up/drop off Fluffy at boarding or day care. And if you need to go off-island for a few days, then why not keep pup on his/her regular schedule and comfortable at-home? We offer pet-sitting visits multiple times a day which can be an ideal solution if you have other companion animals at home. We love looking after your kitties, fish, rabbits and even your chickens too!

Because our services are so individualized please contact us to discuss pricing.

Pet sit visits

All pet sitting visits are customized to your specifications but our services include:
Kitty sitting
  • Regular well-being visits (Minimum 1 visit each 24 hour period).
  • Litter changing and disposal.
  • Litter box cleaning.
  • Change of food and water.
  • Tender loving care and interaction.
Stay at home dogs
  • Regular relief and enrichment visits (Minimum 3 visits each 24 hour period
  • Physical exercise and mental stimulation.
  • Feeding.
  • Medication.
  • Plenty of hugs and kisses
In addition we’ll be happy to bring in mail, turn on/off lights, feed the fish and water the plants.

28 Miles Out To Sea, But Never Alone.