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"It is obvious that Elsa loves working with dogs and pours her heart and soul into training. She really cares about your dog and you. We recommend her to all of our dog friends."

A. O'Neil - South Portland

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My Wonderful Dog

Quality Dog Training and Off-Leash Adventures

Meet The Owner


Elsa Larsen began her career in the field of dog training as a volunteer for the Assistance Dog Institute in Santa Rosa, California. ADI is a unique program that engages incarcerated youth in the care and training of dogs to assist people with disabilities.


In June 2000, Elsa moved to Maine to start My Wonderful Dog – at the time the only non-profit in the Northeast dedicated to the training and placement of dogs for disabled individuals. Due to lack of funding, the non-profit had to close its doors in 2008 however, under the banner of My Wonderful Dog, Elsa continues to bring her training skills to dogs and their people.

With over 20 years of experience, Elsa combines knowledge with an affordable price. Elsa utilizes a holistic approach to dog obedience, taking into consideration your lifestyle and needs. Her goal is to find an attainable training solution for you and your dog.

Each year, the Portland Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community.


In 2021 My Wonderful Dog was recognized by the Portland Awards Program as The Best of Portland Pet Trainer. 

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