Ryan Ramsey Conducting Training

Whether you want to have an obedient house dog, a dog that will protect your family or property, or a working dog we customize our training packages to your needs. We train all dog breeds, not just German Shepherds.

Applejack starts with a free evaluation of your dog.

We talk with you to determine any problems you may be encountering and develop a customized training package.

We board and train your dog at our facility for 7 to 10 business days.  Each day your dog will receive professional training, exercise, and play.  We will teach your dog a 13-command routine and modify the behavior you’re having problems with. 

Upon completion we will reintroduce you to your dog and you will receive weekly private lessons.  As you become more comfortable handling your dog on the leash you will receive weekly group lessons.

Unlike other obedience classes, we do not set a limit on the number of classes needed to complete your training package.  It takes what it takes.

Military Discount

Active duty military personnel and veterans are eligible to receive a discount on our Basic Training Package.

Multiple Dog Discount

Thinking about training multiple dogs at the same time? You are eligible to receive a discount on our Basic Training Package.

Training Style

Our training style focuses on behavior and attitude, not just knowing commands. We use vocal praise instead of food rewards or clicks. We have been in business over 27 years and are known for our expertise in dog psychology.

Dog Behavior Problems and Behavior Modification

We specialize in behavior modification and will help you address problems like:

  • Aggression
  • Separation anxiety
  • Excessive chewing
  • Freedom drive (running away)

Boarding Services

Dogs that complete our basic training package are eligible for boarding in our professionally staffed facility, which features:

  • Large indoor and outdoor runs
  • Infrared heat
  • Skylights

Dogs in our care dogs are fed Iams™ dog food, or the food you provide, and receive daily walks and play sessions.

Our Trainers

Douglas (Doug) Ramsey, founder and former trainer

Doug Ramsey
(March 13, 1963 - March 3, 2017)

  • Rhonda Lawrence
  • Bonnie Penn
  • Kyle Ramsey
  • Ryan Ramsey
  • Terry Saunders
  • Maggie Schlereth

Class Schedule

After completing private training, you and your dog will attend group training sessions.  Group training classes are held throughout the week and on weekends.  Advanced training courses are generally held in the Fall and Spring on weekends.

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
No classes Basic Obedience
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  No classes   No classes Basic Obedience
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    ERWD Basic
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
      ERWD Basic
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
        ERWD Advanced (Off Leash)
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  ERWD Advanced (Off Leash)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

About the Elite Registry of Working Dogs (ERWD)

The Elite Registry of Working Dogs (ERWD) was founded in 1987 by Douglas A. Ramsey on the premise that a dog with proper training has the potential to become enormously more than just a family pet or show dog. Almost any dog will come, sit, and down before six months of age. However, getting a dog to settle down, focus, sit straight, and work in unison with the handler is another matter.

Completing Basic Obedience Modification is the foundation for any working dog team. It sets the tempo for a strong relationship. The ERWD Basic and ERWD Advanced (Off-Leash) classes prepare the dog and handler for ERWD trials and testing.

Advanced Training Courses

Completing our basic obedience training and behavior modification course is a prerequisite for all advanced courses.

Off Leash Obedience

Training is performed off leash and around distractions like people, kids, and other dogs. The dog and owner/handler will develop the skills, focus, and confidence to handle most situations they might encounter off leash in a safe and controlled environment.

Personal & Family Protection

A personal protector or bodyguard is a well-mannered and disciplined companion. Applejack K-9 Academy offers protective training geared towards the family or business environment. Each dog is customized for the life style and environment it is to live in.

Agility & Utility

Our onsite Agility & Utility course offers a variety of jumps, tunnels, walls, and specially designed obstacles.  Agility and Utility is designed to build stronger trust between the dog and handler.

Tracking and Air Scenting

These courses are designed to introduce you and your dog to the techniques used by Search and Rescue Teams. You and your dog will become a team. Our tracking groups always enjoy the time they spend in this course and often form a bond with each other.

Drug Course

We offer Basic and Advanced courses designed to teach you and your dog the general concepts and techniques for conducting drug searches.  Dogs are taught to detect marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and LSD.


Applejack K-9 Academy
14655 Charles Street
Charlotte Hall, MD 20622
P: (301) 884-7547
yesmar73@gmail.com

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