about Cappa’s Kennel
Patronized and recommended by veterinarians throughout the Boston, Northern Massachusetts and New Hampshire areas, Cappa’s Kennel has become a highly sought after boarding destination for those looking for the finest care at a competitive price. If you have additional questions or would like to discuss your dog’s special needs in greater detail, please do not hesitate to contact Gail, directly. She can be reached by phone (603) 642-8811 or by email here.
about Gail Cappadona CPDT-KA & Owner
With an extensive knowledge of managing both commercial and private dog boarding facilities and with 30 years of experience training dogs (including one that guarded Air Force One) Gail applies the depth and breadth of her expertise to every aspect of her jewel of a kennel.
Meet Gail and see her in action training 4 month old ELLE RALHAUS (IPO3), daughter of two time world champion ZAMBO VOM RIEDSCHLURGI
a caring stay while you’re away
CAPPA’S KENNEL is a licensed, private, boarding facility that offers the luxury of indoor/outdoor runs and daily, extended, supervised play in a large, fenced area.
A skilled staff member is always on-site, and because Gail lives on the property, supervision throughout the night is never absent from our circle of care.
Last but certainly not least, unlike so many other kennels, crates are simply not a part of our boarding “vocabulary.”
We are proud of our facility and welcome your visit. However, to avoid any undue stress to our “guests,” we limit the number of visitors at one time and per day. While much of the facility will be visible during your tour, we restrict some areas so as not to interfere with the operation of the kennel. Keep in mind, too, that tours are by appointment only. Thanks for your understanding!
housing & playtime
We are distributors for and feed only the best dog foods the marketplace has to offer. If your pup loves our fare as much as we think he will, you can take home whatever you need from us.
most of our guests request a bath before going home, so please book your appointment when checking in
At Cappa’s Kennel we pamper each and every pet as if they were our own. We offer a wide selection of specialty shampoos and custom services including de-skunking, degreasing and a knowing light touch for your puppy or elderly dog. Our grooming fees are based on the condition of your dog’s coat, difficulties in handling and a very few other special circumstances. We’re happy to provide an estimate over the phone or invite you to visit our kennel, beforehand.
(Located about an hour from Boston and a convenient 30 minutes from Manchester, NH, Cappa’s Kennel is centrally located just north of the Massachusetts/New Hampshire border)
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My name is John Skehan and my wife Vickie and I have known Gail Cappadona since 1987. We have had the good fortune to watch her career as a dog handler/ trainer and breeder grow and flourish over the years. In 1988 I received my first German Shepard from Gail. Gail fully trained the dog as well as myself on how to handle the dog. The dog was amazing, it was hard to believe someone could train a dog to that level. I have always been amazed at how smart Gail’s dogs have been and how family oriented they are. Over the years I have always been able to count on Gail to train and board the dogs when we went on vacation. My wife and I would always laugh when would drop off the dogs because they were always so happy to see Gail and never looked back. Last week we received our third German Shepard, Ex Man, from Gail after our Shepard, Guinness, was fatally struck by a car. Our four children were devastated. Guinness was not only their dog but their best friend. Guinness was an all black Shepard that thought he was one of the kids. I have never seen a dog with so much love in him. Guinness and Gail spent a lot of time together over the past few years at Cappa’s Kennel, entertaining the help with his radiant personality. We called Gail the next day to tell her what happened. Knowing the pain the children were going through Gail stated we need a distraction for these kids, I will be there tomorrow with my dog Ex man. A two year old German Shepard, take the dog and see how he does with the kids. It didn’t take five minutes and Ex warmed up to the kids. One week later you would think he has been in this family for the past two years. Gail is truly an amazing trainer. Our new dog Ex can come off the sleeve and give a kiss to one of the kids two minutes later. Every one of our German Shepard’s from Gail have been this way.
Thank you so much for all you have done for this family over the years Gail,
John and Vickie Skehan
My husband and I first met Gail in 1998, when she owned a kennel and training facility in Billerica, MA. We lived in Burlington and had adopted our dog from a local shelter. Due to some behavioral issues, we asked friends, co-workers and neighbors to recommend a dog trainer. Everyone gave us the same name, Gail Cappadona. Gail immediately gave us practical advice to resolve the problem and we began training with her. Our second dog already knew what to do so he went Gail’s doggie daycare. He loved it. In fact Gail even took him into her house when we needed to leave him overnight.
When we moved to New Hampshire, I still drove Nicky to Gail for doggie daycare twice a week so you can imagine how excited we were to hear about Gail’s move to Cappa’s Kennel in Kingston, NH. Gail helped us with some tough medical problems as Nicky got older and needed special attention. We never worried about leaving him at Cappa’s Kennel.
Nicky’s gone now and we have two new dogs, Merry and Ollie. We never considered anyone but Gail to work with them. Now that we are retired, we are able to travel a little more. When the “Kids” see me pack their food, toys and beds in the car, they know they are going to Cappa’s Kennel. Sometimes it hurts a little, the way they run through the doors at the kennel without a backwards glance but that’s the price we pay to leave them with a dear and trusted friend.
We have known Gail & friends for almost 10 years. Maxwell is our 3rd dog that Gail has helped us with and I consider her the Best when it comes to dogs. Maxwell stays with Gail whenever we travel and I love having the peace of mind knowing that he has a good, safe place to stay with lots of buddies to play with. Gail is always there for my doggie questions on behavior and health issues (like always telling me Maxwell needs to lose a few pounds!). I have referred many of people and dogs to Cappa’s Kennels and they always thank me for the great service!
Ralph & Shelly
My dogs love to stay here. She and her team do a great job taking care of them. I don’t go anywhere else.
Kappa’s Kennel is the only Kennel I recommend to my clients. I have a busy 3 doctor integrative practice of veterinary medicine in Arlington Massachusetts. When I pick up my dog from Gail my dog seems thinner, more fit and very happy. She faithfully uses the food I leave for my dog and I can trust that her nutrition level has been maintained. When I return to Kappa’s for the next visit my dog is happy to be there. What more can I ask for? They are great.
DVM Arlington, MA
Having personally worked for Gail off and on over the years I can truly say I have seen what nobody else gets to see. I see how much she cares about making each and every stay with her as comfortable and fun for each dog possible. She always knows instantly when walking into the kennel that might be a little anxious and would do better in a more isolated spot or a spot where they can get constant attention. She never misses a thing. Whether it be getting a dog to take its medication or simply getting a homesick pup to eat she always makes sure it gets done. She treats every dog with the kindness as if it were her own. There is nowhere else I would leave my dog.
Cappa’s Kennel is the only place we will leave our best friend when we travel. The staff is caring, experienced and attentive. Gail, the owner, lives on-site and knows each of the dogs personally. Cappa’s Kennel knows what Trader likes and needs and they provide superior care every time. We never worry when he stays with them which make our travel more enjoyable.
Tim and Marge,
I met Gail through a family member. Since then she has literally made my life wonderful! My dog was a menace until she turned him around and taught me how to work with my own dog. We struggled for years, and with a little training from Gail we are best friends now. Whether it’s training, food advice, boarding, health problems, I go to Gail for everything and I recommend her expertise to everyone.
I can’t begin to say how grateful and pleased we are with Gail and her crew at Cappa’s Kennel. We have two large shepherds with strong opinions (they are shepherds, after all!) and one of them has some significant health issues that require special care with feeding and medication. Cappa’s Kennel is the only place we can leave our dogs and know they are getting the best of care. The people at Cappa’s love our dogs and understand them and they take excellent care of them.
A couple of summers ago, in the 3rd week of July, our boy, Obi, bloated and needed to have emergency surgery. We were leaving on a trip at the beginning of August and our dogs were scheduled to go to Cappa’s Kennel. As we drove to the kennel, I was in tears. Obi wasn’t eating and he had just had surgery and I couldn’t believe we were going to leave him. However, when we got to Cappa’s kennel, we were greeted by people who know and love our dogs. They were so kind and they TOTALLY reassured us. I was so incredibly grateful. They put Obi in air conditioning (it was a very hot summer) and they nursed him back to health. When we came for him two weeks later, he was on the mend and looked great.
We drive an hour each way to bring our dogs to Cappa’s kennel and it’s totally worth it. You won’t be disappointed.
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Gail Cappadona has been training police, personal protection, sport and pet dogs for more than 30 years. During her long, successful career, Gail has trained literally hundreds of pet dogs; many titled sport dogs; numerous accomplished police and tracking dogs, a Canadian National Champion and a canine sentry for Air Force One.
Gail Cappadona CPDT-KA & Owner
No matter what type of training you choose for your dog, Gail’s ultimate goal is to make it possible for owners to include their dogs fully in their lives. With this thought in mind, below is a list of training services the kennel offers including a unique in-house “foundation” program for 8 week old puppies.
Listen and watch Gail teach “down” to 4 month old ELLE RALHAUS (IPO3), daughter of two time world champion ZAMBO VOM RIEDSCHLURGI
Whether you buy a puppy from Gail or would like her to find the perfect companion, you have the added luxury of leaving your new family member with her for a customized training program tailored to your specific needs and requests.
Your puppy will live in Gail’s home and receive her personal, undivided attention. Your pup’s education will include crate training, introduction to house breaking, familiarity with the leash and collar and a basic understanding of necessary commands–sit, stay, down, hurry up and any special behaviors you may require.
Only two students will be accepted at a time, so be sure to place your name on her waiting list, early. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Gail for additional details and specific requests.
Cappa’s Canine working dogs photo gallery
Male: Bitter vom GrimOrkie ScH1 “Yago”
Hips/Elbows: OFA Good/Normal
DOB: 10/28/11 Hips/Elbows: Preliminaries Only
Female: Etsuko vom GrimOrkie BH
Hips/Elbows: OFA Excellent/Normal
Female: Rolex von der Lobdeburg
Female: Dahra vom GrimOrkie SchH1
Hips/Elbows: OFA Good/Normal
Female: Cappas “Zampa”
Hips/Elbows: OFA Excellent/Normal
Female: Helga vom GrimOrkie
Hips/Elbows: Prelim Good/Normal
trained dogs and puppies for sale
We have 12 puppies available for sale! They were born on January 1st & 8th. Please contact Gail for more information
Thank you so much for Ex, he is a loving and wonderful dog. He makes us smile when we play fetch and ride bikes with him. I can see the love in his eyes. He will wake me up with love and lick my face and hand with a smile. He follows me and makes sure I am safe because of the care and training Capppa’s Kennel has given him. I feel so safe with Ex because I know he will take care of all of us. When my brother and I watch T.V. Ex will lay on the ground next to us. He is so strong. When the family goes up the stairs he will come up with us. When someone is sad Ex will do anything to make them happy. The second day of being with Ex I was sad that my first dog had died and he came to me and put his paws on my lap and started kissing my face. Ever since then he has made me nothing but happy.
Thank you Gail for Ex, he is amazing.
“We met Gail Cappadona last year when we were introduced by the owner of the reigning World Champion Schutzhund dog. This past May we purchased a German Shepherd puppy that was bred, raised and trained by Gail. Ghilly came to CA at 3 months old. She arrived crate trained, house broken and with unlimited “technical” phone support. Always readily available (we needed plenty of help), Gail provided proven, common sense solutions to dealing with a new puppy and now an adolescent dog. Ghilly is quite simply the greatest. Thank you, Gail!.”
- Susan A.
“My second Rottweiler was in-kennel trained at Cappa’s Kennel. My first, came with Gail as his trainer when I adopted him at 12 weeks old. That was my introduction to the world of dog training and care. For the past 15 years Gail’s expert advice has proven to be invaluable. Thanks to her I have had the pleasure of owning two of the best behaved, most well-adjusted and happy dogs. I highly recommend her kennel and her training services.”
- Marge P.