About Us: Dog Training in Fairfield County, CT

Owner & Lead Dog

Based in Fairfield County, CT, The 10 Minute Dog, LLC is available to help you help your dog anywhere in CT and NY. Bruce and the team have over 17 years experience training dogs in obedience, field tests and working with aggression and fear based problems.  

Bruce Caplin, JD, CPDT CDBC is a certified professional dog trainer (CPDT), Certified Dog Behavior Counsellor (CDBC) and the owner of The 10 Minute Dog, LLC as well as the co-owner of Brulynn Labradors, breeders of fine Labradors for marshes & meadows.  Bruce has served as Training Director for DAWS (Danbury Animal Welfare Society, one of CT's largest no-kill shelters) where he was responsible for evaluating, rehabilitating and training over 300 dogs in their care each year.
For over 19 years, he has been studying canine behavior and successfully training dogs for home and field. He has studied with some of the best known trainers on the East Coast and has achieved success at the highest levels of both the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the North American Hunting Retriever Association (NAHRA) performance events. He holds titles at the Master levels in Field Tests and Hunt Tests and has trained and managed dogs as Canine Good Citizens© and Therapy Dogs in addition to helping so many families educate and train their 4 legged family members.
 
Bruce holds a BA in Philosophy and Behavioral Studies and a Juris Doctor degree. Prior to forming The 10 Minute Dog, his day job revolved around all things law related including representing clients in pet and animal related issues. After many years of training dogs for friends & colleagues, he developed a plan, continued his training, achieved success at the highest levels of canine performance events and started The 10 Minute Dog, LLC.
 
He is a member in good standing and certified with The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), serves as the Legislative Affairs Committee chair for the APDT and is a member of the boards of several Retriever clubs. He is a licensed Field Test Judge and currently serves as counsel and executive board member to The North American Hunting Retriever Association, the oldest hunting retriever organization in the country.
 
You can truly say, his life has gone to the dogs....and that's just the way he likes it.


Trainer

Amy Hughes, CDT is an Animal Behavior College graduate and attended Western Connecticut University where she majored in psychology and behaviorism.  Amy currently volunteers at DAWS (Danbury Animal Welfare Society) where she assists with training and rehabilitating the 300+ dogs that are adopted through its program.  She is a member in good standing [and certified] with the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT).


Affiliated Colleague

Donna Gleason is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) and a Certified Special Education teacher in the State of Connecticut.  She is a graduate of Fairfield University (Jesuit National Honor Society - Alpha Sigma Nu), with a Masters Degree in Special Education/Behavior Modification.

Donna is a professional member in good standing with APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers), Delta Society and SARA (Shelter Animal Reiki Association).

When Donna is not working with a client, she enjoys taking her dog Lucy on Good Dog Foundation and Delta Society AAA (Animal Assisted Activity) visits to local hospitals and taking her black lab Winston on field training exercises.