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Behavior & Training

Training and socializing is vital to a happy, well-adjusted family!

At the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, we know that healthy pets in our community are happy pets in our community. Through our training and behavior department, we are excited to offer programs, guidance, and support to community members (both two and four-legged).

ABOUT OUR CLASSES:

  • All classes are held at our adoption and community center, located at 217 Landing Road in Westbrook. Please read our COVID-19 preparedness plan for all upcoming onsite training classes.
  • Class fee is $160 per dog. ARLGP alumni dogs receive 20% off all class fees (when registering alumni: please enter promo code ‘alum’ at check-out to apply your adopter discount)
  • TO REGISTER:Please follow this link to sign up for your class. We use a platform created specifically for dog training programs. You will be asked to create a custom profile of you and your dog, so we have all the essential information to get you started and maintain your family’s training records

SPRING 2021 TRAINING CLASSES:

PUPPY START RIGHT DROP-IN CLASSES

This class is specially designed for your new puppy! We have this class on a module system so puppies (and parents) can join when they can, with the option of coming to our entire 4-week in-person series or picking the sessions that fit your schedule. In this class we discuss classic puppy problem solving topics like house training and chewing. We also work on basic puppy training techniques like coming when called, drop it, and walking on leash. And, no puppy class would be complete without games and play time!

Requirements to join Puppy Start Right:

  • Puppy parents are require to watch our one-hour orientation video from home, before attending a class
  • Puppies joining must have at least one DHHP vaccine
  • Be sure to read each class description in our drop-in series to ensure you are joining the best one for you and your puppy.

Sessions: Available on select Sundays from 9am-10am.
Age group: Puppies must be 8-17 weeks of age
Registration: CLICK HERE

PUPPY ALL RIGHT

This class is designed for puppies who are growing into mature, adult dogs. During this 5-week class, we will explore what the landscape is like as our puppies begin to mature. This can be a tricky time not just for you but for your dog. This class will follow up on some puppy problem solving topics, discuss enrichment items, impulse control, and take behaviors like downs, stays, recalls, and walking on leash to the next step.

Upcoming session: Sundays, running April 11th through May 9th, 10:30-11:30am
Age group: Puppies must be 18 weeks-8 months of age
Registration: FULL (email training@arlgp.org to be placed on the waitlist)

PUPPY BE RIGHT

In order for our puppies to be right, we need to first tame the teenage tyrant! This secondary stage of adolescence is the toughest. Your teenage-brained pup has a BIG DOG body and has learned how to use it. They jump, they body slam, they bark. They want to move WAY faster than you do on the leash and they likely want to chase everything they see. If you’re extra unlucky, this is also the time of life when behavior issues such as anxiety, fear, reactivity or aggression start to appear.

Whether you want to polish your puppy’s basics and take them to the next level, are late to the training game and are just getting started, or adopted a new teenage dog– this class will teach you how to work WITH your dog through the challenges (and benefits) of adolescence as a team. With a heavy focus on impulse control, this class covers the basic foundational behaviors stay, leave it, place, and loose leash walking while also teaching you how to give your teenage tyrants essential life skills such as polite manners, patience, arousal control, focus and relaxation.

Upcoming session: Sundays, running April 18th through May 16th, 4:30-5:30pm
Age group: 9 to 24 months of age
Registration: FULL (email training@arlgp.org to be placed on the waitlist)

CLICKER TRAINING: FOUNDATIONS

We believe in setting dogs and owners up for success for the long haul. During our 6-week long class we will explore specific training techniques using marker training to ensure we establish a strong foundation of communication between ourselves and our dogs. We explore basic dog psychology, how marker training works, capturing, shaping, targeting, and luring behaviors, what are cues and what they mean to our dog, and the beginning stages of Problem Solving. This is a great class for those that want to establish long term communication and connection with their dog, whether your dog has done competitive obedience or struggles to sit, this is a class for all levels!

Upcoming session: Mondays, running April 19th through May 24th, 5:30pm-6:30pm
Age group: 6 months and up
Registration: FULL (email training@arlgp.org to be placed on the waitlist)

CLICKER TRAINING: REAL LIFE SKILLS

This is our next stage in our Clicker Training series. The Real Life Skills class is where we take the techniques we learned in our Foundations Class and apply them to real world scenarios. Over a 6 week period, the class focuses heavily on the 3 D’s, distance, duration, and distractions as they apply to your core behaviors, and how marker training works in your day to day life. Please note, in order to take this class your dog and you must have completed the Clicker Training: Foundations.

This is not a class for highly reactive dogs, not sure if your dog meets the requirements? Please email us at training@arlgp.org and we will help you determine if this is the best option for you and your dog!

Upcoming session: Mondays, running April 19th through May 24th, 7pm-8pm
Age group: 9 months and up
Registration: CLICK HERE

RECALL REVIVAL

Recall Revival is a 5-week intensive group class focuses on one of the most important and difficult behaviors to teach our dogs, coming when called. We will discuss what a recall means for our dogs, a variety of techniques to help achieve a recall, and how we develop a recall over the long term. This class will be held outside and limited to 6 dogs. This class is for dogs that have taken some type of group class before and is not for highly reactive dogs.

Not sure if your dog meets the requirements? Please email us at training@arlgp.org and we will help you determine if this is the best option for you and your dog!

Upcoming session: Wednesdays, running April 21st through May 19th, 6-7pm
Registration: FULL (email training@arlgp.org to be placed on the waitlist)

THE WONDERS OF WALKING

The ARLGP Training & Behavior department is excited to announce a special outdoor summer course, The Wonders of Walking. This 5-week intensive group class focuses on the wonders (and sometimes not so wonderful aspects) of walking our dogs. We will explore different walking equipment, what a walk means for our dogs, walking etiquette, and learn about a variety of techniques to help us achieve loose leash walking. This class will be held outside and limited to 6 dogs. This class is for dogs that have taken some type of group class before and is not for highly reactive dogs.

Not sure if your dog meets the requirements? Please email us at training@arlgp.org and we will help you determine if this is the best option for you and your dog!

Upcoming session: Tuesdays, running April 20th through May 18th, 6-7pm
Registration: CLICK HERE

 

View descriptions of other classes offered throughout the year.


Connect with Brittany, our training and behavior manager:

Brittany Linkenheimer is a certified behavior and training specialist receiving her certification from the world-renowned Karen Pryor Academy, a graduate of Starmark Academy’s 3 certification program, an AKC Evaluator, and has her BFA. Brittany utilizes humane training methods that are based on current scientific knowledge of learning theory to teach people how to communicate and train their animals.

Questions about our training classes? Contact Brittany at training@arlgp.org or (207) 854-9771


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