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Dog Training Classes

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).



  • All classes are held at our adoption and community center, located at 217 Landing Road in Westbrook.
    • PLEASE NOTE: Masks are required to be worn inside the ARLGP facility if you are not vaccinated.
  • 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


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 Open: CLICK HERE


Have you taken classes before and your dog does well but you wish he behaved better in REAL LIFE? Or perhaps you’re just looking to improve your dog’s skills or take a fun, different class – if so you will want to check out community canine! In this fun class we meet at different parks and other public, outdoor dog friendly environments and practice training out in the world you live in!

Learn how to compete with distracting environments for your dog’s attention and how to seamlessly transition your classroom skills to the outside world! Training locations vary but range from Portland area to Brunswick area.

Discover new locations to play, walk and train with your dog and most of all just have FUN with your dog! For the safety of all students dogs taking community canine should have completed previous classes at ARLGP or with Problem Solved Training. 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!

Sessions: Available on select Tuesdays from 9am-10am.
Age group: All ages
Registration Open: CLICK HERE


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 October 24th through November 21st, 10:30-11:30am LAST ONE IN 2021
Age group: Puppies must be 18 weeks-8 months of age
Registration Closed: FULL Email training@arlgp.org to be placed on the waitlist.


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: Tuesday, running October 26th through November 30th, 6-7pm LAST ONE IN 2021
Age group: 6 months and up
Registration Closed: FULL Email training@arlgp.org to be placed on the waitlist.

View descriptions of other classes offered throughout the year.

Connect with our training and behavior team:

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

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