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Dog Training Classes

SPRING 2022 GROUP TRAINING CLASSES:

ABOUT OUR GROUP CLASSES:

  • All classes are held at our adoption and community center, located at 217 Landing Road in Westbrook.
  • 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
    • Class fee is $175 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)

CLASSES FOR PUPPIES

PUPPY 101 (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 recall, drop it, and walking on-leash. And, no puppy class would be complete without games and playtime!

Requirements to join Puppy 101:

  • Puppy parents are required to watch our one-hour orientation video from home, before attending a class
  • Puppies joining must have at least one DHHP vaccine

Sessions: Available on select Sundays from 10-11am
Age group: Puppies should be within 8-17 weeks of age
Instructor: Kathleen Haggerty
Registration Open: CLICK HERE

PUPPY 201: Rallying the Rascals (4-Week Module Class)

This class is designed for puppies who are growing into mature, adult dogs. During this 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.

Sessions: Available on select Sundays from 11:30am-12:30pm (participants can register at any available start date and complete four consecutive classes)
Age group:
Puppies should be within 18 weeks-8 months of age
Instructor:
Kathleen Haggerty
Registration Open:
CLICK HERE


CLASSES FOR ALL AGES

CLICKER TRAINING: FOUNDATIONS

We believe in setting dogs and owners up for success for the long haul. During our 6-week-long foundational 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 sessions:

  • Tuesdays, running June 21st through July 26th, 5:30-6:30pm– this session is full!
  • Tuesdays, running June 21st through July 26th, 7-8pm

Age group: All ages
Instructor: Emily Platt
Registration: CLICK HERE

THE WONDERS OF WALKING

Join our special outdoor 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 is 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: Mondays, running June 20th through July 25th, 7-8pm– 2 spots left!
Age group: All ages
Instructor: Emily Platt
Registration: CLICK HERE

RECALL REVIVAL

Recall Revival is a 5-week intensive group class that focuses on one of the most important and difficult behaviors to teach our dogs: coming when called. We will discuss what recall means for our dogs, a variety of techniques to help achieve recall, and how we develop 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:Mondays, running June 20th through July 25th, 5:30-6:30pm– 2 spots left!
Age group: All ages
Instructor: Emily Platt
Registration: CLICK HERE

COMMUNITY CANINE

Have you taken classes before and your dog does well but you wish they 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-filled 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 the Portland area to the 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.

Upcoming session: This class will be held on a drop-in basis, Tuesday mornings at 9am. Sign up for 1 class, or all 5- it is up to you and your schedule!
Age group: All ages
Instructor: Mim Coward
Registration: CLICK HERE (These are drop-in, single registration classes. Sign up for 1 class, or all 5- it is up to you and your schedule!)


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