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Dog Training Classes

FALL 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:

  • Sundays, October 16th through November 20th, 6:30-7:30pm
  • Mondays, October 17th through November 28th, 5:30-6:30pm (skips Halloween, 10/31)
  • Tuesdays, October 18th through November 22nd, 7-8pm

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

CLICKER TRAINING: REAL-LIFE SKILLS

This is the 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 Clicker Training: Foundations or Puppy 201.

Upcoming sessions:

  • Mondays, October 17th through November 28th, 7-8pm (skips Halloween, 10/31)

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! This class is held outdoors on the ARLGP campus.

Upcoming sessions:

  • Sundays, October 16th through November 13th, 5-6pm– this session is full!
  • Tuesdays, October 18th through November 22nd, 5:30-6:30pm

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


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