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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).


Winter 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.
    • PLEASE NOTE: Masks are required to be worn inside the ARLGP facility at all times.
  • 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)

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 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 101:

  • 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

PUPPY 201: Rallying the Rascals

This class is designed for puppies who are growing into mature, adult dogs. During this 4-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. This class is a Module class meaning participants can join at anytime to start the 4 week session. Please email training@arlgp.org if you have any questions!

Upcoming session: Available on select Sundays, 11:30am-12:30pm, starting January 9th, 2022
Age group: Puppies must be 18 weeks-8 months of age
Registration Open: CLICK HERE

PUPPY 301: Taming the Teenage Tyrant

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: Tuesday, running January 11th through February 15th, 6:30-7:30pm
Age group: 9 to 24 months of age
Registration Closed: FULL please 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 January 10th through February 14th, 5:30-6:30pm
Age group: All ages
Registration Open: CLICK HERE *1 Spot Left

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 January 10th through February 14th, 7-8pm
Age group: All ages
Registration Open: CLICK HERE

CLICKER TRAINING: TRICKS

This is our third stage in our Clicker Training series. The Tricks class is where we take the techniques we learned in our Foundations and Real Life Skills Class and apply them to tricks! Over a 6 week period, we deep dive into capturing, targeting, shaping, and luring behaviors and exploring using them to teach our dogs behaviors like twist & turn, sit pretty, under/over, leg weave, and more! Let’s reward all our hard work by having some fun! Please note, in order to take this class your dog and you must have completed the Foundations class and it is recommended to take the Real Life Skills class first but not required.

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 sessions: Wednesday, running January 12th through February 16th, 6-7pm
Age group: 6 months and up
Registration Open: CLICK HERE *2 Spots Left

View descriptions of other classes offered throughout the year.


UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

Dog Reactivity Basics

Reactivity and aggression towards other dogs is a very common issue for many dog owners. Whether our dogs are reacting out of fear, uncertainty, frustration, or territorial instincts having a dog who has reactive outbursts around other dogs can be frustrating and stressful. In this two-hour talk we will be covering the basics of dog reactivity: what it is, why it happens, and some basic tips and tricks for starting to resolve your dog’s reactive issues.

This workshop will be taught by local certified dog trainer, Mim Coward, and will take place at the ARLGP on Sunday, January 2nd from 3:30-5:30pm.

THIS WORKSHOP HAS SOLD OUT

PLEASE NOTE: This will be a human-only workshop, please leave your pup at home!


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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