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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.
      • We plan on resuming onsite/in-person group classes starting mid-June with thorough safety and sanitation procedures in place. 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. 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.

OUR UPCOMING TRAINING CLASSES:

PUPPY CLICKER CLASS

Puppies go through a critical developmental period and depending on what happens during this time has lifelong effects. The primary focus is on socialization and understanding how your pup interacts with the world. This class is designed for pups under 5-months at the start of class.

NEXT SESSION:
Sundays, running October 4th through November 8th, 10-11am Last one in 2020
Registration NOW OPEN! 1 SPOTS LEFT!

CLICKER TRAINING: FOUNDATIONS

We believe in setting dogs and owners up for success for the long haul. During our 6-week long basic class we will explore specific training techniques using marker training to ensure we establish a strong foundation of communication between our self’s and our dogs. While this class does use core behaviors, dogs that have a basic understanding of them still learn a lot as our focus is on techniques and teaching people.

NEXT SESSIONS:
Sundays, running October 4th through November 8th, 11:30am-12:30pm
Registration Full. Please email training@arlgp.org to be placed on the waitlist.

Mondays, running November 2nd through December 7th, 5:30-6:30pm. Last one in 2020
Registration opening soon. Email training@arlgp.org to be placed on the notification list.

ZOOM CLASS for Clicker Training: Foundations

Due to a high volume of requests, we will be holding our Clicker Training: Foundations Course via Zoom. We saw amazing results when we moved this class to the Zoom platform last spring. This is a great class for community members who are not participating in group gatherings at this time, as well as for people who are unsure how your dog will handle a group class setting. You can still get the skills you and your dog need without the high level of distractions found in a group class. We will all meet virtually once a week where you will be given instructions following the foundations syllabus, demonstrations, feedback as you and your dog practice, and handouts to help with your home activities for the week. Must have reliable internet and a computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and microphone. Smart phones work too.

NEXT SESSIONS:
Wednesdays, running October 28th through December 9th, 5:30pm-6:30pm. Skipping the week of Thanksgiving.
Registration opening soon. Email training@arlgp.org to be placed on the notification list.

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 (Basic Clicker) Class and apply them to real world scenarios. 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 (formally Basic Clicker). This is not a class for dog reactive dogs, we hope to provide a class for those dogs in the near future.

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!

NEXT SESSIONS:
Tuesdays, running October 13th through November 17th, 5:30-6:30pm. Last one in 2020
Registration NOW OPEN!

RECALL REVIVAL — *New summer class*

The ARLGP Training & Behavior department is excited to announce a special outdoor summer course, Recall Revival. This 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!

NEXT SESSIONS:
Spring 2021

THE WONDERS OF WALKING — *New summer class*

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!

NEXT SESSIONS:
Spring 2021


Do you have a training and behavior concern with your dog, cat or critter?

STEP ONE: Fill out our online behavior support form and tell us what you are experiencing
This form allows us to gather critical information to support you and your animal as efficiently as possible. Please take your time and answer each question thoroughly.

STEP TWO: We will connect. A member of our team will be in touch within two business days to discuss next steps for you and your pet.


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) 517-3953


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