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Dog Training Classes

2023-24 Classes  

Classes are held in Scarborough & Gorham, Maine,
& Center Conway, NH.

All classes use positive reinforcement training!
Each class meets for one hour per week.

Puppy Kindergarten
4 weeks for one hour per week:  $130

Class covers puppy basics like managing the "Zoomies", puppy biting, crate training, house training and crucial behaviors like Come When Called, attention, "Give", and games to focus your pup.
Includes puppy play time. 

Puppies should be between the ages of 10 weeks and 17 weeks old
when class starts and be current on distemper and parvovirus vaccines.
Puppies are require by law to have their rabies vaccine by the age of 4 months.

NEXT CLASS Starts Monday, March 18, 2024
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
All classes held inside climate-controlled 
training room at Refreshing Paws, 132 Brackett Road, Gorham, Maine.

Beginner Manners Class
6 weeks for one hour per week:  $195
Teach your dog the basics like Come When Called, Loose Leash Walking, Stay, Drop It and much more while practicing with distractions: other people and dogs.  Jumping on people is covered as well, and you will learn
strategies to help with common pet dog issues. Dogs need to be current on rabies and core vaccines (DHPP). 

No prerequisites.  For dogs at least 4 months old when class starts.  All classes are on-leash.

Small sized classes in a beautiful country setting.

NEXT CLASS Starts Saturday, March 30, 2024
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
First class is online via Zoom @ 12:00 p.m. 
All other classes held inside the gym at the Little Falls Recreation Center
40 Acorn Street, Gorham, Maine.


Scarborough, Maine Class

held outside in a parking lot with adjacent field
6 Week Class, one hour per week

The Next Step Intermediate Class

Will focus on increasing the level of distractions
that your dog can pay attention to you in!

You will work your dog off of other teams in some exercises, cover some new material, and strengthen your dog's previous work.  Lot's of "Stay" work with distractions and many heeling exercises.  All classes held outside.  Any rain cancelations push the class out one week, so you will still get all 6 classes.

And learn the best way to introduce unfamiliar dogs on-leash!

prerequisite:  a positive reinforcement Beginner Class.  All classes are on-leash.

Starting Sundays, May 19, 2024
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (No class May 26, Memorial Day weekend)
All Classes below are in Center Conway, NH
2928 East Conway Rd., Center Conway, NH

Puppy Kindergarten
4 Week Class
For puppies between the ages of 10 weeks and 17 weeks old at the start of class

The first issue we will cover in class is how to handle puppy biting! 
Yes, they all do it, but they sure have sharp teeth.
Learn how to kindly manage and redirect this behavior.   
  We will cover foundation behaviors like Housetraining,
Come When Called, Sit Sequence, Attention and Name Recognition.
Off-leash play is an important part of this class, and we will discuss appropriate
 and inappropriate play behavior and when to interrupt. 
We also introduce novel and interesting items to the pups each week
as a part of their socialization,
which is so much more than just exposing them to people and dogs.

Start Dates:
Thursdays, starting February 29, 2024 @ 5:30 pm
Runs through March 21, 2024.
6 Week Classes
For dogs of any age (minimum age 4 months old)
Pet Dog 101 (Beginner)
Teach your dog the basics like Come When Called, Leash Walking, Stay and
much more while practicing in a room with other people and dogs
Jumping on people is covered as well, and you will learn
strategies to help with common pet dog issues.
Thursdays, returning, 2024 @ 7:00 pm
Runs through X, 2024
Wednesdays, starting March 13, 2024 @ 12:00 pm
Runs through April 17, 2024

Pet Dog 102 (Intermediate)
Improve your dog's ability to respond to you with increased distractions!
Your classmates will frequently be your distractors in this class where
we proof behaviors you have begun, as well as learn new behaviors,
like the best way to introduce dogs on-leash.

Thursday, March 7, 2023 @ 7:00 pm
Runs through April 11, 2024
Over-Exuberant Greeters Class
 Wednesday, April 10, 2024 @ 1:30 pm
Runs through April 17, 2024

Does your dog want nothing more than to greet people by knocking them over and licking their faces? Using training and management we will improve your dog's greeting skills and learn how to set them up to succeed.  This class will address both how to introduce your dog safely (and more calmly!) to visitors in your home, as well as how to introduce your dog to people when out for a leash walk.  We will attend to individual dog owner concerns and modify exercises accordingly.

  For class you will need:

●   a treat pouch
●   lots of lower value treats (processed dog treats that are small and your dog really likes)
●   lots of higher value treats like deli meat or cheese cut up into small pieces
●   your dog on a 6 foot leash attached to a body harness that has a clip on the back:required! One with a front clip too is helpful.
●   your dog should be hungry, so please take up any food bowls by 9:00 a.m.
●   a mat for your dog.  Could be a yoga mat or a bath type mat.  Not your dog's bed or crate mat: no bolsters.
The Fun Way to Optimize Owner/Pet Relationships!

Raising Canine Maine
Mallory Hattie, CPDT-KA
Phone: 207-642-3693