Dog Training

We Can Help You and Your Dog Become Best Friends for Life!

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Green Acres dog training classes have been developed by Maine’s only Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and the largest team of Certified Professional Dog Trainers in Maine. Our classes have been carefully designed to help you and your dog become best friends for life. We do much more than teach dog obedience training. At Green Acres, it is our mission to help you manage what your dog learns and teach you to train behaviors you like and to prevent behaviors you do not like. Emphasizing reward based, positive reinforcement dog training techniques, we teach you how to train your dog in a manner that is friendly to you and to your dog. No pain, intimidation, dominance, prong, or shock collars are used in dog training classes at Green Acres - just friendly, effective dog training that is sure to bring you and your furry friend closer together!

If you are looking for local dog obedience training classes look no further than Green Acres Kennel Shop. We’ve been voted the region’s “Best Dog Trainer” every year since 2011. Contact us today to get started!

How We Teach You to Train Your Dog

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Our Training Team: Knowledgeable and Certified

gaks-best dog trainer-2014-1Green Acres boasts a training staff that includes five Certified Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT-KA), who collectively possess over sixty years of combined training experience. To be eligible for certification as a CPDT-KA, trainers must accumulate 300 hours of instructional experience, submit a written reference from a veterinarian, colleague, and training student, and pass a written exam. The exam content covers the science of training, canine behavior and health, and elements of successful human/canine instruction. We have been voted the region’s Best Dog Trainer by Market Surveys of America every year since 2011.

Introductory Classes

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We Make Training Fun for You and Your Dog!

  • Dog Friendly! – NO pain, intimidation, dominance, alpha rolls, scruff shakes, prong, choke or shock collars.
  • Small class sizes – Dogs (and
Level 2 Dog Training Classes

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 Level 2 Classes: Out and About & Glad to See You

“Relaxed pace, positive upbeat approach.” J.M.

“The trainers are so good at recognizing each dog’s personality and tailoring their suggestions individually.” P.F.

“I felt as if my dog was constantly engaged.”

Level 3 Dog Training Classes

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We make training fun for you and your dog!

We bring dogs into our families as companions to share our lives. How much of our lives they can fully share is ultimately determined by their level of training and their habituation to different situations and environments. The APDT C.L.A.S.S. certification is a solid baseline of a “good-mannered” dog that is able to join us in most aspects of family life. Even if you do not aspire to take any of the APDT C.L.A.S.S. tests, we encourage you to train yourself and your dog to this level so that you can both enjoy your relationship to its fullest.

Prerequisites for Level 3 Advanced

Private Dog Training Classes

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We Make Training Fun for You and Your Dog!

  • Dog Friendly! – NO pain, intimidation, dominance, alpha rolls, scruff shakes, prong, choke or shock collars.
  • Small class sizes – Dogs (and people) learn best with individual attention and small classes.
Training Seminars

Which Pet for Me/Our Family?

This is an opportunity for an individual or a family that is contemplating getting a dog or cat to talk to objectively to professionals with 20+ years of experience with thousands of dogs and cats of various breeds and types. We will meet with you to discuss your lifestyle; current and future, and what you’re looking for in a pet. Unlike a breeder, pet store, shelter or rescue we will not be trying to get you to purchase or adopt a pet from us; we’ll be giving you objective advice and help you consider the following; should I get a dog or cat; adult or puppy/kitten, one or two, what age, what breed, what size, long hair or short coat, purebred or mix, reputable breeder or shelter/rescue.  We’ll also may able to discuss the level of training and care your pet will require and the pros and cons of each of the decision points above.

We do not charge for this program because we want to help you make the best

Green Acres Training Staff
Selecting a Dog Training Instructor and Class

Selecting a dog training instructor and class is an important decision. The wrong decision could traumatize you or your dog and set learning back extensively. We recommend you use the following criteria for selecting a dog training instructor.

  1. Select a trainer and class that is Dog-Friendly. A Dog-Friendly instructor will NOT use or recommend any methods or tools that work on the principal of intimidation or coercion or that have been designed to cause the dog physical, mental or emotional pain. That means they will NEVER use or recommend shock collars, choke collars, prong collars, squirt bottles, scruff shakes, alpha rollovers or other inhumane tools and techniques.
  2. Select a trainer who complies with the American Humane Association's Guide to Humane Dog Training. Such trainers will rely on teaching methods that use positive reinforcement for good behavior rather than punishment for unacceptable behavior.
  3. Verify the trainer's
Training Class Registration Form

Please fill out and sign registration form.  Submit to:

Mailing Address

Green Acres Kennel Shop
1653 Union Street
Bangor, ME 04401-2204

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is training a dog so important?

Dogs are a separate species from people and as such have their own special needs and natural instincts. They communicate differently than we humans do, and many of their normal behaviors are counter to our own. When we bring a dog or puppy into our homes and our lives we are asking them to change much of what is natural about their existence. We not only need to teach them how to fit in, but also teach ourselves about their needs so that we can learn to accommodate them and adjust our expectations to make the best possible situation for both species; dog and human. If we do not take the time to train our dogs and educate ourselves we will both be frustrated and not nearly as happy as we could be.


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