Puppy Headstart – ONLINE

Puppy Headstart – ONLINE

< Last Updated 21SEP21 >

< Short link – https://bit.ly/GAPuppyHeadstart-Online >


Green Acres Kennel Shop’s award-winning dog training team offers an online Puppy Headstart class. The class provides students with the knowledge they need to ensure that their puppy grows up to become a well-mannered and well-adjusted dog while in the comfort of their home. This class is beneficial to anyone with a new puppy or contemplating adding a puppy to the family.

Puppy Headstart-ONLINE consists of four sessions held via ZOOM, each running for 90 minutes to two hours. Students may enroll in a Thursday evening session at 6 PM or a Saturday option at 9 AM. Classes run for four consecutive weeks with open enrollment, allowing you to start as soon as possible. Your space in class is reserved as soon as you pay the $65 registration fee in the store or over the phone. The course was designed by Don Hanson, a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and Certified Professional Dog Trainer.

Topics Addressed in Class

  • Socialization and habituation
  • Housetraining & crates
  • Play biting & bite inhibition
  • Chewing
  • Jumping up on people
  • Canine and humans and how they can best communicate
  • How your puppy learns and the most effective way to train him
  • The power of reward-based training and the dangers of punishment
  • What to do when your puppy misbehaves
  • Managing the puppy and its environment and why it is Critical
  • Handling for grooming and veterinary exams
  • Playing with other dogs
  • Alone training, preventing separation anxiety
  • The role of nutrition in physical, mental, and emotional health

Green Acres Kennel Shop has been voted the Bangor Regions “Best Dog Trainer” every year since 2011 and was rated in the TOP 10 Best Dog Trainers in New England for 2020.

Additional Benefits to Class Attendees

  • Puppies enrolled in our ONLINE Puppy Headstart class receive a coupon good for one free day of Puppy Daycare, a $15 value. Puppies must be current on required vaccines, and a reservation for daycare is needed. Currently, Puppy Daycare is available on TUE, WED, and THU. You may book additional days of Puppy Daycare if you choose, at a discounted rate of $15/day, up until your puppy is six months of age.
  • Puppy Headstart-Online students receive coupons worth up to $70 on various Green Acres Kennel Shop products and services, as well as a $30 discount on our Basic Manners class.

For more information or to register, call us at 207-945-6841

You may listen to a podcast about the class at

Daycare for Puppy Headstart Students