Puppy Headstart – ONLINE

Puppy Headstart – ONLINE

< Last Updated 05AUG20 >

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


Green Acres Kennel Shop’s award-winning dog training team is offering an online version of its 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 will be beneficial to anyone with a puppy from 8-weeks to six months of age. It can also be beneficial to anyone contemplating adding a puppy to the family.

It is a perfect way to get started on the right paw during this time of social distancing or if you happen to be from outside of the immediate Bangor area.

The class was designed by Don Hanson, a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, and Certified Professional Dog Trainer.

Right now, social distancing requirements prevent our offering in-person group classes. However, puppies have a well-established development stage that occurs between 4 and 14 weeks of age, which does not go on hold for a pandemic. These early weeks in a puppy’s life are a critical time for them to learn about the world and how to interact with it. It can be much more difficult for a puppy to learn much of what they need to know after 14 weeks of age. At the same time, it is equally important for the people with the puppy to learn how they can most effectively teach their puppy the basics. By placing our class online, we can teach people what they need to know in the comfort of their home and still be available to answer questions even though we cannot meet face to face at this time.”

Topics Addressed in Class

  • Socialization and habituation
  • Housetraining & crates
  • Play biting & bite inhibition
  • Chewing
  • Jumping up on people
  • 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 and mental health

An instructor is online and available to take questions both during and after the presentation. Written handouts are available to augment your learning.  The online class runs 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. Classes are on Thursday evenings at 6 PM or on Saturday mornings at 9 AM.

People and puppies that complete Puppy Headstart will be well-prepared to start our Basic Manners class.

Green Acres Kennel Shop has been voted the Bangor Regions “Best Dog Trainer” every year since 2011 and was rated in the TOP 20 Best Dog Trainers in New England for 2019.

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

For more information on our Basic Manners class – https://bit.ly/GAKSBasicManners-2020

You may listen to a podcast about the class at

Daycare for Puppy Headstart Students