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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Green Acres Kennel Shop is a pet friendly, force-free, fear-free, pain-free facility and we meet or exceed the standards set in the Position Statements of The Pet Professional Guild (PPG) and the behavior guidelines of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).


Introductory Classes

Due to COVID-19 Social Distancing Recommendations, the Start Dates for All Green Acres Kennel Shop Group Training Classes Are Tentative



Green Acers Kennel Shop is currently offering two introductory dog training classes:

Introductory Dog Training for website 05AUG20Puppy Headstart Online – A program for people with puppies 8 to 16 weeks of age, or those that are anticipating getting a puppy who wish to get a head start, or those with a puppy older than 16 weeks of age still dealing with housetraining, play-biting, chewing, and typical puppy issues. FMI

Basic Manners – A semi-private group class with one instructor and two students offered at Green Acres Kennel Shop. This class is for students that have completed our Puppy Headstart class or those with older dogs that want to learn more about their dog and to teach them the basics. Basic Manners is not suitable for dogs that are reactive or aggressive. FMI

 No Pain No Force N Fear

Refining Rover Class
Refining Rover Class
Refining Rover Class

Our Refining Rover class is for those that have completed a Basic Manners or higher level class at Green Acres.

Classes are currently held indoors at Green Acres Kennel Shop and on Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM.

This class is ideal for:

  • Those that need some extra practice on basic skills in a more structured environment.
  • People that
Level 2 Training Classes


Due to COVID-19 Social Distancing Recommendations, the Start Dates for All Green Acres Kennel Shop Training Classes Are Tentative

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

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Level 3 Training Classes

Level 3 Classes

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We bring dogs into our families as companions to share our lives. How much of our lives they can fully and happily share is ultimately determined by their level of training and their habituation to different situations and environments.

It is our goal that each person and dog in our classes have the best training experience possible. We cover a great deal of information in our Intro to Dog Behavior and Clicker Training seminar and our Basic Manners classes that are the foundation for what we

Private 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
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 are 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 do not sell pets. We will provide you with objective advice and help you answer several questions. Should I get a dog or cat? Would I be better off with and adult pet or a puppy/kitten? What breed, size, and coat type would be best? Should I get a purebred or a mix? Should I look for a reputable breeder or shelter/rescue? How do I know if a breeder or shelter is reputable?  We will also be able to discuss the level of

Green Acres Training Staff


"These trainers are awesome!!! You can tell they love dogs just as much as we do." M.F.

"The small number of students

How to Choose A Dog Trainer

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

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