Dog Training

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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!

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.


Position on the Use of Dominance and Punishment for the Training and Behavior Modification of Dogs

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This position statement is based on the understanding that:

  1. As our dog's guardian we have a moral responsibility to meet their physical and emotional needs1.
  2. We can train our dogs to a very high level of compliance using a variety of reward-based training methods, but we cannot dictate their emotional responses to situations. Most serious behavioral problems are not due to training or a lack thereof, but are the result of emotions like fear and anger.
  3. Expecting 100% compliance to obedience cues without also managing the dog’s environment is not a
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