We base our training on the theory that “nothing in life is free”. This is a simple, day-to-day training process that doesn’t take any extra time and anyone can do.
Much of a puppy’s behavior is geared towards getting your attention. They demand attention and we give it to them. This makes it pretty easy for them to assume that they are the boss. You might think, “But I don’t pet him, I tell him no and push him off me!” You can reinforce a puppy’s behavior (good or bad) by paying attention to it. There are three basic ways to give a puppy attention:
Eye contact: Looking at your dog
Voice: Talking to your dog, saying “good dog”, or even “NO!” is paying attention to them
Touch: Petting your dog, or even pushing them off you, grabbing them to take something away
- This technique will establish your position of authority, takes no extra time and anyone can do it!
- Simply require your puppy to “sit” or “down” prior to feeding, petting, giving attention, etc.
- If your puppy doesn’t follow your command, then ignore them for 5 minutes and try again.
You can call and let the staff know what you are having a problem with and we can help you address the behavior. For more destructive or dangerous behaviors and problems like separation anxiety and barking, we can arrange a 30 to 60 minute behavior consultation with one of our veterinarians.
Puppy, basic & advanced training classes can help you address behavior problems such as housebreaking, walking on a leash and more. Puppies must be at least 8 weeks old and show proof of vaccinations. The training process is based on positive reinforcement.
Puppy Classes Are Available at These Locations:
Green Acres Kennel 1653 Union St Bangor, ME 04401. (207) 945-6841
Country Kennels 1708 Stillwater Ave Bangor, ME 04401. (207) 945-9221
At Green Acres, Puppy Head Start is available as a one-on-one with a trainer for a personalized start to training before regular classes begin. Please call either facility for more information and class times.