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ARL Training Classes

Dog Training & Classes

Our wide variety of dog training classes and supplemental online resource library will help adoptive pet parents, as well as the general public, better understand these companion animals.

Start with the Right Class

Classes are held at the Blumenthal Training Center at ARL Main, and are listed below in order of succession.

Puppy

Classes for dogs 8 weeks to 5 months old

Puppy Kindergarden

Adolescent Puppy Kindergarden

Puppy Life Skills

Puppy Preschool

Drop-in Training

Adult

Classes for dogs 5+ months old

Good Manners

Better Manners

Rowdy Rovers

Drop-in Training

Specialty & Advanced

Classes for dogs 5+ months old

TheraPets Prep Class

10 Steps to Canine Good Citizen™

Real Life Class

Private Training

Classes for dogs 8+ weeks old

Private training is temporarily unavailable at this time. Please see the list of referral trainers on our Behavior Helpline page.

At-Home Learning

Basic training and behavior understanding can be done at home with the help of our resource library for Dogs

Dog Behavior

Dogs at Home

Dog Health

Dog Safety & Preparedness

Training Classes

New classes:  These are offered on-site, and are not virtual. Participants will be limited to one handler per dog, and will be required to wear a face mask.

  • Puppy Kindergarten

    Puppy Kindergarten

    This class helps puppies start off on the right paw using positive reinforcement techniques. This class is for puppies between 8 weeks and 18 weeks of age at the start of class.

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  • Fast Track Good Manners

    Fast Track Good Manners

    Class meets 1 time a week for 4 weeks. Guardians will learn how to teach their dogs in a humane manner using positive reinforcement methods. Dogs should be 5 months and older at the start of class.

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  • Fast Track Puppy Kindergarten

    Fast Track Puppy Kindergarten

    This class helps puppies start off on the right paw using positive reinforcement techniques. For puppies between 8 weeks and 18 weeks of age at the start of class, this class meets once a week for 4 weeks.

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  • Puppy Preschool

    Puppy Preschool

    Need a jump start before attending Puppy Kindergarten? Puppy Preschool is a perfect way to begin working on socialization, as well as chatting about setting your new puppy up for success! Puppies must be between 8-18 weeks and be current on vaccinations.

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  • Adolescent Puppy Kindergarten

    Adolescent Puppy Kindergarten

    This class encourages socialization and gives you support and knowledge to teach your puppy desired behaviors to live peacefully in your home. Dogs should be 15 weeks to 6 months old at the start of class.

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  • Good Manners

    Good Manners

    Guardians will learn how to teach their dogs in a humane manner using positive reinforcement methods which in turn will enrich their relationship with their dog. Dogs should be 5 months and older at the start of class.

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  • Rowdy Rovers

    Rowdy Rovers

    In the Rowdy Rovers class, we'll encourage dogs to make polite choices when life can be way too exciting - which can sometimes make them forget their manners.

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  • Drop In Training Classes

    Drop In Training Classes

    Drop In Training Class is perfect for those with busy schedules who aren't able to commit to a 4-week class, but want to learn the basic manners. Dogs should be 8 weeks or older at the start of class.

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  • Real Life Class

    Real Life Class

    You have put in the hard work of teaching your dog basic good manners. Now, it's time to attach “real life” aspects to those behaviors.

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  • 10 Steps to CGC

    10 Steps to CGC

    If your dog is on the path to becoming a Canine Good Citizen, this class will provide additional practice before taking the test. Dogs can be tested as early as puppies, but a prerequisite is required.

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  • TheraPets Prep Class

    TheraPets Prep Class

    Looking for a fun and rewarding way to volunteer with your dog in the community? If you/your dog need some help with training for the TheraPets evaluation, this class is for you!

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  • Training Class FAQ

    Training Class FAQ

    Visit the FAQ page to learn about our return policy, cancellations, required vaccinations, and more.

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  • Trainer for a Day

    Trainer for a Day

    Experience the Animal Rescue League like few people can... as an animal trainer!

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  • Better Manners

    Better Manners

    Already taken a Good Manners but ready for more? Better Manners is a great option to build your dog's skills, and learn some new behaviors!

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  • Puppy Life Skills

    Puppy Life Skills

    Already taken a Puppy Kindergarten but ready for more? Puppy Life Skills is a great option to build your puppy's skills, and learn some new skills as well!

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