Learn & Play

Home | Canine Training | Learn & Play

About this Program

Join us for Learn & Play! This program brings together training skills and doggone fun in weekly sessions. Each Learn & Play session, led by one of our certified professional dog trainers, includes a mix of socialization, obedience training, life skills, play and fun! Learn & Play is a great way to reinforce skills, learn new skills and bond with your dog in a fun environment. Sessions take place for 45 minutes. Attend one, or attend them all! Pre-registration is required.

Learn & Play is on hiatus until spring 2024.

Class Options

Learn & Play is on hiatus until spring 2024.

Click on the class titles below for more information and registration.

Puppy Learn & Play

Puppy Learn & Play is a series of weekly one-time sessions that tackle the basics of raising a puppy and socialization. Open to puppies 8-19 weeks old.

Small Breed Learn & Play

Small Breed Learn and Play is a series of weekly one-time sessions that build upon the training and obedience skills you learned in previous classes. Open to dogs 5 months and older, under 25 lbs, and who have previously graduated from a group class. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Want to learn more about our Learn & Play program? Please check out these FAQs.

No, that’s what’s great about Learn & Play. You can attend one, or you can attend them all! But you are not obligated to attend them in a certain order or attend two weeks in a row. It’s a drop in program (though we require pre-registration) Registration is required and you can register for one session at a time.

These programs fill up fast and we limit attendance to only 4-5 dogs/handlers, so we encourage people to register in advance, before it sells out.

Yes, absolutely. Learn & Play sessions, especially for puppies, is a great way to reinforce skills learned in group classes.

This is a great question. Thank you for asking. At this time, we do not have Learn & Play sessions for mid-sized or large dogs, but it’s something we may offer in the future.

No! Each session focuses on a different skill, trick or training skill. You can view the session description to see what we’ll be covering that week.

To best enjoy this program, small breed dogs should be 25 lbs or less.


For more information, please contact our Canine Training Team via email or telephone at (207) 985-3244 ext. 111.

Follow Us!


๐‡๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ฒ ๐Œ๐ž๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ! As a reminder, AWS' Adoption Center and Veterinary Clinic are closed today. Our staff and volunteers will be on hand to care for the animals, but we will not be manning phones or checking emails. We hope you and your canine friend can get out and enjoy the holiday, no matter the weather! 

Remember, itโ€™s never a good idea to leave your pets alone in a locked car, even for only a short time. The guide below shows just how quickly the inside of a car can get dangerously hot, even in mild temperatures like today. That means that even โ€œjust for a minuteโ€ can be long enough to have devastating effects for your pet. In most cases, itโ€™s best to just leave Fido at home rather than risk their health and safety. Letโ€™s keep summertime safe and fun for all!
We have a Happy Homes story about a lovely little cat named Flora who reminds us that even the shy, scared, or timid pets deserve a chance at a loving home. More often than not, once an animal gets adopted, they blossom into a truly outgoing and friendly companion who just needed a home environment to shine! Here's what Flora's parents have to say about her! 

"Flora joined our family about two years ago, and has brought immense joy, comfort, and affection to us since then. The day that I came into to AWS, the member I met with mentioned that this blue-eyed beauty was very, very shy. Nobody other than those caring for her had any luck getting her to trust. With another shy kitty at home, I knew to enter the room cautiously. I remember that Flora was curled up in a corner under a cat tree. I quietly sat on the floor just to get a good look at her. She perked her head up, crawled over, and promptly laid down in my lap. If I hadnโ€™t already had my heart set on her, that wouldโ€™ve sealed the deal right then and there!
Now, this kitty is THE definition of a cuddle bug. She sleeps in her humans bed each night, purrs louder than any kitty Iโ€™ve ever known, and demands attention vocally if it isnโ€™t given in a time deemed appropriate to her. She has two other kitty friends, along with her sister that she loves to play with, and she spends her days either lounging in the sun, or curled up right next to her people. Thank you AWS, for everything you do!"