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Note: Starting September, 2022, Basic Training will change from two 4-week classes to one 6-week class.

For dogs 5 months and older, Basic Training is a 6-week class that builds the foundation for all future training.

Basic Training is the place to start your training journey if you have an adolescent or adult dog. Through positive reinforcement, teams will learn and practice polite behaviors such as sit, down, stay and loose leash walking all while ignoring distractions. Even if your dog knows all the basic cues, there are still many reasons to begin with a Basic Training class. Not only will have a chance to practice around real world distractions, but you will strengthen your relationship with your dog and have fun doing it!

We also offer Small Breed Basic Training specifically geared towards dogs under 25 lbs.

* In-person group classes are for dogs that do not exhibit aggressive or reactive behaviors. These classes may also be too overwhelming for dogs that have extreme shyness. If your dog exhibits this type of behavior, email for more information on the training services and programs we may be able to offer you and your dog with these behaviors.

Unless otherwise noted, basic training classes are forty-five minutes long and last for six weeks.

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May 2022

Basic Training Level 2: Sunday, May 8 – June 5 @ 3:15 PM

This is a four week, 45-minute class. NO CLASS MEMORIAL WEEKEND, MAY 29th.
Training Classroom – Inside, 46 Holland Road
Kennebunk, ME 04043 United States
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$105

This class builds upon skills learned in Level 1. Through positive reinforcement, teams will learn more advanced cues such as heel, come, leave it, and how to practice longer stays. | Instructor: Laura DesMarais, ABCDT  To participate in Level 2, dogs must be a graduate of AWS Basic Training Level 1, an equivalent obedience/manners group class or permission from the instructor. *In-person Basic Training group classes are for dogs that do not exhibit aggressive or reactive behaviors. This class may also be…

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Basic Training Level 1: Sunday, May 8-June 5 @ 4:30 PM

This is a four week, 45-minute class. NO CLASS MEMORIAL WEEKEND, MAY 29th
Training Classroom – Inside, 46 Holland Road
Kennebunk, ME 04043 United States
+ Google Map
$105

Open to dogs 5 months and older. Build the foundation for all your future training while also strengthening your relationship with your dog. Through positive reinforcement, teams will learn basic cues such as sit, down, stay and loose leash walking. | Instructor: Laura DesMarais, ABCDT  *In-person Basic Training group classes are for dogs that do not exhibit aggressive or reactive behaviors. This class may also be too overwhelming for dogs that have extreme shyness. If your dog exhibits this type of…

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Basic Training Level 1: Wednesday, May 25 – June 15 @ 4:30 PM

This is a four week, 45-minute class.
Training Classroom – Inside, 46 Holland Road
Kennebunk, ME 04043 United States
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$105

Open to dogs 5 months and older. Build the foundation for all your future training while also strengthening your relationship with your dog. Through positive reinforcement, teams will learn basic cues such as sit, down, stay and loose leash walking. | Instructor: Laura DesMarais, ABCDT *In-person Basic Training group classes are for dogs that do not exhibit aggressive or reactive behaviors. This class may also be too overwhelming for dogs that have extreme shyness. If your dog exhibits this type of…

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Basic Training Level 2: Thursday, May 26 – June 16 @ 5:45 PM

This is a four week, 45-minute event.
Training Classroom – Inside, 46 Holland Road
Kennebunk, ME 04043 United States
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$105

This class builds upon skills learned in Level 1. Through positive reinforcement, teams will learn more advanced cues such as heel, come, leave it, and how to practice longer stays. | Instructor: Brenda Horowitz, CPDT-KA  *To participate in Level 2, dogs must be a graduate of AWS Basic Training Level 1, an equivalent obedience/manners group class or permission from the instructor. In-person Basic Training group classes are for dogs that do not exhibit aggressive or reactive behaviors. This class may also be…

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June 2022

Basic Training Level 2: Friday, June 3 – June 24 @ 10 AM

This is a four week, 45-minute class.
Training Classroom – Inside, 46 Holland Road
Kennebunk, ME 04043 United States
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$105

This class builds upon skills learned in Level 1. Through positive reinforcement, teams will learn more advanced cues such as heel, come, leave it, and how to practice longer stays. | Instructor: Melissa McCue-McGrath, CPDT-KA  *To participate in Level 2, dogs must be a graduate of AWS Basic Training Level 1, an equivalent obedience/manners group class or permission from the instructor. In-person Basic Training group classes are for dogs that do not exhibit aggressive or reactive behaviors. This class may also be…

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Basic Training Level 1: Monday, June 6 – June 27 @ 10 AM

This is a four week, 45-minute event
Training Classroom – Inside, 46 Holland Road
Kennebunk, ME 04043 United States
+ Google Map
$105

Open to dogs 5 months and older. Build the foundation for all your future training while also strengthening your relationship with your dog. Through positive reinforcement, teams will learn basic cues such as sit, down, stay and loose leash walking. | Instructor: Laura DesMarais, ABCDT *In-person Basic Training group classes are for dogs that do not exhibit aggressive or reactive behaviors. This class may also be too overwhelming for dogs that have extreme shyness. If your dog exhibits this type of…

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Small Breed Basic Training Level 1: Monday, June 6 – June 27 @ 4:30 PM

This is a four week, 45-minute class.
Training Classroom – Inside, 46 Holland Road
Kennebunk, ME 04043 United States
+ Google Map
$105

Open to dogs 5 months and older and under 25lbs. Build the foundation for all your future training while also strengthening your relationship with your dog. Through positive reinforcement, teams will learn basic cues such as sit, down, stay and loose leash walking. | Instructor: Brenda Horowitx, CPDT-KA *In-person Basic Training group classes are for dogs that do not exhibit aggressive or reactive behaviors. This class may also be too overwhelming for dogs that have extreme shyness. If your dog exhibits…

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Basic Training Level 1: Sunday, June 12 – July 17 @ 3:15 PM

This is a four week, 45-minute class. NO CLASS JULY 4th WEEKEND.
Training Classroom – Inside, 46 Holland Road
Kennebunk, ME 04043 United States
+ Google Map
$105

Open to dogs 5 months and older. Build the foundation for all your future training while also strengthening your relationship with your dog. Through positive reinforcement, teams will learn basic cues such as sit, down, stay and loose leash walking. | Instructor: Laura DesMarais, ABCDT *In-person Basic Training group classes are for dogs that do not exhibit aggressive or reactive behaviors. This class may also be too overwhelming for dogs that have extreme shyness. If your dog exhibits this type of behavior,…

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Basic Training Level 1: Sunday, June 12 – July 17 @ 4:30 PM

This is a four week, 45-minute event. NO CLASS JULY 4th WEEKEND.
Training Classroom – Inside, 46 Holland Road
Kennebunk, ME 04043 United States
+ Google Map
$105

Open to dogs 5 months and older. Build the foundation for all your future training while also strengthening your relationship with your dog. Through positive reinforcement, teams will learn basic cues such as sit, down, stay and loose leash walking. | Instructor: Laura DesMarais, ABCDT *In-person Basic Training group classes are for dogs that do not exhibit aggressive or reactive behaviors. This class may also be too overwhelming for dogs that have extreme shyness. If your dog exhibits this type of…

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Basic Training Level 1: Tuesday, June 14 – July 12 @ 5:45 PM

This is a four week, 45-minute class. NO CLASS TUESDAY, JULY 5th
Training Classroom – Inside, 46 Holland Road
Kennebunk, ME 04043 United States
+ Google Map
$105

Open to dogs 5 months and older. Build the foundation for all your future training while also strengthening your relationship with your dog. Through positive reinforcement, teams will learn basic cues such as sit, down, stay and loose leash walking. | Instructor: Laura DesMarais, ABCDT *In-person Basic Training group classes are for dogs that do not exhibit aggressive or reactive behaviors. This class may also be too overwhelming for dogs that have extreme shyness. If your dog exhibits this type of…

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Basic Training Level 1: Saturday, June 18 – July 16 @ 10 AM

This is a four week, 45-minute class. NO CLASS JULY 4th WEEKEND.
Training Classroom – Inside, 46 Holland Road
Kennebunk, ME 04043 United States
+ Google Map
$105

Open to dogs 5 months and older. Build the foundation for all your future training while also strengthening your relationship with your dog. Through positive reinforcement, teams will learn basic cues such as sit, down, stay and loose leash walking. | Instructor: Kim VanSickle, CPDT-KA *In-person Basic Training group classes are for dogs that do not exhibit aggressive or reactive behaviors. This class may also be too overwhelming for dogs that have extreme shyness. If your dog exhibits this type of…

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Basic Training Level 1: Wednesday, June 29 – July 20 @ 4:30 PM

This is a four week, 45-minute class.
Training Classroom – Inside, 46 Holland Road
Kennebunk, ME 04043 United States
+ Google Map
$105

Open to dogs 5 months and older. Build the foundation for all your future training while also strengthening your relationship with your dog. Through positive reinforcement, teams will learn basic cues such as sit, down, stay and loose leash walking. | Instructor: Laura DesMarais, ABCDT *In-person Basic Training group classes are for dogs that do not exhibit aggressive or reactive behaviors. This class may also be too overwhelming for dogs that have extreme shyness. If your dog exhibits this type of…

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Basic Training Level 2: Thursday, June 30 – July 21 @ 5:45 PM

This is a four week, 45-minute class.
Training Classroom – Inside, 46 Holland Road
Kennebunk, ME 04043 United States
+ Google Map
$105

This class builds upon skills learned in Level 1. Through positive reinforcement, teams will learn more advanced cues such as heel, come, leave it, and how to practice longer stays. | Instructor: Brenda Horowitz, CPDT-KA *To participate in Level 2, dogs must be a graduate of AWS Basic Training Level 1, an equivalent obedience/manners group class or permission from the instructor. **In-person Basic Training group classes are for dogs that do not exhibit aggressive or reactive behaviors. This class may also be…

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July 2022

Basic Training Level 2: Wednesday, July 6 – July 27 @ 11 AM

This is a four week, 45-minute class.
Training Classroom – Inside, 46 Holland Road
Kennebunk, ME 04043 United States
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$115

This class builds upon skills learned in Level 1. Through positive reinforcement, teams will learn more advanced cues such as heel, come, leave it, and how to practice longer stays. | Instructor: Melissa McCue-McGrath, CPDT-KA *To participate in Level 2, dogs must be a graduate of AWS Basic Training Level 1, an equivalent obedience/manners group class or permission from the instructor. **In-person Basic Training group classes are for dogs that do not exhibit aggressive or reactive behaviors. This class may also be…

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Basic Training Level 1: Monday, July 11 – Aug 1 @ 10 AM

This is a four week, 45-minute class.
Training Classroom – Inside, 46 Holland Road
Kennebunk, ME 04043 United States
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$115

Open to dogs 5 months and older. Build the foundation for all your future training while also strengthening your relationship with your dog. Through positive reinforcement, teams will learn basic cues such as sit, down, stay and loose leash walking. | Instructor: Laura DesMarais, ABCDT *In-person Basic Training group classes are for dogs that do not exhibit aggressive or reactive behaviors. This class may also be too overwhelming for dogs that have extreme shyness. If your dog exhibits this type of…

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