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WED-Basic Manners

with Nicole Crocker



NOTE: Up to two members of the same family may attend with each dog. You do NOT need to enroll or pay for each person separately.

Basic Manners is a semi-private group class. It is for:

  • those who have completed our Puppy Headstart-ONLINE class,
  • and those who have NOT completed our Puppy Headstart-ONLINE class but have a dog and want to learn more about their dog while teaching them how to be a great family member.

Basic Manners is NOT suitable for overly reactive or aggressive dogs or those extremely fearful. Contact to learn how we can help you.

In Basic Manners, we will teach you to train your dog to respond to visual and audible cues for attention, sit, down, come, heel, give, and leave it. Suppose you need assistance with typical puppy behaviors like play biting, housetraining, jumping on people, and chewing. In that case, we suggest you take Puppy Headstart-ONLINE first or at the same time as Basic Manners.

This semi-private class consists of two teams of one to two students with their dogs and one instructor. Classes may be held indoors and outdoors in our upstairs training room, depending on the weather and what is taught a particular week. Each session is approximately 40 minutes long, and will meet at the same time and day for six weeks. The cost of the class is $229.

We offer a wide selection of class starting dates and times. However, once you have started a class, you cannot switch to a different date or time. If the date and time you prefer is filled, you can add your name to a waiting list, but be advised it is very rare for someone to withdraw from a class. Therefore, your best strategy may be to enroll in your second choice of date and time.

  • SUNDAY – Classes WILL meet on Thanksgiving weekend.
  • WEDNESDAY – Classes WILL NOT meet the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
  • THURSDAY – Classes will NOT meet on Thanksgiving.
  • SATURDAY – Classes will meet on Thanksgiving weekend.

Approximately two weeks before attending the first class with your dog, you will be sent an email containing links to view our orientation videos. You will require access to the internet and a desktop computer or tablet to watch these videos. While you can watch them on a smartphone, we do NOT recommend it. It is your responsibility to watch these videos before the first in-person class. 

These videos are approximately 5 hours in length. They cover information on canine behavior, training, and human and canine communication. They are the foundation of what we will be teaching you in person. Therefore, viewing them will be critical to implementing what we teach you in person. You will have access to the videos until the final class.

All students will receive the following at their first in-person class, A copy of our 200+ page book Best Friends for Life, homework sheets, two clickers, and twelve ForceFreePets/Green Acres Kennel Shop coupons worth up to $54.

Students who have completed our Puppy Headstart-ONLINE class and enrolled their puppy in Basic Manners within 90 days of finishing Puppy Headstart will receive a $30 Green Acres gift card at their first Basic Manners class.

Please understand that class postponement due to public health situations is a possibility. We may also find limiting attendance to one student per dog necessary. We may also reschedule a class due to weather, instructor availability, or other unforeseen circumstances.


  • BASIC-WED-4PM: Oct 25 - Dec 6th, 2023
    Wed for 6 weeks from 4:00 - 4:45 pm

    Will run


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(207) 945-6841

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Bangor, ME 04401 Get directions

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