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Control Unleashed Leslie McDevitt’s versatile Control Unleashed® program is designed to help “dogs with issues” learn how to relax, focus, and work off-leash reliably in either stimulating or stressful situations.   At PoeticGold Farm, we believe in the usefulness and efficacy of “CU” for dogs who need to increase their owner-focus and impulse control- for… [Read More]

AKC Community Canine Class

Prerequisite CGC As with CGC, AKC Community Canine requires a 10-step test of skills that dogs must pass to earn the official AKC Community Canine title: Dog sits or lies down and waits under control Walks on a loose leash in a natural situation (not in a ring) and does not pull Walks on a loose leash… [Read More]

Family Dog Manners

Training your dog is a lifelong conversation between you.  Family Dog class teaches the handler clear, fair, and consistent communication techniques for a great relationship between dog and owner.  The class curriculum includes Sit, Down, Heel, Front, Finish, Come , Leave It, and begins Stay. We also cover attention games to teach your dog Watch and… [Read More]

Rally Obedience

Rally Obedience is a noteworthy program for PoeticGold Farm. Dog and handler are scored partly on the “naturalness” and happy communication between them as they move from sign to sign performing obedience doodles and challenges. We offer it both to the team who wants increased fun and togetherness but no competing, and also to the… [Read More]

Reform School Class

Reform School is a tongue-in-cheek name for a course that serves people who cheerfully admit they did not train their dogs well enough or the training didnt last. It is a “Do Over”, and it is a zero guilt trip, problem-solving class that tackles reining in the basically great dog who needs to go back and… [Read More]

S.T.A.R. Puppy

For puppies 8 weeks to 6 months by the first week of class, the main focus of this class will be on solid basics like Sit, Front, Finish, Heel, Down, Come, and Leave It as puppies learn how to learn. Early socialization, bite inhibition, body handling, housebreaking, problem solving and more will be discussed too…. [Read More]

Human Directed Aggression

This class is taught always by Judy Moore, PDT-KA: http://caninebehaviorcounseling.blogspot.com Has your dog bitten someone?  Do you know if the bite is considered a level one or level four?  Does your dog growl when guests arrive?  Has your dog lunged at a person when on a leash?  Do you know if your dog is truly… [Read More]

Outdoor Adventures

   Leaving Tracks All Over Town Come join in the fun, as our Outdoor Adventures classes offer great training opportunities for you and your dog. We visit different locations such as Deering Oaks, and Tommy’s parks in Portland, Twin Brooks in Cumberland, Freeport just to name a few!  Four classes are on leash around town and two… [Read More]

Leash Lungers/Frustrated Greeters

Many of us have seen or owned a dog that is barking and lunging at other dogs when out on a walk.  Many of these dogs appear to be aggressive, yet have never bitten or done damage to another dog, many are simply displaying frustration on the other end of the leash. Deprivation of dog… [Read More]

Feisty Fido – Dog to Dog Aggression using Behavioral Adjustment Training

What is a Feisty Fido?  You may know of someone or maybe yourself owns a dog that has attacked another dog.     If your dog has caused damage to another dog either when greeting, running out the door, or through a fence. This class can help you understand how to help your dog.  This is not… [Read More]

RallyFree and Circus Dog Tricks( Nancy Freedman Smith)

Start Date:  Freestyle is  dancing with dogs to music. It is a fun sport for the owners and dogs, and enthralls the audience.  Freestyle is based on basic obedience training, but  it adds other dimensions such as tricks, music, timing, costuming, routine development and showmanship.  It is a fun and entertaining way to continue training… [Read More]

Noseworks

Dogs understand the inherent value of scent without being taught. They live in a world of odor. In Noseworks, we balance that natural desire to sniff it out, with an ability to indicate to us they have found what we asked. We begin with searching for food, and then pair food with a specific odor(… [Read More]

Growly Dogs/BAT System

Nancy Freedman-Smith CBATI offers Growly Dog/BAT: Is your dog a Feisty Fido? This class is for dogs who, for whatever reason, aggressively growl, bark, or lunge at other dogs. Whether your dog is being fearful or angry, this six-week group class for aggression at Poetic Gold Farm in Falmouth will help you manage and train… [Read More]