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Manners 1


with Whitney Thurston

Calendar Mar 7, 2019 at 5 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Manners 1--Tired of feeling like you’re at the other end of a dog sled team? Want to be able to take your dog to the farmers market without them jumping all over everyone? Need to figure out how to get your dog to come when you really need him to? Manners 1 is the class for you! For dogs 4 months and older, this class will help you and your dog work as a team to conquer the big struggles of having an adolescent dog. We'll use positive reinforcement to practice coming when called, polite greetings (not jumping), leash walking, sit/down/stand, stay, mat training and attention training. Class meets for six weeks, first week without dogs. For non-reactive dogs only.

Classes will be taught by Whitney Thurston, CPDT-KAof Salty Dog Obedience.

Full Course

Microsoft Excel


with Chris Suggs

Calendar Jan 26, 2019 at 9 am, runs for 3 weeks

We’ll work through the Microsoft Office spreadsheet application, learning to organize and calculate data. You will not need to bring a laptop or purchase software to attend. Bringing a fully charged laptop is optional.

The Maine Digital Inclusion Initiative (MDII) is a program developed by the National Digital Equity Center (NDEC) to deploy teams of AmeriCorps volunteers, throughout the state of Maine,  to provide free of charge computer skills training, that is open to the public in community centers, libraries, and adult education facilities. The MDII goal is to confront barriers to digital literacy while connecting communities, employers, workers, neighbors, and decision makers around to make a positive impact on the issues of economic development through workforce education as well as technology training for older adults with aging in place concerns.  

Full Course

Past Life Regression with Hypnosis W19


with Hugh Sadlier

Calendar Feb 7, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Do you think or feel you might have experienced a past life? Are you curious about trying to connect with one? Hypnosis can open the door to life before this life.

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Puppy Class!


with Whitney Thurston

Calendar Mar 7, 2019 at 4 pm, runs for 6 weeks

This class is for puppies 9-16 weeks old on the first week of class. We will focus on proper socialization, troubleshooting puppy problems, and beginning obedience. Socialization is crucial at this age in preventing fear and related problems down the road so we will practice interacting with other puppies, meeting new people, exploring new objects and surfaces and growing confidence. We will also discuss house training and crate training, play biting and jumping and use positive reinforcement to teach your puppies to sit, down, stand, stay, leave it, walking on leash and come when called.

Classes will be taught by Whitney Thurston, CPDT-KAof Salty Dog Obedience.

Self-Employment: an Introduction W19


with Sarah Joy Chaples

Calendar Apr 30, 2019 at 4 pm, runs for 1 week

This one-session workshop will help you decide if self-employment is the right choice for you. The class covers the pros and cons of owning your own business, the steps needed for start-up, the major elements of a business plan, and the many resources available to help you succeed.

Therapy Dog Prep


with Whitney Thurston

Calendar Mar 7, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Does your dog have an excellent temperament? Do they seem to gravitate toward people who love dogs or who need a pick-me-up? Do they love attention and affection? Then they might be a perfect candidate for therapy dog work! In this class we'll build the skills necessary for you and your dog to become certified as a therapy dog team and visit facilities such as nursing homes, hospitals, libraries, colleges, etc. In class, you will learn dog handling skills while exposing your dog to a variety of scenarios such as odd objects, medical equipment and unexpected loud noises. We will create scenarios where the therapy dog team discovers how to handle unexpected surprises. Dogs must be at least one year old to join this class and already have attend a group training class (or by instructor permission) with basic manners including sit, down, come, stay, and loose leash walking. Dogs must be comfortable working around other dogs and a variety of people. This class is not appropriate for dogs with fear, anxiety or reactivity issues.

Classes will be taught by Whitney Thurston, CPDT-KA of Salty Dog Obedience.

Full Course

USCG Auxilliary About Boating Safely (ABS) W19

Calendar Jan 24, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 8 weeks

This team taught, 8 hours U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary course provides recreational boaters with the knowledge and skills to boat safely on either inland or coastal waters. General topics include in this ABS course are: boating operations, boat handling, boating laws and regulations, water traffic patterns, equipment requirements, and introductory navigation. Students will complete a multiple choice exam at the conclusion of the course. Participants who pass the written exam are awarded a USCGA certificate that may be used to satisfy state boat operator certification as well as possibly earning a discount on insurance premiums from many marine insurers. This course is approved by the National Association of Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). Also, as part of this ABS course there will be two additional sessions for more detailed navigation. These sessions will be optional for ABS course attendees.

Pre-registration is required. No class Feb. 21.

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