Puppy kindergarten classes held at Coastal Humane Society

Puppies are being put to the test with kindergarten classes at the Coastal Humane Society in Brunswick. (WGME)

BRUNSWICK (WGME) -- Puppies are being put to the test with kindergarten classes at the Coastal Humane Society in Brunswick.

"You forget just how much effort you put into having a great dog,” Yarmouth resident Kathy Bock said.

Puppy kindergarten is every bit as adorable as it sounds.

"The first day of puppy class is the most hectic," dog program coordinator Michael Gould said.

Like any human student's dream, it starts with recess.

"It's ideal for the pups, for them at this age, to do those interactions with other dogs,” Gould said.

Puppy professor Michael Gould says the best form of “paws-itive” reinforcement is a steady stream of snacks.

"Treats are really essential when it comes to these classes, we're using the concept of luring to get our dogs into the positions we want them in,” Gould said.

Gould says the four legged students are a quick study, but the homework gets handed to the parents.

"Dogs are the easy part, people are tough sometimes,” Gould said.

After six weeks are through, the canine class graduates to a lifetime of homeschooling.

"Hoping that if we put the work in now that when Cammie's all grown up we'll be able to take her places and she'll live a happy and normal life with us,” Brunswick resident Heather Lowe said.

Classes are filled up for the rest of summer, but the Coastal Humane Society plans to welcome the class of 2019 sometime next year.

Friday is CBS 13’s annual Pet Food Drive and Adoption Day. We are collecting food for a number of area shelters all day. CLICK HERE for a list of locations.

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