(For puppies under 6 months, over 6 months see Obedience)
We know that a well-trained dog is a joy to own. Puppy classes provide a starting point for a lifetime of training and learning with your dog. Graduates go on to Canine Good Citizen training and earn AKC Therapy Dog titles, as well as start competing in canine sports such as obedience and agility.
AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy
The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy is an exciting program designed to get dog owners and their puppies off to a good start. We believe that all dogs deserve training and a responsible owner and the AKC has a goal to reward responsible dog ownership. All dogs are welcome to participate in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program including purebreds and mixed breeds.
Experienced dog owners can tell you that early training is one of the best ways to socialize your puppy during this important time of adjustment and development. Training can typically start as soon as soon as your puppy has completed the first round of vaccines (with the approval of your veterinarian), which can be as early as eight weeks.
AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy (Socialization, Training, Activity, and Responsibility) is the perfect place to start. AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy training classes teach the foundation for basic skills such as sit, down and come and provide the opportunity to socialize with other puppies and people. Positive reinforcement approach is used to teach young puppies the basics. When puppies are older, or near the end of a 6-weeks class, they will be able to perform S.T.A.R. behaviors more independently. At the end of the six-week class, your trainer will test you and your puppy on these basic skills to see how much you both have learned. Before you know it, you’ll be receiving your puppy’s AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy certificate and beautiful gold medal. You and your puppy will be listed in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy records.
Recommended age: 8 weeks to 6 months.
Equipment Needed: Buckle collar, 6-ft. leash, tiny soft training treats, a favorite toy, and a hungry puppy.
Designed to develop teamwork between dog and handler.
This class will review obedience skills learned in AKC S.T.A.R. PUPPY class or other puppy class and will focus on teaching teamwork and confidence building. The skills, handler focus, impulse control, body awareness, manners and skills to become a great pet are the focus of this class. Engagement and focus is fun!!!
Recommended age: under 6 months.
Equipment Needed: Buckle collar, 6 ft. leash & lots of small soft training treats.