A.K.C. S.T.A.R. Puppy Course


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AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Course & Evaluation (6 weeks/classes)

Socialization * Training * Activity * Responsibility.

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy is an exciting program designed to get you and your puppy off to a great start. Organized training classes teach you how best to communicate with your puppy, provide an opportunity for your puppy to socialize with other people and puppies, while learning practical skills like leash walking and come when called. When you complete your basic puppy training class (taught by an AKC approved CGC evaluator), your puppy will be eligible for the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy distinction, and have a natural lead in to the AKC Canine Good Citizen program. The objectives of this course are many: to allow puppies to socialize with other puppies and humans; to teach owners the importance of socialization of their dogs, particularly at a very young age; to impart owner information on canine care, to help puppy owners learn to effectively address common puppy challenges, and to teach the beginnings of obedience skills. Great Companions participates in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy program…learn more. Age: 9 weeks to 16 weeks at the start date of the class. Puppies are recommended to start this class AS SOON AS they have ONE series of vaccinations!!! The earlier they are able to start to socialize, the better…we have students as young as 9 weeks! You will need proof of vaccinations, a buckle collar, a six-foot leash, preferably leather, a mat for your puppy to lie on and a chew toy to keep him busy during talk-time. a poop bag, a container of semi-soft treats the size of your pinky fingernail, and a hungry, empty puppy.

Interested in Attending?  Classes scheduled based on demand.  Please send an email to jazz@indogswetrust.org with a description of your dog’s size, age, training to date, breed(s), size, goals and desired start date, in order to be added to our waiting list.



Additional information


All dogs attending class must be friendly toward and comfortable being around humans and other dogs. If your dog is overly timid/nervous, please contact us to discuss if private training might be a better starting place. Start date of a course may be delayed up to a few weeks depending on attendance. You will be notified via email if a start date will be postponed. A spot in class will be saved for you only after you have completed payment. If you prefer to pay by check please contact us before mailing out to us so that we know to expect it. You may also pay via PayPal online at a link we will provide. Please note that you will incur an additional $6 fee to pay via PayPal. Space will not be saved until payment is received. There will be a $25 service charge for any returned checks. Payment is non-refundable though if possible we will accommodate a switch to another class (additional fees may apply). Anyone living with your dog is encouraged to participate in class, though space is limited so please specify attendees on Registration Form. Children under 18 years of age MUST be supervised by an adult and well behaved in consideration of the other students (human and dog). Any student of any age (human and dog) may be asked to leave at any time should they cause disruptions that prevent the class from training in a productive and positive atmosphere (this includes consistent late arrivals to class). We will discuss how to keep our more spirited doggie students calm during class at our first meeting. For Weather-related postponements, you will be notified via email the day of if a class is postponed. If in doubt, please call before coming to confirm that class will be held.