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Bored puppy? Get Training!

Learn about the benefits of the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Class!

Welcome to the AKC's S.T.A.R. Puppy Program!


AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program is the AKC program designed to get puppies and their owners off to a great start. AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy requires that owners attend the basic training course with their puppies. All dogs need the necessary components of the program including Socialization, Training, Activity, and a Responsible owner.

Goals of the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program Include:

  • Providing socialization to puppies enrolled in AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy classes

  • Providing basic training to puppies encrolled in AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy classes

  • Teaching owners about the appropriate amound of exercise or activity for their puppies

  • Teaching owners how to be responsible dog owners

The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program is a noncompetetive activity that is open to all dogs, including purebreds and mixed breeds. Dogs who pass all of the items on the AKC S.T.A.R Puppy Test will be listed in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy records.

What will my puppy learn?


Obedience Skills

  • Sit, Down, Heel, Recall, and Place
  • Marker Training
  • Leash Handling


Home Manners

  • Appropriate Greetings
  • Crate Training
  • Potty Training
  • Grooming



  • Exposure to New People
  • Experience New Dogs
  • Explore New Places
  • Learn New Skills


Preventing and Addressing Problem Behaviors

  • Prevent Jumping
  • Prevent Chewing
  • Preventing Destructive Behavior


Owner Responsibilities

  • Canine Nutrition
  • Proper Grooming
  • Proper Puppy Exercise
  • Socialization
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