S.T.A.R. Puppy Certification
ADTC has celebrated many Sessions of offering the AKC’s S.T.A.R. Program in our Puppy & Beginner Obedience Classes, where Owners learn to train their Pups to be Stars!
In 2009, ADTC began administering the new American Kennel Club® (AKC) training program geared towards puppies and their owners. The AKC S.T.A.R.sm Puppy Program rewards responsible owners who take the time to train and socialize their new puppies. The program is the puppy level of the AKC’s well-known Canine Good Citizen® program. “S.T.A.R.” stands for Socialization, Training, Activity and a Responsible owner, all of the things a puppy needs to have a good life.
“The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy program teaches dogs and their owners the first important steps to becoming responsible members of the community,” said Sallie Cooper, “Young Puppy” Instructor at ADTC.
“It is our hope to diminish the number of dogs relinquished to shelters through the education offered by the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program.”
To get started, owners enroll in the “Older Puppy” Class (6 to 12 months), or the Beginner Obedience Class (if your pup is under 1 year of age by the starting date of the Session in which you choose to enroll). Classes will include valuable training tips for puppy owners – such as how to housetrain – and lessons on practical skills for puppies -such as coming when called. The program is open to all dogs. Puppies can begin training as soon as they have the necessary vaccines and they can enroll in AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy at any point up until their first birthday.
“Early training and socialization are key to having a well behaved dog,” added “Older Puppy” Instructor Nancy Parrott. “We hope to teach owners how to start their pups off on the right paw from the very beginning.”
At the end of the training course, the Instructor will administer the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy test. Upon passing, owners and their puppies will be eligible to send their “passing paperwork” to the AKC, plus a small fee and they will receive an AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy package which includes:
A frameable certificate
AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy medal
AKC Puppy Handbook
Discount enrollment in AKC Companion Animal Recovery, a 24 hour recovery service if the puppy gets lost
Subscription to monthly e-mail newsletter that includes training tips
AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy graduates will be encouraged to continue working toward the next step in training, AKC’s Canine Good Citizen award. Canine Good Citizen training emphasizes responsible owners and well-mannered dogs.
We are all so proud of our young Teams! Photos to follow……
For more information on the AKC’s S.T.A.R. Puppy Program, please visit the AKC’s website: akc.org
“Star Puppies”: Dasher (Aussie) with Mom/Handler Kelly and Willow (Rough Collie) with Mom/Handler Nancy Parrott, are all smiles, as are their Moms and Evaluator!! Special thanks to Kay Rodgers (seated in the middle!), our Star Puppy Evaluator for the Marny & Kay’s Large Breed Puppy Class, Session II, 2010!
We are sooo proud of our “Star Puppies”, from Nancy Parrott’s Large Breed Puppy Class, Session I, 2010! Special thanks to Nancy for going that extra mile for her student Teams!