S.T.A.R. stands for Socialization, Training, Activity and a Responsible owner, everything a puppy needs to have a good life.
Here’s how it works. In the AKC S.T.A.R Puppy Program, puppy owners and their dogs (up to 1 year old) attend a puppy class for at least six weeks. You’ll go to class once a week for about an hour, and in between classes, practice with your puppy at hone. In your last class, you will take the twenty item non-competitive AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy test. Some of the test items may have been checked off sooner if your puppy completes them before your last class.
Upon passing the test, you’ll get an application to send to AKC® for enrollment in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program. All dogs are welcome to participate in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program including purebreds and mixed breeds.
Your puppy will receive the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Medal (for display or memento purposes; not suitable as a collar tag). You and your puppy will be listed in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy records. In addition, so that you can continue learning, you’ll receive our AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy package that includes:
- A beautiful, frameable certificate designating your puppy is in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy records at AKC
- AKC Puppy Handbook, a valuable resource
- Ongoing Monthly Email Newsletter: Your AKC. This includes training tips and up-to-date information every dog owner needs to know. We want you and your puppy to continue learning beyond puppy classes.
Registration Fee: $195 for 6 Weeks
Vaccine: Proof of all core vaccinations, including Canine parvovirus, distemper, canine hepatitis and rabies. Also since this is a group class, I recommend having your dog vaccinated against Bordetella.
Length: 6 weeks
Age: 8 weeks to 6 months at the start of class.
You can read more about this class on the AKC website