The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy is an exciting program designed to get dog owners and their puppies off to a good start. You'll learn how to best communicate with your puppy while provide an opportunity for your dog to socialize with other dogs. Additionally, you’ll be able to get information on all of your puppy-raising questions including housetraining, chewing and the most effective way to teach practical skills such as recall. AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy training is a natural lead in to the AKC® Canine Good Citizen® Program.
You’ll attend an AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy class for at least 6 weeks. Your instructor will administer the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy test at the end of the course. 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 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:
RCTC uses positive reinforcement training methods only and does not support the use of the prong collars, choke chains, e-collars or other aversive training tools.
When you come to class, we ask that you wear a mask and bring plenty of treats, a treat bag or belt and a leash. If your dog uses a tug toy or similar for training, please bring the toy as well. When there is snow and salt on the ground, RCTC provides a boot tray in the agility waiting area for your wet footwear and seating. RCTC features a crating area in the Skills room with crate blankets and chairs. Free snacks are always available in the agility waiting area, as well as beverages for $1.00 each. Disposable and sterilized fabric masks are also available on site.