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20 Steps To Success: The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Test

The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy is an exciting new program designed to get dog owners and their puppies off to a good start. All dogs up to 1 years old are eligible for this program. The acronym S.T.A.R. represents the core values of the program: Socialization, Training, Activity and Responsibility. The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program is an incentive program for loving dog owners who have taken the time to take their puppies through a basic training class. The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy certification is a 20-step test performed by an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator and requires your dog to demonstrate confidence and control in specific situations to earn the S.T.A.R. puppy award. The test consists of the following:

Owner Behaviors:

  • Maintains puppy's health (vaccines, exams, appears healthy)
  • Owner receives Responsible Dog Owner's Pledge
  • Owner describes adequate daily play and exercise plan
  • Owner and puppy attend at least 6 classes by an AKC Approved CGC Evaluator
  • Owner brings bags to classes for cleaning up after puppy
  • Owner has obtained some form of ID for puppy-collar tag, etc.

Puppy Behaviors:

  • Free of aggression toward people during at least 6 weeks of class
  • Free of aggression toward other puppies in class
  • Tolerates collar or body harness of owner's choice
  • Owner can hug or hold puppy (depending on size)
  • Puppy allows owner to take away a treat or toy

Pre-Canine Good CitizenĀ® Test Behaviors:

  • Allows (in any position) petting by a person other than the owner
  • Grooming-Allows owner handling and brief exam (ears, feet)
  • Walks on a Leash-Follows owner on lead in a straight line (15 steps)
  • Walks by other people-Walks on leash past other people 5-ft away
  • Sits on command-Owner may use a food lure
  • Down on command-Owner may use a food lure
  • Comes to owner from 5-ft when name is called
  • Reaction to Distractions-distractions are presented 15-ft away
  • Stay on leash with another person (owner walks 10 steps and returns)

Upon successfully completing the test, your puppy will receive the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Medal. 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 the 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
  • Discount to enroll in AKC Reunite, a 24-hour recovery service
  • 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.

Client Testimonials

"My husband and I adopted our dog, Piper, from a shelter in May of 2001. She was an active dog, and had been through a lot. We knew she needed training and enrolled her in the Fine Canine Obedience program. In the first 6 weeks of training, I saw a transformation. The calmness that came over her was amazing. Piper could do what we asked. She was less stressed, because she could now understand us. We were less stressed because we could understand her. Training became fun for her, and her eyes would light up when she got to class. I was (and still am) impressed with how well Monica understood our dog's behavior. She knew a solution for any situation Piper threw at us (she threw us quite a few interesting ones) and her ideas have always worked. We continued through the advanced obedience classes and Piper passed the AKC's Canine Good Citizen test. We just adopted Duchess, another rescue and have enrolled her into The Fine Canine program. We are having a baby in September and we need the peace of mind that our dog is trained. To anyone I would recommend The Fine Canine's program. Their training is the best thing you can do for your dog."

- Val and Greg B. - Aurora, IL

Class Schedule

  • Saturday 12th September, 2015
  • 9:00 - 10:00 AM
  • Elmhurst, IL

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