AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy is an exciting new program from the American Kennel Club designed to get dog owners and their puppies off to a good start. The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy program is an incentive program that rewards loving dog owners for taking their puppies through a basic training class. Our AKC S.T.A.R Puppy Kindergarten training class incorporates this program and is for any healthy puppy under the age of four months. When you choose to train your puppy at an early age, you give your puppy confidence for learning to achieve tasks and take direction later in life. Our puppy training class provides education on topics such as leadership, manners, and socialization, while also addressing any individual issues such as mouthing, chewing, barking, or housebreaking.
Puppy training addresses destructive and exasperating behaviors to prevent bad habits from forming in adolescent and adult dogs. Puppy training is an important step in helping young puppies and their families form trusting relationships right from the start. Included in our puppy training classes are puppy gentling exercises and any individual issues that you have with your puppy.
"We were beyond pleased with the work that Monica did with our lab puppy. We assumed so many behaviors he was exhibiting were normal and he would grow out of them such as: chewing on furniture and picking up kids toys/shoes, pulling on leash, teething on our hands, jumping up on anyone approaching him, etc. We have since learned that these are behaviors that only get worse with time. He would have eventually become unmanageable to us and our children without the proper training. When he returned from [boarding school] training with Monica he was able to walk beautifully on leash. The biting and chewing stopped completely, and he was able to sit and wait when people approached him. His sweet, loving personality did not change at all which was one of our fears. We are very grateful for the training he received.
— Julie G., La Grange, IL
"When Emma was about 12 weeks old we started our training with Monica and The Fine Canine. There are many things we like about their training methods. It is based on positive reinforcement and due to the size of the classes, you are able to get individualized attention to get the help you need to work on your particular issues. It is a very friendly and personal atmosphere. We continued on with Monica for about the next 8 months and after that, Emma took the Good Canine Citizen test and passed. I feel the training we had was a wonderful foundation and we were so happy with it that we are now taking Maggie to their classes. We intend to take Maggie through the same training program and finish her with the Good Canine test. I always recommend The Fine Canine to the people I know. If you take your dog there and put forth the effort to complete the work they assign to you, I am confident you won't be disappointed."
— Perry and Margaret C., Geneva, IL
"Simba, our Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy was a great new addition to our family, however, raising her alongside our 18-month old daughter became a challenge. Simba was a very energetic puppy who liked to nip and jump on everyone she encountered. She would also jump up on our toddler's high chair during her mealtime. We knew we had to set boundaries for Simba immediately because she was growing at such a fast pace. We called Monica for a private training session and were very pleased with the results. After the first session, Simba quickly learned what was not acceptable and responded to basic obedience training commands. Simba now knows she has rules to follow in our house. Monica also gave us several helpful tips on raising a puppy including potty training. Thank you, Monica, for giving us the tools to help Simba become assimilated into our family!"
— Cady Family, Hinsdale, IL
"I recently enrolled my puppy in Puppy Kindergarten and had the good fortune to have Monica Bedrosian as the trainer. I have followed her advice and my mouthy, wild Border Collie mix puppy is significantly improved. I highly recommend this class for anyone who wishes to have an obedient, happy and well behaved pet. Monica is a terrific dog trainer!"
— Cathleen Green