Watch and learn what the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy program can offer you and your pup.
Welcome to the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program!
At the American Kennel Club®, we’re not just champion dogs. We’re the dogs’ champion — all dogs. We believe that all dogs deserve training and a responsible owner and our goal is to reward responsible dog ownership.
The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy is an exciting program 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 for loving dog owners who have taken the time to take their puppies through a basic training class.
The Benefits of Training
Training classes teach you how to best communicate with your puppy. Organized training classes also provide an opportunity for your dog to socialize with other dogs. In classes aimed at earning the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy distinction, 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 coming when called. AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy training is a natural lead in to the AKC® Canine Good Citizen® Program.
How It Works
When you complete a basic training class (taught by an AKC Approved CGC Evaluator) with your puppy (up to 1 year old) your puppy is eligible to be enrolled in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program.
You’ll attend any puppy or basic training class 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:
- A beautiful, frameable certificate designating your puppy is in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy records at AKC
- New Puppy Guide – Digital Edition: AKC’s comprehensive resource about caring for your puppy
- 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.
How to Get Your Puppy in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program
So that you can get started in your AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy training, here are our AKC CGC Approved Evaluators.
For more information on AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy®, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Owners: Training Classes, Earning the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy® Award
- Test Items and Pledge for AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy®
- Brochure: AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy® Overview (PDF)
- CGC Test Calendar
After AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy®
Products (for AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy®-patches, etc.)
- AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Book (PDF)
- The Official CGC Book: Citizen Canine (PDF)
- Products Order Form (patches, etc.) (PDF)
For Evaluators/instructors of AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy®
- Evaluator Guide (AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy®) (PDF)
- Test Summary Form (online- AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy®)
- Test Summary Form (downloadable- AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy®) (PDF)
- 6 Weeks AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy® (PDF)
- 6 Weeks AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy® Class Record Form (SMOTC) (PDF)
- 6 Weeks AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy® Class Curriculum (SMOTC) (PDF)
- 6 Weeks AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy® Class Record Form (Obedience Club of Daytona) (PDF)
- 6 Weeks AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy® Class Record Form (PDF)
- Order Form for Test Kits (for Evaluators) (PDF)
- Press Release Sample (PDF)
- People Lessons: Canine Good Citizen® (PDF)
- People Lessons: Indoor Housetraining (PDF)
- People Lessons: Outdoor Housetraining (PDF)
- People Lessons: Puppy Playtime (PDF)
- People Lessons: Responsible Dog Owner’s Pledge (PDF)
- People Lessons: Spay/Neuter Your Dog (PDF)
- Poster (PDF)