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Have Your Puppy Become A Puppy Star

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 will attend any puppy or basic training 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 AKC Puppy S.T.A.R. Program including purebreds and mixed breeds.

Puppy Star

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, frame-able 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 Companion Animal Recovery Corporation, a 24-hour recovery service ) Ongoing Monthly Email Newsletter
Contact your local DogSmith and learn when the next Puppy Star Training Program is commencing.

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

PUPPY BEHAVIORS:
7. Free of aggression toward people during at least 6 weeks of class
8. Free of aggression toward other puppies in class
9. Tolerates collar or body harness of owner!s choice
10. Owner can hug or hold puppy (depending on size)
11. Puppy allows owner to take away a treat or toy

PRE-CANINE GOOD CITIZEN
TEST BEHAVIORS ®
12. Allows (in any position) petting by a person other than the owner
13. Grooming-Allows owner handling and brief exam (ears, feet)
14. Walks on a Leash-Follows owner on lead in a straight line (15 steps)
15. Walks by other people-Walks on leash past other people 5-ft away
16. Sits on command-Owner may use a food lure 17. Down on command-Owner may use a food lure
18. Comes to owner from 5-ft when name is called 19. Reaction to Distractions-distractions are presented
15-ft away 20. Stay on leash with another person (owner walks 10 steps and returns)

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 house training, chewing, and the most e,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.


No Reservations Required at The DogSmith’s Dog Training “Drop-In” Locations

The DogSmith, a national Dog Training, Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, Pet Nutrition and Pet Waste Cleanup Franchise, has created a new “Drop-In” dog training curriculum to fit their customer’s busy schedules.

Washington County, Florida, February 22, 2010 – Research shows that many new dog owners delay enrolling in training, sometimes indefinitely, because of personal and business commitments scheduled sometime during the period of the desired training course.  This often results in puppies missing out on critical social interaction and basic obedience training during their crucial developmental periods.  Many families, though committed to providing the necessary early education for their puppies, lead busy lives that won’t always allow them to ‘commit’ to a standard 8 week course of puppy classes without interruption.  So The DogSmith developed a program which would be flexible enough to meet the needs of these families.  Now a new puppy owner can register for any of The DogSmith’s developmental dog training programs and simply “drop-in” on any convenient sessions until they have completed the required curriculum.

The objective, according to DogSmith founder Niki Tudge, “is to encourage people to sign up for the important  formative training programs so their dogs get the necessary training and socialization in a format that is both effective, achievable, and fits in with the busy lives many lead.”

According to Tudge, “This new program is furthering our mission to enhance the lives of pets and their owners by improving their relationship and the quality of the life they share.  Now our students don’t have to attend every class session consecutively to get the training they need.”  Each ‘drop-in’ student is provided with a class card that explains the required skill-set that must be mastered for the particular course and records the test result and competency of each skill.

Several of The DogSmith’s most popular and fundamental programs will be offered in the flexible “Drop-In” format including  “Teen Dog Etiquette,” for puppies 6 to 8 months old, “Pet Dog Etiquette,” for puppies older than 6 months and “DogSmith Solutions,” a comprehensive general skills and obedience course.

Tudge explains that “shelters and rescue groups are filled with dogs surrendered because of behavioral issues that can easily be prevented or solved through basic obedience training and life management skills so this is our contribution to helping ensure pets become, and stay, family.”

If you would like more information on these and other programs visit www.DogSmith.com.

About The DogSmith

The DogSmith Franchise Services Inc. is a Florida based company whose mission is to enhance the lives of pets and their owners by improving their relationship, and the quality of the life they share, through providing professional support and training to pet dog owners, supporting and assisting animal shelters and rescue organizations to minimize the number of unwanted animals and offering affordable and professional care to family pets so that pet ownership is never a burden. To learn more about, or to become, a DogSmith Dog Trainer, visit www.DogSmith.com or call 1-888-364-7648