AKC S.T.A.R. PUPPY

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AKC S.T.A.R. PUPPY Sample 6-Weeks ClassNumbers indicate the number of the S.T.A.R. test itemWeek 1#1 - Shows proof puppy is in care of vet (vaccine records)#9 – Puppy tolerates collar, harness, etc. (owner choice)#10 – Owner can hug or hold puppy#14 – Walks on leash, follows owner in straight line#15 – Walks by other people Intro to our classes#1- Collect/look at proof of vet care if you haven’t done this alreadyRules (what to wear, clean up after your pup, etc.)Explain the general format, explanation of earning STAR Puppy (show themedal on the poster), hand out the STAR brochure to show them the skillstheir puppy will learn, Responsible Dog Owner’s Pledge.Intros- good idea to have students introduce themselves and their puppy(“So, now let’s take a minute and get to know each other Tell us yourname, and your puppy’s name, age, and breed”)#9- Instructor goes around room and checks to see collars/harnesses fit.#10- Attempt to pet each puppy, as owners hold puppies#14- “Let’s try an exercise. I’d like to see how your puppies are doingwalking on a leash. One at a time, you’re going to walk from toin a straight line. Ready?” (They walk about 15 ft. Remember to praiseeach student and puppy). Other students and dogs are standing awayfrom the student who is working.#15- “Now let’s make this a little harder. Let’s have a few people standhere (show them where) and I’d like you to walk by the people and theirdogs.” Do this at a distance of 5 ft. away. If a puppy has a hard time,remind the owner to talk to and encourage the puppy and if necessary,try the exercise with the puppy further away.Ask students if they are having any problems, have any questions.Homework: #3 – “For next week, please write down your dog’s exerciseschedule and bring it to class.” (alternative: ask about this in class). Bring afavorite toy to class along with your training treats. Bring a clean up bag to everyclass.

Week 2AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Class#2 – Puppy appears healthy & active for breed#3 - Exercise and activity schedules#7 – Free of aggression toward people#8 – Free of aggression toward other puppies#11– Puppy allows owner to take away treat or toy#16– Sits on command (owner can use food) Welcome to Class #2. Did anyone have any problems this week with theirpuppy’s behavior? (instructor gives tips; for extensive problems, help afterclass) #2 and #3- You can combine talking about their breeds and the exerciseplans. Let’s have a look at your written exercise plans (alternative: askthem to tell you what they do for exercise with their puppy). Givefeedback, suggestions #7- Ask if anyone has had problems with aggression toward people. PlayPass the Puppy for young pups, have a helper go around and pet olderpups. Visitors without puppies to manage can help by petting otherpeoples’ puppies. #8- In a puppy play session, observe to see if there is any puppy to puppyaggression. While puppies play, supervise carefully, ask owners if they’vehad any problems with dog to dog aggression. If there was a dog/puppywho had an aggression problem, to keep everyone safe, this dog shouldbe removed from the group—consider private lessons until the dog isunder control. #11- Owners play with pups and their favorite toys or gives the puppy atreat. When puppy is playing with the toy, the owner says, “give” andtakes the toy for a second, then rewards puppy with a small treat. #16 – Sits on command (owner can use food). Show owners how to use afood lure to teach sit on command. Go around the class, giving eachowner/puppy a turn. End of class—any questions?Homework: practice sit with fading of lure, practice walk on leash, getpuppies out for neighborhood walks for socialization. Invite peopleencountered on the daily walks to pet your puppy.

Week 3AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Class#5 – Owner brings bags for clean up to class#6 – Owner has obtained some form of ID (e.g. tag)#12 - Allows petting by someone other than owner#17 – Down on command (owner can use food)#18 – Comes to owner from 5 ft Welcome to the 3rd class, everyone. You’re halfway to the STAR Medal foryour puppy! Any questions from this week? #5- Remember how we’ve talked about being ready to clean up after yourpuppy? Let’s do a bag check raise your hand if you brought a clean-upbag.GREAT Job! (or you can ask to see bags if it isn’t obvious) #6- In the STAR brochure you got in the first class, you saw one of theSTAR test items is having an ID for your puppy. This can be a collar tag,tattoo, or microchip. In the last class, we’ll check for these. Does everyonehave a form of ID? #12- Instructor and/or helpers/visitors go around to meet puppies and petthem. #17- Demo down on command using a lure, owners practice with theirdogs. Instructor gives feedback. #18- Introduce and demo with 1 dog “comes to owner from 5 ft.” Practicethe recall; a helper can hold the puppy while owner calls the puppy tocome. Any questions?If there is time, have a puppy play session or outdoor walk.Homework: practice down with fading of lure, practice come from 5ft andlengthen distance if puppies can do this, continuing socializing your puppy in thecommunity and having people pet your puppy.

Week 4AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Class#19 – Reactions to distractions#20 – Stay on leash with another person This is the 4th class. The puppies are looking great—does anyone have anyproblems or questions? Let’s take a few minutes for a review. Everyone get in a line about 6 ft.apart, puppies on your left side and when I say, “forward”, walk forwardwith your puppy (#14). Now let’s practice sit. I’ll come around and see how you’re doing. (#16) Next, we’ll practice down. One at a time (#17) #19- This week, introduce Reaction to distractions. Have some distractionsready and expose the puppies to these. In STAR test, distractions are 15ft. away. If puppies can do this, you can move the distraction closer (inCGC test it is 5-ft). #20- explain how there are times when you’ll need someone to watch yourpuppy. Instructor or helper/visitor holds puppy in the STAR test whileowner walks 10 steps away and returns. If puppy can’t tolerate, useshaping with going away 1 step at a time. Older puppies who can do thiscan practice a longer distance.If there is any extra time, take a walk to practice walking on a leash or have apuppy play session.Homework: practice exposing your dog to new places, things (distractors), ifpossible have your puppy stay on leash with another person while you walk awayand return; practice sit, down and come. Next week: bring your puppy’s brushor comb to class.

Week 5AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Class#13 – Grooming- Allows owner handling and brief exam (ears, feet) Welcome to Class #5. Are there any questions, problems teaching the skills,or behavior problems anyone would like to ask about? #13- this week, we’re going to talk about grooming. For the AKC S.T.A.R.Puppy test, you’ll need to be able to briefly handle your puppy’s ears andfeet. In the CGC test, someone else will check the puppy’s ears and feet.We’re getting your puppy ready for grooming and being handled by aveterinarian. Instructor goes around and watches students handleears/feet of their puppies. If puppy can do this, the instructor can try theCGC version where the instructor handles the ears/feet. This isn’t on the STAR test, but I’d like to see how your puppies do whenyou brush/comb them. Demo of nail clipping. (if the instructor is not permitted to do this re:liability, a groomer can come in, or the instructor can simply show typesof equipment). Check puppy nails to make sure they are not too long. Practice of skills learned so far—is anyone having any trouble with any ofthe skills? What is the hardest one for your puppy? You’re all doing just great—most of the STAR items have already beenchecked off for you; next week, we’ll do a quick review and havegraduation.If there is time, have a puppy play session or go for a walk and practice walkingon a leash, meeting another person, and doing sit, down and come (on leash) inanother area.Homework: practice anything you’ve had a problem with, remember to bringyour dog’s ID (microchip papers) if you don’t have a collar tag we can see.

Week 6AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Class#4 – Attends all classes.This week, there will be a quick review or the instructor will have studentsdemonstrate any skills not yet seen in class. This can be the final play session forpuppy’s and a graduation party and photo opportunity. OWNERS FILL OUT THEAKC S.T.A.R. PUPPY REGISTRATION FORM.HAPPY GRADUATION!OWNER BEHAVIORS1. Maintains puppy’s health (vaccines, exams, appears healthy)2. Owner receives Responsible Dog Owner’s Pledge3. Owner describes adequate daily play and exercise plan4. Owner and puppy attend at least 6 classes5. Owner brings bags to classes for cleaning up after puppy6. Owner has obtained some form of ID for puppy-collar tag, etc.PUPPY BEHAVIORS7. Free of aggression toward people during at least 6 weeks of class8. Free of aggression toward other puppies in class9. Tolerates collar or body harness of owner’s choice10. Owner can hug or hold puppy (depending on size)11. Puppy allows owner to take away a treat or toyPRE-CANINE GOOD CITIZEN TEST BEHAVIORS12. Allows (in any position) petting by a person other than the owner13. 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 away16. Sits on command-Owner may use a food lure17. Down on command-Owner may use a food lure18. Comes to owner from 5-ft when name is called19. Reaction to Distractions-distractions are presented 15-ft away20. Stay on leash with another person (owner walks 10 steps and returns)

AKC S.T.A.R. PUPPY Sample 6-Weeks Class Numbers indicate the number of the S.T.A.R. test item Week 1 #1 - Shows proof puppy is in care of vet (vaccine records) #9 – Puppy tolerates collar, harness, etc. (owner choice) #10 – Owner can hug or hold puppy #14 – Walks on leash, f