Training Your Dog
All dog owners should expect to invest a significant amount of time into training their puppy, adolescent, and adult dogs. We require enrollment in puppy manners classes throughout your puppy's first year of life and hope that you will consider training beyond that point. Just as you would not expect a child graduating kindergarten to read Dicken's novels, you should not expect your puppy to "know" everything after a single 6-8 week puppy class. Your dog will thrive and be a fabulous companion if you invest in a number of manners classes that advance the dog into being able to cope with the kinds of distractions that are found in the real world. We strongly recommend that you go through the AKC Star Puppy program and then train for a Canine Good Citizen program.
AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program
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. These classes are available for puppies up to 1 year of age. For more information on this program, click on the image above.
AKC Canine Good Citizen Program
The CGC Program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community under a variety of circumstances. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club. For more information, click on the image above. With some insurance companies, the CGC certificate can reduce your home insurance premium.