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Group Training Classes

The goal of our Group Training Classes is to give owners an option that allows them to hang out with other puppy owners, share stories, successes and failures. Believe it or not, it can be very therapeutic to know that you are not the only one that has been doing this thing wrong or having trouble with potty accidents after trying what seems like everything.

$180.00 for six 1 hour classes


Since we are AKC Approved Evaluators, our group classes cover both the AKC S.T.A.R Puppy and CGC (Canine Good Citizen) curriculum, as well as any other issues that might arise during our time together.

Owners Learn

  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 plan
  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 Learns

  1. Free of aggression toward people during at least 6 weeks of class
  2. Free of aggression toward other puppies in class
  3. Tolerates collar or body harness of owner’s choice
  4. Owner can hug or hold puppy (depending on size)
  5. Puppy allows owner to take away a treat or toy


  1. Allows (in any position) petting by a person other than the owner
  2. Grooming-Allows owner handling and brief exam (ears, feet)
  3. Walks on a Leash-Follows owner on lead in a straight line (15 steps)
  4. Walks by other people-Walks on leash past other people 5-ft away
  5. Sits on command-Owner may use a food lure
  6. Down on command-Owner may use a food lure
  7. Comes to owner from 5-ft when name is called
  8. Reaction to Distractions-distractions are presented 15-ft away
  9. Stay on leash with another person (owner walks 10 steps and returns)

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy prepares pups to move on to Canine Good Citizen training. For example, in STAR, puppies must walk on a leash in a straight line. In CGC, the task becomes more advanced with dogs walking in a pattern that includes right and left turns and stops.

The skills in AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy classes are practical and functional. Teaching puppies to tolerate grooming, handling, and basic exams of the ears, feet, and mouth will result in well-mannered puppies that veterinarians are happy to see.

CGC Test Items

(must be at least 6 months of age)

  1. Accepting a Friendly Stranger - demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach it and speak to the handler in a natural, everyday situation.
  2. Sitting Politely for Petting - demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to touch it while it is out with its handler.
  3. Appearance and Grooming - demonstrates that the dog will welcome being groomed and examined and will permit a stranger, such as a veterinarian, groomer, or friend of the owner, to do so.
  4. Walking on a Loose Leash - demonstrates that the handler is in control of the dog.
  5. Walking Through A Crowd - demonstrates that the dog can move about politely in pedestrian traffic and is under control in public places.
  6. Sit and Down on Command/Staying in Place - demonstrates that the dog has training and will respond to the handler’s commands to sit and down, and will remain in the place commanded by the handler.
  7. Coming When Called - demonstrates that the dog will come when called by the handler.
  8. Reaction to Another Dog - demonstrates that the dog can behave politely around other dogs.
  9. Reaction to Distractions - demonstrates that the dog is confident at all times when faced with common distracting situations.
  10. Supervised Separation - demonstrates that a dog can be left in the presence of a trusted person and will maintain its training and good manners.


If you do not have up-to-date records on your puppy at this time, FTPTA can/will contact your vet for you (with your permission) and obtain the needed information. No other information will or can be obtainer or exchanged.

$180.00 for six 1 hour classes

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