The Dog Wizard Puppy Program is an AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy program. The AKC S.T.A.R Puppy Certificate is designed to help puppy owners start on the right paw and is a great first step via in-person training sessions. Your puppy being able to pass this initial AKC certificate level provides the foundation to earning the Canine Good Citizen title, among others, later down the road.
Benefits of AKC S.T.A.R Puppy Training
During our training classes, we teach you how to best communicate with your puppy and create good habits from the get-go. Our classes also provide an opportunity for your dog to socialize with other dogs of similar ages and expose them to dogs both big and small. The most vital information for new puppy owners are covered, including crate training and potty training, addressing excessive mouthing and chewing, and the valuable foundational obedience such as sit, down and come.
How it Works:
Earning your AKC S.T.A.R Puppy Title is easy! Attend a minimum of 6 weeks of AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy class and let your trainer know you want to test for the certificate. Your instructor will administer the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy test at the end of the course and your trainer will help you fill your application to send to the AKC after passing the test. All dogs are welcome to participate in the program including purebreds and mixed breeds.
After registration, your puppy and yourself will be registered in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy records. Your puppy will receive the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy display Medal and a frameable certificate designating your puppy is in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy records at AKC.
Training, lots of love, and of course, plenty of praise along the way is all you need to have a good dog and be a great owner. We offer the AKC Canine Good Citizen Title to promote responsible dog ownership & support training that helps your dog be the best they can be. The Canine Good Citizen Program (CGC) is a test that certifies you and your dog are dedicated good citizens in your community.
Canine Good Citizen is a 10-skill test that teaches good manners to dogs and responsible dog ownership to their owners. Passing any of the Dog Wizard programs will help you achieve your goals. Our AKC certified trainers offer the testing and materials to assist with registration upon successful completion. Ask your training team for more details on how to begin today!
How it Works:
Earning your AKC CGC Title is a 20-30 minute test administered by a certified AKC Trainer. Each of the 10 testing items on your test must successfully pass in order to earn the certificate, and retesting upon a failed mark is allowed at a later date. Your instructor will administer the AKC CGC test after completing any of our adult level courses, keeping in mind that you will need time to proof your dog’s obedience and perform tasks without training aids. Your trainer will help you fill your application to send to the AKC after passing the test. All dogs are welcome to participate in the program including purebreds and mixed breeds.
After registration, your dog and yourself will be registered in the AKC Canine Good Citizen records.Your dog will receive a ribbon and a frameable certificate designating your pet as a Canine Good Citizen on record at AKC. The AKC CGC Title may be applied as a distinction on a dog’s pedigree or breeding paperwork. Your AKC certified trainer can help you answer any additional questions.
Our Dog Wizard AKC Certified Trainers offer evaluations for the AKC Community Canine and Urban Good Citizen. These are the advanced levels of the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Program and your dog must pass the initial Canine Good Citizen Title before progressing to these advanced tests.
The AKC Community Canine title is designated “CGCA” (Advanced CGC) on your dog’s title record. The AKC Community Canine test should be performed in real situations including classes, on city sidewalks or community centers.
The Urban CGC assesses your dog’s ability to demonstrate CGC skills and beyond in a high distraction environment including crowds, traffic, strong smells, loud noises, and other city-like distractions. This is a title that appears on the dog’s AKC title record. These tests are administered in the real world and should not be simulated in a ring or studio setting and are considered parts, among others, of a public access test. *Note: Only ADA Complaint Service Dogs are granted full public access.
Does My Dog Need a Pedigree to Earn an AKC Title?
Dogs of all breeds, mixed breeds or purebred dogs, and all ages can qualify for AKC Titles. Dogs with a certificate from a breeder can opt to list their AKC Distinction on the pedigree paperwork. Dogs without a pedigree are issued a PAL or Canine Partner number which holds their AKC Title information on record. Your AKC certified trainer can help you answer any additional questions.