Age: 4 – 10 months
Date: Open Enrollment (year round)
Time: Tuesdays, 7:45 – 8:30 pm
Duration: 6 weeks*
Fee: $135; ($115 for CAS adopters)
Instructor: Caitlin Kuczko, CPDT-KA
How the Course Works:
Do you want a puppy that sits when you say sit, politely greets people and other dogs, a relationship built on trust and respect? Then this is the class for you!
Take the next step in puppyhood by enrolling your puppy in our American Kennel Club Puppy S.T.A.R. class.
This course will show you how to:
- Channel your puppy’s energy and put it to good use
- Train foundation skills such as leash manners
- Teach basic obedience such as sit, stay, and come
- Properly socialize your puppy
Course attendance, for all 6 weeks, is mandatory to be eligible for the AKC Puppy S.T.A.R. award. Click Here For more information on AKC Puppy STAR.
You must attend all 6 weeks for your puppy to be eligible for his/her AKC Puppy STAR award.
Please bring a copy of vaccination records to the first class. Puppies need to be up to date on all their vaccinations by the class start date.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Why 4 months and older?
Dogs have various developmental stages. Once your puppy is 4 months old, s/he has a new view of the world.
My puppy already knows sit, down, etc. Why should I attend?
That’s great! Now you will practice it in a new and unknown environment with distractions. Your puppy will also be able to continue his/her socialization with other puppies and humans.
What if this class does not fit my schedule?
If your puppy is over 6 months of age, s/he can join our Levels Obedience class which is offered throughout the week or you can register for a private session.
IMPORTANT: Before you can sign your dog up for a class, you must read and approve the Charleston Animal Society Dog Training Terms and Conditions CLICK HERE.
While group class is great, it’s not for every dog. Your dog may not benefit from or may not be appropriate for group class if they have a history of:
- Biting people or other animals
- Displaying reactivity, such as barking, lunging, or growling at other dogs or people (read about our Rowdy Reactive Rover Series)
- Excessive fear or timidness of new people or situations
- Excessive barking or yipping throughout class
- Being easily over aroused/overstimulated by new situations
If any of these behaviors are seen in your puppy, it is extremely concerning, please contact us for a private training session immediately. For more information on private training click here.
Dogs who exhibit the above are not bad dogs! These behaviors are inappropriate and incompatible with a group training setting. If the aforementioned behaviors are displayed, your trainer may deem it necessary to ask you to leave class and seek private training. Your membership will be placed on hold until you have completed the proper private training needed.
If you have questions about your dog’s eligibility, please contact Caitlin at 843-329-1568.