Puppy Training Classes:
AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program


Training your puppy is one of the best things you can do for both them and yourself. As puppies, they are eager to please and impressionable. The foundational training they have when young sets them up for a lifetime of good behavior. Run through the American Kennel Club’s AKC S.T.A.R Puppy program, our puppy training classes in Alpena are designed to give you and your puppy a good start in your life together.

Puppy Training Classes in Alpena : Puppy Completes Course and Earns Certificate

Why Puppy Training is Important

The most important benefit of puppy training classes is that they teach you how to best communicate with your puppy. This skill is what helps build your relationship with them throughout a lifetime. Additionally, it allows your pup to interact with other dogs and people in a safe, controlled environment, which builds up their socialization skills.

Your pet isn’t the only one who benefits from training: classes also focus on owner responsibility and feature opportunities for owners to ask questions and voice concerns. Finally (and most obviously), classes focus on training and teaching your pup to come when called, and so much more.

What We Cover in Our AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program

We use positive reinforcement/operant conditioning in the classes and we cover the entire list of AKC requirements. The class touches on each letter of the acronym S.T.A.R (socialization, training, activity, responsibility) through various training techniques and situational response.

Our classes go over:

  • Impulse control (making good choices vs. reactivity)
  • Commands including sit, down, stay, wait, leave-it, and recall (come when called)
  • Sitting for guest arrival
  • Sitting politely for petting
  • Loose-leash walking
  • Handling for grooming
  • Dog to dog introductions
  • Potty training
  • Safety
Puppy Training Classes in Alpena: Owner and Puppy Display Certificate of Completion

Puppy Training Class Requirements and Registration

Our classes are offered to any and all breeds of puppies up to one year of age. Puppies must also be up to date on all age-appropriate vaccinations.  Puppies must attend all 8 sessions in order to test to become an AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy. For more information on our class schedule and to register your puppy for our next session, please contact us today!