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S.T.A.R. Puppy Program


     The American Kennel Club Socialization Training Activity Responsibility (S.T.A.R.) program is  designed as an introduction to obedience. The Berks County Dog Training Club offers this program for puppies aged 12 weeks to 6 months and is open to mixed breed and purebred puppies. The class is limited to 8 puppies.
     You will learn how to teach your puppy to walk on a leash and obey the following commands: sit, down and come.
     The class is six weeks long. Upon passing the test:

  • Your puppy will receive the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Medal

  • You'll receive a certificate suitable for framing

  • Your puppy will be listed in the official AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy database

  • An AKC Puppy Handbook

  • The ongoing monthly newsletter "Your AKC"

   One of the best things you can do for your puppy is to train him or her as soon as possible. It is never too early to start.

     When you're done with the S.T.A.R. program, you can take the next BCDTC Basic Skills Class once your dog is 6 months old. This is INCLUDED in your S.T.A.R. Puppy Program registration fee. You are a member of the BCDTC for the rest of the calendar year. You will receive the monthly club newsletter "Pup Stuff" and can come out to weekly training on Thursday nights once you have completed the Basic Skills Class. You can also attend all club events and let your voice be heard at club meetings.



Your Class

Orientation for all classes is at 7PM on a Tuesday.
See below for all regular class days and times.

The spring and summer STAR Puppy classes will be held Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Fall and winter STAR Puppy classes will be held on Tuesdays at  8 PM.

What to bring to orientation:
Proof your puppy is in care of a veterinarian that includes shot record and a completed registration form.

First class:
Bring your puppy on a 6-foot leash. If you do not have one, the club does offer them for sale at cost. Flexible length leashes that retract are not suitable for training and can be a danger to other class members.

Cost is $35 for members and $140 for non-members.

For non-members, your $140 includes the option to take the 8-week BCDTC basic skills class and membership for the rest of the year.

   
The Berks County Dog Training Club was founded in 1946 as a not-for-profit organization with the purpose of training you to train your dog. To this day we continue with that same purpose. Through the years we have grown to a membership of several hundred people. We are a very active group with many dedicated volunteers who would welcome the opportunity to "train you to train your dog."
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