AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program!

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AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program!                                                        star_puppy

Test Items and Pledge

A key component of the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program is a responsible owner. Our Canine Good Citizensm Responsible Dog Owner’s Pledge is for the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program too. Responsibility should start the moment you decide to add a new dog or puppy to your family.

AKC CGC Responsible Dog Owner’s Pledge

I will be responsible for my dog’s health needs. These include:

  • routine veterinary care including check-ups and vaccines
  • adequate nutrition through proper diet; clean water at all times
  • daily exercise and regular bathing and grooming

I will be responsible for my dog’s safety.

  • I will properly control my dog by providing fencing where appropriate, not letting my dog run loose, and using a leash in public.
  • I will ensure that my dog has some form of identification when appropriate (which may include collar tags, tattoos, or microchip ID).
  • I will provide adequate supervision when my dog and children are together.

I will not allow my dog to infringe on the rights of others.

  • I will not allow my dog to run loose in the neighborhood.
  • I will not allow my dog to be a nuisance to others by barking while in the yard, in a hotel room, etc.
  • I will pick up and properly dispose of my dog’s waste in all public areas such as on the grounds of hotels, on sidewalks, parks, etc.
  • I will pick up and properly dispose of my dog’s waste in wilderness areas, on hiking trails, campgrounds and in off-leash parks.

I will be responsible for my dog’s quality of life.

  • I understand that basic training is beneficial to all dogs.
  • I will give my dog attention and playtime.
  • I understand that owning a dog is a commitment in time and caring.

20 STEPS To Success: The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Test

S ocialization
T raining
A ctivity
R esponsibility

OWNER BEHAVIORS:

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 BEHAVIORS:

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

PRE-CANINE GOOD CITIZEN® TEST BEHAVIORS:

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

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Upcoming Events

AKC Trick Dog Evaluation

September 30, 2017 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
DTCDC will be sponsoring AKC Trick Dog Evalutaions for Novice, Intermediate and Advanced Titles.Cost is $10 per Dog per Trick Title for Members and $20 per Dog per Trick Title for Non Members.
Registration will be available through DTCDC’s Eventbrite page.Online Registration <— Click HereFor questions, contact Robin at robin.quintana@att.net

October Show N Go

October 14, 2017
Saturday – October 14th
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Observation mirrors & Climate Controlled
Crating space & chairs provided – drinks for sale in fridge
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Building opens at 8AM with sign-ups until 11AM
Utility begins at 8:30AM – NEW TIME!!!
Open & Novice follow at appx 10:30 AM
Fees: $6 first entry $4 second entry – same dog

Online Registration <– Click Here
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Important Notices

Canine Influenza

The state of Texas has confirmed cases of canine influenza in a Houston suburb and at Texas A&M University.  No cases of flu have been confirmed by any of our attending students or members.  The DTCDC Board & Training Committee requests that anyone who attended an event or kenneled with a dog (vaccinated or not [...]

Next Class Session Starts October 9th 2017

Classes starts the week of October 9th 2017. Please check our Class Schedule for more information and  times. Orientation video will be available to students after registration.
Wear comfortable clothing, tennis shoes or other rubber-soled shoes.  High heels are not allowed as they can damage the surface of the training floor.  Only flat-soled shoes are allowed on the [...]