AKC Star Puppy Certification

STAR Puppy Training Certification

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AKC STAR Puppy is a program devised by the American Kennel Club (AKC). It is a perfect lead-in for the Canine Good Citizen certification.

STAR stands for:
  • S: Socialization
  • T: Training
  • A: Activity
  • R: Responsibility

We will have a test at the conclusion of our Puppy Manners class. Upon passing the test, you will receive an application to send to the AKC for enrollment in the program.

Your puppy will receive the AKC STAR Puppy Medal (for display or memento purposes; not suitable as a collar tag). You and your puppy will be listed in the AKC STAR Puppy records. In addition, you will receive the AKC's STAR Puppy package that includes:
  • A frameable certificate designating that your puppy is in the AKC's STAR Puppy records
  • An AKC Puppy Handbook
  • Ongoing monthly newsletter from AKC, that includes training tips and up-to-date information about puppies

The Test

  • Maintains puppy's health (vaccines, exams, appears healthy)
  • Owner receives Responsible Dog Owner's Pledge
  • Owner describes adequate daily play and exercise plan
  • Owner and puppy attend at least 6 classes by an AKC Approved CGC Evaluator
  • Owner brings bags to classes for cleaning up after puppy
  • Owner has obtained some form of ID for puppy-collar tag, etc.

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

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

Testing Dates

There are no test dates scheduled at the moment. Please check back, and let us know if you're interested.


The cost of the CGC test is $50. We need to receive payment in advance in order to reserve your place.

There is also a nominal fee that you will need to submit to the AKC in order to receive your actual certificate.

Time Requirement

The test takes about 15 minutes to finish, per dog. There will be other dogs on the date you arrive, so will need to be patient as we take each dog one by one through the test.

If Your Dog Doesn't Pass

In order to receive your certification, your dog needs to pass every skill as part of the overall test, as judged by our evaluators. If it doesn't pass a certain skill, you can try again the next time. The same fee applies to additional tests.