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Claudia Sihler
Phone (907) 357-2521

1400 Regine Ave
Wasilla, Alaska  99654

Full Member

Approved Trainer
DOGO approved trainer


AKC's S.T.A.R. PuppySM Program

We now offer the AKC's S.T.A.R. PuppySM Program. S.T.A.R. stands for Socialization, Training, Activity, and Responsibility. The AKC (American Kennel Club) developed this program to encourage owners to train their dogs at an early age and to help them overall getting off to a good start with their puppies. This program is open to purebred and mixed breeds up to 1 year of age.

Owner and dog have to attend at least 6 weeks of class and show their skills in 20 items, tested and marked off at different weeks of the class. Some of the skills on this program are "pre-CGC" skills (Canine Good CitizenT). You can later (after more training) take the CGC-test, considered the test of good manners for dogs. Your S.T.A.R. puppy evaluator is also a CGC-evaluator, and we usually offer at least one CGC-test per year at the Regine Dog Training Facility. Upon passing all 20 items, you can send your results to AKC® and will receive the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Medal (not a collar tag). You'll also receive a package including a frameable certificate, the AKC Puppy Handbook, a discount to enroll in AKC Companion Animal Recovery Corporation, and the Monthly Email Newsletter from AKC.

We offer the S.T.A.R. Puppy Program in conjunction with all our Puppy1/Puppy2 and Foundation Classes (FC). You can enroll your dog in the PSP (Puppy School Package) or FC and additionally choose the S.T.A.R. puppy program. If you already took the Puppy1-Class, you can choose the S.T.A.R. puppy program when signing up for Puppy2.

The cost to enroll your puppy in the AKC S.T.A.R. puppy program is $20. Just add the "STAR Puppy" on the pricing page to your shopping cart when signing up for the class. If you're not sure if you want to sign up your dog for the additional S.T.A.R. puppy program yet, you can enroll for it latest at the beginning of week 4 during Puppy1 or FC, or if you already took Puppy1, latest before week 1 of Puppy2.

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

S ocialization
T raining
A ctivity
R esponsibility


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.


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


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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