Welcome to the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program!
VanBuren Shepherds is now offering The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program in Abilene, TX and the surrounding Big Country. It is an exciting new program designed to get dog owners and their puppies off to a great start. The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program is an incentive program for loving dog owners who have taken the time to take their puppies through a basic training class.
The Benefits of Training
Training classes teach you how to best communicate with your puppy. Organized training classes also provide an opportunity for your dog to socialize with other dogs. In classes aimed at earning the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy distinction, you’ll be able to get information on all of your puppy-raising questions including house training, chewing, and the most effective way to teach practical skills such as coming when called. AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy training is a natural lead in to the AKC Canine Good Citizen Program.
How It Works
When you complete a basic training class as taught by vanBuren Shepherds with your puppy (up to 1-year-old), your puppy is eligible to be enrolled in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program.
You must attend our puppy or basic training class for at least 6 weeks. Our instructor will administer the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy test at the end of the course. Upon passing the test, you’ll get an application to send to AKC for enrollment in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program. All dogs are welcome to participate in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program including purebreds and mixed breeds.
Your puppy will receive the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Medal (for display or memento purposes; not suitable as a collar tag). You and your puppy will be listed in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy records. In addition, so that you can continue learning, you’ll receive our AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy package that includes:
- A beautiful, frame-able certificate designating your puppy is in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy records at AKC
- AKC Puppy Handbook, a valuable resource
- Discount to enroll in AKC Reunite, a 24-hour recovery service
- Ongoing Monthly Email Newsletter: Your AKC. This includes training tips and up-to-date information every dog owner needs to know. We want you and your puppy to continue learning beyond puppy classes.
- Class sessions are one hour per week for six weeks unless noted.
- The cost is $120.00 for the six-week course
- AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy class attendees must attend all six classes in order to receive the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy certificate. (In case of emergencies classes can be re-scheduled.)
- Class size is approximately 4-10.
- Eligibility: Puppies no older than 10 months at time of first class. AKC Star Puppy Program is intended for dogs less than 1-year-old at time of certificate issue.