Breeding, Boarding, Training

About AKC S.T.A.R Program

Diamond Kennels & Training Facility is administering a new American Kennel Club (AKC) training program geared towards puppies and their owners. The A.K.C. S.T.A.R. Puppy Program rewards responsible owners who take the time to train and socialize their new puppies. The program is the puppy level of the AKC’s well-known Canine Good Citizen program. “S.T.A.R.” stands for Socialization, Training, Activity, and Responsible owner, all of the tings a puppy needs to have a good life.


How It Works


When you complete a basic training class (taught by an AKC Approved CGC Evaluator) with your puppy (up to 1 year old) your puppy is eligible to be enrolled in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program. Puppies can begin training as soon as they have the necessary vaccines, 10 to 12 weeks old. The evaluator/instructor will check for vaccines at the beginning of the training course.


You’ll attend the puppy or basic training class at least 6 weeks. Owners must attend all six classes. We understand people have emergencies and health issues. In cases where owners miss a class during a several weeks course, a way of making up the work can be worked out with the evaluator. Your 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, (signed by the AKC Approved CGC Evaluator) 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, frameable 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 Companion Animal Recovery Corporation, a 24-hour Recovery service
  •  Ongoing Monthly Email Newsletter: Your AKC. This included training tips and up-to-date information every dog owner needs to know

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy graduated will be encouraged to continue working towards the next step in training, AKC’s Canine Good Citizen Award. Canine Good Citizen training emphasizes responsible owners and well mannered dogs.

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