Discussion in 'Puppies 101' started by 2GoodDogs, Aug 18, 2014.
Anyone going to enroll in the AKC Puppy Star classes? Why or why not?
What are those? Can you post a link please.
Here is the link:
I think the program is a good idea--but my one caveat is that it really depends who is running it as to whether or not it's any good. I looked and looked for a puppy class for Enzo and found one that was an AKC STAR class. Seems like that made it legit (and a couple people said the instructor was good) so we went for it.
It was awful. We were in a tiny building with several big out of control dogs. There was no structure, no teaching, just dragging and luring. They didn't like it if anyone had a separate opinion, etc. We left and I asked for my money back. Never received it--chalked it up as a loss.
Oh no, I hate to hear that! Please contact AKC Customer Service to report them.
I take pride in the being an Evaluator and I run a pretty good 6 week class. It is not an out of control kindergarten with puppies bullying each other... It is hands-on, and as much as being a responsible pet owner as it is about training basics and fundamentals.
Darn, sorry your experience wasn't good.
Thanks for the link. I'll have to check it out for the future.
Ugh! We all know I have debated puppy kinder which culminates in STAR testing.
However, I am really afraid the class will be filled with my local demographics (GSD, lab, golden, aussie, and pits). Not that these are bad -- I have had 2 of the list, but they are big, likely out of control, and several of those play a little more aggressive than my zoomie sheltie.
As much as I wanted to start with a STAR title, forget it. We will do our thing on leash and next spring go for CGC when it is offered again. While I think on leash dog meeting dog is good, paying for part of the time for dogs to just run amok around the facility, no way.
It's a good idea, but we didn't do it because the place we went rotated between S.T.A.R.S. and puppy kindergarten. When Ruu was the right age, they only had puppy kindergarten.