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Potty Training
Potty training your puppy is about consistency, patience, and positive reinforcement. The goal is to instill good habits and build a loving bond with your pet.

It typically takes 4-6 months for a puppy to be fully house trained, but some puppies may take up to year. I was lucky with my bully who at 9 weeks old was 99% potty trained, my mix breed was not but I had her potty trained in 3 days. Size can be a predictor. For instance, smaller breeds have smaller bladders and higher metabolisms and require more frequent trips outside. Your puppy's previous living conditions are another predictor. You may find that you need to help your puppy break old habits in order to establish more desirable ones.

And while you're training, don't worry if there are setbacks. As long as you continue a management program that includes taking puppy out at the first sign he needs to go and offering him rewards, he'll learn.
Basic Obedience
Mastering basic obedience commands is a vital part of being a responsible dog owner. These basic commands make navigating the relationship between animal and owner much easier and keep both you and your pet safe in emergency situations.

From an outsider's perspective, basic training can look either very simple or extremely difficult. Recognize that training can take a lot of work. Also recognize any dog can learn at least the most basic and necessary commands. Dog owners occasionally run into road blocks when training, don't become frustrated. By seeking assistance from a professional trainer it benefits first-time owners or individuals struggling with teaching commands or correcting problem behaviors. Don't ever hesitate to ask for help!

Training takes a lot of time and patience, the responsibility of pet ownership includes properly training and socializing your animal. Finally, dog ownership and even training should be fun! Don't be too serious and make sure both you and your pet have a good time so you will look forward to future sessions!
Wouldn't it be nice if your trained dog could stay in place while you walked into the other room for a few minutes? Or if he'd obediently remain by your side in a crowd? If your dog already knows basic cues, our Intermediate Education Course can help him achieve the same results in situations involving more distance, duration and distractions - this intermediate dog training course also covers new behaviors such as "heel," "wait" and "go to bed/place." Distraction is the name of the game with helping dog on his continuing education.
S.T.A.R Puppy



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. You'll attend any puppy or basic training class at least 6 weeks. 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 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 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.

What is CGC?
Welcome to the AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Program. Started in 1989, the CGC Program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club.
Many dog owners choose Canine Good Citizen training as the first step in training their dogs. The Canine Good Citizen Program lays the foundation for other AKC activities such as obedience, agility, tracking, and performance events. As you work with your dog to teach the CGC skills, you'll discover the many benefits and joys of training your dog. The CGC certificate will also open doors to the joys of becoming a therapy dog.
What is Therapy Dogs International?
Therapy Dogs International (TDI®) is a volunteer organization dedicated to regulating, testing and registration of therapy dogs and their volunteer handlers for the purpose of visiting nursing homes, hospitals, other institutions and wherever else therapy dogs are needed.

TDI registers all breeds of dogs. Some dogs have pedigrees, while others have been adopted from local shelters or are rescue dogs. There are volunteer dogs and their handlers in all 50 States as well as some in Canada
To belong to Therapy Dogs International (TDI®) all dogs must be tested and evaluated by a Certified TDI Evaluator. A dog must be a minimum of one (1) year of age and have a sound temperament. Each dog must pass a TDI temperament evaluation for suitability to become a Therapy Dog. The test will also include the evaluation of the dog's behavior around people with the use of some type of service equipment (wheelchairs, crutches, etc.)
Emotional Support Animal
Emotional Disabilities: The need for an Emotional Support Animal
A person with an emotional disability qualifies to have an emotional support animal (ESA), and ESAs are protected under federal law.
Flying with your Emotional Support Animal
Qualify for No Pet housing with your Emotional Support Animal
You and your Emotional Support Animal have federally protected rights!
Anyone can go on line, pay a fee, get a doctor's note and you have an emotional support animal. But what about if you go somewhere with your (ESA) and it's never been trained, or your (ESA) is terrified of noises? When an animal is scared it's more likely to react in a negative way. Training for these types of situations is vital to helping you and your (ESA) get around town and around life as an Emotional Support Animal.