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American Kennel Club (AKC) Courses

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy is a training program designed to get puppies and their owners off on the right paw! The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program provides special training and recognition for responsible owners and their puppies.  This a great follow-up to our Puppy Life Skills or Puppy Basics class. Both purebred and mixed breed puppies are welcome to enroll. We recommend this class for pups 4-12 months of age. The AKC evaluation fee is included in the cost of the class (evaluation given at the last class). Puppies that pass the S.T.A.R. testing are eligible to receive a S.T.A.R. Puppy Olympic-style Medal, a listing in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy records and a frameable certificate. This class is highly recommended for puppies and owners who deserve recognition for their Socialization, Training, Activity and Responsibility!

Requirements: This class is for puppies at least 4 months of age. 

Class Length: 6 weeks

Class Size: 6

Class Price: $145.00

Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Prep

The American Kennel Club’s CGC Program is a wonderful way to showcase your dog’s good manners so he can be distinguished as a “Canine Good Citizen.” Prepare for the 10-step CGC test that covers basic skills such as loose-leash walking, sitting politely for petting, coming when called, and more.

A great follow-up class to Canine Cornerstones or one of our breed-specific classes, this four-week class helps dog and handler prepare for the CGC test, which is routinely given at BonaFide. The CGC distinction is also a great departure point for other canine activities, such as obedience, agility, therapy work, and more! The Canine Good Citizen Program is open to all dogs, both purepred and mixed- breed. For more information on the Canine Good Citizen Program, please visit http://www.akc.org/events/cgc/index.cfm.

Enrollment in this class includes an opportunity to take the CGC test during the fifth week of class.

Class Requirements:

  • Dog and handler must have completed at MINIMUM one basic teen or adult obedience class (puppy classes do not count) – PLEASE consult your current BonaFide instructor or contact us to see if your dog is ready for this class. The instructor has the right to excuse any dog that comes into class with insufficient skills to participate (no refunds or class credits).
  • Dogs should have a solid sit, down, recall (come), wait/stay, and be able to walk politely on lead around distractions before enrolling in this class. This class is a review and refining of basic skills, NOT an introduction to basic manners.
  • Harnesses, haltis, correction collars, and treats are not allowed during CGC testing. If your dog is still dependent on these kinds of aids to perform the behaviors listed above, he is NOT ready for the CGC class.

Class Length: 5 weeks

Class Size: Varies

Class Price: $135.00

AKC Community Canine (CGCA Test Prep)

This class starts where the Canine Good Citizen ends and takes the basic good manners all dogs should have out into the public for testing.  The goal of AKC Community Canine is to test the dog’s skills in a natural setting. NOTE: Dogs must have earned the Canine Good Citizen. 

Class is 6 weeks in length with the last week the Canine Community test.  The class will meet off site several weeks in preparation for the test.

Class Length: 6 weeks

Class Size: 6

Class Price: $155.00

AKC Trick Dog Prep

Did you know that the American Kennel Club offers titles for trick dogs? Not only will you be working on your dog’s general obedience skills, this four week class will also help you brush up your dog’s old tricks and teach your dog some new ones!  The last week of class gives you the chance to take the test to earn your dog’s first AKC Trick Dog title or test for the next level in the Trick Dog Series! For more information check out AKC Trick Dog titles.

Class Length: 4 weeks

Class Size: 6

Class Price: $120.00

Conformation Handling Practice

Getting ready for an upcoming show?  This AKC conformation handling practice is for new and experienced handlers. You and your dog will learn and practice: individual gaiting, group gaiting, freestacking, table training (if you have a small dog), breed specific training, and ring/show etiquette.

Drop-in practice Wednesday evenings  from 7:00 p.m. –  8:00 pm.  The cost is $10.00 per dog per session, with additional dogs with same handler $5.00.  (cash or check only)