The American Kennel Club has added the STAR puppy level to its Canine Good Citizen program. This rewards owners whose puppies have completed at least a six-week basic training class. STAR stands for socialization, training, activity, and a responsible owner- practically everything a puppy and their owners need. The program is open to pure bred and mixed-breed dogs up to 1 year old.

During the six-week course owners learn about basic puppy care and training, and puppies have a chance to socialize with other dogs. At the end of the class, puppies are given a multi-item test by an AKC-approved CGC evaluator. STAR graduates receive a medal, certificate, and an AKC puppy handbook. For more information on the program, please visit