Puppy Star

AGE RANGE: 8-26 Weeks

How to start strong

for the little ones!

Don’t miss this critical time window to train and socialize your puppy while having FUN! 

Our AKC puppy STAR training is open to all breeds including mix breeds from 8 – 26 weeks of age. The AKC S.T.A.R. puppy program teaches dogs and their owners the first important steps to becoming responsible members of the community. “We are proud to see dog owners actively seeking ways to help their puppies start life on the right path.”  Early training and socialization are key to having a well-behaved dog.

This program introduces owners to understanding the responsibilities of puppy ownership, potty training, and grooming essentials, as well as address negative behaviors that may arise. We begin laying a foundation of obedience using motivational training techniques and introduce the Puppy STAR concepts laid out by the AKC, giving puppies and owners a chance to achieve the S.T.A.R. Award through the AKC at the conclusion of class. Dogs do not have to be AKC registered to earn this award.

To achieve the Puppy STAR Award owners and puppies must meet all the parameters set by the AKC, but achieving this award is NOT a precursor for any further training at Landheim. The S.T.A.R. Award is designed to help owners work with their puppies from a young age, identifying areas of improvement for more advanced training in the future.


Ages 8 to 26 weeks


6 week course
We take 16 puppies per class and puppies must be between 8-26 weeks of age by start date of class.
Next Start Dates:
Tues 6PM; July 16, 2024
Thurs 6PM; July 11, 2024
Sun 3PM; June 30, 2024

Topics covered

  • Responsible dog ownership
  • Providing proper and sufficient stimulation and activity for your puppy
  • Effective socialization techniques
  • Various training techniques, including “Marker” training
  • Potty training essentials
  • Breed-specific grooming requirements
  • Addressing negative behaviors
  • Discuss elements for the AKC Canine Good Citizenship Test (CGC) for owners that may wish to pursue higher levels of training

Required Equipment

  • Soft, meaty treats your dog is familiar with
  • Hungry Puppy
    • Do not feed your dog several hours before class; Evening classes-don’t feed after noon, Morning classes-skip breakfast
  • 6-foot leash in good condition (no bungee or retractable leashes)
  • Well-fitted flat/martingale collar
  • Food pouch
  • Poop bags
  • Vaccination records (must be submit to Front Desk staff before date of class, as well as updates on boosters)
  • Attendance to all classes
    • Dogs may be left home for first week of class if owner feels they may be too distracted by their pup
      Missing any class or arriving excessively late will negate possibility of achieving STAR award

other eqipment

not needed by the first week
  • Form of ID (microchip number, ID tag on collar, tattoo, etc.)
  • Brush or comb suitable for coat type

Vaccination Requirements

  • Rabies
    • Many puppies in Level 1 may not be old enough for Rabies vaccination at the start of class, but this must be supplied to the Front Desk staff by the 13th week of age per Indiana State Law
  • Distemper
    • The 1st round must be given at least 5 days prior to the puppy attending class
      • If your puppy receives the 1st round too close to the first week of class, the puppy may be left home with the owners attending class
    • Boosters must be given at appropriate times and supplied to the staff to be eligible to achieve the STAR award

Titer testing is accepted for Distemper and Bordetella, but per Indiana State Law not for Rabies.

Vaccination paperwork needs to be submitted at the front desk prior to the first day of class.

No Classes on Sunday, May 26th or Monday, May 27th
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