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AKC® S.T.A.R. PUPPY®
AKC® CANINE GOOD CITIZEN®
AKC® COMMUNITY CANINE℠
Individual Training and Group Classes
AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy®
The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy is an exciting new program designed to get dog owners and their puppies off to a good start. The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program is an incentive program for loving dog owners who have taken the time to take their puppies through a basic training class.
AKC Canine Good Citizen® (CGC)
The CGC 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. The CGC lays the foundation for other AKC activities such as obedience, agility, tracking, and performance events.
AKC Community Canine℠ (CGCA)
AKC Community Canine is the advanced level of AKC’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program.
An introduction to the basics in control and cooperation, through positive techniques.
Beginning obedience in basic (positive) training techniques to achieve a cooperative, healthy, happy, balanced dog, who will respond to basic cues, alone or around other people or dogs.
Many intermediate commands require your dog to perform one or more basic commands as a starting point. These advanced dog-training tips not only build on the basics, but can also help the two of you face real-life circumstances more confidently and effectively
Sometimes you or your dog may just need a refresher in the basics
1. Prior to being allowed for training all dogs must complete a temperament evaluation. This gives us an opportunity to meet your dog(s) and you the opportunity to visit our facility and meet our staff. Please call or email us to schedule an appointment. Prior to the appointment you may email us the Daycare Waiver, Dog & Owner Information, and Photo Release forms along with a copy of your dog(s) veterinary records or bring these documents with you to this appointment. Blue Collar reserves the right to refuse or reject any dog at anytime that is determined to be a safety risk to any other dog, staff or person on the premises.
2. Prior to your dog(s) first training/class we will need proof of vaccinations. All dogs must be current on vaccinations against Rabies, Distemper, and Bordetella (Kennel Cough). Puppies can begin daycare after they have received their Bordetella and 2nd Distemper vaccinations; we will then need proof of the Rabies and 3rd Distemper shots once received. We also require a yearly fecal test (worm/parasite) to be done by either your veterinarian or we will do it.
3. For safety purposes, all dogs must wear a collar during training and they must be on a leash when entering and leaving the building.
4. Written or verbal permission is required if you wish to have someone else pick up your dog(s). Please notify us prior to the pick up time.
5. Sorry… no refunds, credits or transfers on training classes.
6. A $15 late fee will be charged for any dog not picked up by 6:00 p.m. Please call us if you determine that you will be late, as we will need to plan accordingly.
7. A $20 NSF/Returned check fee will be charged to your account for any checks declined to be paid or returned to us as unpaid from our bank.
Our Training Philosophy
Is This For You and Your Dog?
Do you want a companion who is cooperative, calm, fits your lifestyle, and is flexible and self-confident; a dog that will do as asked; one that will live a happier, healthier, more productive, longer life? Your dog would like to be this way! Are you willing to spend the time and energy to achieve these results? Blue Collar Training and Classes will help you and your dog reach these goals through mental stimulation. It requires time and commitment on your part.
We have observed many changes in dogs in general. Canines are exhibiting more hyperactivity, less focus, shorter life spans, more limited physical ability (range of motion and movement), and more behavior issues. Their living situations are much more demanding (less time for exercise, poorer foods, faster life pace of their family, less quality time due to more demands on the time of family members.) Obedience involves more than "commands," it means connecting to their situation and working with it. Sitting, for example, is hard if your hips hurt.
Issues range from mouthing on objects and people and licking (especially their feet) to difficulties being touched or handled (certain body parts) such as nail trimming or grooming. More dogs have barking issues, allergies are becoming commonplace, excessive weight is often present, and skin and joints frequently are involved (excessive shedding, itching, flakiness, stiffness, etc.) Through our services we have been able to help in many of these cases.
Putting together the increasingly positive responses to these tools and techniques as well as the dramatic changes seen in our own dogs, we are now going to include the whole obedience picture in our classes. Real "obedience" is about connecting to your dog, not jerking on a leash. It's about respect, cooperation and teamwork (human is leader). It is about taking the time to teach (not forcing an issue in a moment), learning to observe and read your dog, providing the tools necessary (information, diet/nutrition, movement and love) to achieve the desired results.