Our Basic Programs

NEW AT DOGSTAR TRAINING NJ FOR 2021!

AKC Virtual Programs:
AKC Virtual Home Manners
AKC Trick Dog Titles

As a certified AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator I can help you earn titles from home as well as in person.  Check out the AKC Virtual Titles Page for details

ALL OUR BASIC PROGRAMS INCLUDE "CLICK & COME" a DogStar Training NJ exclusive, reliable way to have your dog come to you when you call.
Check out videos of Click & Come on our YouTube Channel

Puppy Kindergarten

If your puppy is under 6 months or is a new addition to your home between 6 and 8 months old, this is the program for you. We will cover all the basics - house training, teething, introduction to leash walking and basic commands. Once you complete this program your puppy will be prepared to earn her first AKC title and become a S.T.A.R. Puppy.

Puppy Next Steps

For puppies that have completed Puppy Bright Start or your puppy can be come in for an evaluation to see if they're ready for the next step. We will build on the basic skills from Puppy Bright Start and add some fun and challenging new activities that will enhance your puppy's confidence, socialization and love of learning.

Polite Pet I

Are you grappling with a rowdy adolescent? If your dog is between 9 months and 2 years or is a newly adopted adult dog and you want the dog that walks politely, doesn't dash out the door or jump on your guests then the Polite Pet program is what you are looking for. The 5 Commands Every Dog Should Know will start you both on a great life together. This is a Basic Obedience class. AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluation at the end of the session.

Polite Pet II

In Polite Pet I your dog learned basic manners and skills now learn how to apply them in everyday settings with some fun exercises. AKC Canine Good Citizen or Good Citizen Advanced Evaluation at the end of the session.

Beyond the Basics

Beyond the Basics is the for those of you who want more!
You have or are working on earning your AKC Canine Good Citizen
now earn your
AKC Beginner Novice Obedience Title!

We will cover the skills needed to earn the title, we will do mock trials so you will be ready and we will help you record and submit your video to AKC for review

Additional Services


 Bright & Beautiful  Therapy Dog 

DogStar Training NJ is proud to offer therapy dog training and evaluation with Bright & Beautiful Therapy dogs Inc. You can now share the wonderful companionship and joy your dog brings to you with other who are confined to hospitals, nursing homes and many other settings where the gifts that well trained and behaved dogs bring are so appreciated. Prerequisite: To test for therapy dog training your dog must be at least a year old, and have completed either Polite Pet or Canine Good Citizen class. This is a 6 week Program.

Follow Your Nose/ Scentwork

Scent work is a fast growing dog sport modeled after real world detection work. It's a great enrichment program where your dog will learn to work as a team with you to "hunt" for a variety of scents. We will search inside buildings, out in the open, searching boxes, luggage, bags, furniture or vehicles. Scent work is great for all dogs, a great way to focus excited dogs and calm nervous dogs. You can also attend Follow Your Nose on a "drop in" basis. Contact us for details and cost.

Intro To Rally 

Rally is a fun dog sport based on loose leash heeling with other basic obedience commands included. The goal is to promote the human-dog bond. You and your dog are a team having fun - lots of praise. You will have fun learning a variety of useful real-life behaviors. Dogs and handlers of any age and ability can participate in Rally.

DogStar Advanced

This class is for those who really want their dog to shine! Open to dogs that have completed DogStar Training Polite Pet II, Intro to Rally or Beyond the Basics and who have earned earned AKC Canine Good Citizen. You and your dog move at your own pace through sessions that will include hand signals only, off leash work, high distractions and more. You and your dog can be evaluated for AKC CGCA certification during this program. You can also attend DogStar Advanced on a "drop in" basis. Contact us for details and cost.

AKC Fit Dog

AKC FIT DOG is an introductory level fitness program that includes logging your daily walks as well as foundation level fitness training. 
Fit Dog offers dog owners who reach a specified fitness goal a free car magnet featuring the AKC FIT DOG logo. Participation in AKC FIT DOG will bring health benefits to both dogs and their owners. “The most commonly recommended exercise to improve fitness by both physicians and veterinarians is walking,” said Mary Burch, Director of the AKC Family Dog program. 

AKC Trick Dog Titles

FUN AND STIMULATING ACTIVITIES FOR DOGS WITH BASIC OBEDIENCE SKILLS

If your dog has basic obedience skills and you want to have some fun and amaze your friends with how clever your dog is, join Trick Training class for Dogs. You can now earn AKC Trick Dog Titles through this program! There are four levels from beginner to advanced to suit your dog. If your dog has earned his AKC Canine Good Citizen certification that's already 5 tricks! This is not a difficult class.