Training Locations for Group Lessons Mason County, Paris and Lexington, KY


Thursday January 19
6:00 pm - 6:00 pm Private Lessons at Your Home
Tuesday February 28
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AKC – Virtual Manners /Step One in Training a New Pup or Adult Dog at home.

Virtual Home Manners
Virtual Home Manners

Virtual Home Puppy OR Adult Manners Class:   

To earn the Virtual Home Manners titles, follow these easy steps:

You will be given a list of commands and exercises to perform.   We will support you via zoom or skype on instructions of  how to implement the commands.     3 WEEKS OF ON LINE/ PHONE SUPPORT  

  1. Dog owners will video their dogs performing the required skills
  2. A link to the video will be sent to either
  3.  Zoom or SKYPE and other live formats may also be used for evaluating Virtual Home Manners.
  4. After watching the video, if the dog passes, the Evaluator will send the combined Checklist/Video Verification Form to the dog owner. The Evaluator will also send a copy of this form to AKC.  Email Pamela for a copy of the checklist. 

STEP TWO A.)  Puppies:  

A.K.C. All S.T.A.R. Puppy  – Puppies 2 to 12 months. / Step Two in Training for Puppies 

Welcome to the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program!

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.

The Benefits of Training:

Training classes teach you how to best communicate with your puppy. Organized training classes also provide an opportunity for your dog to socialize with other dogs. In classes aimed at earning the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy distinction, you’ll be able to get information on all of your puppy-raising questions including housetraining, chewing, and the most effective way to teach practical skills such as coming when called. AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy training is a natural lead in to the AKC® Canine Good Citizen® Program.  If there are only 3 dogs enrolled we will keep the registration open until the minimum of 4 dogs is met.   6 week course  / test on week 6

STEP TWO B.) 4 months to adult dogs : 

Basic Obedience and Manners For Dogs / Step Two in Training / No AKC Titles

Obedience Training
Well Trained Dog Equals A Happy Dog Owner

The dog training ­“come” command is probably the most important obedience command you will ever teach your dog.   At some point in time, you will no doubt rely on it to guide your dog away from serious danger.   Loose leash walking, socialization, and basic obedience commands will be covered. Dogs  will be exposed to as many new people, animals, stimuli and environments as can be achieved safely and without causing over­stimulation manifested as excessive fear, with­drawal, or avoidance behavior.  How to meet and greet other dogs.   Introduction to tricks and games to play with your dog. 4 week course  

STEP TWO C.) 4 months to adult dogs AKC Class: 

A.K.C. CANINE GOOD CITIZEN ® CERTIFICATION TEST / Step Two in Training for Puppies who passed their AKC-STAR Puppy or Adult Dogs  who want to achieve other AKC Titles or a lower insurance rate with some home insurance companies.  Dogs must be 4 months of age or older to attend, and have a basic command base. 

AKC Canine Good Citizen

Before taking the Canine Good Citizen test, owners will sign the Responsible Dog Owners Pledge. We believe that responsible dog ownership is a key part of the CGC concept and by signing the pledge, owners agree to take care of their dog’s health needs, safety, exercise, training and quality of life. Owners also agree to show responsibility by doing things such as cleaning up after their dogs in public places and never letting dogs infringe on the rights of others. After signing the Responsible Dog Owners Pledge, owners and their dogs are ready to take the CGC Test.

All breeds of dogs (mixed or purebred) who have been trained to obey basic obedience commands and who can remain calm when faced with distracting situations in public places, are welcome to try to earn a Canine Good Citizen ® Certificate.

Your dog will be tested on ten skills outlined in the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen ® program. These skills demonstrate her responses to basic obedience commands, and indicate whether she will behave in a well-mannered way when out in public and in the midst of distractions.

Students who pass all ten parts of the test will receive the paperwork needed to obtain their official certificate from the American Kennel Club.*Passing students also may purchase a collar tag or an embroidered patch (to sew on a jacket — or your dog’s bandana!). We send a list of all dogs who earn their Canine Good Citizen ® Certificates to the American Kennel Club in New York, to be recorded officially on your dog’s record.

This certification program as offered as a 6-week class in order to allow for practice on skills if needed. However, some dogs may be able to pass all ten skills at the first meeting. If there are some skills you don’t pass during the 9-week session, your Evaluator can advise you what to work on at home to prepare for passing the remaining skills to earn your certificate. You may then re-test on a later testing date.

*PLEASE NOTE: If your dog passes all ten skills, your evaluator will provide you with the testing paperwork and other information necessary to receive your Certificate and Title from the American Kennel Club. However students are responsible for completing the process by sending all required paperwork to the AKC, along with additional fees payable directly to the AKC.

*Dogs entering the class should already demonstrate the ability to respond to the basic cues of sit, down, stay, loose leash walking, and coming when called. A very important component to the CGC program is responsible dog ownership. At the CGC test you will be asked to sign the “Responsible Dog Owner’s Pledge” before you and your dog go through the test. For classes and the test you will need to wear closed toe shoes (tennis shoes are good) due to practices of right and left hand turns, and u-turns.

6 Week Course – Testing on the 6th week. 


AKC Community Canine – Step 3 in training your dog. 

Community Canine

AKC Community Canine expands on CGC skills and lays the beginning foundation for obedience, rally and therapy dog work.

While Canine Good Citizen tests are simulations of real world skills, the goal of AKC Community Canine is to test the dog’s abilities in a natural setting.  Rather than the test being administered in a ring, certain elements will involve the dog walking through a real crowd, whether at a dog show or on a busy sidewalk, and even an elevator ride! 

6 week course  / test on week 6 


AKC Urban Canine – Step 4 in training your dog. 

Public Access Test

AKC Urban CGC requires that the dog demonstrate CGC skills and beyond in a setting that includes traffic, crowds, noises, smells and other distractions that are present in a city or town. As with Canine Good Citizen, AKC Urban CGC is a 10-step test of skills that dogs must pass to earn the official AKC Urban CGC title. This is a title that appears on the dog’s title record at AKC.

AKC Urban CGC is a public access test that demonstrates dogs are well-behaved and well-trained when in public settings. The Urban CGC test can be used by dog- friendly business (e.g., lodging, retail, transportation, public facilities) to recognize and accept dogs with good manners.

6 week course  / test on week 6 



AKC Trick Dog
AKC Trick Dog All Levels


Lucy has achieved and completed all of her Trick Dog Titles.

We offer classes for all levels in person and virtual testing.    Trick dog can be introduced to your dog during any stage of life with tricks taught according to the dog’s age and capability.  

AKC  Trick Dog for all dogs 4 months of age and up! 

  • AKC Novice Trick Dog (TKN)- Your dog performs 10 skills from the Novice list. (see link to “Application” below for lists of skills). If a dog has a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certificate or title on record at AKC, it can do 5 Novice tricks (CGC + 5) to earn the Novice title. 
  • AKC Intermediate Trick Dog (TKI) – Your dog must have the Novice title, plus perform 10 Intermediate tricks. 
  • AKC Advanced Trick Dog (TKA) – Your dog must have the Intermediate title, plus perform 10 tricks from the Advanced list.
  • AKC Trick Dog Performer (TKP) – In this title, handlers perform a short routine with at least 10 tricks with at least 3 tricks using props. 
  • AKC Trick Dog Elite Performer (TKE) – In the highest level of Trick Dog, the Elite Performers perform a routine that has a story/script. At least 5 props are used.

4 week course  / test when dogs are ready to perform their selected tricks without treats. 





Open to all breeds of dogs, this  involves your dog performing a series of 12 exercises that are typical for a farm environment such as being in close proximity to livestock (who are always penned to avoid any altercations); jumping and staying on hay/straw bales; walking on unusual terrain; and jumping over logs.  Instead, the goal is to assess his aptitude as a working farm dog by exhibiting self-control, confidence and trust with you or his handler.

4 week course  / Testing on AKC calendar of events. 



All test stations are set up for handlers and dogs to practice  – what will be expected at an up coming trail.

4 week course / all dogs must have a down/stay, sit/stay, and recall to attend. 

Listed below are a few more test examples that are practiced in class.  *Please note all test items are taught and practiced during this class. 

S1. With the handler and dog standing still, from a distance of 5 ft., the Evaluator or steward approaches and verbally greets the handler.

S2. Evaluator approaches, brief exam With the handler and dog standing still, from a distance of approximately 5 ft., the Evaluator or steward approaches and briefly examines the dog by touching the head, shoulders, and rear. etc. and pets the dog.

S4. Person approaches carrying item, pets dog With the handler and dog standing still, a person (Evaluator or steward) approaches from a distance of approximately 10 ft. and pets the dog. The person is carrying an item such as a back pack over the shoulder, a collapsible chair in a bag, a large purse/bag, etc.

4 week course  / Testing on AKC calendar of events.