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 Calloway County.

S.T.A.R. Puppy

Puppy Graduation - 2017 OakleyThe Humane Society of Calloway County is administering the American Kennel Club® (AKC) training program geared towards puppies and their owners. The AKC Puppy Program rewards responsible owners who take the time to train and socialize their new puppies.

The program is the puppy level of the AKC’s well-known Canine Good Citizen® program.  “S.T.A.R.” stands for Socialization, Training, Activity and a Responsible owner, all of the things a puppy needs to have a good life.

To get started, owners enroll in the S.T.A.R. Puppy Training Class instructed by Humane Society trainers. Classes include valuable training tips for puppy owners - such as how to housetrain - and lessons on practical skills for puppies - such as coming when called.  The program is open to all dogs. Puppies can begin training as soon as they have the necessary vaccines and they can enroll in AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy training at any point up until their six or seven month birthday.

Early training and socialization are key to having a well behaved dog. You will learn how to start your pup off on the right paw from the very beginning.

At the end of the training course, the instructors will administer the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy test. Upon passing, you and your puppy will be enrolled in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program and will receive an AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy package which includes:

  • A frameable certificate
  • AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy medal
  • AKC Puppy Handbook
  • Discount enrollment in AKC Companion Animal Recovery, a 24 hour recovery service if the puppy gets lost
  • Subscription to monthly e-mail newsletter that includes training tips

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy graduates will be encouraged to continue working towards the next step in training, AKC’s Canine Good Citizen award. Canine Good Citizen training emphasizes responsible owners and well-mannered dogs and is also offered by the Humane Society.

Date & Time
Spring class – begins Thursdays when there are enough puppies registered
Summer class – begins in June 2021 - Registration forms accepted any time to hold a place in the class
Fall class – begins Sept. 2021 - Registration forms accepted any time to hold a place in the class 

There are seven weekly sessions with graduation and the STAR Puppy test on the seventh week. Puppies do not attend the first class.

Class begins at 6 p.m. and usually last 60 minutes and no longer than 90 minutes.

The FIRST class ONLY is held at Murray State University’s Carmen Animal Health Technology Building on College Farm Road across from Calloway County High School. The remaining sessions are held outdoors about 10 minutes outside Murray. Directions to the exact location will be given out at the first session.

$60 for Humane Society members
$80 for non-members (includes membership for one year)

Register TODAY
Registration is limited and the classes fill quickly. If you want us to hold a place for you in a future class, please complete the registration form and register today!

(1) Completed Registration Form - is needed first! Email to or place in our locked drop box or mail to Humane Society of Calloway County, P O Box 764, Murray, KY 42071.

(2) Payment: Check can be mailed. Check or cash can be placed in our locked drop box. Credit card payment can be made via our PayPal link on the home page of this website or on the phone by calling the office Monday - Thursday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at 270-759-1884.

(3) A copy of your pet's vaccination record must be at the Humane Society prior to the beginning of the course but does not have to accompany the registration and payment. You can ask your veterinarian to fax your dog's vet record to us at 270-761-1884 or email it to us at With COVID restrictions in place, this may be the simplest for everyone.

To minimize contact, you can deliver materials by email to or to the drop box at Humane Society's office at the Weaks Community Center at 607 Poplar Street, Murray. Our locked drop box is beside the Humane Society door at the East end of the building that faces Sixth Street and is available 24 hours a day.

Call the office Monday - Thursday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at 270-759-1884 or message us on Facebook with questions!

ACT NOW! Registration is first come, first served.

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