S.T.A.R. Puppy Program

Pet Assisted Therapy

The Humane Society of Calloway County hosts the American Kennel Club® (AKC) training program geared towards puppies and their owners. The AKC S.T.A.R.sm 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 get an application to send to AKC for enrollment 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
  • 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 in March 2022
Summer class – begins in June 2022
Fall class – begins in September 2022

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 lasts 60 minutes. 

All classes are held at Murray State University’s Carmen Animal Health Technology Building on College Farm Road across from Calloway County High School.

$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 today!

You can register for classes online by submitting the electronic form below, attaching a copy of your dog or puppy’s up-to-date vet records, and submitting payment via PayPal. 

If you prefer submitting everything in hard copy, you can download the registration form here, print it out and complete the form. You can then either bring the completed form with a copy of the vet records and a check, payable to the Humane Society of Calloway County, to the office or mail it to P O Box 764, Murray, KY 42071.

Vet records do not have to be attached to the initial registration form with payment; however, they MUST be received prior to beginning the course. This requirement is to provide the safest environment for all owners and pets. 

ACT NOW! Registration is first come, first served.