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AKC S.T.A.R Puppy Test

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.

20 STEPS to Success: The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Test

S ocialization
T raining
A ctivity
R esponsibility


1: Maintains puppy’s health (vaccines, exams, appears healthy)

2: Owner receives Responsible Dog Owner’s Pledge

3: Owner describes adequate daily play and exercise plan

4: Owner and puppy attend at least 6 classes by an AKC Approved CGC Evaluator

5: Owner brings bags to classes for cleaning up after puppy

6: Owner has obtained some form of ID for puppy-collar tag, etc.


7: Free of aggression toward people during at least 6 weeks of class

8: Free of aggression toward other puppies in class

9: Tolerates collar or body harness of owner’s choice

10: Owner can hug or hold puppy (depending on size)

11: Puppy allows owner to take away a treat or toy


12: Allows (in any position) petting by a person other than the owner

13: Grooming-Allows owner handling and brief exam (ears, feet)

14: Walks on a Leash-Follows owner on lead in a straight line (15 steps)

15: Walks by other people-Walks on leash past other people 5-ft away

16: Sits on command-Owner may use a food lure

17: Down on command-Owner may use a food lure

18: Comes to owner from 5-ft when name is called

19: Reaction to Distractions-distractions are presented 15-ft away

20: Stay on leash with another person (owner walks 10 steps and returns)

Canine Good Citizen

CGC Test Items

1: Accepting a Friendly Stranger. The dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach and speak to the handler (the dog owner) in a natural, everyday situation.

2: Sit Politely for Petting.  The dog will allow a friendly stranger to pet it while it is out with the handler.

3: Appearance and Grooming. The dog will permit someone to check its ears and front feet, as a groomer or veterinarian would do.

4: Out for a Walk (walking on a loose lead). Following the evaluator’s instructions, the dog will walk on a loose lead (with the handler/owner).

5: Walking Through a Crowd. The dog will walk through a small crowd of pedestrians, passing in close proximity to at least three people.

6: Sit and Down on Command and Stay in Place. The dog must demonstrate sit AND down on command, then the owner chooses the position for leaving the dog in the stay.

7: Coming When Called.  The dog will come when called by the handler (from 10 feet away on leash).

8: Reaction to Another Dog. The dog will behave politely around other dogs. Two handlers and their dogs approach each other from a distance of about 20 feet, stop, shake hands and exchange pleasantries.

9: Reaction to Distractions. The evaluator will select and present two distractions such as dropping a chair, etc.

10: Supervised Separation. This test demonstrates that your dog can be left with a trusted person. The evaluator will hold your dog’s leash while you go out of sight for three minutes.