Puppy S.T.A.R.


Do you have a new puppy? 

The Puppy S.T.A.R classes have begun.  Next class is Monday, August 28, 2023, and you can still get your 6-week requirement for your Puppy STAR certificate. 

New people can still complete their puppy STAR requirement.

Puppy STAR (Ages 10 weeks – 6 months old) is at 5:15 pm – openings available.

Puppies must have 2 sets of puppy shots to start class.

You will be beginning to learn how to teach your puppy how to work with you, not against you. Using clicker training we make it a positive and friendly experience for both of you.

We will be introducing all of the requirements of the AKC S.T.A.R. puppy program. This is a great foundation for moving forward with your puppy’s training.

Puppy training is different from adult training. We’re building a communication system between you and your dog and no two dogs are alike. What works for one pup will not work for another. The class is geared to the unique needs of each puppy/owner team.

This class is structured for puppies aged 10 – 23 weeks.

Puppies get to experience various surfaces and many different objects that they may encounter in life while in the class.  We work on…

  • Examination by stranger
  • Walk on a loose lead
  • Puppy Down
  • Puppy Sit
  • Puppy Come
  • Puppy Retrieve.

We will be covering basic fundamentals of the AKC puppy STAR program. We will also be addressing young puppy related topics.
It will be a fun time for building the close bond with your young puppy.
For more information: Contact INSTRUCTOR: Michele Beatty Email: mickenaGSD@gmail.com

Schedule:  Mondays at 5:15 pm

Tuition:  $150/ 7 Week Session



In addition to Puppy S.T.A.R., Mason Dixon Kennel Club has added another class for puppies aged 6 – 18 months.

This class will focus on the needs of adolescent dogs.
We will work on refreshing and strengthening foundational behaviors.
We will address the “teen years” and how to deal with them.
We will begin CGC prep exercises, with the last day of class an option will be given to take the CGC exam or puppy STAR exam.
The completion of this class will be a possible prerequisite for taking other MDCK classes at the instructor’s discretion. 

For more information: Contact INSTRUCTOR: Michele Beatty Email: mickenaGSD@gmail.com

Schedule:  Mondays at 6:15 pm

Tuition: $150.00/ 7-week session.

For information on this class or to sign up please contact Michele Beatty: mickenaGSD@gmail.com

Location:  Washington County Ag. Ed. Center, Rt 65 Sharpsburg Pike.  Classes are either outside in a totally fenced in area or in a climate controlled building with full matting.