The ORIGINAL - DogStar Training NJ
New for 2023 
We're adding some new programs this year to keep your training fun and effective
Basics Plus is a new program to bridge between our basic programs and our Beyond the Basics, DogStar Advance and AKC Level Obedience training
Teach the Leash a new program exclusively about leash work


Meet The Trainer

Kathy Medel

Owner and head trainer of DogStar Training NJ, has over 25 years of experience raising, training, and showing dogs.

Kathy is a certified dog trainer through the International Association of Canine Professionals and is a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers

Kathy is  trainer and approved evaluator for:

--AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy, AKC Canine Good Citizen
--AKC Canine Community Canine, AKC Urban Dog
--AKC Trick Dog titles
--AKC Approved  Level Fit Dog Levels 1 & 2 Instructor and DogStar Training NJ is the home of the official AKC DogStar Training NJ Fit Dog Club

Kathy is also a mentor trainer for Animal Behavior College and CATCH Trainer Academy.

Kathy has been involved with Greyhound rescue and fostered and trained Greyhounds for many years. In addition to showing in AKC Conformation classes her family’s Great Danes and her own Basenji and competing in Rally & Scentwork with her smooth-coated collies.

The current “team” of demo dogs at DogStar Training NJ includes four smooth coated collies, Hetty, the tri-color, Ziva, the sable, Nell, the blue merle and the youngest, Hetty also a tri-color.. They’re looking forward to meeting and working with your dog!

DogStar Training NJ’s philosophy is that everyone who opens their heart and home to a dog deserves the enjoyment they were hoping for, and every dog deserves the skills needed to live a happy and rewarding life with their human family.


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Practicing for AKC Canine Good Citizen

Having Fun with Scentwork

Group Classes

Learning Settle

Making New Friends

Graduation Day

Outdoor Fun

Family Fun at Training

Agility For Fun

Another Cautious To Confident Success Story

Novice Trick Dog Title

Louie's Wall of Fame

What's Next?

The Rest of the DogStar Training NJ training team

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