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Our Basic Programs

In addition to our standard programs DogStar Training NJ has 2 special added features:
1 - Access to the DogStar Training NJ Students private Facebook page where during and after your in-class training you can post comments, questions and videos of your training and receive feedback from our trainers.
2 - As a registered student you can request up to 2 20-minute virtual coaching sessions to discuss any training questions you have.

ALL OUR BASIC PROGRAMS INCLUDE "CLICK & COME" a reliable way to have your dog come to you when you call.
Check out videos of Click & Come on our YouTube Channel

Puppy Kindergarten

If your puppy is under 6 months or is a new addition to your home between 6 and 9 months old, this is the program for you. We will cover all the basics - house training, teething, introduction to leash walking and basic commands. Once you complete this program your puppy will be prepared to earn her first AKC title and become a S.T.A.R. Puppy.

Puppy Next Steps

For puppies that have completed Puppy Bright Start or your puppy can be come in for an evaluation to see if they're ready for the next step. We will build on the basic skills from Puppy Bright Start and add some fun and challenging new activities that will enhance your puppy's confidence, socialization and love of learning.

Polite Pet I

Are you grappling with a rowdy adolescent? If your dog is between 9 months and 2 years or is a newly adopted adult dog and you want the dog that walks politely, doesn't dash out the door or jump on your guests then the Polite Pet program is what you are looking for. The 5 Commands Every Dog Should Know will start you both on a great life together. This is a Basic Obedience class. AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluation at the end of the session.

Polite Pet II

In Polite Pet I your dog learned basic manners and skills now learn how to apply them in everyday settings with some fun exercises. AKC Canine Good Citizen or Good Citizen Advanced Evaluation at the end of the session.

Additional Services

 Bright & Beautiful  Therapy Dog 

DogStar Training NJ is proud to offer therapy dog training and evaluation with Bright & Beautiful Therapy dogs Inc. You can now share the wonderful companionship and joy your dog brings to you with other who are confined to hospitals, nursing homes and many other settings where the gifts that well trained and behaved dogs bring are so appreciated. Prerequisite: To test for therapy dog training your dog must be at least a year old, and have completed either Polite Pet or Canine Good Citizen class. This is a 6 week Program.

Follow Your Nose/ Scentwork

Scent work is a fast growing dog sport modeled after real world detection work. It's a great enrichment program where your dog will learn to work as a team with you to "hunt" for a variety of scents. We will search inside buildings, out in the open, searching boxes, luggage, bags, furniture or vehicles. Scent work is great for all dogs, a great way to focus excited dogs and calm nervous dogs. You can also attend Follow Your Nose on a "drop in" basis. Contact us for details and cost.

Intro To Rally

Rally is a fun dog sport based on loose leash heeling with other basic obedience commands included. The goal is to promote the human-dog bond. You and your dog are a team having fun - lots of praise. You will have fun learning a variety of useful real-life behaviors. Dogs and handlers of any age and ability can participate in Rally.

Dog Star Advanced

This class is for those who really want their dog to shine! Open to dogs that have completed DogStar Training Polite Pet II or Intro to Rally and earned AKC Canine Good Citizen. You and your dog move at your own pace through sessions that will include hand signals only, off leash work, high distractions and more. You and your dog can be evaluated for AKC CGCA certification during this program. You can also attend DogStar Advanced on a "drop in" basis. Contact us for details and cost.

AKC Trick Dog Titles


If your dog has basic obedience skills and you want to have some fun and amaze your friends with how clever your dog is, join Trick Training class for Dogs. You can now earn AKC Trick Dog Titles through this program! There are four levels from beginner to advanced to suit your dog.
If your dog has earned his AKC Canine Good Citizen certification that's already 5 tricks!
This is not a difficult class.

AKC Fit Dog

AKC FIT DOG is an introductory level fitness program that includes logging your daily walks as well as foundation level fitness training. 
Fit Dog offers dog owners who reach a specified fitness goal a free car magnet featuring the AKC FIT DOG logo. Participation in AKC FIT DOG will bring health benefits to both dogs and their owners. “The most commonly recommended exercise to improve fitness by both physicians and veterinarians is walking,” said Mary Burch, Director of the AKC Family Dog program. 

From Cautious To Confident

Is your dog fearful of new and unusual situations, people or experiences? Does she hide or carry on when she sees strange dogs or people? Would you like to see him more confident when confronted with "scary" things? This program is for you! In addition to teaching techniques for your dog to learn to focus on you when sh'e frightened we offer a range of confidence building activities and experiences including being around "stable" dogs who will help your dog understand that all other dogs aren't to be feared.
See Murphy's story below

Agility For Fun

This is NOT a competition or competition prep class. This is an opportunity for you and your dog to just have some fun with low impact level agility equipment. 
*only available at the Hightstown location

First Day of Training                                                                                                                    Graduation Day

Murphy's Story

I signed Murphy up for the Cautious to Confident Class admittedly skeptical that it would help as Murphy had already completed several training classes with other trainers with little improvement. I was pleasantly surprised to see that, from the very first class, Murphy showed great progress. Kathy's confidence building exercises each week continued to build Murphy's self-assurance. In addition, I was able to learn what I should be doing to help Murphy become more comfortable in different situations. Best of all, Murphy had a great time and looked forward to the class every week. I highly recommend Kathy and her Cautious to Confidence class to anyone whose dog is either shy or fearful.
Robyn M.