DogStar Training NJ announces 2 new programs for 2019!

Both Follow Your Nose and DogStar Pro programs are offered as standard 6 week programs, drop ins or as part of our new 6, 8 or 10 session membership program. (Details at the bottom of this page.)

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.

See DogStar Training NJ on YouTube for 2 videos of intro to Follow Your Nose class.

DogStar Pro

DogStar Pro

This class is for those who really want their dog to shine! Open to dogs that have completed DogStar Training NJ Polite Pet II 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 and much more. You and your dog will be evaluated for AKC Urban Dog certification during this program. You can also attend DogStar Pro on a "drop in" basis. Contact us for details and cost.

Rally is a fun activity that is suited to all types of dogs and owners.
Like a moving game of Simon Sez you and your dog move through a course that will teach great leash and team work while having fun with your dog. You will learn leash handling skills as well as the novice and intermediate Rally Signs.

Puppy Bright Start

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

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 Evaluation at the end of the session.

Does your dog reliably come when you call? Would you like to have a dog that would turn away from anything and come quickly when you want?

Then join CLICK & COME class. This is a method created and refined by DogStar Training NJ over 10 years to produce a reliable return of your dog when you ask for it. Check out the video demonstration on YouTube under DogStar Training NJ "Click & Come!

Therapy Dog Training

Therapy Dog Training

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.

AKC Trick Dog Titles

AKC Trick Dog Titles

fun and stimulating activities for dogs with basic obedience skills

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.

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.

Managing a Multi-Dog Household

Managing a Multi-Dog Household

Sharing your home with more than one dog is loads of fun but there are also special challenges. If you have or are planning on having two or more dogs let me help you and your dogs learn the skills to peacefully live together.

I have been managing my own multi-dog household for many years and with different breeds, different ages and different temperaments I can help you too.


DogStar Training NJ is now offering a Membership option for our Follow Your Nose, DogStar Pro. You can purchase a standard 6 week session or become a DogStar Training NJ Member and save money on additional sessions. You can choose a "drop in" or a 6, 8 or 10 session membership.