AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program is the official AKC program designed to get puppies and their owners off to a great start. AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy requires that owners attend a basic training course with their puppies. All dogs need the necessary components of the program including Socialization, Training, Activity, and a Responsible owner. It is lead by an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.

The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy® Program is a noncompetitive activity that is open to all dogs, including purebreds and mixed breeds. Dogs who pass all items on the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Test will be listed in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy records. AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy is not a title. It is an award and therefore, it will not show up on an AKC registered dog’s title record.

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy is really about puppy owners. Knowing that a large percentage of dogs who are relinquished to shelters are dogs that have never received formal training, we want to do our part to encourage owners to take their puppies to a puppy class. AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy provides an attractive incentive package for owners who take the time to attend a puppy class. Incentives for owners include: a beautiful, frameable certificate, listing on the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy database, an AKC Puppy Handbook that describes the basics in raising a puppy, a discount to enroll in Companion Animal Recovery Corporation, and the ongoing monthly newsletter. This newsletter includes training tips and up-to-date information every dog owner needs to know. Our goal is to help puppy owners continue to learn about their dogs long beyond puppyhood.

Dogs up to the age of 1 year may take the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Test. In most cases, dogs will be younger than 1 year. Dogs are welcome to take the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Test when they are old enough to have completed all necessary vaccinations. Owners must attend six classes.

The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program encourages owners to have fun with their dogs while training. Puppies with disabilities such as the loss of a leg, deafness or blindness are welcome in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program. Puppies must perform all items to pass the test, however, handlers may use hand signals, gestures or other cues to which the dog can respond. For the test items administered at the end of the course, handlers may talk to their dogs throughout the test and use praise, hugs, smiles, hugs and pats. Food IS permitted in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program in both training and testing, if the evaluator/instructor approves of the use of food in classes. During the test, food can be used as a reward and as a lure to encourage dogs to sit, down, etc. Clickers are also permitted. No signs of aggression – mouthing is a typical behavior and should not be confused with aggression. Harsh corrections are not permitted.


  • Increase your bond with your puppy
  • Learn new and important skills
  • Socialization with people and dogs
  • Decreased chance of behavioral issues


  1. People Skills: owners are taught to maintain health, clean up after puppy, not allowing pup to infringe on the rights of others
  2. Puppy Skills: avoid aggression toward other dogs and people, be comfortable wearing collar or harness, comfortable receiving close human contact, no resource guarding
  3. CGC behaviors: comfortable being petted by others, receiving grooming, walking on a leash, walking past people, simple commands, no agitation with common distractions, comfortable being left with another person while owner is 10ft away


  • Attend 6 of 8 classes
  • Show proof of up to date vaccinations
  • Exercise plan
  • Proof of ID/microchip
  • Puppy appears healthy
  • Bags for clean-up


  • Tolerates collar/harness
  • Tolerates hug or hold
  • Sits on command
  • Tolerates grooming
  • Down on command
  • Allows petting
  • Walks on lead
  • Walks by people
  • Tolerates toy/treat taken away
  • Stay on leash with stranger
  • No aggression – dogs

2021 Class Schedule

~Session 1 2021~

See schedule below for registration time

For those students who were participating classes in Session 4 of 2020: your vouchers will be arriving soon via email. You will need to pre-register to confirm your spot for your desired class.

Registration Instructions

Class Descriptions

Class Name# of WeeksDay of WkStart TimeRegistration DateClass Start DateCost *Lead Instructor
Puppy 8Monday5pmMonday, Jan. 18 @6pmJan. 25$105Deyonne H
Puppy8Monday6pmMonday,Jan. 18 @6pmJan. 25$105Deyonne H
AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy 8Thursday6pmMonday,Jan. 18 @6pmJan. 28$120Jill O
Manners8Monday5pmMonday,Jan. 18 @7pmJan. 25$105Peggy M
Manners8Monday6pmMonday,Jan. 18 @7pmJan. 25$105Peggy M
Manners8Thursday5pmMonday,Jan. 18 @7pmJan. 28$105Jill O
Manners8Thursday7pmMonday,Jan. 18 @7pmJan. 28$105Michelle A
Obedience for Pets8Thursday5pmMonday,Jan. 18 @6pmJan. 28$105Michelle A
Obedience for Performance8Monday7pmMonday,Jan. 18 @6pmJan. 25$105Sue V
Obedience for Performance Level 2 - FULL8Thursday6pmRegistration:
Jan. 28$105Judy G & Anne H
Jan. 25$105TBA
Obedience Open/Utility8Thursday7pmRegistration:
Jan. 28$105Judy Carter
Conformationdrop in
Monday8pmNo registrationJan. 25$10 Debbie S
Canine Freestyledrop inThursday8pmNo registrationJan. 28$10Anne N
Beginner/Intermediate Agility Registration CLOSED8Tuesday6pmPre-Registration for future classes:
Jan. 26$105Donni B.



Important Announcement Regarding 2020 Classes


It is with much regret that Peoria Obedience Training Club has made the difficult decision to end our current session of classes due to the recent Governor’s mandate to return to Tier 3 rules and regulations.  We do this for the safety of all.

We have also experienced volunteers who were exposed to Covid and they remain in quarantine, leaving us short on instructors and assistants to teach and continue our classes.

If you paid for an 8-week class this past session (4) and actively participated, you will

  • receive a voucher via email equal the amount of 3 weeks of classes that you paid. Voucher is valid for one year.
  • have first priority to register for the class you of your choice.

Please watch our website, as we will update our class schedules, calendar, and registration information for 2021 as soon as we are able to plan a return to classes.

We hope everyone has a safe and happy Holiday season, and please continue to work with your dogs on what you have learned. Remember repetition and consistency is the key.

If you have questions regarding which class to take next year, please contact your instructor or our Director of Training at trainer@potcdogs.com.

Membership Meeting

To fulfill membership requirements, members must attend two (2) meetings per year.  Membership year is March to February.
All members are encouraged to attend as many meetings as possible, in order to stay informed to club business and vote on changes.

Membership Meetings are held at the Club and the scheduled as follows:

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 – 6:30pm
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 – 6:30pm
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 – 6:30pm
Wednesday, September 9, 20209 – 6:30pm
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 – 6:30pm
Saturday, January 16, 2021 – 6pm with elections of Executive Board to follow immediately (snow date TBA)

Membership Information

An individual seeking membership to POTC must first complete a POTC Obedience for Pets Class, Obedience for Performance Class, or Agility Class at the cost of $105. Once the class is completed, an individual may then apply to become a member at POTC where the following annual costs apply.


$95.00 per year. ONE person. ONE dog in training.


$105.00 per year. ONE or more persons and TWO or more dogs in training. ‘Family’ is considered ‘All persons living at the same address and economically dependent upon the head of the household or each other.’


Children under 18 must have a ‘Family Membership’ in the name of one or both of their parents or guardians.


For individuals or families wishing to maintain a club membership but NOT train a dog at this time.
Associate Membership – $55.00

Membership Fees are due April 1 of each year to the Treasurer.


All members must attend at least 2 membership meetings per year and help with a class, trial or other club business in order to maintain membership.  These “service hours” must equal at least 16 hours per year.  Membership year is April through March.

Members must own or co-own the dog in training.
Members cannot train a dog belonging to a non-member unless class fee is paid in full.
Members can train another member’s dog.

A POTC membership entitles members to attend all classes at no additional charge.
POTC offers “Members Only” classes, which are not offered to the public and are more advanced than public-offered courses.
Members may train their dogs during a scheduled Beginners Class if ring space is available and the handler is not disruptive to the class in progress.

Click here to download the Membership Application v62020

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