Unless you are a Seahawks fan, your best memory of this past
weekend might be a puppy and his Clydesdale friend. Puppies have a unique way
of melting your heart and destroying your furniture, often in the same day. But
it doesn’t have to be that way; you can actually have a mostly positive
relationship with your four-legged pal.
You might think that only the best of the best can become an
AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy, that’s not exactly true. Actually all it takes is a little
commitment from the owner because most dogs like to learn.
“We have four classes,” said Suzanne Belger, Snake River Dog
Training Club Treasurer. “We have a puppy class. We have two beginner classes
and one intermediate class.”
The class we attended was for puppies. This was day one of
an eight week program which will turn these rambunctious pups into well behaved
dogs. Just minutes into the course, you could already see some changes.
“If you start a puppy out right with socialization and good
basic skills; they grow up to be happy, healthy dogs that do well in the
community and are a good member of the community instead of a nuisance,” said
Your neighbors will appreciate this and it will greatly
lower your stress at the dog park. But training your dog has other benefits
“The better trained your dog is, the more trained your dog
is, the less likelihood that they’ll end up in the shelter and so it reduces
the population of homeless animals by having them maintain their home through
good training,” continued Belger.
There are 20 steps to becoming an AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy and a
few them have to be performed by the owner.