S.T.A.R. Puppy Class

This 6-week class gives your puppy a great start in life and will make YOUR life with your puppy more enjoyable. It can also eliminate many of the problems that could crop up later if he does not start out with a solid foundation. 

In this Class, Your Puppy Will:

  • Start the basic commands.

  • Be doing confidence building exercises.

  • Start learning impulse control.

  • Learn body awareness. YES, he has front and back feet and needs to learn where he is placing them and how they move!

  • Have fun – experiencing all sorts of moving, wobbling and rolling activities and new sounds and surfaces.

  • Get all the attention both of you deserve in a limited class size. You won't be overwhelmed or lost in a group of 12, 15, or (yes) even more puppies.

  • Receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club (providing all the requirements for their program are met). All dogs are eligible. Read more about the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program.

Note: This class is also good for small breed dogs that may not be puppies, but need confidence building. No medium or large breed adult dogs will be accepted into this class.

Enrollment details and more information are available upon request. Please give us a call through the link below to get started. Because of the limit on class size, enrollment will go to those who sign up first. 


Current Class Schedule:

Wednesdays @ 6:00PM

NEW CLASS Starting: July 27th (Early Bird Discount ends July 14th)

*New classes are added regularly, and private lessons are available. Please contact us for more information. 




“After an extensive search, topped with an overwhelming amount of information about dog training, I was blessed with a confident and enthusiastic referral from a coworker of my husband to try Bonita at Communicate & Play Dog Training. Hands down without a doubt I made the best choice, thanks Aaron. From the minute we walked in we felt comfortable.  We participated in the S.T.A.R.  Puppy Class and we were amazed at how much we learned and how happily and at ease our puppy Dodge caught on.  We are going to take the S.T.A.R. Puppy Class over again (as Dodge was sick and missed some classes) in order to master the fundamental skills and techniques and so Dodge can earn and receive a Certificate from the American Kennel Club.

 We appreciated the small class size as it was not overwhelming and we definitely felt we received the time and attention needed to become comfortable and confident with the skills and techniques we were learning. Dodge had fun with his learning all while being exposed to all sorts of different elements including a skateboard, which he loves.  When I first saw the cots that the puppies sit on I immediately thought no way was this little guy going to stay put! Happily I was completely wrong. He caught on quickly, which provided a positive and calm “place” for him. All the while he was working on impulse control. I am happy to report that he is doing wonderful with impulse control, especially with food! We are still working on impulse control when he sees his people friends. Additionally Dodge has learned many new commands in no time such as sit, down, off, leave it, place and the big one come! You are a wonderful instructor, Bonita.  Your love for animals and what you do is evident along with your patience and good communication skills.

We are looking forward to our next class.”

Kellie, Dan & “Dodge” Law




“I recently attended Bonita’s Puppy Class. My puppy was very young with no concept of navigating stairs or obstacles. What an adventure he had. Royal learned basic commands and manners and WE had fun doing so. I left with a happy confident puppy!! I thank Bonita for this wonderful introduction to basic skills.  We are now so looking forward to her “Next Step” Class……we can only experience more skills and confidence as he approaches adolescence.”  

Lorraine Couhig & Royal



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