Y2K9s offers the AKC CGC and the S.T.A.R. Puppy Programs.

Y2K9s is proud to offer these two AKC programs: Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and the S.T.A.R Puppy tests. The CGC test is offered as part of our Advanced Canine Manners classes. The S.T.A.R. Puppy tests are offered in the following classes:

  • Our Saturday Morning Puppy Preschool (puppies from 8 to 16 weeks). You may enter this class at any time; you do not need to wait for a session to begin. It allows you to start your puppy training almost immediately. You are eligible for six sessions and on the last class of your session, the S.T.A.R. test is administered for your puppy
  • The Puppy Stars Preschool class (for puppies from 8 weeks to 8 months)
  • In any of our Basic Canine Manners class (for any dog who is up to one year old)
  • In our Advanced Canine Manners class, the owner may opt for the S.T.A.R. test in lieu of the CGC test (for any dog who is up to one year old)
  • Both of these tests – CGC and S.T.A.R. Puppy – are optional.

We welcome new students! Please be sure to review our Class Info and Policies. Thank you!

Puppy Preschool

For pups from 8-16 weeks of age, this class addresses issues specific to young puppies as well as teaching very basic good behaviors. Coming when called and not jumping up are emphasized. The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy test will be offered at the end of your session for your puppy.

Note: You do not have to wait for a new session to start Puppy Preschool. You can start during any week and your six-week session will begin with your first class.

Class Session Start - End Location
Virtual Puppy Preschool - Facebook Classroom - Winnie Radolan July 27, 2020 - September 6, 2020 Online Register

Puppy Stars Preschool

This seven week session is designed for puppies between 8 weeks and 8 months old and their people. It provides socialization and basic training opportunities, as well as addresses issues that arise as young pups grow. At the end of the seven-week session, the class instructor, an AKC Approved CGC (Canine Good Citizen) evaluator, will offer the AKC S.T.A.R Puppy test. Puppies who successfully complete the test are eligible to receive the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Medal (for display or memento purposes; not suitable as a collar tag), and puppy and handler will be listed in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy records. In addition, each will receive the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy package that includes a handsome, frameable certificate; AKC Puppy Handbook; and AKC monthly email newsletter. To learn more about the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy program visit

Basic Canine Manners

For dogs 4 months and older. Dogs and owners will be introduced to using a clicker and other methods of positive reinforcement based training. This class teaches basic good manners, including but not limited to polite greeting, loose lead walking, sit, down, stay, and coming when called. How to address minor problematic behaviors such as jumping, chewing, taking objects, and barking will be covered as needed. The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy test will be offered at the end of your session for dogs under one year of age.
Prerequisite: None

Please note:

  • On the first day of class, please bring proof of current dog inoculations to class.
  • The methods we use for dog training calls for a lot of food reward. Bring a large supply of small, tasty treats.
  • Four to six foot leads and a buckle collar are recommended. Please, no Flexi Leads. We may recommend the use of an alternate head halter or harness; they are available for sale at class.
  • Family members are encouraged to attend: small children are welcome if they are not disruptive. On the first night of Basic Canine Manners there are no dogs in class. It is an introductory session best enjoyed without dogs.

Questions about Basic Canine Manners? Email the registrar for this class, Debbie Chirichella at

Class Session Start - End Location
Virtual Canine Manners - Facebook Classroom - Winnie Radolan July 27, 2020 - September 6, 2020 Online Register

Advanced Canine Manners

For dogs who have completed Basic Canine Manners (or passed an equivalent proficiency evaluation). ACM will focus on more advanced at-home manners skills. This class emphasizes delayed food rewards, calm behavior near strangers and other dogs, and proficiency in manners skills with distractions present, distracted recalls, leave it (when something is dropped), and more loose leash walking.
Prerequisite: Basic Canine Manners or equivalent.

Walking and Recall Games

This six-week class will focus on building good walking manners and recall skills. It will incorporate exercises and games to gradually build up those skills and also incorporate some other helpful behaviors such as focus and impulse control.

No prerequisites. Students new to Y2K9s will need a free evaluation prior to the start of class.

Class Session Start - End Location
Virtual Walking and Recall Games - Facebook Classroom - Winnie Radolan July 27, 2020 - September 6, 2020 Online Register

Preparation for Therapy Dog

Preparation for Therapy Dog class focuses on those skills required to pass the Therapy Dog International test. Skills include sits and stays, recalls, and appropriate greetings. Emphasis will be placed on helping dogs to become comfortable when handled by strangers, in groups of people, with assistive equipment such as wheelchairs and walkers, and with unusual situations that might arise with a therapy visit. Tricks may also be taught as time allows.
Prerequisite: Basic Canine Manners and ability to work with other dogs in the environment.

Recall Boot Camp

Would you love to be able to call your dog away from interesting things? Do you feel safe running your dog in open fields? Is beginning agility harder because your dog is more interested in other things than he is you? Take this class and improve your off lead control and increase your dog's focus on you and work. Will cover the head turn, recalls with distractions, dealing with the fly-by recall and chase me with the object. No prerequisites.