Seems Petco and AKC have struck a deal.
Dear AKC Clubs,
In the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen® program, we recognize the importance of early training and socialization for puppies. Currently, AKC clubs, individual dog trainers and pet supply stores can hold AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy® and Canine Good Citizen training and testing. Annually, S.T.A.R./CGC training and testing is held at events nationwide with AKC Clubs making up 15% of the total.
We believe that increasing the availability of AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy classes will benefit puppies and their owners as well as educate these new owners about additional training opportunities at AKC clubs in their community. That’s why we are pleased to tell you that AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy classes will be available in additional Petco stores beginning in January 2014.
This initiative will not only expand AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy to a broader audience; it will also increase access to clubs and enhance AKC brand awareness. To promote our clubs and their programs, Petco S.T.A.R./CGC graduates receiving certificates will be sent information about AKC events including obedience, rally, agility, tracking, and the Therapy Dog title. We will reach out to Petco customers with information on AKC training club courses for additional education and fun with their dogs.
Petco trainers who conduct AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy and Canine Good Citizen testing will complete the same application process as other approved CGC Evaluators. Dog owners in Petco classes will follow the same process for obtaining certificates as all other dog owners.
We thank you for your help in reaching more than 650,000 S.T.A.R. / CGC dogs so far and we encourage clubs to continue to participate in the Canine Good Citizen program at all levels — S.T.A.R., CGC and AKC Community Canine. We believe these programs will continue to play an important role in defining the AKC for the general public and bringing new participants to Companion Events.
If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director, AKC Canine Good Citizen program