Even though a dog may start CGC at any age, puppies are sometimes developmentally more suited for getting their AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy award first, then moving up to CGC after graduation. Although AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy is not a mandatory requirement to participate in CGC, it creates a solid foundation for puppies who continue on to additional training.
Prior to any training, new K9s must be evaluated and have proof of current health vaccinations.