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The AKC did new (Canine Good Citizen) CGC videos which were filmed at the Trap Falls’ training facility in Shelton CT, and at ‘K-9 Karnival’, the club’s successful Responsible Dog Ownership Day event. Thanks to all the TFKC members and their dogs who helped and participated during the filming. For more information about training, email
** Click here to view the videos that the AKC filmed and compiled. **

Trap Falls Kennel Club is dedicated to supporting families in becoming responsible dog owners. Training your dog should be an enjoyable, fun and rewarding experience for all members of your family and help to build a bond and healthy relationship  between dog and owner . These classes emphasize life skills and household manners using  positive reinforcement methods, and will briefly introduce you to a variety of dog sports and other activities which are fun and challenging for you and your dog.

While classes are ongoing, please email us or call our Training Hot line to find out specific schedules.
Obedience, CGC Prep classes, AKC STAR Puppy are offered. Rally and Competitive Obedience will also be offered if there is enough demand for these classes.
All classes are held at Pawz for Wellness, 109 Old Mill Rd, Shelton CT

Family Manners I
(Basic Obedience): a 6-week class, $140. People learn how to be the 'lead' dog in the human-canine relationship, while managing their dog's behavior with positive reinforcement. Dogs learn polite behavior like walking nicely on leash and not jumping on or mouthing people and the basic obedience commands(sit, down, stand, stay, come, leave it and settle). This class provides a foundation for the Canine Good Citizen class.

Family Manners II: a 6-week class, $140. The next level in Obedience, reinforcing basic manners, while providing additional training and more challenging 'real life' situations and commands.


Go for the Gold - the AKC Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) program! Trap Falls is dedicated to providing training classes to complete the AKC Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) program. This program is comprised of classes that focus on training dogs from Puppyhood to Adulthood (beginning to advanced levels), ensuring your dog becomes a well behaved canine citizen within the community, while earning a title for their efforts.

This comprehensive 3-level training program for dog and handler will cement your dog's good citizenship status:



Step One: AKC S.T.A.R Puppy® - Obedience geared to a young dog's development. AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy® is the puppy level of Canine Good Citizen® (CGC). It is designed to provide dog owners and their puppies with a great start in training and earn the STAR certificate and gold medal. For dogs up to the age of 12 months. To learn more, go to:

Trap Falls offers a 6-week class; cost: $140.

Step Two: AKC Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) -
With more advanced skills than AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy®, CGC rewards dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The CGC® Program stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and good manners for dogs. It is recognized as the gold standard for well-behaved dogs. After attending preparatory classes, and passing a 10-step CGC test, the dog and handler team can earn an official AKC title. Dogs with the CGC title have the suffix, CGC after their names. For more information, go to:

Trap Falls hosts an 8-week class; cost is $190, including the cost of the test.

Step Three: AKC Community Canine - This new Advanced CGC® title is the result of the more challenging skills learned in CGC® class and extends them to the community in 'real life settings.' As with the CGC® test, there there is a 10-step test that dogs must pass to earn the official AKC Community Title. Dogs who pass the AKC Community Canine test are eligible to earn the CGCA® title.
The requirements for this advanced title are:
1) Must already have the CGC title
2) Must have an AKC number (registration, PAL or Partners number)

To learn more go to:

Thirty-three state legislatures, including Connecticut, have passed resolutions recognizing the AKC's Canine Good Citizen programs as an effective means of providing training and education for community dog owners.


* Because of the nature of the class, no dogs that are aggressive to other dogs or people are permitted in this class. Dogs should have some knowledge of basic commands (sit, down, stay, come) and walking on leash, but need not be perfect to attend class.

For more information call 203-450-9485 or e-mail

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