Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.)
The Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) new program will help you say, “My Dog Has C.L.A.S.S.” Developed by the APDT based on input from both dog owners and non-dog owners, shelter workers, and professional dog trainers, C.L.A.S.S. benefits pet owners, dogs, and everyone in the community! Learn More / Access a Free C.L.A.S.S. Webinar >
National Train Your Dog Month 2014
APDT member Paula Nowak was selected as the winner of the APDT National Train Your Dog Month "Viral Video" 2014 Contest. Our contest will be to create a video that exemplifies the Canine Life and Social skills (C.L.A.S.S.) program.
Want to learn more about the program? Watch a free webinar on Getting Started with C.L.A.S.S. presented by APDT's Special Programs Coordinator. This webinar gives an overview of each test item in the C.L.A.S.S. Evaluation, and covers the Rules and Guidelines as listed in the C.L.A.S.S. Handbooks. Learn how to get started as a C.L.A.S.S. Dog Owner, Instructor, Shelter/Rescue, and/or Evaluator.
C.L.A.S.S. is a three-level evaluation for dog owners to demonstrate the real-life skills of their dogs, as well as a knowledge assessment of the dog owners' understanding of basic dog handling and care. Join now >
C.L.A.S.S., through its evaluation, curriculum, and training resources, advocates the use of reward-based training. Positive, reward-based training minimizes the use of punishment and is fun for you and your dog!
Shelters and Rescue
One of the goals of the C.L.A.S.S. program was to develop an assessment that is particularly beneficial to the needs of shelter dogs. Any shelter or rescue group that is a registered 501(c)(3) may register their shelter for free and all dogs in your care may be tested in the program with fees waived. Register now >
Canine stress in the shelter is a serious concern for the health and well-being of the dogs. Teaching basic obedience behaviors in shelter dogs is vital for increasing their chances of retention in the new home.
Dog Owner Handbook
The first step in beginning with the C.L.A.S.S. program is studying the rules and requirements in the Dog Owner Handbook.