Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.)
The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) new program will help you say, "My Dog Has C.L.A.S.S." Developed by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (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!
The goals and objectives of the Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.) program.
Common questions about the Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.) program.
Learn more about the C.L.A.S.S. program and download the Student Handbook.
C.L.A.S.S. is a three-level evaluation for students to demonstrate the real-life skills of their dogs, as well as a knowledge assessment of the students' 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!
C.L.A.S.S. Evaluators are Full and Professional Level APDT members; they are dog trainers who embody the link between students and the heart of C.L.A.S.S.—helping students and dogs grow together and reach their C.L.A.S.S. potential. Join now >
In a series of real-life activities through which an student accompanies his dog, C.L.A.S.S. Evaluators will assess a dog/student team's core training skills, with options to test advanced training skills. Locate an Evaluator
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.