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, “My Dog Has 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

Video Winner

APDT member Paula Nowak was selected as the winner of the APDT National Train Your Dog Month "Viral Video" 2014 Contest. Our contest was to create a video that exemplifies the Canine Life and Social skills C.L.A.S.S./“My Dog Has 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. This webinar gives an overview of each test item in the Evaluation, and covers the Rules and Guidelines as listed in the Handbooks. Learn how to get started as a Dog Owner, Instructor, Shelter/Rescue, and/or Evaluator..



Dog Owners

“My Dog Has 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 >

The program, 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 “My Dog Has 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 “My Dog Has C.L.A.S.S.” program is studying the rules and requirements in the Dog Owner Handbook. download the participant handbook