Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.).

The Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) multi-level 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 of all ages, and everyone in the community! Learn More/Access Free 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

The Canine Life and Social Skills program (C.L.A.S.S.) is a three-level assessment 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 assessment levels, 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!  Setting you and your dog up for success!




Shelters and Rescue

One of the goals of the Canine Life and Social Skills program (C.L.A.S.S.)  was to develop an assessment that is particularly beneficial to the needs of shelter and rescue 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 assessed 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 manners such as "wait" to be fed, sit, down and more in shelter environments is vital for increasing their chances of retention in their new home.

Dog Owner Handbook

The first step in beginning with the C.L.A.S.S. program is studying the assessment requirements in the Dog Owner Handbook. download the participant handbook