General Evaluation Guidelines for Students

dog sitting in bushesAn Evaluation is considered complete after all test items, and the bonuses, if opted, have been performed.

A test item is considered complete after all elements of the test have been performed as described.

  • If the test item requires a release, it will be specified in the test description. In those test items, the test is not completed until the student releases the dog after that element of the test is completed.
  • Stationary behaviors are those which the dog must maintain until the student releases the dog or gives another cue. For stationary behaviors, the student must have the dog maintain the behavior for an average of 2 to 3 seconds before releasing the dog (or giving another cue) to be considered a complete behavior. If the dog moves out of position or stops doing the behavior before the release, the behavior is not considered complete as performed, and a reset is required in order to complete the test item.

    The following test items require that the dog maintain a behavior until the student releases the dog.
    • B.A. 1. Wait at the Door
    • B.A. 6. Wait for Food Bowl
    • B.A. 7. Stay
    • B.A. 8. Settle
    • M.A. 1. Wait in the Car
    • M.A. 3. Wait at the Door
    • M.A. 4. Come/Leashing Up Manners (Part B)
    • M.A. 5. Sit, Down, Stand
    • M.A. 8. Stay
    • Ph.D. 3. Stay
    • Ph.D. 4. Come/Leashing Up Manners (Part B)
    • Ph.D. 7. Table Manners
    • Ph.D. 8. Do You Really Know Sit?
    • Ph.D. Bonus 1. Do You Really Know Sit?

For safety and compliance with leash laws, the dog must be on-leash for C.L.A.S.S. Evaluations, starting from the time the dog arrives at the testing location.

During the test, the student will initiate any attaching and detaching of the leash.

The student may use a mat for the dog's comfort during any part of the evaluation.

How do I get started?

Download the Program Handbook to read about the C.L.A.S.S. rules and requirements.

How do I find an Evaluator?

All Evaluators will be listed as an Official C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator in the APDT Trainer Search.

What does the C.L.A.S.S. Program cost?

Visit our registration fees page for details on pricing.

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