Take a Training Class

A great way for students to prepare themselves and their dogs for the C.L.A.S.S.™ Evaluation is to take a training course from a dog training instructor offering the C.L.A.S.S.™ curriculum. Find C.L.A.S.S.™ Instructors at mydoghasclass.com/instructors/search. Attending an organized class is highly recommended to prepare for the evaluation in a structured manner and to socialize you and your dog in the process.

If there are no C.L.A.S.S.™ Instructors in your area, you may search for dog training instructors via the APDT Trainer Search at www.apdt.com/petowners/ts and contact them about a course to prepare for C.L.A.S.S.™ There are also resources available to help students train their dog at home. Remember that training is a team process—the dog and student must work together as a cohesive team for success in C.L.A.S.S.™

It is a good idea to do some practice run-throughs of an evaluation with the help of friends or trainers you have worked with. A complete list of the Evaluation Test Items is included in the handbook for your review and practice. Also, a sample Evaluation form for each level may be downloaded from from your student account at the C.L.A.S.S.™ web site to use for your practice run-throughs. Since dogs do not generalize well, we recommend that students practice each test item with their dog in different places. Even if a dog can perform the necessary skills in his home, the dog may not be able to perform the skills in another location.

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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