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.