C.L.A.S.S. Video Submission Guidelines

dog taking photoBecause C.L.A.S.S. a relatively new program, we realize that it may be difficult for a student to find a C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator within driving distance. If you do not have an Evaluator close enough to you, you may submit a video of the test for evaluation. In order to do so, you must follow the procedures outlined below:

  1. Register as a Student and add your dog(s) to be evaluated.
    1. You must register your dog for each level (B.A., M.A., and Ph.D.) for which you would like to be evaluated.
  2. Download the Evaluator Handbook even if you are not an Evaluator. Since you will be performing the test without the guidance of an Evaluator, the Evaluator Handbook has additional notes and resources not included in the Student Handbook for performing an evaluation. Specifically, the following sections of the Evaluator Handbook will be valuable in preparing for the video evaluation:
    1. C.L.A.S.S. Rules of “What is Acceptable” and “What is Not Acceptable / Automatic Incompletes” contains a list of general guidelines that apply throughout the evaluation, including equipment and treat usage.
    2. “Resources Needed” is a checklist to assemble the necessary resources for the evaluation.
    3. “Evaluation Test Items” contains clear descriptions of what is expected for each test item, and how to score each test item. There are also “Evaluator Notes” for each test time to help you set up each test.
    4. The “Scoring an Evaluation” table indicates what is needed to receive a passing score. This is important since you should only submit a video that you believe merits a passing score.
    5. “Test Item Diagrams” outline specific layouts of some of the test items.
    6. “Evaluator FAQ’s” include questions that apply to Evaluators and may be helpful to review.
  3. Download the Evaluation Form of the level you will be filming (B.A. Form, M.A. Form, and Ph.D. form). This will be your check list of items to film. The video evaluation should be performed in the same order as listed on the Evaluation Form.
  4. Brief the person(s) who will be assisting you on the evaluation procedure. The person may read the test items for you, help set up each test item, and/or operate the video camera. At a minimum, you must have a person assist you with the following evaluation test items:
    1. B.A.—Come and Leashing Up Manners, Meet and Greet, and Stay
    2. M.A.—Pass By Other Dogs (requires at least 2 persons with a total of 3 dogs), Wait at the Door, and Stay. Optionally, you may have a person assist with Come and Leashing Up Manners.
    3. Ph.D.—Meet and Greet, Attention, Table Manners, Bonus 2: Targeting with an Unfamiliar Person. Optionally, you may have a person assist with Come and Leashing Up Manners.
  5. When you and your dog are ready to begin filming, here are the steps to follow:
    1. Before the evaluation filming begins:
      1. Have all items to be used for the evaluation placed in a convenient location and ready to be used.
      2. Decide where you will perform each test item. You may choose to have all test item stations set up in advance, or be prepared to set up one test item at a time.
    2. During filming:
      1. At the beginning of the video, state your name, Student ID number, your dog’s name, Dog ID number, and the level (B.A., M.A., or Ph.D.) of the evaluation being filmed.
      2. Using the Evaluation Form, read the name of the test item or have the person assisting you read it, e.g. “Wait at the Door.” You are reading this for the benefit of the Evaluator who will be scoring this video submission, so you may speak directly to the camera. If you will be reading it yourself, you may find it helpful to place the Evaluation Form on an easel or other raised surface.
      3. After reading the test item name and without stopping the camera, perform that test item.
      4. If needed, you may stop the camera after each element of a test item has been completed, except in the Ph.D., during which the Back Up and Stay must be performed without stopping the camera between each test. When the camera is stopped, you may note your dog’s score (Excellent, Needs Work, Incomplete) on the Evaluation Form, and set up for the next test item
      5. While you may perform the Warm-Up time with your dog, the Warm-Up time should not be included on the video.
      6. The entire evaluation should be completed in 20 minutes, which includes the time that elapses when you stop the camera to set up for the next test item. The evaluation time will start from the time stamp when the video first started to the end of the last test item.
    3. After filming:
      1. Preview the video before uploading to ensure that it meets with the technical guideline standards.
  1. Submit your video by logging in to your Student account (www.mydoghasclass.com/students/account). Click on the ‘Dogs’ tab and then ‘Submit Video’ next to the appropriate dog. You will be asked to upload your video. You will receive an email response with the results of your video scoring within 1 to 3 weeks.
  2. Contact class@apdt.com with any questions regarding this video submission process.

Video Technical Guidelines

  1. Please note that if we cannot clearly hear and see what is happening on the video you submit, we will have to unfortunately decline evaluating it.
  2. We must be able to clearly view your interactions with the dog and hear everything from cues to praise.
  3. You and your dog must be within the video frame at all times during test items. You can walk off frame during test items if need be.
  4. We strongly suggest having another person video tape the test for you. If you cannot get a person to handle the camera, using a tripod is a must.
  5. If filming outside, try to film on a calm day with minimal wind. Find an area with no background noise such as automobile sounds, etc. If someone is taping for you, please be sure that they do not talk, as any noises they make will drown out the action they are filming. Sounds that do seem to be overwhelming while you are there may be overwhelming on tape so always be aware of sounds like wind breezes, background chatter, etc.
  6. If filming indoors, make sure there is good lighting so that everything is clearly visible. If filming outside, shooting on overcast days can provide better lighting than full sun days. Don’t shoot pointing the camera into the sun as this can make the video difficult to watch.
  7. Make sure that you have enough space to film behaviors that require a certain distance, such as the loose leash walking and come behaviors. These distances should be clearly marked in the video with visual markers such as cones, colored tape, or other items.
  8. If you are using a phone camera, such as with an iPhone, make sure you hold the camera horizontally rather than vertically.
  9. When filming test items that require movement such as loose leash walking, try to film moving from side to side in front of the camera, rather than filming walking to and from it.
  10. If filming an exercise involving an object on the ground, such as passing by the food bowls or leave it items, make sure they can be clearly seen on the video. If you need to you can provide contrast by placing a white or colored piece of paper under the items so they stand out against grass or pavement or indoor flooring.
  11. We require that the time and date stamp is visible on all video. Test your filming first to make sure that the stamp does not cover any critical action in the frame.
  12. Videos can be submitted via the upload page in the following file formats: wmv, mp4, mov.

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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