CLASS: Canine life and social skills

Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.)
Developed by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) based on input from both dog owners and non-dog owners, shelter workers, and professional dog trainers, C.L.A.S.S. benefits pet owners, dogs, and everyone in the community!

A completely different program than the CGC, there are 3 comprehensive levels of testing that the dog can go through and earn certification (BA, MA and PhD) after passing each level.  Unlike the CGC there is a short written exam for the owner/handlers as well.

C.L.A.S.S. is a three-level evaluation for students to demonstrate the real-life skills of their dogs, as well as a knowledge assessment of the students’ understanding of basic dog handling and care.

C.L.A.S.S. Evaluators are Full and Professional Level APDT members; they are dog trainers who embody the link between students and the heart of C.L.A.S.S.—helping students and dogs grow together and reach their C.L.A.S.S. potential.

One of the goals of the C.L.A.S.S. program was to develop an assessment that is particularly beneficial to the needs of shelter 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 tested in the program with fees waived.