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C.L.A.S.S. — Doctorate Level

C.L.A.S.S. — Doctorate Level


C.L.A.S.S., or Canine Life and Social Skills, is an educational program to promote training focused on the use of positive reinforcement and to strengthen relationships between humans and their canine companions. C.L.A.S.S. is a three-level evaluation for dog owners to demonstrate the real-life skills of their dogs, as well as a knowledge assessment of the owners’ understanding of basic dog handling and care.

Developed by the Association of Professional 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!

The three levels of the program are named after human university degree programs: 

  1. B.A. for Dogs™ (Bachelor’s level)
  2. M.A. for Dogs™ (Master’s level)
  3. Ph.D. for Dogs™ (Doctorate level)

The skills in each level vary in the level of difficulty and distractions.

In the Ph.D. level, students must carry everyday objects such as a cardboard box or paper sack while walking their dogs on a loose leash, ask their dogs to back up, and have their dog demonstrate table manners during a simulated dinner session. Each level also allows for two “bonus rounds” that students may elect to try or not with their dog.

Tuition: $125 (per 6 week session)

Call to sign up!