APDT CLASS

 APDT C.L.A.S.S. 
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.  During a C.L.A.S.S.  evaluation the dogs and dog owners will demonstrate real-life skills with their dogs, as well as a knowledge assessment of basic dog handling and care.
The three levels of the program are: the B.A. for Dogs™ (Bachelor’s level), the M.A. for Dogs™ (Master’s level), and the Ph.D. for Dogs™ (Doctorate level). The skills in each level vary in the level of difficulty and distractions.

1. WAIT AT THE DOOR
WARM-UP TIME
2. COME AND LEASHING UP MANNERS
3. LOOSE LEASH WALKING AND ATTENTION
BONUS 1: ROLLOVER, SPIN, FETCH, SPEAK, OR PAW
4. MEET AND GREET
5. LEAVE IT
6. WAIT FOR THE FOOD BOWL
7. STAY
8. SETTLE
9. GIVE AND TAKE
BONUS 2: TRICK OF STUDENT'S CHOICE

B.A. for Dogs™ 

(Bachelor’s level)
1. WAIT IN THE CAR
2. PASS BY OTHER DOGS
3. WAIT AT THE DOOR
WARM-UP TIME
4. COME AND LEASHING UP MANNERS
5. SIT, DOWN, AND STAND 
6. HANDLING
7. LOOSE LEASH WALKING AND LEAVE IT
8. STAY
BONUS 1: TARGETING
BONUS 2: TRICK OF STUDENT'S CHOICE



M.A. for Dogs™ 

(Master’s level)
1. LOOSE LEASH WALKING
2. BACK UP
3. STAY
WARM-UP TIME
4. COME AND LEASHING UP MANNERS
5. MEET AND GREET
6. ATTENTION
7. TABLE MANNERS
8. DO YOU REALLY KNOW SIT?
BONUS 1: DO YOU REALLY KNOW SIT?
BONUS 2: TARGETING WITH AN UNFAMILIAR PERSON


Ph.D. for Dogs™

(Doctorate level)
The C.L.A.S.S. program is also designed to assist the Association of Professional Dog Trainers in our mission to promote the dog training profession and the importance of training for the behavioral health of dogs. Through C.L.A.S.S. ™, the APDT provides trainers with a program to help pet owners, shelters, and others who work with dogs to gain valuable “real life” skills that can increase a dog’s access to public areas, as well as increase adoptions. C.L.A.S.S. ™ is also designed to assist trainers build better relationships and networks with local veterinarians, shelters, local officials, and many others to increase their educational efforts to promote training.


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