What is C.L.A.S.S.?


C.L.A.S.S. (Canine Life and Social Skills) is an educational program developed by the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and is appropriate for those who have finished the Family Dog Training: Basics class or its equivalent. It is designed to focus on the use of positive reinforcement and to strengthen the human and dog relationship.

You and your dog can earn your Bachelor’s (B.A.), Master’s (M.A.), or Doctorate (Ph.D.) Successfully completing each C.L.A.S.S. level will be recognized with a rosette ribbon and a diploma. It is like earning an academic degree in real-life skills with your dog! These skills can be applied in a variety of real life situations.

C.L.A.S.S. Benefits

  • Everyone starts out at the B.A. level.

  • Work at your own pace.

  • Strengthen your skills through fun and games!

C.L.A.S.S. Skills - Areas of Instruction

  • B.A. skills: wait at the door, recall, leashing up manners, loose leash walking, attention, meet and greet, leave it, wait for the food bowl, stay, and settle.

  • M.A. skills: wait in the car, pass by other dogs, wait at the door, recall, leashing up manners, sit/down/stand, handling, loose leash walking, leave it, and stay.

  • Ph.D. skills: loose leash walking, back up, stay, recall, leashing up manners, meet and greet, attention, table manners, and sit.

Currently we have two sessions: Tuesdays, 1PM - 2PM; and Thursdays 6PM - 7PM. The next start dates are: Tuesday, October 21st, 1 pm and Thursday, November 7th, 6 pm. The first four classes we work on skills through games; weeks 5 and 6 are evaluation opportunities. We accept new students at any time.

Instructor: Kathy Shea, CPDT, & Sandy House, CPDT

For more information please email: sandy.pawsneffect@gmail.com