APDT C.L.A.S.S.

The Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) has put together the C.L.A.S.S. Program in promotion of well bonded and well trained dogs.
Cost of APDT CLASS Program® Training is $150.00 & includes testing fees

Fire Fighters, Police, EMS, and Military are given a 10% discount!

Cost of taking each test is only $20.00.

C.L.A.S.S. stands for Canine Life And Social Skills. It is wonderful 3-tiered educational program for the life of the dog to promote training focused on the use of positive reinforcement and to strengthen relationships between humans and their canine companions.

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

At the B.A. level, we allow the use of treats as rewards after the completion of an exercise, and some of the “real life” skills that are assessed are waiting at the door, drop it, and settle.
In the M.A. level, dogs are asked to walk past several dogs of different sizes, breeds and genders, to wait in the car before exiting, and to allow the student to handle various parts of their body.
And 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.



Requirements of Pet's Skills For them to graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree   This is the 1st level.

Wait at the door

Student asks their dog to wait at the door until student releases dog to enter.

Come and Leashing Up Manners

A.Student asks their dog to come from 10 feet away. B.Student attaches leash to their dog’s collar.

Loose Leash walking and attention (Look)

A.Student loose leash walks with their dog in a loop pattern.   B.Student demonstrates that dog can give 2 seconds of eye contact any time during test item.

Meet and greet

A.Student asks dog to sit, down, or stand, and unfamiliar person approaches dog and student.   B.Unfamiliar person asks the student for permission to greet their dog by petting and giving a treat. Studentchooses if either is appropriate for their dog or not.

Leave It

Student walks with their dog by three items and diverts dog’s attention from each item.

Wait for food bowl

Student asks their dog to wait for the food bowl until student releases dog to eat out of it.

Stay

Student asks dog to stay (in a sit or down) until released while student converses with Evaluator 1 minute.

Settle

Student asks their dog to settle in a down for 1 minute until released while the student sits next to their dog. Student chooses a crate, the floor, or a mat for the settle.

Give and Take

Student asks their dog to give a high-value item and take a treat, chew, or toy.

Bonus One

Rollover, Spin, Fetch, Speak, OR Paw. Dog performs trick with 1 to 2 cues and responds to cue within 3 seconds.
Passing this component will result in a "With Honors" attachment to the Bachelor’s Degree

Bonus Two

Trick of student's choice. Dog performs trick with 1 to 2 cues and responds to cue within 3 seconds.
Passing this component will also result in a "With Honors" attachment to the Bachelor’s Degree

Requirements of Pet's Skills For them to graduate with a Master’s Degree   This is the 2nd level.
Must have a "Bachelor’s Degree" before taking test.

Wait in the car

Student asks their dog to wait in the car 5 seconds while student stands 5 feet away until student releases dog to exit the car.

Pass by other dogs

Student walks with their dog, passing by 3 dogs of varying breed, size, or gender.

Wait at the door

Student asks their dog to sit and wait at the door while a person walks by until student releases dog to enter.

Warm-up time

Dog and student are allowed up to 5 minutes to explore and acclimate to the testing area. Food treats, petting, toys, and on-leash games may be used freely during the Warm-Up Time.

Come and leashing up manners

A.Student asks their dog to come from 15 feet away after dog is distracted by a treat.   B.Student asks their dog to sit or down, and attaches leash and detaches long line before releasing the dog.

Sit, Down, & Stand

Student asks their dog to sit, down, and stand.

Handling

Student handles each of their dog’s paws, strokes their dog on one side from shoulder to tail, and examines either each of their dog’s ears, or their dog’s teeth from each side of mouth.

Loose Leash walking and Leave it

Student walks with their dog by 2 food bowls and student diverts dog’s attention from the bowls.

Stay

Student asks their dog to stay in a sit or down position for 1 minute (and until released) during distractions while student stands 5 feet away.

Bonus One

Targeting. Dog targets each hand with 1 cue and responds to each cue within 3 seconds.
Passing this component will result in a "With Honors" attachment to the Master’s Degree

Bonus Two

Trick of student's choice. Dog performs trick with 1 cue and responds to cue within 3 seconds.
Passing this component will also result in a "With Honors" attachment to the Master’s Degree

Requirements of Pet's Skills For them to graduate with a "Doctorate Degree", PhD.   This is the 3rd and highest level.
Must have "Master's Degree" before taking this test.

Wait in the car

Student asks their dog to wait in the car 5 seconds while student stands 5 feet away until student releases dog to exit the car.

Pass by other dogs

Student walks with their dog, passing by 3 dogs of varying breed, size, or gender.

Wait at the door

Student asks their dog to sit and wait at the door while a person walks by until student releases dog to enter.

Warm-up time

Dog and student are allowed up to 5 minutes to explore and acclimate to the testing area. Food treats, petting, toys, and on-leash games may be used freely during the Warm-Up Time.

Come and leashing up manners

A.Student asks their dog to come from 15 feet away after dog is distracted by a treat.   B.Student asks their dog to sit or down, and attaches leash and detaches long line before releasing the dog.

Sit, Down, & Stand

Student asks their dog to sit, down, and stand.

Handling

Student handles each of their dog’s paws, strokes their dog on one side from shoulder to tail, and examines either each of their dog’s ears, or their dog’s teeth from each side of mouth.

Loose Leash walking and Leave it

Student walks with their dog by 2 food bowls and student diverts dog’s attention from the bowls.

Stay

Student asks their dog to stay in a sit or down position for 1 minute (and until released) during distractions while student stands 5 feet away.

Bonus One

Targeting. Dog targets each hand with 1 cue and responds to each cue within 3 seconds.
Passing this component will result in a "With Honors" attachment to the Master’s Degree

Bonus Two

Trick of student's choice. Dog performs trick with 1 cue and responds to cue within 3 seconds.
Passing this component will also result in a "With Honors" attachment to the Master’s Degree