At the conference I attended in San Diego in October 2011, the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) introduced us to their newest program; C.L.A.S.S., standing for Canine Life and Social Skills. I am a certified C.L.A.S.S. Instructor and Evaluator.
Excerpt from their promotional materials (I can’t word it any better): C.L.A.S.S. is an educational program designed to promote training focused on the use of positive reinforcement and to strengthen relationships between humans and their canine companions. The mission of C.L.A.SS. is to promote positive relationships through positive training methods. This approach both develops and safeguards harmonious relationships by maintaining trust with our pet dogs.
You and your dog can earn your Bachelor’s (B.A.), Master’s (M.A.), or Doctorate (Ph.D.) by registering and participating in a C.L.A.S.S. evaluation. Successfully completing each level is like earning an academic degree in real-life skills with your dog.
Why should you participate in a C.L.A.S.S course or evaluation?
- The skills learned can be applied in a wide range of real-life situations.
- During the course and evaluation, the instructor and evaluator strive to create an open, supportive environment for you and your dog.
- The games and positive training methods make training your dog fun.
- C.L.A.S.S provides an opportunity to show off your dog’s talents.
- Training in a positive environment helps you build a better bond with your dog.
To find out more, you can visit the C.L.A.S.S. website at www.MyDogHasClass.com or visit www.apdt.com. You’ll find a free download of the Student Handbook and can register at the C.L.A.S.S. website.