Canine Life and Social Skills Class/AKC Community Canine
C.L.A.S.S., a.k.a. 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.
Developed by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) C.L.A.S.S. is 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: 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.