• My Dog Has C.L.A.S.S.- M.A. •
My Dog Has C.L.A.S.S.- M.A.- (Master's Level 2)
dog will build on important, real-life obedience
skills and manners.
or Canine Life And Social
Skills, has 3 "college" levels;
this is the M.A. for dogs, level 2
Click here to check out C.L.A.S.S. B.A. (Bachelor's Level 1)
Click here to check out C.L.A.S.S. Ph.D. (Doctorate Level 3)
classes are ideal for those interested in Canine
Good Citizen testing as well as developing therapy
dog skills to visit hospitals and nursing homes, in addition to building strong socially acceptable skills. Your dog should be welcome anywhere after passing the C.L.A.S.S. evaluation.
Master's (Level 2) class
--Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 11 a.m.
(Ends on 4/14)
Register for any class and check availablility (click here)
Instructor: Cheryl VanVoorhies
Prerequisites to be successful in this class:
dog must be non-reactive (friendly or indifferent) to other dogs and people;
• Your dog should be at least 5 months of age or older;
• You should have graduated from the B.A. level C.L.A.S.S. or your dog should have the skills taught in that class. These are the skills started in the B.A. class: Walking nicely on a leash; Meeting and greeting strangers; Giving you attention; Coming when called; Waiting at the door; Stay; Settle down; Leave it; Waiting politely for the food bowl. In the M.A. level class we will build on those skills, add distractions, and add some new skills. Click here to check out My Dog Has C.L.A.S.S. B.A. (Bachelor's Level 1)
this 6-week class you will learn:
• How to work at your dog's level to stay successful;
• How to build practical, real-life skills in your dog
• What is reinforcing for your dog and be able to use this
knowledge to effect positive training results;
• In the M.A. level, dogs will be building skills with distractions including:
- wait in the car before exiting;
- walk past several dogs of different sizes, breeds and genders;
- do a recall with the distraction of a treat;
- sit, down, and stand on cue and wait for release;
- wait before walking through a door while a person walks by;
- walk on a loose leash and leave two food bowls 10 feet away;
- stay in a sit or down for one minute with distractions five feet away;
- allow the owner to handle various parts of their dog's body.
• We are also building the skills needed to take the Canine Good
Citizen test, including:
-accepting a friendly stranger;
-walking through a crowd;
-reacting appropriately to another dog;
-calmly allowing supervised separation from the owner.
• In week 6 a mock evaluation will be done so you will understand what you need to work on for complete success at this level.
Why you should attend this class
Send your dog to college for another degree! You will have more fun with your dog,
be able to go on more outings and do more
activities when he or she possesses obedience
skills and manners that are needed in the
real world. This is also imortant if you are training your dog to be a therapy dog
to visit hospitals and nursing homes.
My Dog Has C.L.A.S.S.- M.A. (Master's Level 2 for your dog)- Canine Life and Social
Skills- is the way to achieve or improve
important skills. Using the skills learned
in this class in everyday situations, a
dog can become a well-behaved member of
your household and a welcome part of society.
Every level of the C.L.A.S.S. program (there are 3) has a formalized
evaluation you can take to test your skills. The BA level test
is similar to the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test. You will
also have taken the next step toward the skills required to
pass tests for therapy dog work
As humans we have the tendency to notice and react when our dog
is dong something we don't like. In this class we will
show you how to improve your relationship by rewarding your dog
for doing things you do like. When the communication
is two-way, the mutual trust is strong. We will use instructive
training, telling our dog, wihout anger or force, what we would
like him or her to do. Clear boundaries and rules will be set
for our canine companions so they feel more secure knowing what's
expected, and flourish in the learning environment.
evaluation and test is scheduled For Sunday, May 21, 2017. Get
more info now.
The C.L.A.S.S. evaluations are governed by APDT (Association
of Professional Dog Trainers) and is similar to the AKC Canine
Good Citizen (CGC) test. It's
an evaluation of real-life skills.
Here is a video that explains C.L.A.S.S. and the skills taught: click
here to watch
here for a video showing the M.A. evaluation
For those interested in passing the C.L.A.S.S. evaluation, Read the Student Handbook. This handbook also contains great information about dog behavior and training.
Here is additional information about the C.L.A.S.S. Program
and what it means for your furry family member
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. C.L.A.S.S. is a three-level evaluation for dog owners to demonstrate the real-life skills of their dogs, as well as a knowledge assessment of the owners’ understanding of basic dog handling and care.
Developed by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (www.apdt.com) 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. (Bachelor’s level), the M.A. (Master’s level), and the Ph.D. (Doctorate level). The skills in each level vary in the level of difficulty and distractions.
For example, 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.
And in the Ph.D. level, owners 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. Each level also allows for two “bonus rounds” that owners may elect to try or not with their dog.