• My Dog Has C.L.A.S.S.- Ph.D. •
Dog Has C.L.A.S.S.- Ph.D.- (Doctorate Level
dog will build on important, real-life obedience
skills and manners.
or Canine Life And Social
Skills, has 3 "college" levels;
this is the Ph.D. for dogs, level 3
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. M.A. (Master's Level 2)
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.
(Level 3) class begins:
--Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 at 11 a.m.
(Ends on 1/20/18. No class on 12/23.)
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
M.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 M.A. class: - 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. Click
check out My Dog Has C.L.A.S.S. M.A. (Bachelor's
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 Ph.D. level, dogs will be building skills with
more distractions and challenges. Here is the Real-Life Relevance
of those skills:
- Loose leash walking is helpful when you need to safely carry
an object while walking your dog. Your dog will learn to pass distractions to come to you and sit politely while the leash is attached.
- Back Up can be a useful skill when you want your dog to move
away from you or back up with
- Stay is useful when you need your dog to remain in place amid
- Coming when called and leaving distractions could save your
dog’s life if he gets loose;
- Meet & Greet: When you take your dog to a veterinarian,
groomer, or other similar place, it is important that
your dog allows being handled;
- Attention. When you have your dog’s attention, you can help
him focus and give him other guidance;
-Table Manners. A dog who can calm down on cue around food
is more manageable in the home and may be
more welcome in other social settings;
- Does Your Dog Really Know Sit? If he can sit under many challenging
and distraction situations he is much more manageable.
- Hand Target. A dog who has learned to target a person’s hand is less likely to jump up on them or shy away
from the hand.
• In week 6 a mock evaluation may be done so you will
understand what you need to work on for complete success at this
Click here to check out what skills are tested in the Ph.D. evaluation.
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.- Ph.D. (Doctorate
Level 3 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
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 sheduled 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 all about C.L.A.S.S. and the evaluation for each level
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.