Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.)

What is C.L.A.S.S.?

Canine Life and Social Skills, is an educational program for dogs to promote training focused on the use of positive reinforcement. It is promoted by the Association for Profession Dog Trainers. This program consists of a three-level evaluation for the dog/human team to demonstrate skills in a real-life setting, while strengthening their bond.

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.

C.L.A.S.S. is focus on the obedience side of pet ownership and deals with specific topics in the home such as waiting for food, crate training, waiting for the door, and so much more. The program is focused on real-life skills that will help build a relationship based on mutual respect and understanding.

This program is available for local shelters and rescues to increase their dog’s adoptability. It helps improve the dog’s lives while in your care. It can be taught to volunteers and staff to enrich their lives and prepare them for their future homes! Call for details.

For more details, please visit the Canine Life and Social Skills website at

Canine Life and Social Skills