C.L.A.S.S. Training

Canine Life and Social Skills Checklist
 

    This skill set is based on Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.) as developed by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT.) 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.

 

B.A. for Dogs™ (Bachelor’s level skills)

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Sit on verbal command & hand signal

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Down on verbal command & hand signal

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Stand on verbal command & hand signal

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Coming when called from 10ft away

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Loose leash walking in a loop with at least 2 seconds of eye contact maintained on handler

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Meet and greet: handler asks dog to sit, down, stand while stranger approaches. Optional treat feed.

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Leave-it: Handler walks their dog by three items and diverts dog’s attention from each item

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Wait for food bowl until handler releases dog to eat

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Stay in a sit or down while handler talks with Evaluator for 1 minute

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Settle down and be calm for 1 minute on a bed, crate or floor while handler sits next to dog

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Give &  take: Handler asks dog to give a high-value item from mouth & take a treat, toy or chew

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Leashing up manners: sits still until handler can attach the leash

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Table manners: lays calmly without begging, barking or jumping while you are at the table eating

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Wait at the door until released

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Attention skills: handler is able to maintain eye contact with the dog

 
M.A. for Dogs™ (Master’s level skills)

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Wait in the car until released

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Pass by other dogs on a loose leash

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Wait at the door until released while a person walks in the door

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Come when called and leashing up manners from 15ft away and after distracted by a treat

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Sit, down, stand commands

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Handling skills: dog allows handling of paws, teeth, ears

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Loose leash walking and leave-it on a walk by two food bowls

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Stay in a sit or down for 1 minute with mild distractions while handler is 5ft from dog

Ph.D. for Dogs™ (Doctorate level)

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Loose leash walking, handler holds unsteady object in the leash hand for 15ft and through a door

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Back up, handler holds unsteady object in leash hand while maneuvering around obstacle, backup 3ft

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Stay in a sit or down while handler places unsteady object on a chair

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Come when called and leashing up manners from 20ft away while passing distractions

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Meet and greet with dog in a sit or down while person approaches, greets, pets head, ears, and back

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Attention eye contact with handler, 15 seconds while unfamiliar person knocks on door and enters

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Table manners while handler sits at table with stranger and eats a snack for 30 seconds

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Do You Really Know Sit? Handler asks dog to sit 3 times, varying body position each time

 
Additional Top Paw Training’s Obedience Boarding School Skills

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Bed: Handler sends dog to 1 of 3 beds, asks to stay, sits on chair, walk around, food drop

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Furniture etiquette: Handler asks dog to get up on invitation only and off furniture on command

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Speak & Quiet on command: Handler asks dog to bark and get excited then settle down and quiet

 

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