JUST FOR FUN! OUT & ABOUT WITH C.L.A.S.S.
Start: Monday, April 8, 2013
Culpeper , VA 22701
Canine Life And Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.) - is a NEW program developed by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT).
This class emphasizes Functional Obedience - such as teaching your dog to wait when you open the car door or walking politely on a leash while you carry something. Obedience cues like these make life for you and your dog easier and more pleasant.
Depending on the dogs registered (and the weather), some class days you may meet at various locations in town to introduce your dog to new situations.
Testing will be offered (optional) at the end of the activity to see if your dog is a C.L.A.S.S. act.
There are 3 levels: a Bachelors (BA); Masters (MA) or a Doctorate (PhD) level of certification.
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 (APDT) 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.
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.
In the M.A. level, dogs are asked to walk past several dogs of different sizes, breeds and genders, to wait in the car before exiting, and to allow the student to handle various parts of their body.
And in the Ph.D. level, students 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 students may elect to try or not with their dog.
10% - Seniors 55+
20% - Adopted Dog - must show copy of adoption contract - (discount available in person only - discount will not be applied after you have registered for the class)
only one discount per person