I’ve heard about a new program called C.L.A.S.S., which is supposed to help owners train their dogs to mind their manners in public places. Can this program help my misbehaving German shepherd?
From the Editors of The Dog Daily
Recently, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers launched a new program to provide basic training and obedience skills for dogs. The acronym for the program is C.L.A.S.S., which stands for Canine Life and Social Skills. It sounds like it could be a perfect match for your dog’s training needs, since their trainers use positive reinforcement to teach dogs how to properly behave in public places, such as outdoor patios, hotels and retail stores that allow dogs.
After you sign up at the APDT website, you’ll find resources to locate a certified dog-trainer closest to you. Their trainers are located all across the country, so there’s a good chance one is in your area. You and your dog then attend the six- to eight-week program. At the end of that period, each dog is evaluated and can obtain certification.
“This program educates pet owners and gives them the tools they need to not only provide good canine manners, but include the dog in more types of activities," says APDT executive director Mychelle Blake. “Without the proper training, these leisure activities can be stressful for both dog and owner. A well-trained dog is a happier dog.”
According to APDT, the C.L.A.S.S. curriculum uses fun games and exercises to test and develop real-life skills and manners for dogs. Trainers are invited to submit their own games and exercises on the C.L.A.S.S. website. “It’s not just dogs that benefit from the program,” said APDT board member Cathy Bruce. “The exercises are submitted by APDT members, so we’re very involved in the process.”
For more information on C.L.A.S.S., you can visit MyDogHasClass.com.