Pits and Pals C.L.A.S.S.

Association of Professional Dog Trainer's Canine Life and Social Skills Program (C.L.A.S.S.) for owned dogs of any breed, and provided free of charge for shelter pit bull types through our partnership with Handsome Dan's Rescue


C.L.A.S.S. BA level is held at 10:30AM on Saturday mornings at Rhode Island College, 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue Providence RI 02908 East Campus - Kauffman Center Lot and runs for six weeks.  Feel free to come by and watch our class, you won't the the only one! 

See below for upcoming class start dates, registration information, and RIC Campus Map.

​PhD Level (advanced)

Pit C.L.A.S.S.

BA Level (beginner)

Pit C.L.A.S.S.

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.



UPCOMING BA Level C.L.A.S.S. Start Dates:

Saturday, June 17, 2017* (No Class 5/27 or 6/24)

Saturday, August 12, 2017*

*Please note that the first week of each

session is for humans only. We go over

equipment, learning theory, what to do 

when you arrive with your dogs, etc.



MA Level (intermediate)

Pit C.L.A.S.S.

To register for Pits and Pals C.L.A.S.S. please print registration form and the waiver, ​and send along with $150 registration fee to: 


Outbound Hounds

21 Sunset Terrace
Cranston, RI 02905


Download Waiver Here

Download Registration Form Here

B.A. Level C.L.A.S.S. evaluation is included in the registration fee. There is not additional charge to have your dog tested once you completel Pits and Pals C.L.A.S.S.


If you have completed a level of C.L.A.S.S. and wish to have your dog evaluated, and move on to the next level, a completed Veterinary Certificate is required.


Download Veterinary Certificate Here

Pits and Pals C.L.A.S.S. is held at 10:30AM at Rhode Island College
600 Mount Pleasant Avenue Providence RI 02908
East Campus - Kauffman Center Lot