What is the Pet Dog Ambassador Program?
The Pet Dog Ambassador (PDA) is a 5 step credentialing program for dog guardians to test their knowledge, skills and ability to manage their canine companion in real life settings. The aim of the credentialing program is to acknowledge the hard work and commitment that guardians and their dogs undertake to make their shared lives enjoyable. The program recognizes this team effort from a puppy’s very early training.
How Can you Get Started?
- First to get started you need to register your dog with the Pet Dog Ambassador credentialing organization. Click here to do that. There is a onetime fee of $3.85.
- Then once registered there is a short open book quiz to take, this focuses on responsible pet ownership. There is a manual to support this quiz. The manual is a guide to pet care and the link is below.
- Then when you have completed the quiz you can provide your DogSmith Licensed PDA Instructor or Instructor/Assessor with your proof of vaccinations and your test result and you are ready for your first level assessment.
- Click here to get going and enroll your dog.
The assessment guide below will take you through each of the five levels and the skills required for each level. If you need help learning these skills, then register with your local DogSmith for some training classes.
- Check out the Pet Dog Owner Guide
- The Pet Dog Assessment Level Skill Criteria
- Candidate Eligibility click here
Get Involved. Your Local DogSmith may be a Licensed Instructor and/or Assessor. They may list group classes that are open for enrollment or be able to help you work through the program in private lessons.
To earn your Pet Dog Ambassador title, you will have to work through the training and then enroll your dog into the program. Your local DogSmith can help you do this. The Ambassador levels are as follows. On successful completion of each level you will receive a certificate and a medallion for your dog.
The Five Levels – Building on Each Skill
Level 1 (Puppy) Dogs, like people, learn best when they are young. That is why we love to see puppies (four to nine months) reach their first pet dog training goal early. Qualified assessors assess puppies in class. This can be the class teacher (if PPG qualified to assess) or an assessor brought into class for the purpose of assessing the work done by participants.
Level 2 (any dog over the age of six months) builds on the work undertaken at Level 1. It is at a level where those who did not undertake Level 1 because they did not fit the age bracket can still have an easy entry into the program. This too is assessed in a class situation.
Levels 3 and Level 4 build further on the dogs’ and Guardians’ skills, knowledge and ability and culminate in assessments both in real life settings and in the class situation.
Level 5 (Championship) This level is where everything the dog and Guardian have learned is put to the test in real life settings. There are location options available to help assessors make real life training relevant to their clients. Assessors will be able to create scenarios that may be appropriate to their local surroundings provided they include all of the compulsory exercises and two from the selection of optional exercises.
Contact your DogSmith today and get started!