What is the Pet Dog Ambassador Program?
The Pet Dog Ambassador (PDA) is a program for dog guardians to test their knowledge, skills and ability to manage their canine companion in real life settings. Its aim is to acknowledge the hard work and commitment that guardians and their dogs undertake to make their shared lives enjoyable and recognizes these efforts from a puppy’s very early training. The program aims to encourage guardians to continue training and developing new skills, abilities and knowledge.
Registering Your Dog With The Pet Dog Ambassador Organization
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 one time fee of $3.85. Once registered there is a short open book quiz to take on responsible pet ownership. When the quiz has been completed and you have provided your DogSmith with your proof of vaccinations then your dog can be assessed and receive the relevant credentials. Click here to get going. The assessment guide below will take you through all of the skills required for each level. If you need help teaching these skills then contact your local DogSmith who can help you.
- 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 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
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!