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 recognises 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.

Candidates

The program is suitable for all, including guardians and/or dogs with a disability or special needs. Candidates must be 18 years or more.

Junior candidates

Junior candidates are those who have not yet reached the age of legal accountability. Junior candidates may, with written permission from a parent or guardian, enter the PDA Program with a dog considered suitable by a PDA instructor or assessor. The assessor has the choice of whether or not to assess junior candidates.

Canine candidates

Dogs may be any breed or mix aged from four months. Dogs with special physical needs can also be assessed with exercises being adapted if necessary. On successful candidate application, the dog’s Health Check form can be downloaded from the Candidate Knowledge Centre on the PDA  website. Not all dogs are suitable to undertake every level of the PDA Program. However, an assessment program that reactive and/or anxious dogs may undertake is being developed. Watch this space for any update on the reactive dog program.

Tangible evidence of success

As well as the pride in the hard work that they do, successful dog and guardian teams are awarded certificates and medallions at every level.
Most of our instructors are PDA-certified instructors and/or assessors. Speak to your instructor or see the Pet Dog Ambassador Program for more information about how you can become involved in this wonderfully rewarding program for you and your dog.