Pet Dog Ambassador Evaluations

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.


All dog Guardians who have reached the legal age of accountability in their country (usually 18 or 21 years) are encouraged to become actively involved in the Pet Dog Ambassador Program. The program is suitable for all, including Guardians and/or dogs with a disability or special needs.

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. The assessor can also stipulate from what age they will assess junior candidates.

Canine candidates

These are dogs of any breed or mixed breed aged from four months. Dogs with special needs can also be assessed with exercises being adapted if necessary. It is mandatory that dogs have a veterinary health check before taking part in the assessment.

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.

How to become involved

For further details about the Program go to the website or ask us how you can become involved in this wonderfully rewarding program for you and your dog.
Contact details for trainer/assessor etc Name:

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 1 is for puppies 4-9 months of age.

Exercise 1 – Sit at front and side, then take collar   
Exercise 2 – Give take exchange     
Exercise 3 – Leave it    
Exercise 4 – Loose leash walking         
Exercise 5 – Social interaction 
Exercise 6 – Wait to be fed      
Exercise 7 – Recall       
Exercise 8 – Handling  
Exercise 9 – Go to place    

Level 2 (any dog < six months)

Level 2 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.

  • Exercise 1 – Car manners   
  • Exercise 2 – Entrance manners     
  • Exercise 3 – Leave it
  • Exercise 4 – Loose leash walking with social interaction 
  • Exercise 5 – Wait to be fed 
  • Exercise 6 – Recall   
  • Exercise 7 – Emergency stop        
  • Exercise 8 – Handling        
  • Exercise 9 – Stay or settle  
  • Exercise 10 – Being alone  

Level 3

Levels 3 and 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.

  • Exercise 1 – Entrance Manners      
  • Exercise 2 – Leave it        
  • Exercise 3 – Street walk   
  • Exercise 4 – Wait to be fed
  • Exercise 5 – Recall           
  • Exercise 6 – Emergency stop         
  • Exercise 7 – Handling       
  • Exercise 8 – Settle           
  • Exercise 9 – Being alone  

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.

  • Exercise 1 – Street walk   

Optional exercises – select any two of the following:  

  • Exercise 2 – Veterinary examination
  • Exercise 3 – Visual/Spoken cue discrimination          

Level 4

Levels 3 and 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.

  • Exercise 1 – Back up at entrance    
  • Exercise 2 – Street walk   
  • Exercise 3 – Recall           
  • Exercise 4 – Emergency stop         
  • Exercise 5 – End of walk pack up   
  • Exercise 6 – Being alone   

Check out more about the Pet Dog Ambassador Program!

Let’s get you and your pup there together.

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