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 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.
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 http://www.petdogambassador.com/ 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: Lisa Allan
Phone: 914 523 0813
For more detailed info please refer to "Pet Guardians Guide"
Candidate registration should be undertaken online at the PDA website. When you register, you will receive a PDA membership number. It is your responsibility to ensure that your assessor receives your PDA membership number. You will use it as your identifier and it is unique to you as the handler.
Before each level can be undertaken, it is necessary that the dog’s Health Check form is current. Once you are a registered candidate you will be able to access this downloadable form from the Candidate Knowledge Center of the website.
You must complete your details and those of your dog and your veterinarian and then
present this form to your Assessor. Along with your form you must show to your Assessor your dog’s current vaccination status. This can be by way of a veterinary vaccination certificate or on presentation of current titre levels for your dog. Vaccination certificate or titre level documentation must indicate that your dog is currently immunized against the diseases most common in your area. Your Assessor may also ask you some questions about your dog’s health care plan (i.e. flea treatment, worming and grooming routine).
You must complete the Health Check form and procedure for each Level you undertake.
Online open book quiz - the Guardian’s quiz
A quiz must be undertaken prior to assessment at the entry level of the program (Level One or Level Two) in order to assess a guardian’s knowledge about their dog and his needs. Once registered you will receive
an email confirmation with your
PDA number and informing you how to undertake the quiz.
About the quiz:
• The quiz is online and open book, comprising 30 questions.
• Find the answers throughout this guide and in the Check Your Quiz Knowledge at the back of the Guide.
• You need to gain a pass rate of 90 percent before you and your dog can be practically assessed.
• You can take the quiz at any time and you only need to pass it once before the first level attempted.
• If you do not pass the first time, you must wait a minimum of 24 hours before you can attempt the quiz again. As the questions are randomly allocated to the person taking the quiz, some questions may change each time you attempt the quiz. When you have completed it at the required pass rate you can then download and print your PDF results.
Finding an instructor
Instructors are dog training or behavior consultant members of the PPG who have passed the PDA instructors exam. They have undertaken to abide by the PPG guiding principles of force-free training and are willing and able to help you achieve your PDA goals.
Your instructor is Lisa Allan, ABCDT
Finding an assessor
PDA assessors have proven to the PPG’s satisfaction that they have maintained their practice within the PPG guiding principles and have passed the assessors examination. Assessors can both instruct the PDA program and assess candidates.
Your instructor is Lisa Allan, ABCDT
Your assessor must maintain continuing education in the field of force-free dog training and behavior and is subject to reassessment of the rules of the PDA program and the PPG guiding principles every two years.
If your dog training instructor is a qualified PDA assessor, approach them about assessment. Ensure that your instructor believes that you are ready to undertake assessment.
How You and Your Dog Are Assessed
At the conclusion of each exercise the assessor will mark you and your dog’s performance with one of the following:
• Achieved – You and your dog were successful.
• Almost there – There was a minor error that disallowed successful completion of the exercise.
• Not yet able – There was more than one major error that disallowed successful completion of the exercise.
All exercises must be marked as Achieved in order to gain qualification.
On receiving one failure to pass an exercise, the candidate will be asked if they wish to continue. It is incumbent upon the assessor to continue to assess the candidate. However, should the candidate fail three exercises within the one level, the assessment will be terminated.
More info in "Pet Guardians Guide"
Maintaining your level achieved
To make sure your titled dog remains a true Pet Dog Ambassador, he must be re-tested every two years in order to maintain his title. This must be at the highest level he has so far achieved. If your dog is not re-tested, then his qualification will expire. In particular, if you wish to undertake the next training level and your current qualification is not up to date, you will be required to repeat the lower level before undertaking the higher. For example, if your dog has attained Level 2 and three years have gone by without you sitting for Level 3, it would be necessary for you and your dog to undertake Level 2 again prior to sitting for Level 3. Your dog’s certificate will be dated and you will receive an email from the PDA administrator to remind you of your need to update your dog’s status should you so choose.
On successful completion of each level
When candidates are successful at each level, the assessor notifies the PDA administrator who enters the candidates’ scores into the database. If you have been successful, your qualification certificate will be emailed to you and your medallion will be posted or given to you in recognition of your achievement.
Your Quiz Knowledge Information
Please see "The Pet Guardians' Guide"
For the full program information booklet please click below. Please read through the guide and write down any questions you may have!
Click to open the full Pet Guardians' Guide. It is recommended you print this guide and bring to class
PDA Guide - Pet Dog Guardians.pdf
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