Bring Out The Ambassador In Your Dog!

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.


The Aim of Each PDA Level

 We look forward to seeing the results reflected in the behavior of dogs and their Guardians in the community.

Have fun with your dog. Be proud of your dog. Always remember that the force-free way of training is the best way of developing a bond with your dog such that your relationship will build based on mutual trust and respect.


Level One 

This assessment examines a puppy’s training and education as well as the success of the Guardian to have taught the puppy basic good manners appropriate to the home and the training class.

Level Two

This assessment examines a Level 2 dog’s training and education as well as the success of the Guardian to have taught the dog good manners for the home and in the training class

Level Three

To provide dog Guardians with more advanced knowledge of force-free dog training and Guardian responsibility. The foundation skills assessed in Level 2 are extended and built upon and put into real life situations

Level Four

To produce a Guardian and dog team who demonstrate their ability to undertake increasingly more complex real life skills in real life situations

Level Five

To enable Guardians to demonstrate their ability to work with their dog as a team in “real life” circumstances with typical distractions

Championship level is an extension of Level 4. Dogs at this level aim to work easily off leash, with many of the foundation core and essential skills now automatic behaviours.


The Pet Professional Guild a 501 (c) 6 non-profit organization. Florida, USA. 9122 Kenton Road, Wesley Chapel, FL 33545. USA. Copyright 2016 The Pet Professional Guild. Only Licensed Instructors and Assessors have permission to use this program and rights are granted under the license agreement. 



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