About The Program
The Assessment Levels
Five Levels - Building on Each Skill
The PPG PDA levels are:
PDA – Level 1 (Puppy), PDA – Level 2, PDA – Level 3, PDA – Level 4, PDA – Level 5 (Championship)
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.
Are You Eligible To Join?
Who Can Be Involved in The Program
1. Dog Guardians and Their Dogs
Guardians and their dogs who have been working with a PPG licensed instructor and/or assessor are able to undertake assessment on the condition that the instructor or assessor considers the team suitable candidates. Guardians who register for the program must be willing to declare their adherence to the PPG Guiding Principles, which can be found here.
Why pet dog Guardians should become involved
By training through all levels of this program both dog and family maintain and/or increase their skills, knowledge and abilities and Guardians can be guided by force-free trainers if/when behavioral problems arise.
2. Pet Dog Training Instructors
Any person who is a dog training or dog behavior consultant who abides by our Guiding Principles may apply to be an instructor. To be an Instructor/Assessor you must be a member of the Pet Professional Guild. The application form is here
Why pet dog training instructors should become involved
3. Shelters and Rescue Facilities
Licensed PDA Instructors who work with a shelter or rescue facility may instruct the program.
Why shelters/rescue facilities should become involved
4. Pet Dog Training Clubs
Members who meet the required eligibility criteria, who become PDA Instructors and who work/volunteer with a force-free dog training facility may instruct this program within the dog training facility. To assess the program the Assessor must be a PPG Member.
Dog clubs that offer this program can rightly be proud of the service offered to their local community.