Our association

The INTERNATIONAL WORKING DOGS ASSOCIATION is a professional association representing professional dog handlers and instructors specialized in tracking/trailing, detection and patrol. Our Association was founded in Italy by two associations. Originally IWDA was little more than a group of friends, passionate dog trainers and it is now active in 9 European countries, in the United States, in Chile and 2 African Countries.

Our main goal is to create a network of professionals who share guidelines for action and training, with particular attention to effective and efficient use of dogs on aspects of security, detection, SAR and to develop a system of certifications for professionals. By establishing a network we have the possibility of developing a credible system of knowledge and develop best practices for use of K9 units.