International Working Dogs Association

The IWDA is a professional association representing professional dog handlers and instructors specialized in tracking/trailing, detection and patrol.

We have offices in Europe, United States, Africa and South America. In Italy we are included in the list of the Ministry of Economic Development in the section of professional associations that issue quality certificates to their members

By establishing a network we have the possibility of developing a credible ststem of knowledge and develop best pratices for employ K9 Units.

  • Professional Certificates

    IWDA evaluates the professional skills of its members through a careful selection and evaluation tests organized according to the most rigorous international standards.

  • Lifelong Learning

    IWDA takes care of professional update of its members. We fix annually the minimum amount of hours required to our instructors and members.

  • Worldwide Community

    IWDA is an international community of professional dog handlers and professional dog trainers specialized in tracking, trailing and detection that works togheter to creates  good practices.

Our main goal

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 and to provide evaluation standards in mantrailing, tracking, detection and patrol that are tested by stakeholders in the discipline to give a baseline of credibility to the K9 team..

By establishing a network we have the possibility of developing a credible system of knowledge and develop best practices for use of K9 units.

Due to its prestigious international collaborations, IWDA has structured adequate internal performance control systems for its members in order to maintain a high level of professionalism of K9 handlers and instructors in compliance with the association’s code of ethics and conduct, and by the creation of professionals Registers of professionals that works under our standards

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We have offices in 5 continents and we got the best evaluation from our stakeholders

International Working Dogs Association has been rated 5 stars by its members and stakeholders.

A solid international community of dog handlers and trainers who share training standards and code of ethics.