The International Police Work Dog Association is committed to our:


To advance excellence in the profession of k9 policing. 


Maintain the leadership and excellence in building and promoting police dog training and minimum accredited standards recognized around the world. 


We believe in the fundamental value of the special relationship between dogs and their humans counterparts, which benefits the communities they serve.

We believe in the fundamental value to society of the profession of k9 training and k9 policing. 

We believe in treating our members with honesty and respect.

We believe that k9 training and policing is based on critical thinking, open inquiry, shared knowledge and standards of practice.

We believe that reward-based training enhances the human-k9 bond.


#1) Professionalism – acting respectfully and responsibly to k9’s, people and colleagues.

#2) Excellence – lifelong learning and continued pursuit of knowledge.

#3) Integrity -conduct business with professional ethics, honesty and respect.

#4) Inclusiveness – treating each other with tolerance and maintaining an environment that respects and builds on the talents of others.

#5) Collaboration – working with colleagues. 

#6) Service – belief in the value of our members’ contribution to our association, and to the communities they serve.



History of IPWDA

In 1998, 11 k-9 officers from Indiana got together in Pennsylvania and decided that we needed to implement a k-9 organization that was inclusive of all dog handlers.

We incorporated as the Indiana Police Work Dog Association. When the membership grew to over 500 members from throughout the United States, the membership decided to rename the organization The International Police Work Dog Association(IPWDA)..

The membership believed that there were alot of good people in the k9 industry whether police or civilian, whereas, the police k-9 associations of that time wouldn't accept civilians as a truely equal member of their association, if they did, they did so with reservation and with limited access to what the associations had to offer.

The fundamental vision of the IPWDA was to be inclusive of all k-9 handlers that were worthy of being associated with and could certify to the standards set forth by our membership. 

Today, 31st  December 2018, we have grown to approximately 1600 members strong and still growing, making us truly the "International K-9 Association" with members from around the world.



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