PWDCA’s Owner Handler Award Program



The PWDCA’s Owner Handler Awards (OHA) is an annual program that awards competitive achievements of Owner Handlers in many AKC and PWDCA events (not just conformation). The purpose of the OHA Program is to encourage PWDCA members to actively participate in competitive events and activities by handling Portuguese Water Dogs owned or co-owned by them.

Participants earn points for qualifications or placements in various events and are ranked according to their total points in each category. Awards are presented to the top finishers in each category at the end of the OHA program year. There are three open categories and two restricted categories:

  • Open categories:
    • Performance (combined score from qualifications and placements in Agility, Obedience, Rally, Scent Work, Tracking, Water, and Other Titles*)
    • Conformation
    • All Venues Combined
  • Restricted categories:
    • Junior Showmanship
    • Rookie (those competing in OHA for the first time with their first PWD)

*Other Titles are various activities under the AKC Title Recognition Program such as Trick Dog, Barn Hunt, Dock Diving, and Canine Good Citizen.

OHA Rules & Points

Owner Handler Rankings

OHA Quick Guide

The Owner-Handler program has a store!  You may now purchase OHA-themed items and support the OHA at the same time!

2023 Points Submission Form may be found here.

Registration Links: You must be a PWDCA member and be logged into the system in order to register.

2024 Registration is open Nov. 1st, 2023!

There will be a separate registration for Juniors. Please contact the OHA Program for information on registering if you are a Junior.

Thursday, October 31, 2024
12:00 AM - 12:15 PM EST
2024 Owner Handler Awards Program Registration Deadline