Pin Awards Program
The PWDCA Pin Awards Program is designed to reward PWDCA members who put working and breed titles on their dogs. The award comes in the form of a colorful PWD specially-designed lapel pin and is awarded for the first title a dog earns in eight different venues: Breed, Obedience, Rally, Tracking, Scent, Agility, Water, and Service.
Pins will be mailed automatically to the owner of record.
Service pins are given for dogs who work in either Therapy, Search and Rescue or as an assistance dog. There are specific eligibility requirements for each. Find out more about the Service Dog Pin Award and eligibility requirements below or contact the PWDCA Pin Awards Coordinator.
An owner whose dog has earned an AKC Therapy Dog (THD) title will receive the pin automatically.
A Letter of Commendation is required from the facility where the dog works (worked): The letter must be on the organization’s official letterhead, and state the following information:
- The dog has been of value to the facility.
- The dog has worked a minimum of 16 hours as a Therapy Dog with patients, inmates, students, or residents of the institution.
- The name of the certifying registry, if any (TDI, Delta, other).
- If the dog is retired or deceased, the Letter of Commendation may be written by the institution or registry, stating the information listed above.
- Optional: Use the Therapy Service Record to track your hours and to assist the institution when writing the commendation letter. It is not required for application.
- These are dogs that assist an individual owner with a disability.
- A letter on official letterhead from the member's Primary Care Physician stating that the dog is an approved medical tool and has provided a needed service for the disabled handler is required.
- Each dog must have passed a CGC test and provide a copy of the passing certificate.
- Dog must be tested by an accredited national, state, or local Search and Rescue evaluation team.
- A letter or copy of the official card must be submitted, indicating that the dog has passed the test and meets the test criteria for Search and Rescue. Organization contact name, address and phone number is required.
For more information, contact the PWDCA Pin Awards Coordinator.