This is your FIRST step on a journey that will take you places in training your dog that you never knew were possible!
We offer several Title Competitions, and over 80 Merit Badges that you and your dog can earn together. But in order to do any of those, you both must pass the Dog Scout Test first. The dog is tested on several basic skills that show manners, obedience, and safe interactions. The handler is tested on their knowledge of training, and of basic DSA beliefs and methods.
It is not easy to get, but once completed, you will have built a foundation of skills that will carry your dog throughout his life. Learning and earning the other items is then icing on the cake!
Please remember that, although you MAY work on criteria for any badges you wish at any time, you will NOT be able to actually receive the official recognition for that badge until after you have successfully completed the Dog Scout title.
- Guide to the Dog Scout Title
- The Dog Scout Way
- The Dog Scout Laws
- Understanding the Dog Scout Laws
- Recommended reading list
- Notes from DSA Class
- Teaching Dog Scout Class behaviors
- Heel position updated
- DSA Handler Written Test
- Tips on how to get acceptable video coverage
- CRITERIA – DSA Badge (06-2012)
- CKSHT_DSA Badge (06-2012)
- FORM – DSA Badge (10-2015)
Dog Scout Test – Example 1 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiMx9FGilHw)
Dog Scout Test – Example 2 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2LazYh-Ctg)
Dog Scout Test – Example 3 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiMx9FGilHw)
Scoutmaster example – This is a link to a good example of what folks going for Scoutmaster status (able to check off the Dog Scout badge) need to submit (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ylv-Eppk_k)