Dog Scouts of America

Dog Scouts of America

Dog Scouts of America is a non-profit organization started in 1995 to make dogs' lives better. There are over 60 different badges that dogs can earn once they pass a basic test. The basic test includes sit, down, stay, come, and leave it, and also involves observing the interaction between the person and the dog as well as a written test.



Some of the badges include:

  • Backpacking
  • Teaching Your Dog to Swim
  • Teaching your Dog to Paint
  • Picking up litter, e.g., 500 bottles
  • And much more

Dogs earn the badges, not the people. Badges can be earned by 1) sending in a video to the national organization, 2) going to Dog Scout camp, or 3) through a Dog Scout troop in your local area. Dog Scouts has a worldwide reach and troop are located in many countries.


Humans and their dog(s) can attend weekend or week-long camps where training and education is presented in a fun way. All dogs are welcome to try activities such as swimming, agility, and search and rescue, no matter their size or breed.

Junior Dog Scout Program

The Junior Dog Scout program is for children up to 16. In the first category, 6 and younger, the child gets a certificate when he or she knows dog safety rules and how to pick up after a dog. For 7-12 year olds, the requirements are the same as the regular Dog Scout program except they may use a treat for the down command, and stay and come are with a 4-foot leash for 10 seconds. For 13-16 year olds, no treat is allowed for down, and stay and come must be from a 6-foot leash for 20 seconds.

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