AMPWDA Code of Ethics and Bylaws

As an American Mantrailing, Police & Work Dog Association (AMPWDA) member, I encourage the utilization of professionally trained canines to serve mankind in the area of mantrailing. I realize that my membership in AMPWDA helps provide the necessary funds to support this cause. The membership dues allow AMPWDA to offer free structured training sessions and two annual week-long seminars at an affordable tuition. 

The health and well-being of the working K9 is foremost. Neglect, mistreatment, or abuse will not be tolerated. Should I become aware of any such activities, I will take appropriate action.

In the pursuit of these endeavors, I will not deliberately debase other members or organizations without just cause.


1. AMPWDA members shall not knowingly use the AMPWDA name or their affiliation with AMPWDA for personal gain or profit
2. AMPWDA members shall at no time imply that the AMPWDA certification qualifies them as mission ready.
3. Any conduct outside the realm of acceptable community standards may be cause for dismissal from the AMPWDA, at the Director’s discretion.
4. AMPWDA encourages its members to become familiar with and adhere to the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
5. All AMPWDA members should treat all members and their K9s with dignity and respect, as well as other organizations involved in similar activities.
6. AMPWDA members must keep the health of their working K9 foremost. All K9s who work at Free Training Sessions or attend AMPWDA Seminars must present health records from their veterinarian.
7. AMPWDA members that have to be removed from Training, Seminars, or Membership for violation of the Bylaws or Code of Ethics automatically forfeit AMPWDA dues, Seminar fees and Certifications.