Register for the free conference:

PADA and the personality of AAI dogs

19th of January 2023​

4:00 - 8:00 PM (UTC+1:00)

Dog personality is a complex, fascinating issue, and we get to know it better and better!

Did you know that it has been two years since the PADA protocol was released?
This powerful tool helps us to assess dogs’ personalities in different countries!

What is PADA?


A tool

that helps to know your dogs' preferences better


A test

that allows us to ask the dog, "Do you want to work in AAI?"


A guarantee

that the dogs' welfare is protected.

AAI dog is...


Dogs work in different facilities, with many distractions and a challenging environment.


Dogs meet people with various looks, smells, and behavior. They enjoy social contact with everyone.


Dogs interact with people, and they think it is fun! They love to play or train together with patients.

Scientific base

We are pretty severe while talking and thinking about dogs’ welfare. Because we love our dogs! That is why we use all the science to support us in our work


Prof. Ádám Miklósi – the head of the Department of Ethology at the Eötvös University in Budapest (Hungary). In 2016 he was elected as a corresponding member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The co-founder and leader of the Family Dog Project ( which aims to study human-dog interaction from an ethological perspective. In 2014 he published the 2nd edition of an academic volume entitled Dog behavior, evolution and cognition by Oxford University Press that summarizes the most recent status on dog oriented research, and is regarded as the main textbook for teaching in this area.
Magdalena Nawarecka-Piątek – AAI instructor, dog trainer, and Animals for People Association president. Graduate of Warsaw University, specialization in social policy (master's degree)and pedagogy care and upbringing with educational therapy(Bachelor's degree). Educationist, sensory integration therapist, Animal Assisted Therapy instructor since 2005. Experienced therapist and educator in AAI with children. Since 2016 co-author of international educational programs for AAI handlers and instructors. Leader of the Personality Assessment for Dogs in AAI (PADA) project and co-author of the PADA protocol.
Alina S. Rusu (biologist and psychologist) has received her PhD title in Natural Sciences in 2004 at Animal Behavior Department, University of Zürich, Switzerland. She is currently a full professor at the Faculty of Animal Science and Biotechnologies, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca and PhD coordinator in Sciences of Education, Doctoral School “Education, Reflection, Development”, Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania. She teaches the following classes: Animal Cognition and Conciousness, Human Ethology, Animals in Society, and Animal Assisted Thrapy and Activities. Her research interests are interdisciplinary ones, combining ideas and models from animal behavior with knowledge about human ethology. During the last ten years, Alina S. Rusu has published numerous papers, chapters, books and conference proceedings in the fields of applied animal behavior, positive human-animal interactions, evolutionary psychology and, recently, in the area of Service-Learning. She is currently one of the Fulbright Ambassadors in the Romanian academic environment and member of the General Meeting of the European Association of Service-Learning in Higher Education.
Melissa Y. Winkle is an Occupational Therapist & Certified Professional Dog Trainer. She is co-founder and President of Dogwood Therapy Services and Animal Assisted Intervention International. She is adjunct faculty and clinical instructor at several universities and organizations, internationally including Oakland University (MI), Center for Human Animal Interventions. Melissa is a practitioner, a researcher, an author and speaks internationally about disability, integrated & community based program development, animal assisted interventions, and service dogs.

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