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Register now for Trainer’s Conference 2016

The next Trainer’s Conference is being held in Pennsylvania, USA, in September 2016. Visit the Conferences web page for more information and to register.

View ADI Conference presentations now

ADI members are now able to view presentation materials from the recent ADI Conference held in May 2016. To view presentations about ADI and AAII working together, dog database developments, working with people with dementia, and more, go to the Members Area.


Dogs with Jobs

Assistance dogs hold one of the most valued positions animals can offer their humans, with all their hard work comes plenty of love and training but assistance dogs aren’t they only dogs with jobs. Petplan, who are providers of pet insurance policies, recently wrote a post on the subject to give these amazing animals credit for the wonderful work they do within our society. So what sort of jobs can dogs do and what are the key things that make these dogs so special? Read the full article here.

The Power of a Hug

A great new campaign is celebrating the benefits of hugging your dog while raising money for Assistance Dogs International.

The Power of a Hug is asking for photos of people hugging their dogs, and for every one shared MSD Animal Health will donate $1* to Assistance Dogs International.

Visit the Power of a Hug website to find out more and upload a photo, or tweet your photo using the hashtag #PowerOfAHug.

* up to a total of $10,000.

Details released for ADI Conference 2016

Details have been released for the Assistance Dogs International Conference in Prague next year. Find out more by visiting the conferences web page.


Highlights of the recent ADI Trainers’ Conference

In mid-September, ADI held its annual Trainers’ Conference in Hagerstown, Maryland, USA.

Eighty individuals from twenty five states and Canada, met to exchange ideas and gather information regarding the raising and training of puppies in correctional facilities.

Speakers from Guide Dog, Service Dog and Hearing Dog Programs, as well as Correctional Facility Staff, made power point presentations, facilitated panel discussions and shared their first-hand experience with prison puppy programs.

Some of the topics that were discussed included:

  • The types of Prison Puppy Programs
  • Steps to open a prison Puppy Program
  • How inmates are chosen to participate
  • Prison Puppy protocols that assure success
  • How to Increase the number of canine placements
  • Puppy training curriculums used
  • The role of a Prison Puppy Liaison
  • Getting positive PR for your program
  • Pups on Furlough Program and
  • ADI Prison Puppy Standards

The highlights of the conference were the tours of the two men’s medium security prisons; Maryland Correctional Training Facility and MCI-Hagerstown.

ADI members got to see where the puppies were housed, observe puppy demos and ask a DOC panel consisting of prison officials and inmate handlers, questions. They also got to witness a graduation ceremony for three puppies that had graduated from the prison program and were about to return to America’s VetDogs for their final training and matching with a veteran.

Prison Puppy Programs are “Win Win” for everyone:

  • The ADI Program wins as prison puppies train up more quickly and that translates into placing more dogs with disabled people
  • The inmate wins as he learns to nurture and can give back to society in a positive and safe way
  • The correctional staff wins as they find that puppies bring a “calm” to prison that changes the whole atmosphere
  • And the puppy wins as he grows up to be a well-trained Assistance Dog.

Celebrating Assistance Dog Week 2015

It’s International Assistance Dog Week and we’re celebrating life-changing assistance dog partnerships.

Assistance Dogs transform the lives of their human partners with debilitating physical and mental disabilities by serving as their companion, helper, aide, best friend and close member of their family.

“Golden Retriever Udo has been my assistance dog since Valentine’s Day 2011. We were partnered after my first assistance dog Caesar, also from Dogs for the Disabled, passed away suddenly.

Learning to live with a successor dog is a bit like being given a new pair of your favourite sneakers, they look the same, are the same size and colour, but it takes a little while for them to become shaped to you, and for you to become accustomed to a new spring in your step!

Udo coming into my life made it feel whole again, not just because of the very practical everyday tasks he does to assist me but because he gives me confidence and a sense of routine which I often lack when alone.

I’m a survivor of traumatic brain injury. Sometimes life can be challenging, not only physically but cognitively and emotionally too. Udo is a robust character who just seems to know when I’m having a tough day. If I cry he snuggles up to me, and provides a tremendous sense of acceptance. He has also been brilliant in adjusting to deterioration in my health and although he has needed to learn new tasks, he loves the opportunity to earn more treats and and to take on new challenges.

Udo is my ray of sunshine and I’m grateful to him for sharing my life and enabling in the way he does.”

Wendy and Udo – Dogs for the Disabled partnership.

Trainer’s Conference 2015 – save the date

The dates for the next Trainer’s Conference have now been confirmed.

America’s VetDogs and The Guide Dog Foundation will host the Prison Puppy Conference on September 15, 16 & 17 2015 in Hagerstown, MD, USA.

Meet with other ADI Trainers for workshops, presentations and discussion on how to open, expand and grow Prison Puppy Programs to place more Assistance Dogs.

Visit the conferences web page to find out more.


Would you like to work for one of our organisations?

ADI accredited members can advertise their employment opportunities on the ADI website, so it’s a great place to look if you are interested in working for an assistance dog organisation. Visit the employment opportunities page to browse the current vacancies.

American Airlines Puppies in Flight Program accepting applications

US Airways, which is merging with American Airlines, is continuing its participation in Puppies In Flight.

American Airlines is now accepting applications year round for the Puppies In Flight program.

This program allows American Airlines employee volunteers to become trained to work with assistance dogs and take them on transports and test flights (short turnaround trips).

Click here to find out more, read the guidelines and make an application.