These are intended to be minimum standards for all assistance dog programs that want to be affiliated with ADI. All Trainers are encouraged to work at levels above the minimum.
- Trainers must understand and adhere to all ADI Minimum Standards and Ethics.
- Trainers must be able to produce effective working teams that meet ADI Standards (i.e. Public Access Test, demonstration of tasks) as reviewed at the 1 year anniversary of the team.
- Trainers must have up to date knowledge of best practices in many areas including:
- learning theory
- canine behavior
- canine care and safety
- a variety of training techniques, equipment and methods
Trainers must demonstrate effective:
- communication skills
- instruction of groups and individuals
- assessment and problem solving skills
- self assessment and improvement of performance
Trainers must demonstrate:
- an understanding of the matching process of client with dog
- knowledge of the environment a team will encounter, specifically concerning family, community, school and workplace and the impact these may have on each working team.
- knowledge of and ability to determine when a training process,placement, orcertification needs to be discontinued.
Trainers have a responsibility to the public, therefore they must:
- have knowledge of pertinent canine laws (i.e. leash laws and public access laws)
- build rapport and establish effective working relationships with co-workers, clients, volunteers, and the community
- use appropriate behavior in public when working with each dog and or client (i.e. train one dog at a time, be polite, show respect and consideration to people and property, and maintain good personal and canine hygiene), be willing to educate the public about assistance dogs and access rights