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I would like an assistance dog

I'm looking for an assistance dog. How can I get a dog from Assistance Dogs International?

Assistance Dogs International does not provide or train assistance dogs. It is an organization made up of individual programs that train assistance dogs. Click on the accredited members search to locate a program that may be able to train an assistance dog for you.

Can you give me the names of your member programs?

A list of ADI Accredited Member programs is available by clicking on the accredited members search. ADI would suggest looking for a ADI accredited organizations that service your area, and contact them directly to learn what types of dogs they train and place with individuals. Each organization has their own requirements for placing assistance dogs. They vary with the types of dogs they train, whether they will consider training a personal dog, the structure of their training program and funding resources.

How do I find a program that trains Emotional Support Dogs?

Neither ADI or International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF) recognize emotional support dogs, ADI Accredited Member programs do not train, place or certify emotional support dogs.

I think it would be cool to be able to take my dog out in public. How do I do this?

Assistance dogs do not have public access rights – only the individuals with disability partnered with an assistance dogs have access public rights. In most countries and states, people with disabilities who are partnered with an assistance dog have the legal right to take their assistance dogs into public places normally prohibited to pet dogs. In some countries, the law gives public access rights to assistance dogs when they are accompanied by an assistance dog trainer.

How do I get my dog trained and certified as an assistance dog through ADI?

Assistance Dogs International (ADI) is a coalition of non-profit organizations that raise, train and place assistance dogs.  ADI does not directly provide, train, certify or register individual assistance dogs or assistance dog teams, as that is the function of our member organizations.  ADI does not have a database of trainers.  All the trainers are employed by their assistance dog organization. 

Currently there is no international certification available for assistance dogs. However, ADI member programs currently use the ADI Public Access Test to certify their own graduate teams. There are a few of ADI member organizations that train, support and work with personal owned dogs. ADI would suggest using the accredited members search to look for a ADI Accredited Member program that services your area, and contact them directly to learn what types of dogs they train and place with individuals.  Each organization has their own requirements for training and placing assistance dogs.  They vary with the types of dogs they train, whether they will consider training a personal dog, the structure of their training program and funding resources.

Other resources to find a professional dog trainer are the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.

You might look into the International Association of Canine Professionals. They have a service dog certification process for individual trainers.