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Standards

Assistance Dogs International has developed minimum standards and ethics which all member  and candidate programs must follow. ADI Standards Committee reviews and updates existing standards as well as develops new ones on a regular basis.

The public should understand that these are minimum standards. Please take time to read each one to understand all that goes into producing an effective working assistance dog.

Please note
A number of non-accredited assistance dog organizations and some individual private trainers may state that they work to the standards set by Assistance Dogs International or the International Guide Dog Federation. However, they have not been accredited and their work has not been subject to scrutiny by experienced accreditation assessors.

For information about the ADI accreditation process, visit the Accreditation page