Assistance Dogs International

Standards & Ethics

Dogs for the Deaf, Inc. is a member of Assistance Dogs International. The Assistance Dogs International Standards and Ethics Committee has developed minimum standards and ethics which all member programs must follow. This active committee updates existing standards and develops new ones. These standards are the backbone of the ADI accreditation and guide programs.

The public should understand that these are minimum standards. Please take the time to read each to understand all that goes into a working assistance dog.

Assistance Dogs in Public: guidelines on the public appropriateness, behavior and training expected of a dog working in the public. Click HERE for a print friendly copy of these guidelines.

Clients: guidelines for the rights of clients partnered with an Assistance Dog and the rights of the community as understood by ADI. Click HERE for a print friendly copy of these guidelines.

Dog: guidelines for the standards and ethics regarding the training and placing of Assistance Dogs. Click HERE for a print friendly copy of these guidelines.

Dog Partners: responsibilities of a person partnered with an Assistance Dog. Click HERE for a print friendly copy of these guidelines.

Guide Dogs: guidelines for the minimum training standards for a Guide Dog. Click HERE for a print friendly copy of these guidelines.

Hearing Dogs: guidelines for the minimum training standards for a Hearing Dog. Click HERE for a print friendly copy of these guidelines.

Service Dogs: guidelines for the minimum training standards for a Service Dog. Click HERE for a print friendly copy of these guidelines.

Facility Dogs: training standards for facility dogs. Click HERE for a print friendly copy of these guidelines.

Programs: standards for all member programs. Click HERE for a print friendly copy of these guidelines.

Trainers: minimum guidelines for Trainers. Trainers are encouraged to achieve a much higher level. Click HERE for a print friendly copy of these guidelines.

Visit the Assistance Dogs International website for more information.

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