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ADI Standards

ADI Standards have become the benchmarks to measure excellence in the Assistance Dog industry. Assistance Dog users trust their lives and safety to their dogs so everything related to the training of both the dogs and people must meet extraordinary criteria.

Compliance with these standards helps ensure that people with disabilities who are seeking a partnership with an Assistance Dog receives:

  • exceptional service from our accredited member program
  • a highly professionally trained assistance dog trained to mitigate their disability,
  • a comprehensive education about training and utilization of an assistance dog, and
  • a thorough understanding of all aspects of public access with an assistance dog.

The ADI Standards Committee works year round on the continued development of ADI Standards. The ADI Standards are continually evaluated to ensure they are up to date with current industry practices and remain focused on continuous improvement of the Assistance Dog industry.

Download the Summary of ADI Standards here

The ADI Standards are the basis for ADI’s Accreditation Survey process. This comprehensive process evaluates the quality of assistance dog programs, and determines if a program is meeting all the criteria and requirements that represent these standards. Once a program’s accreditation has been approved, programs must be renewed every five years.

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.

To learn more about the accreditation process, visit the Accreditation page.