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Service Dog Training

ADI MINIMUM STANDARDS REQUIRMENTS

Patriot PAWS is Meeting & EXCEEDING the Assistance Dog International Requirements

 

MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR TRAINING SERVICE DOGS

These are intended to be minimum standards for all assistance dog programs that are members or provisional members with ADI. All programs are encouraged to work at levels above the minimums.

1. The service dog must respond to commands (basic obedience and skilled tasks) from the client 90% of the time on the first ask in all public and home environments.

2. The service dog should demonstrate basic obedience skills by responding to voice and/or hand signals for sitting, staying in place, lying down, walking in a controlled position near the client and coming to the client when called.

3. The service dog must meet all of the standards as laid out in the minimum standards for Assistance Dogs in Public and should be equally well behaved in the home.

4. The service dog must be trained to perform at least 3 tasks to mitigate the client’s disability

5. The client must be provided with enough instruction to be able to meet the ADI Minimum Standards for Assistance Dogs in Public. The client must be able to demonstrate:

  • That their dog can perform at least 3 tasks.
  • Knowledge of acceptable training techniques.
  • An understanding of canine care and health.
  • The ability to maintain training, problem solve, and continue to train/add new skills (as required) with their service dog.
  • Knowledge of local access laws and appropriate public behavior.

6. The assistance dog program must document monthly follow ups with clients for the first 6 months following placement. Personal contact will be done by qualified staff or program volunteer within 12 months of graduation and annually thereafter.

7. Identification of the service dog will be accomplished with the laminated ID card with a photo(s) and names of the dog and partner. In public the dog must wear a cape, harness, backpack, or other similar piece of equipment or clothing with a logo that is clear and easy to read and identifiable as assistance dogs.

8. The program staff must demonstrate knowledge of the client’s disabilities in relation to the services they provide. The program shall make available to staff and volunteers educational material on different disabilities.

9. The client must abide by the ADI Minimum Standards of Assistance Dog Partners. Prior to placement every service dog must meet the ADI Standards and Ethics Regarding Dogs, be spayed/neutered and have current vaccination certificates as determined by their veterinarian and applicable laws. It is the program’s responsibility to inform the client of any special health or maintenance care requirements for each dog.

 

MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR PROGRAMS

Member organizations of ADI believe that the following tenets are necessary to ensure that the member organizations will continue to produce a quality product and to protect applicants, students and graduates from feeling exploited or demeaned.

1. Any individual staff member or program volunteer working with dogs and/or clients that requires specialized people/canine skills must have:

  • An affinity for people and excellent communication skills.
  • Canine knowledge and training experience that ensures established training and client standards can be met by the member organization.

2. Policies and procedures are followed to ensure that the member organization will be able to maintain established standards of service to people with disabilities through their application/student/graduate selection, training and team matching methods.
3. All Board members of ADI member organizations must receive orientation and be provided with appropriate educational materials about their respective programs. The materials should include but not be limited to the following:

  • History of Assistance Dogs and the history of their respective programs.
  • ADI’s established Standards and Ethics.
  • Board of Director responsibilities such as financial management, resource identification, solicitation and fund-raising.
  • Ongoing Programs and Services and long range planning.

4. Member organizations recognize the community has a right to receive information concerning ADI program Standards and Ethics.

Member organizations recognize the community has a right to receive education on the benefits received by a person with a disability through the use of an Assistance Dog.

 

MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR FACILITY DOGS

These are intended to be minimum standards for all assistance dog programs that are members or provisional members with ADI. All programs are encouraged to work at levels above the minimums.

1. The facility dog must respond to commands (basic obedience and skilled tasks) from the facilitator 90% of the time on the first ask in all public and home environments.

2. The facility dog should demonstrate basic obedience skills by responding to voice and/or hand signals for sitting, staying in place, lying down, walking in a controlled position near the facilitator and coming to the facilitator when called.

3. The facility dog must meet all of the standards as laid out in the minimum standards for Assistance Dogs in Public and should be equally well behaved in the home.

4. The facility dog must be partnered with a working professional facilitator and skilled at maintaining a calm manner and good social behavior in a variety of environments. They must also be accustomed to interacting with different types of people including those with physical and/or developmental disabilities.

5. The facilitator must be provided with enough instruction to be able to meet the ADI Minimum Standards for Assistance Dogs in Public. The facilitator must be able to demonstrate:

  • That their dog can remain calm and display good social behavior while interacting with a variety of people in different environments.
  • Knowledge of acceptable training techniques.
  • An understanding of canine care and health.
  • The ability to maintain training, problem solve, and continue to train/add new skills (as required) with their facility dog.
  • An understanding of how to use the dog in canine assisted interventions.
  • Knowledge of local access laws and appropriate public behavior.

6. The assistance dog program must document monthly follow ups with facilitators for the first 6 months following placement. Personal contact will be done by qualified staff or program volunteer within 12 months of graduation and annually thereafter.

7. Identification of the facility dog will be accomplished with the laminated ID card with a photo(s) and names of the dog and partner. In public the dog must wear a cape, harness, backpack, or other similar piece of equipment or clothing with a logo that is clear and easy to read and identifiable as assistance dogs.

8. The program staff must demonstrate knowledge of the clients’ needs in the facility in relation to the services they provide. The program shall make available to staff and volunteers educational material on the needs of the clients in the facility.

9. The facilitator must abide by the ADI Minimum Standards of Assistance Dog Partners.

10. Prior to placement every facility dog must meet the ADI Standards and Ethics Regarding Dogs, be spayed/neutered and have current vaccination certificates as determined by their veterinarian and applicable laws. It is the program’s responsibility to inform the facilitator of any special health or maintenance care requirements for each dog.

Program Staff and trained professional program volunteers can use program dogs in facilities to participate in canine assisted interventions. These dogs may be dogs in advanced training, breeding dogs (when not in estrous) and younger pups.

 

MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR ASSISTANCE DOGS IN PUBLIC

These are intended to be minimum standards for all assistance dog programs that are members or provisional members with ADI. All programs are encouraged to work at levels above the minimums.

1. Public appropriateness

  • Dog is clean, well-groomed and does not have an offensive odor.
  • Dog does not urinate or defecate in inappropriate locations.

2. Behavior
Dog does not solicit attention, visit or annoy any member of the general public.
Dog does not disrupt the normal course of business.
Dog does not vocalize unnecessarily, i.e. barking, growling or whining.
Dog shows no aggression towards people or other animals.
Dog does not solicit or steal food or other items from the general public.

3. Training
Dog is specifically trained to perform 3 or more tasks to mitigate aspects of the client’s disability.
Dog works calmly and quietly on harness, leash or other tether.
Dog is able to perform its tasks in public.
Dog must be able to lie quietly beside the handler without blocking aisles, doorways, etc.
Dog is trained to urinate and defecate on command.

Dog stays within 24″ of its handler at all times unless the nature of a trained task requires it to be working at a greater distance.

 

MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR ASSISTANCE DOG PARTNERS

The assistance dog partners will agree to the following partner responsibilities:

1. Treat the dog with appreciation and respect.

2. Practice obedience regularly.

3. Practice the dog’s skills regularly.

4. Maintain the dog’s proper behavior in public and at home.

5. Carry proper identification and be aware of all applicable laws pertaining to assistance dogs.

6. Keep the dog well groomed and well cared for.

7. Practice preventative health care for the dog.

8. Obtain annual health checks and vaccinations for the dog.

9. Abide by all leash and license laws.

10. Follow the training program’s requirements for progress reports and medical evaluations.

Arrange for the prompt clean up of dog’s waste.

 

STANDARDS & ETHICS REGARDING DOGS

ADI also believes that any dog the member organizations trains to become an Assistance Dog has a right to a quality life. Therefore, the ethical use of an Assistance Dog must incorporate the following criteria.

1. An Assistance Dog must be temperamentally screened for emotional soundness and working ability.

2. An Assistance Dog must be physically screened for the highest degree of good health and physical soundness.

3. An Assistance Dog must be technically and analytically trained for maximum control and for the specialized tasks he/she is asked to perform.

4. An Assistance Dog must be trained using humane training methods providing for the physical and emotional safety of the dog.

5. An Assistance Dog must be permitted to learn at his/her own individual pace and not be placed in service before reaching adequate physical and emotional maturity.

6. An Assistance Dog must be matched to best suit the client’s needs, abilities and lifestyle.

7. An Assistance Dog must be placed with a client able to interact with him/her.

8. An Assistance Dog must be placed with a client able to provide for the dog’s emotional, physical and financial needs.

9. An Assistance Dog must be placed with a client able to provide a stable and secure living environment.

10. An Assistance Dog must be placed with a client who expresses a desire for increased independence and/or an improvement in the quality of his/her life through the use of an Assistance Dog.

11. An ADI member organization will accept responsibility for its dogs in the event of a graduate’s death or incapacity to provide proper care.

An ADI member organization will not train, place, or certify dogs with any aggressive behavior. An assistance dog may not be trained in any way for guard or protection duty. Non-aggressive barking as a trained behavior will be acceptable in appropriate situations.