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:
There are guidelines on the public appropriateness, behavior and training expected of a dog working in public places.
These are intended to be minimum standards for all Assistance Dog programs that are members or candidates of ADI. All programs are encouraged to work at levels above the minimums.
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.
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.
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.
In keeping with our purpose of helping people with disabilities achieve greater independence and improve the quality of their lives, the member organizations of ADI believe the following ethical criteria are essential to ensure that this mandate is reasonably and responsibly met.
The Assistance Dog partners will agree to the following partner responsibilities:
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.
These are intended to be minimum standards for all Assistance Dog programs that want to be affiliated with ADI. All Trainers are encouraged to work at levels above the minimum.
The assistance dog partners will agree to the following partner responsibilities:
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