Every dog lover knows the immense joy that dogs bring to our human lives. From helping us get out and exercise more to being a confidant when we’re having a bad day … they’re like a big smile with a waggy tail.
Want to get involved in Dogtober?
Say thank you to your own dog for all the joy they bring you by organising a fabulous ‘doggy day out’ for you and your dog: A trip to the beach, a walk in the woods or just a doggy play date with one of their best four-legged buddies – the choice is yours.
Make a donation of £5 to Dogs for Good and enable us to create more life-changing partnerships for disabled people through specially trained dogs. Let’s ensure that everyone has the chance to feel the benefit that dogs bring to our lives.
Your donation will enable us to help us train more assistance dogs to make a life-changing difference to more disabled people. https://www.dogsforgood.org/dogtober/
Communicating with your dog - how to strengthen your bond
At Dogs for Good, we know that extraordinary things happen when people and dogs come together; we see it with every life-changing partnership we create. We know that if you get it right for dogs, you get it right for people and it all starts with good, two-way communication. So, here are a few things to chew over and get you started.
https://www.dogsforgood.org/good-advice/how-to-improve-communication-with-your-dog/od, two-way communication.
Celebrate Assistance Dogs!
As we celebrate International Assistance Dog Week, Dogs for Good is proud to be an Accredited Member of Assistance Dogs International (ADI), the global authority in the assistance dog industry.
Founded in 1986, ADI fosters a collaborative global community dedicated to the highest standards of excellence for the assistance dog industry. This is a vital mission as we all strive to do everything possible to ensure the wellbeing of both people and dogs. Training assistance dogs is a time-consuming, complicated and highly skilled activity, particularly when any scale is involved. Nevertheless, few national governments have clear standards or regulate assistance dog training work, which is why ADI decided many years ago to do something about that to protect the interests of people and dogs. ADI has created a clear set of standards, agreed by the 190 member organisations and regularly reviewed, that ensure the needs of the dogs and the clients we support are met.
In past blogs we have explored the importance of getting things rights for the dog – building on the belief that a healthy and thriving dog will be a happy one. That involves ensuring the assistance dog has the right veterinary and welfare care and encouraging the dog to express itself and build a bond with a client based on an understanding of the needs of the dog.
Likewise, as a charity training assistance dog partnerships, we have a duty to ensure we create a supportive and safe environment for our clients to learn to live with their dog. The ADI standards create a brilliant framework for us to do that and cover all key areas including training, dog welfare and wellbeing, client support, administrative support and governance. Clients getting a dog from an accredited member of ADI can be assured that they will get the right support and training to ensure they can build a thriving partnership with their dog.
Creating the ADI standards is a consensus-driven process involving staff and volunteers from amongst our member organisations and other experts who bring other specific skills and knowledge that can inform the outcomes. These standards are translated into an assessor-led accreditation process that enables assistance dog organisations to prove that they are meeting the standards in all areas of their work. The ADI assessors’ group is made up of the most experienced assistance dog trainers in the world – all picked for their knowledge of every aspect of assistance dog training and support. Organisations that can prove to assessors during an accreditation visit that they meet the rigorous ADI standards are given accredited status for 5 years.
Being part of a high-quality and widely recognised international assistance dog network means we can share ideas and good practice and that helps every organisation to learn and become more effective and efficient. There is a huge amount of knowledge within the ADI membership and the global community is constantly sharing information and ideas that benefits every assistance dog client across the world. Over the years, as Dogs for Good has developed new services, we have benefited hugely from the experience of other organisations and likewise, we have been able to share what we have learnt, for example on training assistance dogs to support people with dementia and their carers, with other organisations so that ultimately more clients from across the world can benefit from having an assistance dog.
There is much to celebrate during International Assistance Dog Week, not least Dogs for Good’s pride in being part of ADI – a global community that is constantly striving to do everything possible to create great people/dog partnerships that are mutually beneficial.