International Assistance Dog Week

International Assistance Dog Week (IADW) was created to recognize all of the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping individuals mitigate their disability-related limitations.

Assistance dogs transform the lives of their human partners with debilitating physical and mental disabilities by serving as their companion, helper, aide, best friend, and close member of their family.

During International Assistance Dog Week, we recognize and honor the hardworking assistance dogs; raise awareness and educate the public about how these specially trained animals are aiding so many people in our communities; honor the puppy raisers and trainers of assistance dogs, and recognize heroic deeds performed by assistance dogs in our communities. The celebration takes place each year, starting on the first Sunday of August. This week, August 2-8, is International Assistance Dog Week.

International Assistance Dog Week was established due to the efforts of Marcie Davis, a paraplegic for over 35 years and CEO of Davis Innovations, a consulting firm based in Santa Fe, NM. Davis is the author of Working Like Dogs: The Service Dog Guidebook, a resource book that captures personal stories, checklists and practical tips to provide the reader with an A-Z guide about service dogs and she is the host of the Internet radio program, Working Like Dogs, at petliferadio.com. As a member of a service dog team, she founded Working Like Dogs to honor assistance dogs around the world and is sponsoring International Assistance Dog Week.

International Assistance Dog Week (IADW) was created over 10 years ago by Marcie Davis, author, radio host and CEO of her own consulting firm, and a paraplegic for over 35 years. She created IADW to recognize and honor the hardworking assistance dog, the puppy raisers, and trainers of assistance dogs as well as raise awareness and educate the public about how these specially trained animals are aiding so many people in our communities. Each year we recognize IADW the first week of August.

In honor of International Assistance Dog Week, ICAN’s accrediting umbrella, Assistance Dogs International (ADI), is celebrating with all its 133 member organizations, who believe that standards and ethics are the bedrock of the assistance dog industry.

Assistance Dogs International recognizes the assistance dog organizations behind this quality trained assistance dogs changing the lives of people with disabilities every day.

“For Assistance Dogs International members, standards lie at the heart of what we do,” shares Assistance Dogs International President Richard Lord. “Our members provide highly skilled and trained dogs who alleviate the impact of a person’s disability and the programs that adhere to those high standards.”

Assistance Dogs not only transform the lives of their human partners with physical and psychological disabilities by serving as their devoted assistant, but they support the family and benefit the whole community.

Join us in celebrating the hard work and superior bond of the assistance dog worldwide.