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IGDF Standards

The International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF) is the industry-elected body responsible for the development, monitoring and evaluation of the standards applied within all IGDF-member organisations, and to which all Enquiring and Applicant organisations aspire, in order to ensure equity of high-quality service to guide dog users and Handlers around the world.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update from IGDF Chair, Paul Metcalf


The IGDF Board has continued to monitor the international situation regarding the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

You will be aware that Covid-19 continues to spread, with more cases being reported each day.  This outbreak is already having a serious impact on international travel and business continuity, in addition to the real risks to human health.

It is with this escalating situation in mind that the IGDF Board, along with the Planning Committee of the Breeders Workshop and Mathilda Guide Dogs, has made the decision to postpone the 2020 IGDF Seminar and Breeders Workshop, due to be held in Prague in May.

I and my colleagues on the IGDF Board are continuing to work with our colleagues at Mathilda Guide Dogs, and the Planning Committee to secure a new date for the Seminar and to minimise the financial impact of the postponement on all concerned.

Further information will be posted here and emailed to all member, affiliate, applicant and enquiring organisations as it becomes available.



COVID -19 and animals - Latest advice from the WSAVA

The latest scientific information about COVID-19 and animals can be found at the following link:


26 March 2020


Would a Guide Dog Help Me?

There are approximately 90 IGDF member organisations around the world. Contact a Guide Dog organisation that services your area by following the links on this website and speak to them about how a Guide Dog can help you. You do not have to be totally blind to benefit from  a Guide Dog.

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