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IGDF Standards

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 Enquiry and Applicant organisations aspire, in order to ensure equity of high-quality service to guide dog users and handlers around the world.

It can take many years for a new organisation to achieve the required standards which will enable them to become an IGDF Member.  All member organisations are re-assessed on a 5-yearly basis to ensure that the standards are maintained before their ongoing accreditation is approved.

The standards themselves go into great detail and cover the following key areas:

Standard 1 – Applicant / Client selection

Standard 2 – Client and Guide Dog Team instruction and follow-up

Standard 3 – Technical Staff Education and Development

Standard 4 – Guide Dog Mobility Instructor (GDMI) Education Programme

Standard 5 – Humane care, training and treatment of Guide Dogs

Standard 6 – Breeding, puppy raising and veterinary care

Standard 7 – Guide dog assessment and training

Standard 8 – Kennel specifications

Standard 9 – Buildings and transport

Standard 10 – Administration

Should you wish to know more about any of these standards, please contact your ‘local’ IGDF member organisation who, alongside the IGDF, will be happy to assist.  A full copy of the IGDF Standards is available from the IGDF Office via email to  enquiries@igdf.org.uk

Your ‘local’ IGDF member organisation can be found by following the link Closest Guide Dog Provider or via the IGDF website Homepage.