Anxiety service dog: How to find a reputable trainer

Are you looking for an anxiety service dog? And a reputable trainer? This article will show you how to find he right trainer and the right dog for you.

​Anxiety service dog quality standards

The best place to start is with Assistance Dogs International (ADI).  ADI evaluates trainers worldwide, and makes sure that trainers meet high quality standards in these areas:

  • Safety and cleanliness of the training facility
  • Fair and ethical treatment of clients
  • Proper health care for the dogs
  • Humane training methods for the dogs
  • Criteria for screening suitability of both dogs and clients
  • Criteria for matching dogs and clients
  • Criteria for administration of all program operations
  • Compliance with all legal regulations

When looking for trainers, make sure they are accredited by ADI. This means ADI has put their stamp of approval on that particular training facility.

Another good organization similar to ADI is the International Association of Assistance Dog Partners (IAADP). For this article, we'll show you ADI's easy-to-use trainer locator tool.

​Anxiety service dog locator tools 

To find a trainer, go to ADI's Locator Search Tool and click on your location. Click on a region of the map below.

anxiety service dog locator

Then go to your particular location to see a list of trainers and facilities.

anxiety service dog locator

You'll then see a list of trainers in your area. There are many trainers with many different specialities.

There are many types of assistance dogs:

  • Guide Dogs – for the blind and the visually impaired
  • Hearing Dogs – for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Service Dogs – for people with special needs such as anxiety, PTSD, autism, diabetes, seizures, and much more.

When you search for trainers, look in the Other Information section for "therapy dogs" (as shown in the image below). The trainers who train "therapy dogs" are the ones you'll want to contact for more information. When you contact them, tell them about your specific needs, and ask about their specific programs for anxiety service dogs.

anxiety service dog therapy

Here's an example of an anxiety service dog at work.

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