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2016: Leashes 4 Life Clairemont Family Day

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This interactive event invites the public to see service dogs in action and learn about their invaluable skills. Leashes 4 Life Assistance dogs-in-training will be performing commands as the trainers explain the many things service animals can do for their disabled partners. Information about our program, training methods, and International Assistance Dog Week (IADW) will be available.
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2016: Royal Society for the Blind Celebrates International Assistance Dog Week

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Royal Society for the Blind will be celebrating International Assistance Dog Week by having a stall set up in Rundle Mall on August 10th.

We will have a puppy pen so you can come and meet our amazing RSB Guide and Assistance Dog Puppies in training! We will also be giving demonstrations with some of the older dogs in training.

It is a free event and everyone is welcome to come and say hi and receive some more information on these wonderful dogs!
More Info: email Morgan on or visit

2016: Hawaii Fi-Do Service Dogs will Offer a Free Informational Workshop as part of International Assistance Dog

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To kick off International Assistance Dog Week (August 7-13), Hawaii Fi-Do Service Dogs will be having a free informational workshop on Saturday, August 6 at 11 a.m. at the center stage at Windward Mall.

The workshop’s topics will include the differences between service dogs versus therapy dogs, what businesses can do with customers who bring their alleged service dogs, and Q&A from the audience. Numerous working teams and puppy raisers will be at the mall, handing out information on service dogs and the laws.

International Assistance Dog Week was created to recognize all the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping individuals mitigate their disability-related limitations.  In addition to honoring assistance dogs during their special week, one of the goals is to raise awareness about these very special and highly-trained canines.

“It is important to raise awareness and educate the public about how these specially trained animals are aiding so many people in our communities; and that we honor the puppy raisers and trainers of assistance dogs,” said Jim Kennedy, executive director of Hawaii Fi-Do.

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

Hawaii Fi-Do Service Dogs, a nationally accredited program, is a nonprofit organization that trains and certifies service dogs for people with disabilities other than blindness, educates the community on awareness and rights of working dog teams, and offers the unique “Youth at Risk” programs on Oahu. For more information on Hawaii Fi-Do, visit
More Info: Phone: 808 638-0200

Fake Assistance Dogs Cause Legitimate Harm

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Trained assistance dog teams line up, each person with their trained canine partner

International Assistance Dog Week and Assistance Dogs International plea:
Don’t be a part of the problem. Fraudulent service dogs create serious issues.

July 24, 2016 | Santa Fe, NM and New South Wales, Australia—As more and more people with disabilities are paired with assistance dogs to help them lead more independent and productive lives, service dog teams are becoming an increasingly familiar sight in public places around the world. But how many of these dogs are just pets in vests?

This year during International Assistance Dog Week (IADW), August 2-8, assistance dog training groups around the world, including the members of Assistance Dogs International, a coalition of not-for-profit assistance dog organizations setting standards for the industry, are holding events and doing outreach to educate and raise awareness about the harm being caused by untrained pets posing as service dogs.

When these fake service dogs behave badly, people who truly need assistance dogs can face added discrimination and lose access to public places, both violations of anti-discrimination legislation. Recently, more and more legitimate partners of accredited service dogs have been asked to leave businesses, being told that it is because the shop or restaurant has had so many people try to pass off their unruly pets as accredited service dogs, they now suspect all dogs as fakes.

President of Assistance Dogs International, Richard Lord, from Australia, says that many member organizations have reported that fake service dogs have increased dramatically within the last few years. “A major part of the problem is with online sales of service dog jackets and service dog certifications and ID cards,” Lord explains.

Easy access to cards and vests just adds to the ease of committing fraud. The fact that very few countries have national laws around the proper use of a service dog makes prosecution of fraudsters very difficult.

“I understand people love their dogs and don’t want to leave them at home,” says Marcie Davis, Founder of International Assistance Dog Week. “But they don’t realize that pretending their pet is an assistance dog can be harmful to people like me who depend on a service dogs for essential daily tasks at work, in public, and at home.”

Complicating matters in some countries for businesses concerned about the legitimacy of a purported service dog is that only limited inquiries are allowed, according to standards such as the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Under that act there are two questions that staff may ask: (1) is the dog a service animal required because of a disability? And, (2) what work or task has the dog been trained to perform. A business also has the right to ask a person to remove their dog if its behavior is out of control or a threat to others.

Service dogs are more than a vest purchased for a few dollars online. They require years of expert training to perform specific commands and provide calm, reliable assistance to people with disabilities, including veterans and first responders injured while fighting for their country or supporting their community.

Don’t let anyone be denied the benefits of a trained service dog when they truly need them. Help us expose service dog fraud and stop the discrimination it can cause.

When looking for an assistance dog we recommend that you deal with an organization accredited by Assistance Dogs International or the government accreditation body in your country. Please report fake assistance dogs to your local authorities.

Help us celebrate the hard work and devotion assistance dogs provide to their partners by participating in International Assistance Dog Week. Visit for more information.

Contacts: Marcie Davis, or 505-424-6631
Richard Lord, or +61 1800 688 364

International Assistance Dog Week (IADW) was created to recognize all the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping individuals mitigate their disability-related limitations. During International Assistance Dog Week, we raise awareness and educate the public about how these specially trained animals are aiding so many people in our communities and honor puppy raisers and trainers. IADW was established due to the efforts of Marcie Davis, a paraplegic 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,” and the host of the “Working Like Dogs,” on

Assistance Dogs International (ADI) is a coalition of not for profit assistance dog organizations and an IADW partner. The purpose of ADI is to improve the areas of training, placement, and utilization of assistance dogs, staff and volunteer education, as well as educating the public about assistance dogs, and advocating for the legal rights of people with disabilities partnered with assistance dogs. ADI has a comprehensive accreditation system and members have to be regularly assessed to ensure they meet the high standards expected of assistance dog programs.

2015: International Assistance Dog Week – Public Open House

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 Do you like dogs and are amazed at what they can do? Do you believe dogs can be the best therapy? Join Us! Come see how assistance dogs help people with disabilities or hearing loss live more independent lives. Demonstrations! Well trained Fidos Therapy Dogs will be on hand to give affection and social interaction – come pet our dogs! For more than 25 years, Fidos For Freedom has increased the quality of life and provided companionship to people in our Baltimore-Washington community through specially trained service dogs, hearing dogs, and therapy dogs. Light refreshments will be served. Note: Assistance dogs and certified Fidos Therapy Dogs are welcome. Otherwise, we politely ask you leave your pet dogs at home.

It’s a FREE event!
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2015: Celebrate Assistance Dogs

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K9s 4 Mobility will have a table of information at the Cheyenne Dog Food Company all week, during International Assistance Dog Week. There will also be Assistance Dog Partnerships for the public to meet and visit with from 4:30 – 6 pm.
Come learn all about Assistance Dogs and how they make a difference!
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2015: Service Dog Information Session

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Handi-Dogs will be hosting a free information session for people with chronic health conditions or disabilities to learn how they might train their dog to help them improve their quality of life. Learn what tasks a dog can be trained to do to help a person with partial or full hearing loss, diabetes, M.S., Parkinsons, mobility challenges, PTSD, or other physical or psychological health concerns. Learn how to assess if your dog might be appropriate to train to assist you or a loved one. Handi-Dogs offers both training for service dogs which qualify for public access rights and for in-home assistance work. This session is for PEOPLE ONLY (trained service dogs welcome). RSVP for this free event to or . More Info:

2015: Handi-Dogs, Inc. Service Dog Graduation Ceremony

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Join the celebration as we honor our newest teams that became Handi-Dogs Certified Service Dogs. Meet the dogs and hear from their people how these dogs are transforming their lives. The ceremony will be from 5:30 – 6:00 pm followed by an ice cream social. Service dogs and their handlers may also participate in some fun games with their dogs.  For PEOPLE ONLY, trained service dogs welcome. RSVP to 520-326-3412 or
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2015: Mutts With A Mission Veteran Service Dog Fundraiser

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Raffle/Auction to help Veterans get service dogs.

Mutts With A Mission is a non-profit organization that trains qualified dogs owned by approved Veterans as service dogs that assist with disabilities such as PTSD, mobility limitations, seizure disorders and TBI’s (traumatic brain injuiries).

I know from personal experience that the wait list for a service dog through organizations that do an exceptional job at training and placing assistance dogs with Veterans, can be 2-5 years long. The tremendous amount of Veterans in need of these life-changing canines far outweighs the availability of working dogs.

It took five long and stressful years to get my successor service dog in training and with the help of founder Brooke Corson (USA,Ret), we are on our way, but after all that I’ve been through I know that there are other Veterans going through the same thing and I am determined to use my experience to do something to help them.

Please join us in assisting Veterans in need of service dogs by purchasing a $5 raffle ticket at Prizes include gift cards from Outback Steakhouse, The Cheesecake Factory, Drs. Foster and Smith and more. The auction will be incredible with a golf club package, memorabilia posters from The Kennedy Center and our special auction item- a night on the town with Russell Davis from Spike TV’s ‘Bar Rescue.’

More Info: You can see more about our prizes and bid items at
Also we are on facebook at

Get a Kurgo Discount, Help IADW

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Get a 20% off deal on Kurgo dog products while helping IADW 2015

Once again this year, Kurgo is offering International Assistance Dog Week supporters a coupon code they can use to shop at

By using the 20% off coupon code, DogWeek15, you’ll not only get a great discount, you’ll help support IADW. A portion of the proceeds from purchases made with the special IADW coupon code will be donated to International Assistance Dog Week.

A company who is committed to providing high-quality dog products, Kurgo also is committed to social responsibility. Over the past few years Kurgo Products has been making donations to nonprofit organizations around the country. These charities are working hard to give humans and pets alike, a positive chance at life.

Kurgo’s mission is to help dogs and their owners get out and enjoy an active lifestyle together. This ambition has guided them to develop award-winning products that make this simple joy in life effortlessly fun.
Many of the Kurgo products are designed for dogs and humans on the go, and make traveling with you in your car or van safer and more convenient. They also have pet bowls, collars, dog beds and so much more.

Check out the Kurgo products at, use the coupon code and get 20% off your purchase while helping to support IADW.

Please share this information with all your friends on your websites and Facebook. Thanks for helping to support IADW!