The health and wellbeing of our dogs is at the heart of all we do. It is a key guiding principle for our work and one of the charity’s stated core values.

We have a responsibility to the dogs in our care, the people they support and the communities in which we operate to ensure that our dogs are healthy and enjoy high standards of care and wellbeing. We will never compromise the welfare of our dogs.

We have clear policies, procedures and standards of practice to ensure the health and wellbeing of our dogs, including those in the day to day care of our representatives (ie staff, clients and volunteers). This includes health and veterinary support; physical care; our breeding, socialisation and training programmes; the placement of dogs; working practices; safety and security; and retirement.

We regularly monitor all the dogs in our care, making timely interventions where veterinary support or treatment is required and make decisions about the dog’s home and working life based on their individual health and wellbeing needs.

We also play an active role in championing standards of good practice more widely in our relevant fields, sharing best practice to ensure continued learning and improvement.

Dogs for Good is an accredited assistance dog provider and therefore, as a minimum, conforms to the standards of practice of Assistance Dogs International (ADI). It is also a founder member of Animal Assisted Intervention International (AAII) and therefore supports and upholds AAII’s global standards of practice.

Dogs for Good also has ‘Assured Breeder’ status from the Kennel Club.