Signal Boost: International Assistance Dog Week

Today is the first day of International Assistance Dog Week (IADW). According to the official site,

IADW was created to recognize all the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping individuals mitigate their disability related limitations.

The goals of IADW are to:

  • Recognize and honor assistance dogs
  • Raise awareness and educate the public about assistance dogs
  • Honor puppy raisers and trainers
  • Recognize heroic deeds performed by assistance dogs in our communities

The site includes materials you can download and print out to advertise your IADW event, as well as a listing of some of the events taking place, and awards and prizes for those organizing events. There is also a Facebook page for IADW.

I would like to do something for IADW, but I don’t think I’ll be able to, aside from blogging about assistance dog issues (which I do every week anyway!). I might attempt a showing of Gadget’s video at my town’s Old Home Day, which is August 20, with possibly some Barnum demos, if he can keep his head about him, which is very much up for grabs! However, I’d love to hear what others are doing.

So, my fellow dog lovers, assistance dog partners, trainers, and puppy raisers, what are you doing for IADW? Are you participating in, attending, or organizing an event? Post the info  in the comments!

Happy Assistance Dog Week, everyone!

– Sharon, the muses of Jersey (my first assistance dog), Gadget (my best assistance dog), and Barnum, future assistance dog of America!

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1 Response to “Signal Boost: International Assistance Dog Week”


  1. 1 IVY FAHRER August 7, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    JUST LOOKING AROUND FOR EVENTS CELEBRATING ASSISTANCE DOG WEEK…….AND HAVEN’T FOUND MUCH……………..IF ANYONE KNOWS OF EVENTS HAPPENING AROUND THE NY TRI-STATE AREA,PLEASE GIVE US A HEADS UP
    THANKS


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