International Association of
Assistance Dog Partners

Other organizations of interest to the
Assistance Dog Field


The Delta Society

In the 1980's and 90's, the Delta Society achieved international prominence in pioneering the study of the human/animal bond. It no longer hosts an annual conference. It continues to foster the Delta Pet Partners program, offering this well respected home study course for those who want to do therapy work with animals. The website also has a number of good articles for those with an interest in therapy animals and service animals.

Contact Information


Delta Society
875 124th Ave NE, Ste 101
Bellevue, WA 98005-2531, USA
Main Line: (425) 679-5500 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. PST, Monday - Friday)
Fax: (425) 679-5539

The Assistance Dog Institute (TADI)

Bonnie Bergin, the founder of CCI, started the Assistance Dog Institute in 1992. She does innovative research on canine capabilities. She developed a personality matching system to improve team compatibility. In November 1996, she announced plans to license trainers to work with at-risk teens in high schools or community centers. Quite a few graduates of her service dog trainer education course have gone on to start their own programs. The Institute subsequently developed an Associates Degree program and a Masters Degree program in Canine Studies for those who want to specialize in a career in the assistance dog field.

Contact Information

Bonnie Bergin
Assistance Dog Institute
1215 Sebastopol Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95407

Phone: (707) 545-DOGS (3647)
Web: http://www.assistancedog.org

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