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IGDF Standards

The International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF) is the industry-elected body responsible for the development, monitoring and evaluation of the standards applied within all IGDF-member organisations, and to which all Enquiry and Applicant organisations aspire, in order to ensure equity of high-quality service to guide dog users and Handlers around the world.


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History of Guide Dogs

Man's domestication of dogs coincides with the evolution of early breeds of dogs about 150,000 years ago.  The first special relationship between a dog and a blind person is lost in the mists of time, but perhaps the earliest recorded example is depicted in a first-century AD mural in the buried ruins of Roman Herculaneum.

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Would a Guide Dog Help Me?

There are approximately 90 IGDF member organisations around the world. Contact a Guide Dog organisation that services your area by following the links on this website and speak to them about how a Guide Dog can help you. You do not have to be totally blind to benefit from  a Guide Dog.

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