Useful Links

Why These Links?

The Diabetes Alert Dog Alliance acknowledges the organizations linked on this page as being aligned with the Alliance’s own mission to enhance the education, research, and ethical practices of breeding or training medical alert dogs.

Penn Vet Working Dog Center

The Diabetes Alert Dog Alliance is proud to be working with the Penn Vet Working Dog Center in Philadelphia, PA.

The Mission of the center is to:

  • Serve as a consortium to unite programs that employ detection dogs to benefit society throughout the US and around the world.
  • Collect and analyze genetic, behavioral and physical data; and integrates the latest scientific information in order to optimize the success and well-being of detection dogs.
  • Prepare for future demands and facilitate research by developing a detection dog breeding/training program that will implement, test, and disseminate the knowledge gained.

Orthopedic Foundation for Animals

The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) is especially helpful for its comprehensive database of health statistics and genetic screenings.

The Mission of the OFA is to promote the health and welfare of companion animals through a reduction in the incidence of genetic disease

The OFA is guided by the following four specific objectives:

  • To collate and disseminate information concerning orthopedic and genetic diseases of animals.
  • To advise, encourage and establish control programs to lower the incidence of orthopedic and genetic diseases.
  • To encourage and finance research in orthopedic and genetic disease in animals.
  • To receive funds and make grants to carry out these objectives.

AKC’s Canine Good Citizen Tests

The training of an all-access service dog starts with the elements found in the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen tests. All dogs can benefit from learning and displaying the polite behavior and good manners that these tests assess.

UKC Breed Standards

The United Kennel Club is a valuable resource on breed information. The groups the dog breeds belong to differ slightly from other registries’ groups. The UKC also recognizes many newer breeds and rare breeds long before other registries do.

As in other registries, dog owners may compete in conformation with their purebred dogs. All dogs, including mixed breeds, may compete in performance events like agility, obedience, rally and barn hunt.