Press release: Gyms For Dogs
Gyms For Dogs, a leading outfitter of intelligently designed dog exercise and agility products, recently donated play, agility and strength-conditioning equipment to Southeastern Guide Dogs through its Doggie Adventure Park grant program. Located in Palmetto, Florida, Southeastern Guide Dogs provides elite working dogs to people with vision loss, veterans with disabilities and children with significant challenges. The grant provided play and exercise equipment for the nonprofit’s Student Fitness & Recreation Center, Canine Fitness Center and Puppy Academy to help prepare the four-legged superheroes for their future handlers.
“We’ve seen time and time again that regular, meaningful exercise improves health and helps build better connections,” said John Sarver, founder of Gyms For Dogs. “We are proud to provide Southeastern Guide Dogs with our play and exercise equipment – and all the benefits that come with it. Our equipment is designed to challenge and increase the interaction and bonding experience between the dogs and their owners, so this is a perfect fit for our grant program’s goal of helping those who are doing great work.”
In a training environment, dog park and agility equipment improve the physical and mental capabilities of service dogs, so that they may lead longer, healthier lives alongside their handlers. Training dogs by using physical challenges and mental exercises helps deepen the relationship and strengthen the bond with their owners or trainers, while increasing obedience behaviors, responsiveness, confidence and socialization.
“At Southeastern Guide Dogs, we train the Olympic athletes of the canine world,” said Titus Herman, CEO of Southeastern Guide Dogs. “Our canine fitness program is designed to improve the mental and physical capabilities of our dogs, and in turn, extend their working careers. We are thrilled to have Gyms For Dogs as a partner to help us achieve these goals.”
Gyms For Dogs supplies quality commercial equipment and Made in the USA dog park products that utilize the best materials to deliver the highest quality dog play, exercise, and agility equipment on the market. The company develops sustainable, intelligently designed equipment and other supplies needed for dog parks, veterinary clinics, kennels, public parks, doggie daycare centers, animal sanctuaries, HOA’s, municipalities, multi-family and single-family housing, zoo parks and much more. Through their Doggie Adventure Park grant program, Gyms For Dogs can help entities who enrich the lives of dogs.
Southeastern Guide Dogs transforms lives by creating and nurturing extraordinary partnerships between people and dogs. Our organization operates the most advanced training facilities of any service dog organization in the world. Our experts breed, raise, and train elite working dogs—including guide dogs, service dogs, and skilled companion dogs—and provide life-changing services for people with vision loss, veterans with disabilities, and children with significant challenges such as vision loss or the loss of a parent in the military. Southeastern Guide Dogs has successfully created thousands of guide dog and service dog teams throughout the United States since our inception in 1982, and currently oversees the wellbeing of over 1,200 puppies and dogs.
All of the services—which include state-of-the-art research on canine health and development; selective breeding; expert dog training; comprehensive on-campus student instruction; and the most robust alumni support program in North America — are provided at no cost to our clients. The company relies 100 percent on private donations. Southeastern Guide Dogs has the distinction of being dually accredited by the two premier, global accreditation bodies: the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International.