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Guide Dog Foundation, America’s VetDogs Partner with Pet Qwerks

Pet Age Staff//September 27, 2019//

Guide Dog Foundation, America’s VetDogs Partner with Pet Qwerks

Pet Age Staff //September 27, 2019//

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Press release: Pet Qwerks

The goal of this partnership is to further the noble mission of both organizations by providing rewards and comfort for the dogs. The dogs that are a part of these programs are highly intelligent and wired to perform their tasks flawlessly. They require and deserve rewards and entertainment that help to relieve stress and help them relax after a day of working.

The Guide Dog Foundation and its sister organization, America’s VetDogs, chose Pet Qwerks as a preferred supplier of toys and chews. These organizations were created to provide enhanced mobility and renewed independence to people who are blind or have low vision, veterans, active-duty service members and first responders with disabilities, with the goal of allowing each recipient to once again live with pride and self-reliance.

“We’re thrilled to have this ongoing relationship with PetQwerks,” says John Miller, president and CEO, Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs, “Thanks to their generous donation of bones, all of our dogs in our care, from puppies and moms in the nursery to working assistance dogs, have a reliable and safe bone to relieve stress and relax after a day of work.”

Every assistance dog has been individually trained to perform specific tasks for their owners, all whom have disabilities. The disabilities vary significantly, as do the tasks the dogs take on. For example, guide dogs learn how to lead a person in a straight line, find and follow a clear path, maneuver around obstacles (both on the ground and overhead) and stop at changes in elevation, such as curbs and stairs. Service dogs can be trained to provide balance, retrieve dropped items, interrupt nightmares, open and close doors, turn on and off lights, carry a backpack and much more.