For most of recorded history, pets have been part of our daily lives. From the start, especially dogs offered much more than just furry companionship. They are said to be man’s best friends for a reason.
Active role in society
Over time, dogs have proven themselves to be keen guards and competent helpers. When trained as service dogs, they can have a life-changing impact on people in need. Dogs offer affection, contribute to physical mobility and mental stability and – in the case of the more sizeable ones – watch over you and your loved ones. Quick to learn and eager to please, dogs have won their place in our society. We rely on their expert help in police, rescue and border patrol operations, but closer to home some dogs can have an even bigger impact. Beyond protection and partnership, service dogs allow their owners to regain their independence.
Seventy individual skills
Having made it through a careful selection process, aspirant service dogs have to complete a 20-month professional training programme, learning up to seventy individual skills, before they are assigned to assist in medical or therapeutic care. Hulphond Nederland is one of the organizations that takes on the specialist training of service dogs. The foundation provides service dogs to a variety of clients and institutions and does so free of charge. Hulphond Nederland relies on donations and sponsor contracts from commercial organizations.
At IQI, we value the role pets play in our society. For children, the elderly and everyone in between, pets should be a part of everyday life. To bring the benefits of a service dog within reach of more people in need, and actively support the good work of Hulphond Nederland, we have adopted an aspirant service dog of our own and are committed to foot the bill for its training and education programme.
Regardless of what our puppy grows up to be (helping aid, seizure dog, PTSD dog or therapy dog), we are convinced that he will offer his future owner many social benefits. With a service dog as a companion, people in need become more independent and socially active. With a loyal friend by their side, they are finally able to (re)gain an active role in society.
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