Casino opens doors to training dogs

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Courtesy Gun Lake Casino

Gun Lake Casino is partnering with Paws With A Cause to allow assistance dogs in training on the casino floor.

Six to eight assistance dogs will be able to walk throughout the casino with a Paws With A Cause trainer to become acclimated to the sights, sounds and environment of the casino once per month. Handlers also will train the dogs for a specific person.

“We are thrilled to provide such a special opportunity to Paws With A Cause,” said Gun Lake Casino Vice President and General Manager Jose Flores. “Our extraordinary environment will only benefit these dogs and their future clients as they experience our unique lighting and sounds. Venues like ours are potential stops for these dogs once they move on from training and are out in the community.”

Once they graduate from training, the dogs will be certified and can serve individuals with physical disabilities, epilepsy and children with autism.

“Allowing our assistance dogs unique training time in an environment full of unfamiliar sights, smells and sounds is critical for their success,” said Michele Suchovsky, CEO of Paws With A Cause. “Gun Lake Casino is the first business of its kind to offer an opportunity like this for our dogs and trainers. We are thrilled to work with a community partner dedicated to making a direct impact on the lives of people with disabilities.”

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