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New doggie gym offers Fido a chance for fitness

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 01:59

If your pup is bored with the dog park, doggie daycare or canine spa - now there's a new option for your favorite pooch - a doggie gym. Jennifer Davis reports.

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TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~*NONE**~ You're working out on a treadmill these days, so why can't your dog? That's the idea behind a new business in Alexandria, Virginia. Frolick Dogs, a canine sports club, is the first of its kind in the Washington, D.C. region and its owners - Kevin Gilliam, a dog obedience trainer, and his wife, Kimberly think their 3,000 square foot facility could be the next big thing for devoted dog owners. (SOUNDBITE) (English) KIMBERLY GILLIAM, FROLICK DOGS OWNER "Now that it's open and people can come check it out, we've gotten people doing the head smack - a dog gym, of course. People are willing to put their dogs in day care and going to the spa and things like that. Why not have a dog gym too?" The gym offers a lot of things you'd find at your favorite workout spot. (SOUNDBITE) (English) KIMBERLY GILLIAM, FROLICK DOGS OWNER "We have the doggie treadmills, which is a great way to do the cardio workout, keep their pace at a constant rate and get that heart rate up. We also have balance equipment which is great for building their core muscles." An agility course is another fitness option for Fido. Pups can get a monthly gym membership of $45 to $60 a month - which amounts to more than $700 a year. Dog owner Jim Robb thinks that's a good investment. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JIM ROBB, DOG OWNER "I don't think it's indulgent. You want your dog to be in shape. The biggest problem dogs have is they get sick of diseases like diabetes and they die because they really haven't had enough exercise. They haven't been used as a dog. They've been used as a kind of a house cushion. A dog needs to go the gym like a human needs to go the gym for the exact same reasons." Dog owners say the temperature controlled environment is fun and can even help Man's best friend drop a pound or two if they need it. But on this day - they let the pooches celebrate with a sweet treat. After all - at least they have a place now to work it off.

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New doggie gym offers Fido a chance for fitness

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 01:59

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