Have You Heard About Gyms for Dogs?

March 26, 2019
There are all kinds of businesses focused around dogs nowadays: hotels, spas, hairdressers, etc...Today we're going to focus on a new one: gyms for dogs.

Dog owners have started to become much more aware of their pets’ needs in recent years. That has led to things like dog hairdressers, dog stores, dog hotels, dog spas, and all kinds of other things made just for our furry little friends. Today, we’re going to talk about one of those: gyms for dogs. They’re still not as popular as they could be though.

Everyone knows that dogs need exercise. The problem is that between being tired, not having time, and getting caught up in your own routine, you might not give yours as much as it needs.

You have to remember that it’s vital for their present and future health. Luckily, some genius out there had the amazing idea to create gyms for dogs.

The important of exercise for dogs

A dog is sitting on a balance board while its human owner stands up on the board with it.

If you think that little dogs don’t need exercise then you’re wrong. All dogs of all sizes need to exercise, and some little dogs actually need it more.

For example, think about chihuahuas. These are some of the smallest dogs out there, but their heads and bodies are big in proportion to their paws. This can create problems with their bones and start to give them health problems over time.

Maybe not to the same extent, but this is true for all dogs. And don’t fool yourself: taking your dog out three times a day to do their business isn’t the same as giving it exercise. That means seeing to its biological needs, not its physical ones.

Exercise helps dogs:

  • Strengthen their bones
  • Avoid weight problems
  • Avoid heart problems
  • Be more active
  • Improve their mood
  • Be happier
  • Improve their digestion
  • Keep their minds active
  • Get rid of adrenaline
  • Get rid of stress
  • Have a better endocrine level

That’s just a small part of all the benefits, the list could go on much longer! For now, we want to move on to what exactly gyms for dogs are.

Gyms for dogs: what you should know

Lots of dogs have to live in apartments where there are no places for them to run around and exercise. There are also big dogs that just need more exercise, plain and simple. This is probably what the person who had the idea to create the first gyms for dogs was thinking about.

On top of exercise, these gyms are a great because they give your dog a place to socialize with other members of its species.

Gyms for dogs are designed in a way that goes beyond just giving dogs a space to exercise. They’re also made in a way that can help your dog sharpen its instincts and mental and sensory skills.

The trainers at these places are trained to help with that and can come up with a personalized exercise plan for your dog based on its size, breed, and abilities.

The gym is also a place where your dog will learn to obey, because it will have to listen to the trainers. The benefits never end!

What exercises your dog can do at a gym for dogs

A dog is lying down in the grass next to a three bocci balls, one red, one yellow, and one green.

Some of these might sound funny, but here are the things your dog might do at the gym:

  • Karate
  • Pilates
  • Swimming
  • Yoga (this wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen a dog do yoga)
  • Hurdles
  • Ramps and staircases
  • Intelligence games
  • Self-confidence exercises

As you can see, gyms for dogs are more than just a place for your furry friend to exercise. The trainers will also make an effort to teach your dog to obey and stay calm so that they can participate in the sessions.

These places can also help shy dogs build confidence, and restless dogs learn to calm down and let the specialists be in charge.

That’s when the exercise starts. There will be a point when your dog arrives at the gym and already knows exactly what to do. So, why not give it a try? Sign your dog up for one!