New Canine Fitness Class For Dogs & Their Owners #WoofersOnTheRun #LeashYourFitness
Woofers On The Run of Traverse City is collaborating with Leash Your Fitness of San Diego to present a fitness class for dogs and their owners. Participants will experience a fun workout and learn a variety of exercises, stretches and drills for their dogs.
“This class isn’t for elite athletes, two or four-legged,” Val Dietz, Woofers On The Run owner, said. “It’s for all skill levels.”
Dietz started her dog walking and running service about two and a half years ago. She also ventured into trikking — a modified three-wheeled tricycle that allows for pedaling with pooches.
“The dogs love it because I’m eye level with them,” Dietz said, “And that makes it more of a bonding experience.”
Trikking will be one of the special canine fitness activities Dawn Celapino, Leash Your Fitness founder, will demonstrate during the class. Celapino’s company specializes in teaching fitness classes for dogs and their ‘moms or dads’ and she takes her dog, Jack, with her wherever she goes. Most recently Celapino took Jack on a 10-week national fitness tour dubbed “Jack’s Journey USA.”
“I’m trying to inspire people to add their dog into their fitness routine,” Celapino said. “And the drills and exercises I teach are mentally stimulating for the dogs. They’re thinking the entire time.”