Updated: 02/04/2014 10:30 AM
Created: 02/04/2014 6:47 AM WHEC.com
By: Rebecca Leclair
Does your dog prefer to stay indoors during the winter, making regular exercise difficult? Does your pup need some help with his or her behavioral issues?
Roc City K9 -- a new fitness and training facility that just opened on University Avenue in Rochester -- says its goal is to get your dog fit and trim and to cut down on those behavioral problems.
There's an agility obstacle course to work on muscles and mental coordination and treadmills for big dogs and little ones. Most dogs will do 20 minutes easy without balking and then there are tread-wheels, just like the ones you have for gerbils. Those help pets get rid of pent up energy.
When the snow and ice starts piling up, many owners just don't get their dogs out for the recommended 45 minute walk per day.
Owner Michelle Lennon said, “Especially if it's a sidewalk that's uneven or icy and has a lot of salt on it, it can hurt the pads on their feet and the owners don't want to go because they don't want to fall. So coming indoors to Roc City K9 gives them a great opportunity to get all the exercise in that the dog really needs.”
It's estimated that 54-percent of American dogs are overweight. Roc City K9 offers month-long memberships or day passes, so you can try it out. Click here for more information.