The YMCA and Mars Petcare are helping Brooklyn dog owners discover the joys and benefits of exercising with their furry friends. The Power of Pets, a new community-focused, dog-friendly health and fitness program launched in Park Slope this fall. In its pilot phase, the initiative rolled out in Brooklyn and four other dog-friendly cities around the country.
The program kicked off during a fair at PS 10 that included pet-friendly fitness instruction, a dog obstacle course, community education discussions, pet health screenings and on-site pet adoption. According to program spokespeople, Park Slope is so pet friendly that the Power of Pets seemed like a natural fit.
Next year, the program plans to organize on-going activities including group dog walks and dog yoga with the Prospect Park Y and other partners in hopes of pets and their owners leading healthier, happier lives. Mar
In an effort to learn more about the public’s fitness habits, Mars Petcare surveyed 1,000 pet owners in the U.S. According to a company press release, 50 percent of people surveyed would rather work out with their dog than alone and 39 percent of of the population led a more active lifestyle while trying to ensure their pet received enough exercise.