Would You Take Your Dog To the Gym?

With the fitness and wellness scene bigger and better than ever across the country, it’s hard not to find a new workout to try or a fresh studio to join. But did you know you can now bring your pup for his or her very own sweat session, too? The Zoom Room, a national franchise that offers fitness for dogs only, is shaping the way the furriest members of your fam can get healthier, too.


Zoom Room

The Zoom Room, which opened its first set of doors in 2008 and has rapidly been expanding via franchise opportunities, was developed by owner Mark Van Wye, per Dogster, because there were zero dedicated spaces for a human and his or her dog to exercise and play indoors together (no drop-offs, please).


Zoom Room

While agility training (that is, a focus on speed and diligence simultaneously) is the premiere offering from the Zoom Room, there are also classes like Shy Dog, Calm Down!, Pup-lates, Scent, Urban Herding, Therapy Dog, Flyball, and Rally Obedience. It sounds like a welcome change to the standard dog-park run…and a pure life-saver in the winter. There are currently nine locations across the country, with more coming this year and next.


Zoom Room

What’s more, the facilities are well kept, climate-controlled spaces that are ADA-compliant, and eco-friendly, the Zoom Room’s emphasis is on creating a non-competitive play environment for pups and their owners. They also stress socialization at a key age—between eight and 16 weeks of age—while only using positive reinforcement training techniques. The Los Angeles-based facility, which has the look and feel similar to that of a boutique Spin studio, TBH, also has franchising opportunities in case you want to make your dog your full-time job. Which is totally cool, too.

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Rachel Zoldan

Rachel Jacoby Zoldan is a freelance writer and editor living in New York City with her husband two cats, Gerry and Cookie. (Who are, yes, named after a film about dogs.)

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