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Indoor gym aimed at dogs

Nov. 15, 2010 at 6:30 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Nov. 15 (UPI) -- An Arizona gym catering to canines says its aim is to help clients with weight loss, nutritional counseling and other aspects of healthy dog living.

Arizona Dog Sports in Scottsdale offers services from a team including professional trainers and a holistic veterinarian aiming to improve the quality of dogs' lives through health and training, The Arizona Republic reported Monday.

Layne Kizler, the gym's founder, said the idea came from other dog owners discussing the need for an indoor, air conditioned facility.

The gym offers basic training as well as special skills including smell tracking, herding and swimming. The facility also offers massages for canines as well as canine playdates and relationship building.

"We focus on positive training," Kizler said. "We don't jerk the dog. There's no choke collar. We teach the way you and I would want to learn. Ninety-nine percent of dogs are trainable with positive techniques."

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