NEW YORK, NY, April 14, 2010 – Obesity is reaching epidemic proportions among the human population, and our four-legged friends are right next to us on the fat couch. Super Fit Fido Club™ (SFFC), a new canine fitness program, is offering New York City dogs a great workout in a fun, energetic setting, using controlled exercises that are easy for dogs, and their owners, to follow.
SFFC Founder Gail Miller Bisher designed the program using the same principles seen in the world of competitive dog sports fitness training, canine sports medicine and veterinary physical therapy/rehabilitation. The training curriculum was developed to help dogs lose weight, improve overall heart health, flexibility, increase endurance and provide mental stimulation. Proper physical conditioning is a key component to achieving a Healthy Canine Lifestyle™.
“Super Fit Fido Club was created to encourage dog lovers to help their pets live longer, healthier and happier lives through fun, low-impact canine fitness programs,” said SFFC founder Gail Miller Bisher. “The choices we make directly affect the quality of life our dogs enjoy. If we choose to get our dogs the exercise they need to stay healthy, their quality of life improves exponentially.”
With 77 million canine pets in the U.S. today, 45 percent are suffering from being overweight or obese. The consequences of leading such an unhealthy, sedentary lifestyle are the same as they are for humans, ranging from lack of energy to more serious complications such as shorter life expectancy and debilitating and costly health issues, including arthritis, heart disease, respiratory problems and diabetes.
Bisher, a skilled dog trainer and handler with more than 30 years of experience has seen firsthand the benefits to having a healthy dog. “I’ve physically conditioned top winning dogs my entire life. It only seemed natural to use that passion and knowledge to help other owners give their pets the best gift of all – a longer, healthier life,” Bisher added.
Super Fit Fido Club currently offers two classes, depending on your dog’s level of fitness:
Fit Fundamentals: is the beginner class, which includes low-impact, medium-energy exercises to safely start your dog on a path toward a healthier body type.
Super Fit: is for intermediate dogs with at least a moderate level of fitness. The emphasis is on maintaining fitness and stimulating your dog’s mind and body in a fun, participatory group workout.
Classes being Tuesday, May 4, 2010, and will be held Tuesday-Saturday each week. Early morning and evening classes are offered to accommodate working dog owners and to ensure the safety of class participants. Dogs should be at least 6 months of age and generally under 7 years of age or in good physical condition. Dogs do not need special training to enjoy and benefit from Super Fit Fido Club, only a willingness and commitment towards getting healthy. SFFC strongly recommends dogs be examined by their veterinarians before beginning any physical regimen.
To learn more about Super Fit Fido Club or to register for classes, please visit www.superfitfidoclub.com.
Super Fit Fido Club was established in 2009 with classes beginning in 2010. SFFC has developed fitness programs and classes that teach dog owners how to become their dog’s personal trainer for life. The mission is to help dogs live longer, healthier lives by recognizing the importance of regular exercise and fitness training. SFFC is a sole proprietorship and is headquartered in New York, NY.