Mobile dog gym keeps pups happy and healthy during the summer heat

Posted at 6:55 PM, Jun 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-21 21:55:25-04

With temperatures rising across the Valley this week, a local business is rolling out a new way for dogs to exercise while staying indoors.

RunBuddy Mobile is a mobile dog gym inside a climate-controlled vehicle with state-of-the-art equipment. Any dog breed or size can benefit from these 20-30 sessions. The company also offers weekly plan specials.

"We're basically a mobile gym that comes to your door and we run your dogs in our gym in the air-conditioning," found David Lopez said.

The mobile fitness company is available to come to homes throughout the Valley, which is especially important now while temperatures a dangerously high.

Michael Morefield with the Animal Welfare League says the service has been a "godsend" for the dogs at the shelter.

"Even after 6 a.m. it's starting to get too hot and we didn't know what to do," Morefield explained. 

Especially during the Arizona summers, dogs are happiest when they're staying active.

"An exercised dog, is a happy dog, and a happy dog gets adopted," Morefield said.

According to Lopez, there are several behavioral concerns if dogs do not get the exercise they need. These behaviors include:

  • Destructive chewing, digging or scratching
  • Excessive predatory and social play
  • Play biting and rough play
  • Hyperactivity, excitability and night-time activity
  • Investigator behavior
  • -Attention-getting behaviors

Keeping your dog happy and healthy. Not only will your dog be happier with enough exercise, there are several health benefits too.

  • Reduced behavioral issues
  • Dogs stay agile and limber
  • Reduction of digestive problems
  • Helps fearful dogs build confidence
  • Dogs’ weight is kept under control.