You and Your Canine Companion Can Get Fit in Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation’s Bow Wow Bootcamps

Bootcamps combine fitness training for you & obedience training for the dogs

Monday, September 10, 2012

Just like people, dogs benefit from physical and mental exercise. And what better way to meet your goals than in a class that combines a fun workout with basic dog obedience? The newest classes offered by Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation, Bow Wow Bootcamps, are taught by certified group fitness instructors and staff from the Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center.

Tony Lighthart, fitness trainer with Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation explains, “I am also pet owner, and I know that there are people out there who come home from a long day at work and have to postpone their own fitness routine so they can take care of their dog’s needs. Our Bow Wow Bootcamps are a great way to work out while exercising your dog. Owners will enjoy the park setting for their fitness activities, and the dogs will benefit from being active, learning or refreshing on obedience skills, and socializing with other dogs. It’s the perfect solution to a very real issue.”

Each Bow Wow Bootcamp consists of four 60-minutes classes for only $45, and will be held at Red Wing Park. The first session is 6:00 – 7:00 pm, Monday and Thursday nights, September 24 – October 4, 2012. The second session is 6:00 – 7:00 pm, Monday and Thursday nights, October 15 – October 25, 2012. While a Virginia Beach Recreation Center membership is not needed for the Bow Wow Bootcamps, dogs must be leashed and up to date on vaccines.

To register for the Bow Wow Bootcamps, please visit any Virginia Beach Recreation Center. For more information, please call (757) 385-2994 or email


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