Dalhousie Agricultural Campus is giving dog owners the chance to get some exercise without being subjected to the mercy of Old Man Winter.
The Bible Hill campus has set up treadmills which can be used by dogs to run or walk next to their owners in the Langille Athletic Centre, giving both pooch and human the opportunity to stay active together over the winter months.
“We wanted to try to expand our services to our members, students and drop-ins and we hope people can take advantage of it,” said Judy Smith, Dalhousie AC’s Director of Athletic Services.
The doggy treadmills will be offered to all students, members and drop-ins. Details of the program, such as hours of operation, are still being worked out but those interested can contact Langille Athletic Centre at 893-6660 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for logistics.
The campus recently received several new treadmills for its cardio area but, with space at a premium, had no more room for its older models. Rather than decommission the still-working machines, Smith recalled seeing several students walking near the campus with their dogs and thought it would be a good idea to keep the older equipment running while giving dog owners the chance to exercise their pets in a safe, comfortable environment.
“A lot of our students and members have dogs and I think this would really cater to their needs,” Smith said. “They’ll be able to give their pet the appropriate exercise without having to walk on salted sidewalks or in bad weather.”
Smith said she had discussed the idea with several students and the concept was well received.
“They seemed very keen on it,” she said. “Now it’s just a matter of getting the word out and seeing how it goes from there.”