Exercise is more fun with a friend – especially a furry one. This summer, the Dayton Metro Library hosts “Exercise with Pets,” free programs for kids and teens that focus on the importance of exercise for both pets and people.
“We hope to teach kids safe games and positive training techniques that will keep both pets and kids happy and healthy, plus encourage empathy, respect and a stronger bond between kids and their pets,” said Carlette Jewell, SICSA’s Humane Educator who will lead the programs. “We’ll also give them an opportunity to practice with one of our adorable, adoptable pets.”
The teen version of the program teaches the basics of positive clicker training, then teens can try it out with their friends.
“It is important for kids to learn safe interaction, animal body language and responsible guardianship because it prevents companion animal homelessness,” said Jewell. “Responsible pet ownership leads to healthier pets and healthier people.”
The programs are free; advance registration is recommended. Sorry, pets are not invited.
Exercise with Pets for grades K-5:
WED, 5/18 | 3:30-4:30 PM – BELMONT, 1041 Watervliet Avenue, Dayton
WED, 6/15 | 2-3 PM – TEMPORARY MAIN, 120 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton
MON, 6/20 | 1:15-2:15 PM – WESTWOOD, 3207 Hoover Avenue, Dayton
WED, 7/6 | 3-4 PM – NORTHWEST, 2410 Philadelphia Drive, Dayton
SAT, 7/9 | 1-2 PM – WILMINGTON-STROOP, 3980 Wilmington Pike, Kettering
TUE, 7/19 | 2-3 PM – VANDALIA, 500 S. Dixie Drive
Exercise with Pets for Tweens/Teens:
TUE, 5/31 | 3-4 PM – BURKHARDT, 4680 Burkhardt Avenue, Dayton
WED, 6/22 | 4-5 PM – BURKHARDT, 4680 Burkhardt Avenue, Dayton
SAT, 7/23 | 2-3 PM – NORTHWEST, 2410 Philadelphia Drive, Dayton