AG Fitness Training encourages gym-goers to bring their pooches to personal training sessions.The site, which is run by Andy Graydon, claims to be the city’s first dog-friendly gym. It boasts a doggie crèche where guests can leave their four-legged friends while they workout. Andy was inspired by the idea after getting his own dog, Darwin, a one-year-old Miniature Dachshund. He believes that clients feel more at ease in the gym and less intimidated if they have the option to bring along a furry friend.
Andy, who has owned the gym for three years, said: ‘I got my dog when he was about 12-weeks-old and he comes to the gym with me all the time.
‘I only started it because I work long hours so I didn’t want to leave him at home himself.
‘My dog is my best pal so I’d rather bring him with me.
‘I just said to my clients they can bring their dogs along and it seems to have worked.
‘I just wanted people to feel more comfortable because going to the gym can be an intimidating experience so why not have your best pal there.’
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In terms of doggie day care, the gym offers a sofa and water bowls, so the canines can make themselves at home.
He said: ‘The dogs have a small play area in the gym where they can relax during the day.
‘Most of the time we have about two or three dogs in the gym but we don’t have a limit.’Finlay Cameron, one of Andy’s clients, joined the gym around two years ago and frequently attends with his two-and-a-half-year-old Border Collie Midge.
He said: ‘I have been to more commercial gyms before but not something like this.
‘It’s pretty good, it works out because no one is available to look after my dog so I can bring him here.
‘Going to the gym can be intimidating but bringing your dog can turn it into a socialising kind of thing.’AG Fitness Training also has a second location on West Street in Glasgow’s Southside.