Exercise enthusiasts in New York can now help veterans in need by getting a workout in a room full of playful puppies.
The Precision Pilates studio in Fayetteville, New York is now hosting “Puppy Pilates” classes for $25 so they can donate all of the proceeds to a program that trains service dogs for veterans suffering from PTSD.
The Clear Path for Veterans’ Canine Program, which is run entirely on donations, says that raising and training a service dog usually costs about $25,0000.
However, service dogs have been shown to have a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of ex-military members.
Ryan Woodruff, who is a US Marine Corp veteran and director of the program, told CNN: “We have done scientific research showing that our training model significantly reduces symptoms associated with PTSD, decreases stress, increases self-compassion, and improves their overall quality of life.”
The proceeds from the pilates studio will help to train the eight puppies currently being managed by Clear Path. Since the response to the pilates classes has been overwhelmingly positive, the studio will be hosting their next class on October 27th for up to 40 participants.
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