Press Release

August 11, 2016

Metro Pet Spa and K9 Fit Club® Los Angeles Grand Opening Celebration With Senator Tony Mendoza

Metro Pet Spa and K9 Fit Club® Los Angeles Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Celebration on July 22nd With Senator Tony Mendoza

Metro Pet Spa and K9 Fit Club®

MONTEBELLO, Calif. – July 14, 2016 – PRLog — K9 Fit Club® is launching their first and only location in Los Angeles County just in time to celebrate July 22nd‘s National Work Out With Your Dog Day! Metro Pet Spa and K9 Fit Club® have partnered up and will host a grand opening weekend celebration, beginning with a ribbon cutting ceremony held on Friday, July 22nd at 12:00pm in Montebello, California. Senator Tony Mendoza will be in attendance for the highly anticipated ribbon cutting event.

When: Friday, July 22nd from 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Ribbon cutting ceremony and champagne toast at 12:00 pm

Saturday, July 23rd from 10:00am – 4:00pm

Where: Metro Pet Spa & Fitness Centers

2426 W Whittier Blvd,
Montebello, CA 90640

What: Metro Pet Spa and K9 Fit Club® grand opening two-day celebration will take place on Friday, July 22nd from 12:00pm – 4:00pm and Saturday, July 23rd from 10:00am – 4:00pm. On both days, guests can look forward to fitness demos and prizes. Local politicians and celebrities will be in attendance to celebrate. Pet lovers will have the opportunity to mix and mingle and check out Metro Pet Spa’s impressive facility. This event is free and open to the public.

Friday’s ribbon cutting ceremony is much anticipated, especially with the news of California Senator, Tony Mendoza in attendance. As a Los Angeles native and former school teacher, Tony Mendoza was elected on November 4, 2014, to represent the nearly one million residents of the newly-drawn 32nd Senate District.

“Kicking off the grand opening weekend with the ribbon cutting ceremony is a fun way to acknowledge this accomplishment for both K9 Fit Club and Metro Pet Spa & Fitness Centers,” Founder of K9 Fit Club®, Tricia Montgomery expresses, “We are honored to have Senator Tony Mendoza in attendance for this moment which will make it that much more special!”

There’s no other place in LA pet parents can workout inside with their canine companions, which makes this two-day celebration truly unique and exciting.

Throughout the course of the two-day event, Metro Pet’s Master Trainers Michelle and Veterinarian Dr. Rainey, and K9 Fit Club’s Founder, Tricia Montgomery, will be doing demos. This will be a fun and informative way to showcase to LA residents what a typical fitness class with their canine would be like; plus a great opportunity to get to know the two influential staff members at Metro Pet Spa & Fitness Centers and the services they provide.

Since graduating from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine 1997, Dr. Rainey has many years of veterinarian experience in LA under her belt, which includes her previous position at Los Angeles County Veterinary Public Health and Los Angeles Department of Animal Services as a Shelter Veterinarian and Chief Veterinarian. She participated and orchestrated many community events, received two accommodations, and facilitated the relocation of dogs from the Hurricane Katrina area to Los Angeles.

Michelle has been grooming cats and dogs since the age of fourteen and worked in the veterinary field for 7 years as a vet technician. She also held a position for the Los Angeles Animal Services for a total of 12 years and then accepted a position as a Deputy Director with the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care & Control.

Dr. Rainey and Michelle teamed up in 2012 to launch veterinary-owned and operated Metro Pet Spa, the first and only in this geographical location to offer luxurious spa and pet wellness services for dogs. Together, this dynamic duo created a unique and successful company that is passionate about pet health and wellness.

About K9 Fit Club®: K9 Fit Club is the nation’s pioneer and leader in human/canine fitness. We are dedicated to the health, fitness, and wellness of dogs and their people. As the nation’s first indoor workout facility dedicated to dogs and their pet parents, our programs and classes were developed by Veterinarians, Doctors, Certified Animal Behaviorists, People and Pup Personal Trainers, all designed to ensure a safe, fun and effective workout for both the dog and owner. As we develop and grow clubs around the country, our efforts also include working with humane associations and animal rescue groups throughout the communities in which we serve. Learn more about K9 Fit Club® here:

October 6, 2014





K9 Fit Club® Founder Tricia Montgomery Asks Pet Owners to GET OFF YOUR BUTT and WORK OUT WITH YOUR MUTT ™ on National Pet Obesity Awareness Day

Certified Trainer Program Promotion this month in honor of October 8th – National Pet Obesity Awareness Day


CHICAGO – (OCT. 3, 2014).  K9 Fit Club® – the nation’s leader in canine and human fitness – is reaching out to pet owners across the country, asking them to GET OFF YOUR BUTT and WORK OUT WITH YOUR MUTT ™ to raise awareness for National Pet Obesity Day on October 8, 2014, and help their pets achieve wellness and greater vitality.

“K9 Fit Club aims to change lives, one dog at a time,” explains Tricia Montgomery, founder and president of K9 Fit Club.  “Excess weight for dogs brings on numerous health risks, with obesity playing a role in decreased life expectancy.  It’s time to regard pet obesity as the epidemic it really is, and for pet owners to use their passion and take action.  K9 Fit Club is committed to making this change.”

During the month of October, K9 Fit Club is offering a promotion for fitness and pet enthusiasts who enroll in K9 Fit Club’s online training certification program.  “Certified K9 Fit Club Trainers can make a tremendous and positive impact on pet and human health.  Our certification program provides convenient online training, tools, information, a pop up K9 Fit Kit™, and support from K9 Fit Club – everything needed to add to an existing business or a start up business in any community,” says Montgomery.  The course, usually offered at $599, will be available at $450 from October 1-31, 2014. (Use Promo Code POD14)

Dr. Ernie Ward, DVM and founder and president of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) also urges pet owners to fight against pet obesity.  “A 2013 APOP study found that 52.6 percent of dogs and 57.6 percent of cats were overweight,” said Ward, who serves as an advisor to K9 Fit Club.  “A host of preventable diseases are directly linked to obesity in pets.”  The 2014 study is underway, and veterinarians can participate in assessing their patients on October 8, with forms available at

Adds Montgomery, “My hope is that pet owners take the opportunity to contribute to the better health of our pets, and that K9 Fit Club makes it possible with flexible certification training.”


About K9 Fit Club

K9 Fit Club was developed by Tricia Montgomery, a former Executive Director and Public Education Director for the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, and Public Relations & Media Director for the International Kennel Club Show.  Montgomery’s personal experience shedding 130 pounds alongside her dog Louie (who also lost weight) compelled her to develop K9 Fit Club, now a formal, nationwide program of health, fitness, wellness, and weight loss, designed around people and their dogs.  With the nation’s first-ever online certification program for human/canine fitness certification, pet and fitness enthusiasts can begin a career and help improve the wellness of pets and humans too.   K9 Fit Club is a member of or recognized by organizations including the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Medical Association, the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, Human Animal Bond Research Initiative, and the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention.  Connect with K9 Fit Club on Facebook, Twitter or Vine.


July 15, 2014

K9 Fit Club Introduces Nation’s First Online Certification Program
New Model will Allow Everyone Across the Country a New Leash on Life™

CHICAGO – (JULY 15, 2014) K9 Fit Club – the leader in canine and human fitness – is pleased to introduce the nation’s first-ever online certification program for human/canine fitness certification. The new model offers a flexible and convenient opportunity to become a Certified K9 Fit Club® Trainer, and once certified, you are provided with tools, information, a pop up K9 Fit Kit™, and support from K9 Fit Club – everything you need to run a successful business.

K9 Fit Club was founded in 2012 by Tricia Montgomery and was the nation’s first facility for both humans and canines to use together. As public demand for the program grew – with interest from enthusiasts all over the country – the online certification program was established.

“Our goal is to span the country with our unique fitness programs and develop certified trainers dedicated to getting – and keeping – both dogs and owners healthy,” says Ms. Montgomery, Founder/President of K9 Fit Club. “The new online certification program allows flexibility for those who work full-time or part-time, or who exercise with their dog as a hobby or just for fun. We want to give everyone the opportunity to make money doing what they love and loving what they do.”

After shedding 130 pounds several years ago by working out with her dog Louie, Ms. Montgomery was inspired to help all people and their dogs stay healthy and fit together, thus K9 Fit Club was born. Ms. Montgomery’s pit bull Zeus is the program’s “poster dog” and resident guinea pig.

Ms. Montgomery notes, “Pet obesity has reached an all-time high, and I personally relate to the struggle with weight loss, which is why I truly felt I could start programs dogs would enjoy, along with their humans.”

The programs were developed with input from personal trainers, veterinarians, dog trainers, doctors, and certified dog behaviorists. Programs are recommended after an initial assessment of both person and dog, and are available for all fitness levels in all modalities of fitness – as well as specifically designed programs for children, seniors, and people with certain disabilities.

K9 Fit Club currently has numerous certified trainers across the country, with many more now enrolled in the program. Online certification typically takes anywhere from a weekend to one month to obtain, depending on the flexibility of your schedule and costs $599. A $200 discount is applied for certified personal trainers.

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About K9 Fit Club
K9 Fit Club was developed from the experiences of Tricia Montgomery, a former Executive Director and Public Education Director for the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, and Public Relations & Media Director for the International Kennel Club Show. After losing 130 pounds with the help of workouts with her dog Louie, Ms. Montgomery recognized the need and opportunity for a formal, nationwide program of health, fitness, wellness, and weight loss, designed around people and their dogs. K9 Fit Club is recognized or is a member of organizations including the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Medical Association, the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, and the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention.

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Shannon Stevens


June 26, 2014

There's No Problem with Pit Bulls: Misinformation A Problem

“The Problem with Pit Bulls” was the headline of a Time magazine story (June 20, 2014) by Charlotte Alter. My problem is with the story, not with the dogs referred to as pit bulls. The story, filled with inaccurate characterizations, called for breed-specific mandated sterilization, and ultimately vilified dogs referred to as pit bulls.

Whenever anti-pit bull frenzy is stirred up, it typically follows a tragic incident. This instance follows the pattern. A 3-year-old girl named Victoria was mauled in Simpson County, MS, by her grandfather’s three dogs, referred to in the media as “pit bulls.”

It’s difficult to discern exactly what happened this past April. According to Victoria, she was alone playing with some cats before the dogs broke through the back door and attacked her. News reports made no mention of the dogs’ temperament or previous history.

Donald Mullin, Victoria’s grandfather, shot and killed the dogs. Mullins and his girlfriend, Rita Tompkins, were charged with child endangerment.

Victoria is the same little girl who made national news earlier this month when a Jackson, MS, Kentucky Fried Chicken employee supposedly asked her to leave the eatery because her scarred, disfigured face was “disrupting customers.” The incident made national news. Interestingly, recent reports now suggest the episode was a hoax, all to raise money for the child’s treatment.

According the Time story, a study in the Annals of Surgery in 2011 found that one person is killed by a pit bull every 14 days.

That data is absurd. Do the math; there are about 30 fatal dog attacks a year, so the numbers don’t work. Besides, in such cases, the dog breed is not identified. Over a decade ago, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which tracks fatal dog attacks, stopped keeping tabs on the breeds involved because in the end what matters is what causes an attack — not the typically inaccurate guess targeting the breed responsible.

Dog attacks which result in a fatality make news because they’re rare events and therefore newsworthy.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, there are nearly 70 million dogs in America, and as it turns out, dogs are less violent toward people than people are to people. Over 1,500 children died of child abuse and/or neglect within their own families in 2010 (according to the Administration for Children and Families), and there were over 16,000 homicides in the U.S. in 2010 (according to the CDC).

When a dog attack results in a fatality (or serious injury), other factors supplant the alleged breed responsible, according to the National Canine Research Council. (Sadly, it seems some of these factors may be relevant to what happened to little Victoria):

–A victim’s compromised ability, whether based on age (such as children) or physical condition, to manage their interactions with the dog(s).

–No able-bodied person being present to intervene (children should have adult supervision when interacting with any animal).

–Dogs not spayed/neutered. There’s no data to suggest intact dogs are inherently more dangerous, but intact males are determined to roam in search of a female, and when they’re off-leash without supervision, anything can happen.

–The owner keeping what are called ‘resident dog(s), primarily outdoors, often poorly socialized and with little or no training, rather than as family pet(s).

–The victim having no familiar relationship with the dog(s).

–The owner’s prior mismanagement of the dog(s). Often, concerned family members or neighbors previously contacted officials about dangerous dogs, but no action was taken.

Dogs of any breed or mix who are abused and unsocialized may be fundamentally damaged as a result. However, the problem in these instances has nothing to do with “breed,” but instead has everything to do with people.

At a very practical level, identifying pit bulls is nearly impossible in the first place. What a dog looks like doesn’t necessarily match the animal’s genetic makeup. Modern genetic testing has shown that dogs most people identify as “pits” are, in fact, almost always mixes.

The Time story sourced PeTA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) as an expert source, and presumably in the corner of canines. That’s hardly the truth. A long list of organizations that truly are in the business of animal welfare are actually opposed to legislation directed at a specific breed, including the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), American Veterinary Medical Association, American Farm Foundation, Best Friends Animal Society, Humane Society of the United States and many others.

In July, experts from the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior will release a position statement documenting why breed-specific restrictions and bans fail (in full disclosure, I co-authored this document).

At the end of the day, the vast majority of dogs we call pit bulls, based on a general ‘look’, are wonderful family pets. Many serve without incident as therapy dogs or in programs where children read to dogs; others are service dogs, some assisting wounded soldiers.

Blaming a dog breed and placing unenforceable restrictions on those dogs only distracts from addressing why any dog bites in the first place. For starters, we need sensible enforcement of current dangerous dog laws. If dogs are spay/neutered and kept as well-socialized, loving members of the family, and are supervised around young children, the number of serious dog bites would drop significantly.

©Steve Dale PetWorld, LLC; Tribune Content Agency

June 4, 2014

Chicago, IL – The Pet market is a $57 BILLION industry. Being the leader in human/canine fitness, K9 Fit Club is now offering online certification that will allow women to become their own boss, do what they love and love what they do!

K9 Fit Club programs are the newest trend in health, wellness and fitness. Developed by certified personal trainers, doctors, veterinarians and certified dog trainers, the K9 Fit Club certification program is ideal for personal fitness trainers, dog trainers or anyone with a passion for fitness and dogs!

Getting started is doggone simple! In as little as 1 month, those certified can begin their career and can train anywhere, in group and individual fitness with dogs. Post-certification continuing education is also included. K9 Fit Club Certified Trainers are part of an elite family of fun, fitness professionals. K9 Fit Club also provides numerous opportunities to grow careers and assist in establishing a client base!

Company president, Tricia Montgomery, founded K9 Fit Club after losing 130 pounds with her dog. She explains, “So many people want to get healthy, and are torn between spending time with their best friends or, going to the gym. Setting a Standard of Excellence was important. We realized how many lives we could change and help, and wanted to share what we’ve learned with others.”

K9 Fit Club is growing! Become part of the nationwide community of clubs dedicated to health, wellness and fitness for people and dogs.K9 Fit Club encourage fitness and wellness for both people and their pups, by spreading the bark to as many dogs possible in select cities. They are helping both humans and dogs get a New Leash on Life™.

About K9 Fit Club
K9 Fit Club is recognized by or a member of numerous human and pet health organizations, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Hospital Association, American Medical Association American Animal Hospital Association, Association of Professional Dog Trainers, International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, Human Animal Bond Research Initiative, and the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention.

Learn more about K9 Fit Club and becoming a certified K9 Fit Club trainer at

May 26, 2014

Chicago, IL – K9 Fit Club, the nation’s first indoor workout facility for dogs and their parents had to chance to meet and discuss canine and human fitness with Dr. David Levine from the University of Tennessee.

Dr. Levine, PT, PhD, DPT, CCRP is the author of multiple canine physical therapy and rehabilitation books and co-founder of the University of Tennessee Canine Rehabilitation program.

As an expert and leader in human physical therapy as well as canine rehabilitation, Dr. Levine and K9 Fit Club, are collectively sharing information to advance the field and create the safest and best ways for owners and their dogs to exercise together.

K9 Fit Club Founder and President, Tricia Montgomery states, “We at K9 Fit Club are privileged to work with Dr. Levine, his guidance, knowledge, and expertise allow us better help people and their dogs, to raise the bar on the standard of excellence our programs provide.”–PT/e/B00E7ICKBI

March 31, 2014

Chicago, IL – K9 Fit Club, the nation’s first indoor workout facility for dogs and their parents, is proudly teaming up with America’s best-loved pet insurer, Petplan, to offer pet parents the paw-fect way to keep furry friends healthy long into old age. The new partnership combines K9 Fit Club’s focus on an active, healthy lifestyle with Petplan’s comprehensive coverage for unexpected illnesses and injuries. You could say it’s a match made in doggy heaven!

Tricia Montgomery, Founder and Chief Barking Officer of K9 Fit Club said, “We are doggone excited for this paw-tnership! Petplan is much more than an insurance company. Like K9 Fit Club, they are passionate about fostering relationships between man and man’s best friend, and are determined to enhance the longevity of our pets’ life.”

“We love K9 Kit Club’s commitment to pet health, and we applaud their fun approach to pet fitness and well-being,” says Petplan Co-Founder and Co-CEO Natasha Ashton. “At Petplan, we know that keeping pets fit is the first step toward a healthy life, but we also know you can’t always see the bumps in the road. In fact, one in three pets will require unexpected veterinary care each year, and every six seconds, a pet parent is faced with a vet bill for more than $1,000. That’s where pet insurance can help, by offering peace of mind that should your pet get injured or fall ill, you’ll have help getting your four-legged friend back on her paws – and back to the gym!”

By partnering with Petplan, K9 hopes to raise awareness of the under-insured nature of American pets. To date, just 1% of the nation’s 93 million cats and 3% of the nation’s 83 million dogs are currently insured (compared to about 30% in the UK). But the numbers are rising. Petplan’s success is indicative of the industry’s rapid growth in the U.S., which has been fueled by cutting – edge advancements in veterinary medicine, rising costs for treatments and the changing attitudes of many American pet parents – in fact, most view their pets as four-legged members of the family!

Petplan policies offer the most comprehensive coverage in the industry, covering all accidents and injuries, including hereditary and chronic conditions as standard, and with out additional fees or add-ons. Pet parents have the flexibility to choose their deductible and co-pay to create a plan that fits their needs precisely, so the family budget can stay as protected as the family pet. To learn more about Petplan’s dog and cat insurance policies, or to get a free quote, visit

September 4, 2013

HINSDALE, Ill., Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — K9 Fit Club, the Nation’s First Indoor Workout Facility dedicated to the health, fitness and wellness of pooches and their people, has added 3 new Certified Licensee Locations across the country.

Those opening a K9 Fit Club location are required to attend a 3-Day Certification and Training Program at the company’s National Training Institute. Modules include Veterinary Standards, Dog Obedience, and Class Practicum, allowing them to participate and teach both individual and group classes. Each class is led by a K9 Fit Club Certified Personal Trainer and a K9 Fit Club Certified Dog Trainer or Wrangler.

K9 Fit Club’s programs and classes were developed by and taught by Veterinarians, Doctors, Certified Animal Behaviorists, People and Pup Personal Trainers to ensure a safe, fun and effective workout for both the dog and owner.

Classes offered at locations may include:

  • Bow Wow Bootcamp
  • Oh My Dog Bootcamp
  • Intro to K9 Fit Club
  • Sit and Be Fit
  • Waggin’ Wheelchair
  • Pupilates

The expansion of K9 Fit Club includes locations in St. Louis, MO, Washington DC and Portland, OR. Other locations opening by year-end include; Boston, MA, Tampa, FL, Raleigh Durham, NC, Vancouver, Canada, Farmington, MI and San Francisco, CA.

“The introduction of these new locations will allow more people and their pets to live a happy and healthy way of life,” said Tricia Montgomery, Founder & President of K9 Fit Club. “Why choose between working out and walking your best friend, now you can combine them both. Our clients have grown to appreciate the convenience that K9 Fit Club offers to help people achieve their total health objectives. The addition of these new locations creates another opportunity to Change Lives One Dog at a Time™.”

To learn more about opening a K9 Fit Club, to book a class or visit a K9 Fit Club, check out K9 Fit Club online at or