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How to Exercise with Your Dog

Get fit and have fun by working out with your pup.

By Alison Goldman

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Exercise unleashes serious benefits for humans and pets alike—especially when you get moving together. "Working out with your dog encourages you to stick to an exercise plan, and it incorporates him into more areas of your life, enhancing your bond," says Kyra Sundance, world-renowned stunt-dog trainer, performer, and author of 101 Ways to Do More with Your Dog (Quarry Books).

It's also an ideal way to keep everyone in your family healthy. After all, the obesity epidemic isn't exclusive to humans—an estimated 45 percent of dogs in the U.S. are overweight or obese.

Before you team up for a workout, check with your vet and take into account your dog's breed, age, and health. Exercise is especially taxing for older dogs and brachycephalic breeds—the ones with short or flat noses, like bulldogs and pugs.

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