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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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Don't underestimate the power of a pup walk. It's good exercise for any dog, though the amount and distance should vary based on dog and breed, says Bonnie Beaver, DVM, a professor at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. It pays off for the owner too—in a study by the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, dog walkers had lower BMIs and were less likely to suffer from chronic conditions and depression symptoms than those who didn't walk their pets. Just remember that dogs can overheat easily, so beware of hot asphalt, which can increase body heat and burn paw pads, and look out for lethargy and panting.

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