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10 Fun Ways to Work Out With Your Dog

There's no reason to leave your furry friend behind when you're eager to get in a workout.

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There's no need to leave your dog at home when you want to go for a bike ride. There are a number of dog leashes available online that are made for biking with dogs, like the hands-free WalkyDog Plus Bike Leash. The leash safely attaches to your bicycle, keeping your dog a safe distance from your bike. It also keeps you in control should your pup stop or pull on your ride.

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You could strike a warrior pose on your own, but why not do downward dog with your dog? Doga, as it's called, is yoga for dogs and it's a great way to incorporate your pup into your mind-body routine. Good Dog Pet Outfitters in San Diego, Calif., offers a monthly doga class so dogs and owners can practice mindfulness together.

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Get your furry friend involved in your running routine. Start small with a run around the block, then gradually work your way up to a 5K. The book, 5K Training Guide: Running with Dogs, can help you put a plan in place. Set a goal to run a race for dogs and owners, like the Furry 5K in Seattle or the Doggie Dash & Dawdle in Albuquerque.

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Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Dogs love getting out on the water, but you'll want to introduce him to a stand-up paddleboard on land before taking it out on a lake. Practice sitting, standing and paddling on the board before taking to the water to make sure your pup is comfortable. When you're ready to go, strap a brightly-colored life jacket on your dog to keep him safe regardless of his aquatic abilities.

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