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Top three ways to exercise with your dog outdoors

May 6, 2017 | Lifestyles

(Welcome to the weekly pet column of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla, N.Y. A new article is posted each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

With the winter months finally behind us, gone are the days of treadmills and spin classes; it’s time to take your workout regimen outside. So, when you’re planning your next outdoor workout, choose exercises that benefit you and your furry four-legged friend.

Here are three fun outdoor exercises you can do with your dog:

Go for a run, ride or blade. Alas, you have found yourself the perfect running/biking/blading buddy — your dog. Whether you hit the city streets or the backwoods, it’s a win for everyone. Be sure to consider your pup’s size, age and how well-trained he is when deciding whether he should tag along.

Join outdoor agility or fitness classes. Aside from learning a new skill and staying active, agility classes for dogs and dog-friendly fitness classes are great ways to strengthen your bond and deepen your communication with your pet.

Lace up the cleats. Playing soccer with your dog is a nice twist on the classic game of fetch. It increases your own cardio and keeps your dog sharp and engaged. Be sure to pack a few durable balls, just in case one pops.

After a long day of exercise, be sure you’re fueling your dog with the proper diet. Opt for a high-quality food that is complete and balanced, like Purina One. Find more information online at purinaone.ca.
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(For more information on pets and animal adoption, please visit www.petconnectionprogramsinc.com. Or, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PetConnectionProgramsinc. Located in Marilla, N.Y., Pet Connection Programs Inc. is a nonprofit maternity and special care shelter founded in 1984.)

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