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What Is Jogging Doing to Your Dog?

Exercising with people can be great for some dogs, but a lot of the science is unclear.
Source: Reuters

Growing up in Ithaca, New York, I lived with as many as three Australian Shepherds at a time. My mother trains the breed for competition in a sprint-speed sport known as dog agility, so it was a common weekend activity for my family to head out to some remote field to exercise the pack. The dogs, which are known for their ferocious stamina, would spend hours chasing whatever toy projectile we could throw furthest.

Many serious trainers like my mother take dog ownership into the athletic realm, competing in activities as diverse as sheep herding and dock diving. But even for people who are just looking to get into shape, the idea

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