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Shed pounds with your pouch

The "Thank-Dog Boot Camp" program is popping up in major cities across the country. The "Thank-Dog Boot Camp" program is popping up in major cities across the country.

It's a new year, new you, and a new workout.  But for many people, hitting the gym can be a bit of a yawner.  Sometimes it's good to change things up.  So get your pets involved, because our pups can sure use the exercise, too.

On a Saturday morning, a grassy spot in a park in Washington, DC is full of people exercising with their pets. 

Duchess, Titus, and a few other furry friends, are part of a new fitness program called "Thank-Dog Boot Camp."  The four-legged athletes, along with their owners, are getting in shape together by participating in a work out designed for man and beast.

"Our goal is to help people get healthy, primarily and then work on obedience at the same time, so that their dogs become better citizens," says Karen Krieg, the director of "Thank Dog-Boot Camp."

Lauren Stauffer's taking the boot camp class.  She says she's an exercise fanatic and hits the gym regularly, but she also loves her Golden Retriever, Bentley and finds this to be a perfect program they can do together.

"There's something motivating when you're running and your dog looks up to you and I think, 'all right, I can do this a little bit longer.'  So it keeps it fun, and energetic and it's different every day," says Stauffer.

Although the "Thank-Dog Boot Camp" workout originated in California, the program is popping up in major cities across the country.

Don't let the presence of these pooches fool you.  Although they're allowed to take a break, their owners are constantly moving.  The hour-long workout covers running, pushups, lunges.

"It is a boot camp workout," says Krieg.  "I am a drill sergeant.  I am here to make sure that you walk out of here knowing you've worked hard on your dog and on yourself."

And that's nothing to sniff at.

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