SEAL Team Physical Training and the Richmond Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) are teaming up to put on a truly one-of-a-kind dog-friendly workout this weekend.

That's right: a Navy SEAL training-inspired, dog-friendly workout. The event kicks off this Saturday, September 16, at 9 a.m. in William Byrd Park (just south of where I-195 meets Powhite Parkway). Participants are encouraged to show up at least 10 minutes early to earmark enough time to sign a waiver before the workout class. Once at the park, the group will meet in the gravel parking lot near Carillon Tower. If you're eager to try out this unique, pet-friendly workout, here's how you can take part. First of all, SEAL Team Physical Training and the Richmond SPCA are both asking that you only bring your pooch if he or she is comfortable around other people and other dogs. If your dog is in heat, it probably isn't the best idea to bring her along either.
Please make sure that your pet is up to date with their vaccinations. Proof of vaccination isn't required to join the dog-friendly workout, but it is generally a good idea to make sure your dog is vaccinated before bringing them around other dogs. All dogs participating in the workout will need to have an ID tag on their collar and be kept on a short leash, under control at all times. Retractable leashes will NOT be allowed during the workout. Other than that, just make sure that you don't push your four-legged friend too hard and keep the workout at a pace he or she can handle! That also means bringing more water than you would normally bring to a workout and, unless your dog can drink out of a bottle, a bowl as well. The workout class is free and you don't need to be a SEAL Team Physical Training member to join, but participants are encouraged to make a suggested minimum donation of $10 to the Richmond SPCA. The Richmond Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a no-kill, private humane society committed to saving abandoned pets and reintegrating them into loving homes. All donations help the Richmond SPCA care for the dogs and cats currently in their shelters.

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