A. Yes! You can! Especially since your dog will provide the motivation for you to stick with your exercise plan.
As we all know, the most critical ingredient for success with a diet and/or exercise is will power - getting out there and actually doing it day after day.
Despite the strong emotional bond dog owners and dogs share, many
people have difficulty controlling their dogs on leash. This can significantly reduce the frequency and enjoyment of walks.
The key is to get your dog to focus on you, not on the many distractions that are outdoors, such as other dogs, squirrels, and joggers. Walk your dog on a loose leash (not a retractable leash) next to you. Stop walking if he pulls ahead and calmly call him back to you. When he returns to your side, praise him in a high pitched voice.
Keep your dog's attention on you by walking fast, then slow. Stop short. Ask him for a sit. Change directions. Some owners carry a small squeaky toy in their pockets to distract their dogs from pulling ahead.