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Welcome to Rocky's Retreat. It's not your ordinary gym.

"100 percent full body workout ," says co-owner Sherri Cappabianca.

A workout made for man's best friend.

"Pet obesity is now the number one preventable disease in dogs," Cappabianca says. "It's estimated that probably 50 percent of dogs are either overweight or obese."

Which is why Emma is keeping herself in tip top shape at doggy boot camp. The first thing on today's regime are hurdles

"If the bar is higher, it's going to work on the muscles of the hind quarters which is really good for agility dogs," explains co-owner Toby Gass. "The lower the bar, it helps with gait and focus."

After hurdles, Emma moves on to a little strength training.

"This is actually Pilates for dogs and it works all the core muscles in the body," Gass says.

Emma works hard to keep her balance on a medicine ball.

"It's really good for those dogs that have long backs like dachshund and corgis," Gass explains. "Unless they can keep that area strong, they're more prone to injury."

Next up is cardio. Then Emma finishes off her workout with a quick dip in the pool.

"This exercise is completely non weight beating which is ideal for dogs that have any kind of joint issues," Cappabianca says.

But the day's not over. There's always room for a little R and R: a massage for a job well done.

"My feeling is what's good for you is good for them," Gass says.

Rocky's Retreat also offer couples massage so you and your dog can get pampered together. That's costs $109. A day of doggy boot camp will run you $75, which also includes a full day of daycare.

For more information about Rocky's Retreat in Orlando, click here.

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