You may have heard the term “Doga” and wondered what it means. It’s the new trend of practicing the spiritual act of yoga along with your pooch. This may seem like a great idea to some dog moms, while others may oppose the philosophy of including your dog while practicing mindfulness.
No matter what you personally think about “Doga“, the trend is gaining popularity and a lot of trainers are starting to include dogs in their yoga classes. Let’s take a look at what yoga for dogs is all about and what benefits it provides for pooches and their dog moms.
What Is Doga?
Doga is dog-centric yoga, a physical activity designed to allow dog moms to spend a little more time with their pets. Because we already have such busy schedules, it can be difficult to make time for exercise, especially if that means you have to leave your pooch at home.
When you think about it, dogs can be great work-out companions because they love to live in the moment and bring positivity wherever they go. Remember, your dog won’t be doing the same asanas as you; instead he will support you in a few of them.
Why Should I Practice Yoga with my Pup?
Practicing yoga with your dog can be beneficial for both you and your pooch. It gives you the opportunity to practice mindfulness and physical exercise, which aids both your mental and physical health.
Like us, our dogs can also suffer from anxiety and stress, so yoga can help create a healthy atmosphere for our pups. When we are calm and have positive energy flowing through our bodies, our dogs also become calm and relaxed.
In addition, during yoga your dog can get individual attention from you, and the bond between the two of you will grow stronger. The activity is particularly useful for rescue pups as it will help them build trust and decrease depression and anxiety.
How Does It Work?
During yoga class, your dog will be off leash and you will be practicing the poses. Your pooch can assist you in different asanas. For instance, you can use a big dog for stretching; they can sit far enough so you can take a good stretch and pat your pooch. Small dogs can act as counterweights during different poses, or they can lie underneath while you perform the asanas. Either way, it’s fun for all.
Make sure you keep a few of your dog’s favorite nutritious treats handy to encourage good behavior.
If you think you would like to try yoga with your pooch, check Google to find local classes. Before taking your dog along, visit by yourself for a few sessions and then bring your pup when you feel comfortable. It will be an enjoyable and beneficial experience for both of you.
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About the Author:
Jenny Perkins is an Animal Behavior Specialist and a passionate writer. She loves to write about the nutrition, health, and care of dogs. She aims at providing tips to dog owners that can help them become better pet parents. She writes for the blog Here Pup.