What it means to do yoga with your dog
At the time we explained how yoga with cats is done and its many benefits, so doing yoga with dogs is not far behind!
Doga or yoga with/for dogs was born from the hand of Suzi Teitelman, when she saw that her pet sat with her while practicing yoga. This is how she came up with the idea of introducing and adapting yoga movements and postures to the dog company, and this initiative has become a success in many countries.
Yoga with dogs is a way to strengthen ties with our pet, while relaxing together.
In the Doga yoga postures are made combining them with movements and massages for dogs, but always adapted to them.
And that is one of its great advantages: that any person and dog can practice Doga, since the exercises will be adapted to their physical capacities.
You only need a mat or towel that you will share hairy and human. Do you dare to practice yoga with your dog? Surely when you know its benefits you will be encouraged!
What are the benefits of Doga?
As we said before, yoga with dogs allows us to share a unique moment of relaxation with our pet that will bring us closer together.
Of course, yoga gets both humans and dogs to relax, reducing anxiety and stress, remember that canine stress is more frequent than you think!
In addition, the massages and stretching that we and our furry ones do will improve our flexibility and circulation.
In the same way, dogs will get used to certain touches and caresses and to the company of other dogs and humans, but in a calm way. This, as long as we do it in a room. Other options are to practice it at home or outdoors.
Don't you have enough reasons to start yoga with your dog? We think so!
How is Doga done?
When you go to do yoga with your dog you should know that the sessions are divided into parts.
But first it is essential that you get your pet used to the activity. For this reason, it is ideal that you always begin to do it at home and for only a few minutes, which will increase as time passes and your dog adapts.
Once the dog is used to yoga, you can consider going to a room with more dogs and people. In this way you will also promote their sociability.
As for the parts of a Doga session, first of all, you should prepare a distraction-free space for both you and your furry hair.
Arrange the two of you and let him put himself in a position that he likes to start giving him a massage. One of the most recommended is the Tellington Ttouch method, which has great benefits both in relaxation and in subsequent training.
Once both of you are completely relaxed and connected, we move on to yoga-based postures. As we said before, these will be specially adapted to the dog.
Then would come the part in which we stretch the muscles of our dogs to avoid possible injuries.
Finally, we end our stretching while relaxing and petting our dog. The music will help a lot!
If you don't dare to start yoga sessions with dogs on your own, you should know that there are many options for doing so in a room with a guide.