DOGA: Yoga for you and your Dog

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Do you want to have fun with your dog? Or do you want to have fun while staying in shape? Worry no more, we've got the best news for you and your dog!

One of the newest trends today is an activity called Doga. Doga is a type of yoga that involves your pet dogs. Yes, dogs. Doga practitioners aims to achieve a greater harmony with dogs through meditation, massage and stretching. In doga classes, the goal is to incorporate your dog’s body into your routine. They can be used as a prop, or as an extra weight for lifting. They can also engage in ways more directly, like encouraging them to do a certain pose. Yes, it does take time but eventually your dog will learn to participate in doga more naturally.

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What’s great in doga is that you can do it at home. Top Dog Tips gives us precautions before doing doga.

  • The first thing to remember is this: always pay attention how your dog behaves – with you, with other dogs and with strangers. If your pet doesn’t listen to your commands very well, be prepared to struggle at first with Doga. Better yet, work on some training commands and just socializing your pooch in general before attending an actual class.
  • Your pet’s behavior can be frustrating and even a little embarrassing for you at times, but your dog will get used to the practice as you going on. If your dog is not that great around other dogs or people, you may have a bit more trouble. Until your dog can be calm in these situations, it’s best to only practice Doga at home.
  • When your pooch isn’t properly trained and socialized, he could cause disruptions for the rest of the class. Even worse, if your dog feels too overwhelmed, he could snap at someone and scare or bite them. Be sure to take your pup’s disposition into account before you try to introduce him to a new activity, particularly an “odd one” such as Doga.

Doga may sound a bit funny at first, but it’s really a great activity to try with your pet. If you are looking for something new and different to try, do give it a chance – try it at least once! The benefits are numerous for both you and your pet. If you aren’t sure Doga is for you, look for a studio near you and see if you can sit in on a class, either with or without your Fido.

Our dogs sure have a lot of energy! Some dogs can run a kilometer without even stopping. Dogs are also unpredictable, their attention can be diverted even into an ant passing by on the ground. If you’re planning to do doga at home or if you’re planning to attend a doga class, here’s what your need to know according to Active Network:  

  • One way to keep your dog calm is to do yoga and focus on slowing your breath and your mind. Many people ask us "how the dogs do yoga"—and the answer is very simple—they don't. The people do the yoga class and their dogs are by their side the entire time. 
  • You can incorporate Fido into a few of the poses and give them a little doggy massage during the class. Yoga with your dog is all about the calm in your dog and it does come out during your class. Even the barkers at the beginning of the class will calm once we focus on our breathing and calm our minds. The dogs read our energy and in turn, relax.  
  • Every class starts out with a brief walk with standing poses along the way. The dogs get to potty and work out a little of their energy. The seated yoga portion is about a half an hour, 40 minutes tops as this is about all most dogs can handle and then at least one in the class gets restless. 

The key is to stay calm and not talk or show any excited energy during class or the dogs will read that and they in turn will start getting excited.  

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Doing yoga doesn’t just increase your connection to your dog, it is also beneficial in a lot of ways! The following are five benefits of dong yoga as stated by Gaiam:

  1. Bonding with Your Dog

    Doga is a fantastic way to bond with your dog, especially when you do assisted poses in which you and your canine work together, as partners. This can help your dog learn how to trust you and strengthen your relationship. When you improve the bond you have with your dog, you also improve the potential for their behavior correction and training. Doga requires relaxation and deep focus from both parties which can only help the bond grow, which becomes deeper and more authentic over time. 

    2. Physical Health Benefits


    Even though Doga's health benefits are not backed by research, Doga is still a form of exercise for both you and your pup.

    If your dog is out of shape or overweight, Doga can be a good way to get a bit of much-needed exercise. It can help them build muscle and lose fat if you practice it regularly. Any type of physical activity helps with blood circulation, and Doga is not an exception.

    Doga usually appeals to a dog’s natural instinct to stretch, which can help them improve their flexibility and range of motion. Regulary exercise and massage can also help your Fido in prevention of arthritis and injuries when he becomes older. Doga can also be beneficial to dogs that have hip dysplasia or similar pain issues that occur with aging.

    3. Relaxation

    Relaxation and breathing exercises are the cornerstone of Doga and make up for a huge chunk of the entire program. It can work wonders for hyperactive dogs as it can calm them down and mellow them out. The exercise portion of Doga can help burn off some of your dog’s energy, while stretching and massage will make them mentally calmer.

    Of course, the best shared benefit of Doga is that it can help you deal with stress and anxiety as well. In fact, mental stability is without a doubt one of the biggest benefit of yoga. There are plenty of other activities out there that probably do more for your physical health, but when you include the mental health benefit that comes from mediation and massage, yoga, is the best there is.


    4. Entertainment

    Yoga can be a very fun activity on its own, then adding dogs to the mix is the best way to make it even more enjoyable! For most dog lovers out there, everything is more enjoyable when your pooch joins you, and yoga is not an exception. Even though dogs can sometimes be a distraction for people when doing yoga, it is only because they are curious and not included in the fun, which is exactly what Doga does for them.

    As far as dogs go, they will certainly have some fun of their own. First of all, there are other dogs involved in Doga classes, and that alone is enough to get your furry BFF more open to attending the classes with you. In addition to this, they most likely will also enjoy almost every aspect of class, from the exercises and massage to socializing and bonding with their owners.

    5. Socialization

    Doga is a great way for you to meet some new people, to hang out with other dog owners and socialize. This is especially true if you are not a big fan of crowded, loud dog parks. It will give you a great reason to get out of the house and maybe make some new friends.

    For your pup, being surrounded by other dogs as well as people in such a controlled and soothing environment can be the best way to get him or her used to strangers. Some dogs are shy and anxious and they don’t react well in social situations. For those dogs, Doga can do wonders to help them with their social skills, which means that they will become easier to handle on walks or anywhere else in public.

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Doga is becoming more and more popular. It is now offered in different cities and countries. If you're interested, search up the internet! On the other hand, you can read more about basic poses so you can do doga in your homes! There is no more exciting than to increase connection with your dog. Having the same routine can definitely boost up your friendship! Let’s do the doga!


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