Yes, canine meditation is really a thing. This is a great activity for any dog, not just for those with anxiety. Just like humans, pups can be affected by stressful situations, changes in lifestyle, loss of a loved one, or any number of anxiety-creating issues. And just like us, it is important that we do what we can to reduce that stress because it is not good for dogs either. Also, studies have shown that owners who meditate with their dogs are calmer than those meditate alone. One of the best things about meditation is that it is totally free because you literally need absolutely nothing to do this activity, except treats of course. You could use some music and maybe a yoga mat, but they are not necessary. Also, you and your anxious buddy can do this in any weather since it is done indoors. It should be pretty simple to teach your pooch to do as well since it is really just breathing and being still.
Yoga for dogs, or doga, is similar to meditation and can be even more relaxing for anxious dogs. After all, your pupster loves to spend time with you no matter what you are doing, and doga is a hands-on bonding session for you and your bone-chewing buddy. If you have never done yoga, you and your dog can learn together, following along through steps on YouTube or just a Google search. Or you can join a doga class if you can find one in your area. They’re becoming more popular so you may find one. The only thing you really need for this activity is, like canine meditation, a place to do it and some treats, so it is free too. If you want to use a mat, you can get one, but most people just use their carpet or even a soft blanket thrown on the floor. Another benefit, like meditation, it is an indoor activity, so the weather doesn’t matter, and it won’t take long to teach. Maybe an hour the first time and then as your pup gets used to it; they will be doing it by themselves.
Why is backpacking a good thing for an anxious dog? If you have heard of the “thunder shirt” you probably understand. It is like a permanent hug for your poochie, and it helps them feel more secure. Many people put these jackets on their pups on the Fourth of July and when it is storming if their dog is afraid of these loud noises. Well, an anxious dog is typically anxious all the time so having a backpack can make them feel more secure all the time. Another benefit is that you can have your canine kid carry some things for you. As long as they are fairly light. Do not let your fur buddy carry more than 25% of their body weight. So, all you need for this activity is a doggy backpack and some treats. You can do it anywhere, in any kind of weather and how long it takes will depend on your dog. Some dogs adapt more quickly than others, but it should only take a day or two.