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You may think that karate is all about hand to hand combat which revolves around powerful leg and arm movements - something that may be quite difficult for a dog. While yes, this may be true, that doesn't mean that a dog can't partake in lots of karate driven activities. While your pup probably can't chop a board in half with their paw, they can definitely do lots of training activities that will help you get better at karate while spending time with your dog.
Learning to balance and working to improve your balance is actually a major benefit to anyone who does karate. Not only do balance workouts help to strengthen your core but they also help in keeping you on your toes, centered and sturdy as you fight your opponent. Your dog can join you in practicing your balance and get better at keeping steady on their paws. While dogs do have a natural advantage (four paws instead of two legs), your dog will love doing these activities as they get a good workout and mainly because they get to spend time with you!
Three of the main principles in the art of karate are respect, discipline and humility. Those practicing karate need to have respect for the sport, their opponents and themselves. They need discipline in their practice and in their day to day life. Humility comes when one does not boast but is humble. All of these ideas can actually be passed on to your pup and are things that any karate lover can easily train. A dog who can display these three standards of behavior not only will be a true karate-loving dog but also a complete joy as a pet.
Karate isn't all about kicks and punches. In fact, practicing karate will force you to use muscles you never knew you had and leave you exhausted. Not only do you need to work on the main karate skills but you also need to do endurance exercises to prepare you for a long sparring match. This is a part of karate where dogs will flourish. Many pups are naturally skilled at endurance exercises; however, there are some who may benefit from a few extra runs and jumps. Time to get that pup off the couch and start practicing some karate endurance moves!
Practice calm, meditation with your dog by sitting quietly together and slowly breathing in and out. When you both are relaxed and peaceful, your overall moods will improve and you will be centered and ready to practice the art of karate.
If you love karate, watch a fun karate movie with your dog. Choose from one of the hundreds of karate movies and then curl up with your dog on the couch for a nice movie night. The movie Karate Dog is a good choice!
If you are a karate lover and also a dog lover, you are now well equipped with ways to combine both of your loves with some fun activities. Practicing any of these games will not only make you better skilled in karate but they will also make you a better dog owner as you will be spending lots of time and attention on your pup. Who knew that karate and dogs would mix so well!