At one point, we all probably dreamed of being able to do martial arts and being prepared for anything at any time. Some of us succeeded in that dream and pursued the beautiful martial arts skill, and are now proficient athletes who perform amazing stunts and can fight off a grizzly bear. For the lucky ones who do martial arts, and also happen to own a dog, combining the two loves can be a challenge at times, but it is not impossible. The only thing you need is a bit of imagination and creativity, and of course, love for everything you do.
If you are an accomplished martial artist, you’d want your dog to be able to follow your tough training schedule, right? Well, you’re in luck, since there are so many dog gyms out there that offer many courses that can help you get closer to your dog and teach them to love what you do. One of the courses your dog can take is an agility course, which will teach them, well, agility, which can help in your everyday life when you train hard and want your dog to join you on your exercises. Your dog will learn accuracy and discipline, both of which are essential for any martial art you partake in.
Being a martial artist means having control over your body and your mind. You have probably gone through the discipline training where you learned to keep calm, focus, and control your movements. A serene mind leads to the serene body, which allows you to perform all the challenging activities your sport requires. The same is for your dog, the calmer and more focused they are, the better they will perform in anything they do. So, teaching them how to focus and compose themselves will be essential to their growth as a martial pawtist.
Tai chi is a Chinese martial art which can be practice both for the health benefits and self defense. However, it is mostly famous for its benefits for the mind. Tai chi is maybe not as challenging as some other forms of martial arts, however, it does not make it any easier, as it also requires focus, calmness of the mind, and control over the body. So, because it is so good, why not include your dog in the activity? We know that dogs can sometimes get overly excited, and we love them for it, but in some moments you need them to be able to calm down, collect themselves, and not overreact to outside stimulations. This is where Paw Chi can help!
To help your dog release some pent up stress in their chest area, the area which is often under a lot of strain, have them lay on their back, take their front leg wrists in your hands, and gently stretch them to the side. Be gentle and careful and do this every other day to help them relax the muscles and alleviate stress.
As all good athletes do, so do their dogs – you need to stretch. Start with light stretching before and after each exercise, and slowly ease your dog into doing more challenging positions. This will help with their blood flow and muscle tone, and will make them more agile and ready for the next exercise.
Martial arts and dog ownership go hand in hand. Just because you have a passion that you are pursuing does not mean that your best friend cannot accompany you in your daily exercises. As you can see, dogs can benefit greatly from martial arts, as they can teach them to be more calm, more relaxed, and more aware of their surroundings without the need to jump or get upset when there is commotion around. Martial arts will also help them stay healthy for longer and will allow them to lead an active life with their best of friends, you.