Yoga is a spiritual, mental, and physical activity with Hindu origins. It involves meditation, body postures, breathing control, focus, and relaxation. While yoga is very much for the human members of the family, did you know it can also be of benefit to your dog as well? What’s more, you can incorporate it and its tools into both your and your dog’s daily life. Whether you’ve had to give up yoga classes to spend more time with your dog, or you’re trying to strengthen your bond with your furry friend, you will find that there are so many ways to bring your two passions – yoga and dogs – into one. Why not give these activities below a try?
Doga, also known as Dog Yoga, is a real thing! It takes your love of dogs and yoga and creates one fun activity that you can do with your dog. You can either attend classes – which exist – or buy a yoga mat and ball and do Doga at home. It’s an all-weather activity, takes only 30 minutes, and is fun for both you and your dog. However, Doga is not a gimmick; it can have real benefits for your dog. It can reduce their stress levels – especially if they are hyperactive, strengthen the bond between man’s best friend and human, and help them to become more familiar and accepting of touch. Give Doga a try and you’ll either love it or hate it!
Push Ball is a fun game for dogs, originating in Germany, that involves one yoga ball, an hour of your free time, a yard, and a couple of obstacles. It also takes a dog with love for toys and a sunny day to create the perfect situation for a game of Push Ball. The game of Push Ball involves you standing at one end of your yard and your dog at another with the yoga ball. They then have to move the yoga ball, bypassing the obstacles, all the way to your location. For some dogs, it’s an easy task, but for others, it can be too hard to resist playing with the ball instead.
It doesn’t matter whether you have a puppy or an adult dog, you will find that stretching with them can improve their health, mobility, and agility. If you include regular stretching sessions into their routine, you can even help with bone disorders and chronic joint pain as well. Just like humans, dogs can feel pain and discomfort in their joints and muscles. However, you can do your part – while benefiting your body in the process. Carry out these exercises in 30 minutes or less in any weather, and benefit from the knowledge that it’s fun, free, and you only need a distraction toy and a few treats. When you want to help your dog’s health, start stretching!
After stretches, walks, and Doga, you may find that all your pampered pooch feels like is a relaxing massage. Get them comfortable by having them lie on the ground, and begin patting their head with light pressure in circular motions. Move your hands down to their neck and repeat, before using the same force and movement on their shoulder blades.
Sometimes to feel as relaxed as what yoga can offer, all it takes is a walk through nature. If you have half an hour or an hour to spare, grab your dog and take them for a stroll through flora and fauna in your area. The calm, peaceful, and relaxing environment can evoke a sense of calm in both you and your pampered pooch that regular walks through the city streets can’t offer.
There is no denying that dogs love to go for trips to the dog park, for swims to the beach, and to play with a ball in their backyard, but they can also enjoy the simple things in life also. Introduce your dog to a life of serenity and calmness with Doga, massages, stretches, and being at one with nature.