The swirling colors and translucent appearance of floating soap bubbles have fascinated people and animals of all sorts for hundreds of years. Illustrations of children playing with these fascinating spheres have been depicted in illustrations going all the way back to the late 1700s, when Jean Simeon Chardin’s piece entitled Soap Bubbles, which shows a young man leaning out a window in the process of blowing a bubble with a pipe. In the nineteenth century, a soap company by the name of A&F Pears refined the soap making process and created a bubble that could last longer, making the pastime more popular. Manufacturers eventually began marketing soapy solutions with a small wand, designed to more easily make bubbles in the 1940s and today’s bubble market includes non-toxic and scented varieties, as well as bubbles specifically marketed towards our pets, with flavors such as catnip, bacon, and peanut butter. The Tibetan Spaniel, with their excellent sense of vision, is likely to be fascinated by the visual appearance of the floating spheres, and the scented varieties designed for dogs will further entice them to play more vigorously and for a longer time.
Tibetan Spaniels are cheerful, playful dogs that are particularly good at problem solving but don’t really like being left alone. They are very attached to their owners and prefer to have them around, but they are also independent enough to play on their own for a time, while their owners attend to other matters. There are many commercially made toys available that are designed to keep your canine companion happy and entertained for anywhere from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars, or you can choose to create your own from inexpensive components and items that you may already have in your home.
Dogs have been helping us to get exercise and to better relax for thousands of years and Tibetan Spaniels, in particular, were known to assist Buddhists with their meditative practices, sitting near them or even on the laps of practitioners while they meditated. Yoga is a form of exercise developed by the Hindu people that involves a system of physical postures and breathing techniques that both calm and strengthen the individuals that participate in the practice and quite frequently involves meditation very similar to the meditation employed by the Buddhist monks. Doga is a modified version of this exercise that incorporates your dog into the practice, improving the bond between humans and their canines, promoting calmness in both species, and in many cases, increasing the intensity of the exercise for the human by including the pup into the postures.