Are you wondering how to entertain your dog and yourself during gloomy days? Try "doga" - yoga, during which you exercise together.
What is dog yoga?
Can you imagine walking into a yoga studio with your furry friend, stretching out two yoga mats and getting into the downward dog pose? Although you might be able to get away with it somewhere, "doga", as dog yoga is nicknamed for short, can also be practiced at home.
Spending time together doing yoga can bring home comfort and deepen your relationship. Dog yoga also has other benefits. It reduces stress, anxiety, promotes proper posture, socialization and relaxation. Danni Shemanski, a veterinarian who has been teaching dog yoga in New York City since 2001, says that many behavioral problems in dogs are caused by a lack of attention, and yoga is a great way to engage your pet.
Thanks to dog yoga, you can also teach your dog to be more patient when reaching for his body. This can make it easier for you to trim the claws or clean the ears and teeth.
Who is the Great Dane suitable for?
Suzi Teitelman is considered the founder of dog yoga. According to its website, this activity is suitable for all dogs and their owners, regardless of age or breed. However, it is always important to remember that every dog is different and has unique needs that should be taken into account during training.
Dog yoga may not be suitable for dogs with health problems who take long-term medication. If you are in doubt as to whether you can include this activity, consult your veterinarian.
How to practice dog yoga?
You can start quite easily. Just sit back, breathe deeply while your furry friend lies down next to you. The next step can be a pose called Sukhasana. Sit in a Turkish seat and straighten your back. You can guess how long it will take your training partner to sit on your lap. Breathe deeply and watch as the dog's breath calms down and matches yours.
Move from sitting to leaning forward at the desk. This pose is called Uttanasana. In regular yoga you would try to touch your toes, in dog yoga you would pet or scratch the dog that is lying underneath you. Always straighten up and then return to the forward bend and repeat this several times.
Spending time with your pet is always quality time, and yoga is a great way to get the most out of your time together.