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Doga: Discover the Benefits of Yoga with Dogs

Doga: Discover the Benefits of Yoga with Dogs

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Each day, the number of people who choose to excersie with their dogs grows. Going for a jog or for a walk with our 4-pawed friends is great for our physical health, it motivates us, and improves our mood, among other things.

With that in mind, it´s no surprise that activities like canicross (cross-country running with dogs) or flyball are rising in popularity. Still, these two sports aren´t the only ones: less well known activities like doga are attracting new enthusiasts everyday.

This activity, which originated in the US, is relatively recent development. It´s name is a portmanteau, originating from the fusion of ¨yoga¨ and ¨dog¨. Obviously enough, doga is simply the practice of doing yoga with your dog.

We live stressful, demanding lives, always rushing from one place to the next, and we tend to forget that our pets share these lives with us. That is to say, our pets deal with the hustle & bustle, the frenetic rhythm of our lifestyles too. This way of life, in fact, can contribute to stages of considerable stress and/or anxiety that threaten our health. For this reason, in the past few years, centers that offer doga sessions have been particularly successful.

Doga combines physical exercise with relaxation through controlled breathing, helping to aleviate tensions and stress. It´s benefits are shared in pairs, precisely because doga was built around this bilateral interaction between dogs and humans.

These exercises can be done with any kind of canine. However, doga sessions should be adapted to the physical characteristics of the dog (e.g. size and weight). In general, doga incorporates the positions and maneuveurs of a traditional yoga session, although some are modified to increase interaction between dog and owner.

According to experts, doga is beneficial for a dog´s physical health since it improves cardiovascular circulation, increases flexibility, and tones muscles. It also provides important emotional and psychological benefits. For example, it helps dogs to relax and concentrate, and it even results in synchronized breathing between the dog-owner pairs, which fortifies the bond between them. In this sense, doga can help develop an intimate connection between dogs and their humans and also serves as the perfect warmup before canine training sessions.

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Walking our dogs freely

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It’s fundamental for our dogs to be able to run and walk freely every day, many times a day, no matter their size. Walks help them have new experiences, relate and socialize with other dogs. The experience is even better if we take them to beaches or parks. Dogs that live in cities may get stressed during their daily walks because of all the things they encounter: noises, smells, etc. It is recommended for dogs to have a space where they can feel free, run and play with other dogs. Walks should be under our supervision and only if our dog is trained, as well as respectful to other dogs and people.

It’s sad to have a dog that’s tied all the time, especially for the dog. For a dog to be balanced he must be able to run and play with others. Dog owners must remember that there are rules that they must follow. For example, you must always have a bag for when your dog goes to the bathroom. There are also rules about potentially dangerous animals. Our dog must obey commands like: ‘stop’, ‘sit’ or ‘come here.’  Having an educated dog is not difficult, it’s something that needs time and dedication, if you don’t have time it’s better not have a dog.

It would be ideal to be able to take our dog everywhere we go so he can explore and be with us, but this is not possible due to the lack of education in many dogs. It’s not strange that when your dog sees another dog he starts to bark and even try to attack him. This is part of educating him to be respectful, something that is completely under your control and responsibility.

Like everything dog education is a process that takes time. For now, we can enjoy the spaces that are available to take walks. Hopefully, there will be more places where dogs can run freely and share with other dogs. We must know that it mostly depends on us as owners, we must train our dogs to be nice and respectful.

 

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