Have you ever heard of the doga? If not, we are going to tell you everything we know about it, but, above all, what are the benefits it has for your pet. What we can assure you from now on is that if you practice it with your dog, both of you will benefit greatly. Are you ready? Well, let’s do doga!
What is doga?
Are you a yoga enthusiast? Then you can practice it with your dog! Although many people believe that only people have stress, our pets are also stressed and need some ‘therapy’ to help somatize this stress.
Doga is a discipline-based on yoga that is not only based on the animal doing yoga but also on the owner and dog practicing it together. This will bring benefits to both. This idea was born in Florida in 2011, thanks to the notion of Suzi Teitelman.
Today, doga is a widespread practice around the world. More and more people are practicing it and are also seeing their benefits. Suzi realized that when she did yoga in front of her dog, the dog relaxed more quickly, so one day, she decided to take him with her to her classes and made him participate actively.
Doga in dogs
How is a doga class?
The doga is an excellent form of relaxation for our dogs, and the types consist of:
- Massages and stretching. We will have to help our dog to warm up his body before starting the exercise. Although some teach their pets to imitate their movements if yours has not yet been achieved, do not despair: you can help him with your hands to take the correct posture.
- Breathing. Breathing is vital in this relaxation discipline, and your dog will also need to learn how to do it.
- Stretching. These will be essential after each class, so that the muscles return to their place and, in this way, avoid the annoying stiffness or contractures.
- Relaxation. This is the endpoint of the class, where both the owner and the pet can relax together before returning home.
Benefits of doga in dogs
Just as yoga has many benefits to people, it has been proven that dogs have them as well. Here are a few:
- Balance. The doga is especially beneficial for those dogs that are very nervous or easily stressed. It allows them to find a harmonious relationship between their body and mind, which will enable them to be a balanced animal.
- Link with its owner. They say that touch makes affection, and sharing experiences and games will make our relationship with our pets even closer.
- Replace destructive behaviors. One of the main reasons why dogs may exhibit destructive behaviors is boredom or stress. The doga allows these feelings to be somatized so that the animal remains relaxed.
- Better socialization. Being calmer will make it easier for him to relate to other dogs, especially if he had problems before.
- It improves joints. Of course, like any sport, the doga also benefits your pet’s body, as stretching allows muscles and joints to be exercised correctly.
It improves their flexibility. This will be one of the many benefits this discipline brings to your pet.
As you can see, a discipline of relaxation, which seemed impossible for our pets to do, has become fashionable among them, and also brings significant benefits for everyone. If you haven’t thought about it yet, think about sharing this experience with your pet: you will see how you don’t regret it, and both of you will benefit.