Dog yoga, or now more commonly known as doga, is becoming increasingly popular in the dog owner community and yoga enthusiasts in recent years. It is a variant of yoga that uses the help of dogs, which makes the exercise more enjoyable for you as well because you’re doing it with a partner – your beloved pup. Apart from yoga’s numerous positive effects on your health, doga has a lot of benefits for you and your dog, too – and we’ve listed them down below for you!
It lets you bond with your dog.
In doga classes, you will be doing and learning assisted poses with your dog which will strengthen your bond with and build trust in each other while exercising. This can in turn make it easier for you to train them and correct undesirable behavior if they have any. And if you’re someone who is always busy with work or school the whole week, doga classes would let you focus on your dog and give them your undivided attention.
It helps you and your dog relax.
Doga is known to work wonders if you want to relax and de-stress. The same goes for your dog as they would also benefit from the breathing exercises that come along with doga. The stretching, meditation, and massages would help regulate their energy levels, calm them down, and release tension especially if you have a hyperactive dog.
It is great physical exercise.
For overweight dogs, one of the physical exercises that can help you manage their weight is doga. Regular doga sessions improve blood circulation, increase muscle mass, make joints more flexible, and postpone injuries and bodily aches associated with aging. Doga can also be beneficial to dogs who are just recovering from certain types of injuries by providing pain relief through gentle routines that could help them regain their strength. Senior dogs and dogs with disabilities can also enjoy doga as long as the routines match their needs.
It encourages your dog to socialize.
Aside from you socializing with other dog owners and making new friends, doga sessions give pups the opportunity to mingle with other dogs and help them get used to strangers around them. This builds their confidence and lets them develop more positive interactions with other dogs and people. They may do so without being overwhelmed as their environment is more controlled and relaxed. Though now is not really the best time for doga gatherings in an actual studio, you may practice social distancing by enrolling in virtual dog yoga classes!
Physical and mental wellness are just some of the things that dog yoga promotes. It is also another way of fostering a more meaningful relationship with your dog and is a perfect bonding activity with them while we’re all still staying at home.