Doga is a growing trend that combines yoga and dogs. It is a fantastic way for owners and their four-legged friends to exercise together, often adding an element of fun as opposed to doing yoga alone. But before you get too excited, it is important to note that dogs cannot do the majority of normal yoga poses. They will instead find joy in stretching and some aspects of massage and soothing energy, in which yoga sessions are famous for.
That said, here are three reasons to look into Doga.
Improved Physical Health
Even though scientific research does not support Doga’s health benefits, it is still a form of physical activity. If you and your canine are out of shape, Doga can be an excellent way to get much-needed exercise. Almost all types of physical activity help with blood circulation, muscle building, and weight loss — and Doga is not an exemption.
In many cases, Doga appeals to a dog’s instinct to stretch, which help enhance their flexibility and range of motion. Regular exercise and massage may also prevent arthritis and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in dogs, particularly when they become older.
Some injured dogs (depending on the injury) can benefit from practicing Doga. Canines recovering from injuries or accidents receive pain relief through gentle stretching that eases muscle tension. Doga can also help canines recover their strength if they lost it because of injury or older age.
Calm and Relaxed Mental State
Relaxation and breathing exercises are the foundation of Doga, which make up for a huge part of the program. It can be very beneficial for hyperactive dogs as it can help calm them down. The exercise portion of Doga can consume some of a dog’s daily replenishing energy, while stretching and massage can help them become mentally calmer.
One of the best benefits of Doga, in which you and your best friend can share, is that it aids in dealing with stress and anxiety. In fact, mental stability is one of the most significant benefits of yoga. There are several other exercises out there that might do more for your physical health, but when you consider the mental health benefit that comes from meditating and massage, yoga (or Doga), is the greatest there is.
Strengthened Bond with Your Dog
While many scientific studies prove the benefits of yoga for humans, there is not much research about its benefits for dogs — except for one. Doga is a great way to bond with man’s best friend, especially when you try assisted poses, wherein you and your dog work together as partners. With your guidance, Doga can help your pooch learn how to trust you and overall strengthen your relationship.
Doga offers a unique new experience for you and your dog. If you have any interest in trying it with your four-legged best friend, you should be mindful of their body language. If your dog does not seem interested, or if they attempt to pull away or start squirming, it is best to stop and try again on a different day.