Doga: Why Is It The Best Fitness Activity To Keep You And Your Dog In Shape?
As quarantine and social distancing measures ensue, there is no better time to get in shape than in 2021. However, limited capacity at once-frequented establishments such as gyms and yoga studios can make it difficult for individuals to get their daily dose of exercise.
Fortunately, dog yoga—or doga—is something you can enjoy with your pet in the comfort of your home. Paired with the right nutritional plan, introducing your pet to doga can provide many health benefits you wouldn’t expect!
It Creates a Stronger Bond Between You & Your Dog
If you are adopting a dog for the first time, bonding with them can sometimes pose a challenge. Fortunately, doga is one of the best ways to establish a relationship with your dog.
By dedicating an hour of your time to doga each day, you and your dog can become closer physically and emotionally. Many doga positions are already behaviors your dog will naturally engage in—being part of that behavior can enhance your relationship.
It Satisfies Your Daily Exercise Needs
If social distancing measures restrict your ability to jog around the block, doga is an excellent exercise alternative. Many doga poses access you and your dog’s core and enhance muscle strength.
If you—or your dog—can stand to shed a few pounds, doga can help you shave off excess fat. After months of practice, you and your dog can experience enhanced balance and flexibility.
Different yoga practices serve various needs. A consistent bedtime yoga routine, for example, can combat bouts of insomnia and enhance sleep. Additionally, regular, more challenging yoga practices can contribute to healthier hearts.
It Helps Improve Certain Health Conditions
While doga isn’t always recommended for senior dogs or those with debilitating genetic predispositions, it can improve specific health conditions.
A dog with weaker muscles, for instance, will benefit from daily stretching. If you suffer from similar joint problems, accessing your muscles can help repair fascia and reduce pain.
Similarly, doga allows both humans and their pets to remove themselves from stressful situations. Becoming one with yourself is a method of improving self-trust. The more rooted you are in your center, the better you can develop a healthy and balanced ego—the same goes for your dog.
It Keeps You Socially Engaged
Among the most common struggles amidst the pandemic is a lack of social interaction. If you don’t have access to a regular yoga studio, you can just as easily enlist in dog-and-me classes online.
If you can attend physical yoga classes, this relaxed and welcoming environment can prove socially enriching and connect you with like-minded pet parents. Socially anxious dogs can learn to overcome nervousness and develop more personable traits.
The Bottom Line
Yoga is a long-beloved form of exercise and relaxation for a reason—it harmonizes and purifies the body. Together with your pup, its dog-centered counterpart can synchronize the energy flow between owner and dog.
If you and your dog need a productive outlet that enhances your physical and emotional health, don’t overlook the wonders of doga!
About the Author
Mike is the owner of Dog Embassy and a passionate pet parent. For years, he has provided accessible resources for owners who want to learn more about nutrition, care, and gear.