Hello friends, as you all are fully aware we have an amazing dog, our sweet Izzy! He is the official blog dog here at Katherines Corner. Did you see his interview last week? He likes to learn new things, so when Mike Powell, a passionate dog lover and writer told me about DOGA ( dog yoga) I knew I wanted him to be my guest. Please join me in welcoming Mike, the owner of Dog Embassy and an expert in all things canine. He also writes comprehensive guides on dog ownership, care, nutrition, and gear for dog owners. Please stop by Dog Embassy and read about well tested and recommended products for your four legged family member.
DOGA: Why Is It The Best Fitness Activity To Keep You And Your Dog In Shape
As the pandemic persists, many are grasping at straws for the best methods of staying in shape. With limited access to fitness centers and public spaces, keeping fit while in the confines of your home can be challenging—but not impossible!
Simple habits such as words of affirmation, eating healthy, and indulging in activities like DOGA can do wonders for your physical and mental health. Not to mention, your dog will likely get a kick out of it too. If you’ve been considering DOGA for some time, here are a few reasons why you should dive right in.
It Gives You & Your Dog a New Way to Bond
Daily walks and belly rubs are a given. However, DOGA presents a unique way to strengthen the relationship between you and your canine companion. If you’ve recently welcomed a new addition to the family, DOGA is an excellent way to break the ice—it brings you to your dog’s level and allows you to communicate without words.
It Can Improve Physical Ailments
Engaging in more strenuous activities may be challenging if you or your dog suffer from physical ailments such as arthritis or bad knees. Fortunately, DOGA provides an easy and stress-free method of improving these ailments by activating muscles and flexibility. Do you suffer from lower back pain? DOGA can enhance mobility in humans and animals!
Did you know that DOGA can also improve digestion? If your dog is on a diet for stomach sensitivity, treating adjacent physical illnesses can drastically improve their gut health.
It Reduces Stress
Thanks to rigorous lockdown measures and adjusting to the new normal, stress is often difficult to escape. While your dog may be thrilled to have you around 24/7, this may not always be the case for you! However, an hour of DOGA each day can provide you and your pup with a moment of quiet reflection.
It Helps You Cope with Social Anxiety
Do you have a socially anxious dog—and do you relate? Enrolling in an online or limited face-to-face DOGA class can help you (and your dog) cope with these feelings. It may take some convincing, but treats for picky eaters can entice even the most nervous four-legged friends!
It’s Good for the Heart
Canines can suffer from cardiac diseases just like humans—but that’s where DOGA steps in. The act of stretching and meditation has long been revered for its ability to lower blood pressure and slow heart rate. If you and your dog are prone to contracting heart disease, an hour of daily DOGA can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, improving your overall immune system function.
It Enriches Older Dogs
Older dogs might experience a loss of mobility, but occasional DOGA can provide them with much-needed exercise. Not to mention, it keeps them enriched, entertained, and relaxed in their later years.
The Bottom Line
Ultimately, DOGA isn’t just a welcome at-home fitness regimen for you and your dog. It can also provide numerous mental and emotional benefits that can make your pandemic experience more bearable. Finding peace isn’t easy, but enjoying the journey with your dog is irreplaceable!