New Workout for your and your dog in 2018
In 2018, we will be taking a journey together into the world of DOGA. We hope that you will join us for this wonderful journey. Together we will learn all about the world of Doga and all it has to offer…..and by mid year we hope to have a nice daily practice that we can do and present to others at local shelters and dog groups! So if you live on Long Island or the surrounding area stay tuned for more info on that. By the end of the year, we hope to have a video that you can buy to have at home so you and your dog can follow along with a well thought out daily practice, so stay tuned and follow along. We will have a new pose- new recipe to compliment your Doga session- or something everyday in our blogs……In this blog- the All American Dog Runner Girl Blog- as well as the Six Legged Companion Coach Blog and the Four American Dogs Blog and a Novel Idea Blog- all located on this site…….so tune in daily for new stuff to help with your practice….we will try to have videos at some point as well, but at the very least we’ll have still photos to see our progress so you can join us. And we will talk you through things step by step as much as possible.
What is Doga?
Doga is Yoga that is practiced with your dog. And what are those who practice yoga called- YOGI’s! And while this is true your dog will be called a Dogi!!
How Do You Start?
So let’s talk about what you need to do to start. First, you will need a place to practice Doga. We use our DOGA mat, you may call it a Yoga mat. We happen to have the world’s largest Doga Mat which let’s all of us come to the mat together. Ok, so once you have chosen your place to practice set it up! If it is a Mat or surface like that, keep it out 24/7 and let your dog go to the spot on their own throughout the day, and night. You may even see your dog going to sleep on it at night. This is good as your good is associating it as a nice comfortable spot. If your dog doesn’t seem interested in the mat or spot, and you want to help your dog learn to go to it sooner you can help it by training him or her to “go to the mat or spot!”
How to train “Go to…..”
With your mat out and visible or available to your dog, let your dog naturally check out the mat, now overtime your dog looks at or in the direction of the mat, use a clicker and a treat and click and treat. The next the more your dog motions towards the mat, click and treat. Once your dog is getting closer to the mat, stop rewarding just looking at the mat and only reward the closest and more intimate motions with the mat, they have moved past the first steps and graduated those steps already. If you need to step backwards that’s ok, but encourage the later steps as much as possible with positive reinforcement- i.e. a click and treat. HINT: a lot of the time if your dog sees you using the mat, they will feel intrigued and investigate with you- time to reward!
Let all interaction with the mat be as natural as possible and positive.
Our First exercise in the
Art of Doga
To start our journey we will first learn how to do a simple mediation. To do so, go to your Doga mat with your dog and have a sit (you can lie down if you choose as well- which ever is more comfortable for you).
This pose by the way is about you and your dog being more present and relaxing together. So basically ANYONE can do it, anytime and to be honest anywhere.
If you cannot get down to the mat, you have no excuses- sit on the couch, the bed, if your sitting in a chair that your dog can not join you in, you can still meditate!
Just have your dog close and have one hand on your pet and the other hand on your heart or relaxed on your lap.
Now close your eyes if you chose- closing your eyes will help you relax more! But if you chose you can leave your eyes open.
Petting your Dog will help you relax more to that is instead of just placing your hand on your dog. As every time you physically pet your dog it lowers your blood pressure.
Mediating with your dog can last a few seconds, a minute, 5 minutes, or however long you wish to practice and meditate. You can set a timer and just relax- let the timer worry about time.
Okay now that your in the position to make you and your dog most comfortable and relaxed. You will know concentrate on your breathing. You will take a deep breathe in through the nose, hold it a second or two, then exhale through the mouth. Breathe the good in, and the bad you are letting go of.
Breathing is something we do everyday without thinking I know but we do so much of it I think we take it for granted a lot of the time and we need to learn to breathe better and more consciously! I am going to suggest watching a video by Dr Andrew Weil to learn a new breathing technique which will help you relax and make more of your Doga Experience!
Ohm’ing with our pets!
Ohming with your dog, I want to share a video with you from my mentor and fellow Yogi and Dogi’s Suzi Teitelman.
So let’s Ohm with our pets! Can we try this with our bunnies, horses, and even birds?!?!?! Why not they taught us this first so let’s bring it full circle now! I mean Downward Human no it’s called Dog! etc…….
Our Start to our daily Doga practice
Okay so now we have begun our journey, every week this year keep coming back to learn one new exercise/ move/ pose in our journey and by mid year we should have a great foundation for a great practice, and by the end of the year we will have a great practice to last a lifetime. (We will keep everyone we can in mind, and account for those unable to sit on the floor to practice and all.)
Until tomorrow have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day.
The All American Dog Runner Girl and her Four American Dogs