Doggone Healthy Choices
Browsing Category

The 4 American Dogs Blog

Daily Doga Pose- Dead Man/ Dog Pose

By April 12, 2017 The 4 American Dogs Blog

Dead Man or Dead Dog Pose ( active stretch)

Ok, todays pose is the Dead Man/ Dog Pose AKA Shavasana. Here you just lie on your back and stretch your arms and legs long, while breathing in and out. In through our nose and out through your mouth. While your dog will also be lying on their back, you will gently stretch their front legs toward you- pulling them AGAIN gently!! If your dog wants to get out of the pose let them, keeping the practice a positive experience for them and you!

So that’s a simple pose, yet feels so good. You can add a little belly rub for your dog as well. And as you lie there you can look up at your dog that will look at you and wonder are you really dead? LOL!

Ok until tomorrow, have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day!


You Might Also Like

Daily Doga Pose….Rest Day!

By April 11, 2017 The 4 American Dogs Blog

Well deserved Rest Day!

Today, after a long day of training (running and service dog training) and now blogging- we are calling this a rest day from the Daily Doga Pose. But no fears we have our pose chosen for tomorrow.

Liberty and I ran 5. 75 miles mostly all hills then we came home to a doga practice- had a hard time choosing a pose of the day, so opted to take a rest day there. Hey everyone needs a REST day, right? Our suggestion is to use the past 10 days poses and put them together for  doga session with your dog!

Liberty and Freedom truly resting!

Scout doing his Service Dog training. You can check out the 4 American Dogs Blog for more on that.

To find out tomorrows pose check back tomorrow, until then have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day!

You Might Also Like

Daily Doga Pose- the Butterfly Pose

By April 10, 2017 The 4 American Dogs Blog

The Butterfly Pose- Daily Doga Pose

Scouting in the K-9 version of Butterfly Pose

Our dogs version seriously looks like a doggy budda! Basically you can get you dog to sit and guide them back so they are sitting on their hind legs and straight up! Balance can be tricky for your dog since they walk and run on all 4 paws! So you can let them put a paw up and try to get  a treat from your hand and their third paw will actually help with balance (it’s like you trying to balance on one foot and using a chair or wall for support). If you can get behind your dog you can have them sit in front of you and get ahold of their front paws and bring them up easily. Whenever your dog wants to get out of any pose let them, keep the practice nice, easy, friendly, positive- you get the idea!

Hold the pose with your dog for as long as you can, if they fall out and you can get them back in the pose give it another try! Let them be a Budda Butterfly today.

Our pose makes us look like a Budda as well. For us we should have our dogs close by. And we will sit on the floor, then bring our legs in. Our feet will be flat again each other facing each other. And we will bring our feet as close to our pelvis as possible. It proves for a great stretch! Just breathe easily during the pose, in through the nose and out through your mouth.

Pam in the butterfly pose

You can also flap our legs up and down here for a deeper stretch, an even deeper stretch you would lean forward onto your elbows or to further that stretch stretch your arms out and lean as forward as possible putting your forehead to the ground!

Until tomorrow have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day!


You Might Also Like

Daily Dog Pose for Sunday- Excited Dog Pose!

By April 9, 2017 The 4 American Dogs Blog

Daily Dog Pose- the Excited Dog pose!

Excited Dog

Scout shows us above how to do the pose doggie style or the dog version of it. Of course our dogs do it naturally and it just come to them. But if we’re smart we will try to emulate our dog and be naturally happy and healthy. In the three photos you will see Scout twist and stretching out his sides- ribs, abs, etc- a nice stretch. then in the lower right photo you’ll see him wagging his tail. Or part of his wag!, in between we just add a leg lift.

People wag their tail in this pose.

So for our pose we are down on all fours, and we will twist to one side at a time- we should be able to twist and see our foot behind us. You’ll bring your shoulder back slightly as you look behind to get a good stretch! Hold the stretch for 20-30 seconds and then come back to all fours looking straight ahead and do a simple leg lift with your leg held straight out (or as much as your can straighten it!) Before coming back to all fours, wag your “tail” or leg behind you and get excited to be working out alongside your dog(s). Now, come back to all fours and repeat on the other side!


Until tomorrow have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day (literally today!)

You Might Also Like

Daily Doga Pose- Surprise included!- Crouching Pushup

By April 8, 2017 The 4 American Dogs Blog

Crouching Pushup-

A Surprise move!

Today yeah it’s kinda a surprise because Scout decided to combine Doga and Pupilates, or yoga and pilates, IE do a PIYO move! First let’s show you the dog pose…..Oh the pose or move is the CROUCHING PUSHUP!

Now for the human pose or move…..yes it is an active move!

Human Exercise

Did you say pushup? UGH! We all hate these. Wait, this is a little different so we’ll have a bit of fun with our pushups today.

Ok, so at first you’ll be in downward dog position to start off. Then you would raise your leg (start with one and do the other side next). And lift that leg into the air, making a straight line from your head to your toe. Now you want to bring your leg down and into your other leg, bending the straight leg and the standing leg and crouching together- almost like your going to make yourself into a ball but stopping beforehand. Your forehead should be as close to the ground as possible- think pushup but in a scrunched up form! Then extend your leg back up so your in a downward dog split again, repeat a few times and switch to the other side because yes we have two sides to workout. And we want to give equal time to each side.

Pam does her crouching pushup

Yes, Scout can get down further than I can right now BUT I will make it my goal to meet him at the same point one day!! It’s all about progress not perfection, right?!?!?! Bend those elbows and get that forehead to touch the ground- lets go!

Until tomorrow have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day.

You Might Also Like

Daily Doga Pose- Extended Puppy Pose-Join us!

By April 7, 2017 The 4 American Dogs Blog

Extended Puppy Pose chosen by Scout naturally!

Naturally Scout chose the pose of the day, naturally he chose the pose and it came it him naturally in the backyard while running around and stretching about.


If you get your dog playing  or get your dog wanting to play, he’ll go into this pose- AKA as play position. That is when a dog wants to play he gets into this pose to get ready for extended puppy play!

We can simulate this pose best by getting down on the mat, and kneeling, sitting back on our feet. bring your hands over your head and stretch up as you inhale and then stretch forward while raising your butt in the air, the goal is have a 90 degree angle between your butt and feet.

So that’s the pose for the day, we’re developing a great DOGA practice here….let’s keep going- tomorrow’s pose we may just have a surprise in store so come on back for more!

Until then have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day!

You Might Also Like

Daily Doga Pose- Downward Dog!

By April 6, 2017 The 4 American Dogs Blog

Downward Dog!

Ok, so unless you have been hiding under a rock all this time, you at the very least have heard someone at some point mention the downward dog! People in everyday conversation may have brought up the DOWNWARD DOG! Whether in joking or talking about Yoga! But I have to say I have the best coach of the downward dog! My dog Liberty stands by my side while I do my version of the pose and makes sure I’m lifting my butt in air, my arms are framing my head, my legs are shoulder width apart, I’m putting the weight back in my legs, etc. She’s a tough coach! That look she gives you makes you want to do the best pose ever!

Then there is Scout that while playing in the backyard just gets into the pose and flows from upward dog (covered another day real soon), to downward dog, extended puppy pose, and shavasana or dead man’s (dog) pose. And so on…I gotta say first thing in the morning when our dogs rise or playing in the backyard they make these poses look so easy, natural, and fun. Honestly when working out with my dogs, it all is!

Scout shows off doing a True Downward Dog

Admittedly, I got to tell Scout lift that butt up in the air, higher, higher!! As I let out a good laugh!

Until tomorrow, have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day!


You Might Also Like

Wednesday Doga Pose- the PLANK!

By April 5, 2017 The 4 American Dogs Blog

 The Plank!

Pam in plank

Today the pose is the plank, everyone has either done it or at least heard of the dreaded plank, it’s a pose you get into and hold…..I attempted to make the pose into a dog pose as well…..

Ok here it goes, to do the pose. First get on all fours on your mat or on the ground. Your hands/ arms should be under your shoulders. Now straighten your legs out and push up on your arms. Keep your core tight, and keep breathing. Your body should form a straight line from head to toe. Hold your head up and keep the straight line- by looking forward.

*optional- if more comfortable you can have your arms at a 90 degree angle. And rest on your forearms. Still keeping a straight line from head to toe and core strong!

If done enough, and practice daily, etc you will develop a strong core from this and be able to hold a plank for an extended period of time.

The Dog’s Version of the Plank

Bear with me on the dogs version- I was trying to come up with one today and this is for now, of course I may be able to change it over time but it’s all a work of progress and a lifelong practice. So for your dogs pose. Have your dog stand normally in front of you and slowly lure them forward slightly (treats work, but *caution as it did for me Freedom kept moving way to far out of the stand).

You Might Also Like

Tuesdays Doga Pose- the Striking Cobra Pose

By April 4, 2017 The 4 American Dogs Blog

Tuesdays Daily Doga Pose for April

Today, we decided to take the Sphinx pose a little deeper if you will and take it to a Cobra pose. So get ready to “STRIKE” up a pose today, yeah it’s that type of day- to STRIKE your prey!

Pam in Cobra Pose

Ok, what you’ll be doing is lying on the mat stomach down to begin with. Now, move or slide your hands underneath your shoulders. Once they’re there you will slowly push your upper body upwards, elongating your neck. Giving a good stretch to your neck and torso (or abs) area. Hold this pose for 20-30 seconds and bring your body back to the starting point slowly. Do this 2 to 3 times in your practice today. Oh and don’t forget to really be like a Cobra and stick that tongue out to STRIKE your prey or target (don’t forget Cobras move fast with that tongue!)

Freedom in Cobra Pose

Now for your dogs pose, sit your dog on the mat or anywhere really. And hold a treat (or just your hand) above their head and let them reach to sniff and or get the treat. This stretches out their neck and torso area as well. If you want you can have them lie down and guide them to lift their front paws and head up only as well. I got Freedom to do a great example of this in the video below!

Ok, that’s the pose for today, we’re growing on the poses by the end of the week, we’ll be able to do a full DOGA practice together, can’t wait!

See you here same place tomorrow for another pose!


You Might Also Like

Daily Doga Pose for Monday- the Pawshake!

By April 3, 2017 The 4 American Dogs Blog

Daily Doga Pose- the Pawshake!

Don’t forget to shake paws with your dog!

i.e.- Shake your dogs paw!

This Pawshake is a triangle pose is a simple pose for you to do as well. First stand on your mat, or anywhere really! (a doga mat is optional here!) Honestly the only thing you may want to have are a few treats for your dog, and even this is optional!!

Ok, raise your arms to shoulder height, straight out at your sides. Now take a deep breathe in and as you exhale move your right hand down to your left foot. You may be able to touch the floor and this is great (and something to work up to if you can’t now!) Hold the stretch for 20-30 seconds. If you cannot touch the floor it’s ok, hold on to your ankle. Or even your knee or thigh, reach down however far you can. Meet your dog somewhere and give your dog a pet, a rub, kiss, and don’t forget to shake paws! Now come up slowly back to your original position and do it again but go down to the other foot with the other hand.

If your dog is still a little weary of coming to the mat fully treat them even if they come within a foot of you and the mat! They’ll learn it’s a safe, fun and great place to be in time. Be patient! A little extra TLC for the skeptical dog maybe needed.

I would like to give credit to Amy Stevens from Yoga 4 Dogs without her video I wouldn’t have even given Doga a second look, never mind YOGA….but I found it years ago and continue to practice to this day. I also found Suzi Teitelman from DogaDog to be very helpful and decided to take her on as a mentor. So Pawmaste ladies and pups, thank you for helping myself and my dogs on our healthy journey!




With all that being said come back tomorrow for more doga poses to get healthy with for you and your dog! And be sure to subscribe over to the right to our blog to get updates and freebies delivered right to your mailbox!

Have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day, and until tomorrow….


You Might Also Like