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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!)

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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.

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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!

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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!

 

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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).

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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!

 

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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….

Pawmaste!

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Daily Doga Pose Day 2, the Sphinx Pose- Join us for some doga today

By April 2, 2017 The 4 American Dogs Blog

Daily Doga Pose- Sphinx Pose

We’ll move on today to a Sphinx pose. It’s a really easy simple pose to do. Your dog will do this move naturally, to be honest Scout chose this as the pose to do as he laid on the mat naturally. It’s almost like and at times can be mistaken for Cobra pose, but that pose will come later.

 

Scout taking the lead in todays DOGA practice

Pam following Scouts lead!

 

 

 

 

 

 

To do this pose have your dog come to the mat (or even half onto the mat- heck even on the bed or wherever!) and then tell them down, they’ll naturally lie down with their paws in front of them placed exactly where they should be, now Scout was looking at me standing off to the side in the photo, but for a perfect Sphinx pose stand in front of your dog and make eye contact with your dog. *Use a treat when necessary to lure your dog down or to look straight in.

For your pose lie on the mat face down then bring your arms at a 90 degree angle lined up directly under your shoulders while slowly raise your head and chest.

Pam shown in full Sphinx pose

Justice in Sphinx pose

So, combine a simple meditation and a Sphinx pose today or anyway for a mini doga practice! Namaste- or as we say in DOGA- PAWMASTE!!

 

 

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Daily Doga Pose/ Move or meditation for the day, Pawmaste!

By April 1, 2017 The 4 American Dogs Blog

Daily Doga Personal Challenge

Skyler and Pam mediating and starting their Doga practice for the day!

During the month of April, I’m going back to Yoga-I mean DOGA! Why would I do anything without my dog(s) that I don’t have to?!?! So we’re going to do a daily doga pose for the month of April ending up with a full Doga routine by April 31! Come along for the ride and bring your dog into the world of DOGA!

Okay, so I’m going to bring some poses this month to my readers that they can do with their dogs as they practice Y….wait, DOGA!! Some of the shared poses are familiar in how we’ll be doing them others I will be coming up with myself or by watching my dogs closely over time and to the present day. Day One we’ll keep it easy and we’ll be doing a simple meditation. All you have to do is sit in a comfortable position- I chose to sit Indian Style with my dog in front of me.(Okay, Freedom freely chose her own spot to be!) But I’ll get into that in a bit. Once your sitting comfortably tell/ reassure your dogs they’re safe, and that there is peace and quiet in the room. Now, while petting your dog (maybe giving your dog a little massage or belly rub) concentrate on your breathing. Inhale through your nose, and exhale through your mouth. While you exhale make some noise by chanting- Ooohhhmmmm…….

Daily Doga Tips:

Tip one- Your dog may not automatically come to the mat, so let your dog come to the mat on his or her own time, and when they come to the mat reward and praise them for doing so.  Say “Good, girl/ boy or {your dog’s name} etc.

Doga coach instructs her companion to do the Downward Dog pose for the Daily Doga Pose

Liberty becomes my DOGA instructor/ coach!

As you chant the “Ohm” your dog will grow to know it’s Doga time and automatically come to the mat. Some dogs need more time than others to make their way to the mat, so be patient! While some
dogs are more instructors and check to be sure your doing the poses correctly!

 

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