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Five Benefits to Yoga with Your Dog

Yoga is one of the best things you can do for your body and your mind.

Through breathing exercises, meditation practices, strength exercises and stretching components,

yoga is a fantastic way to help ease anxiety, pain, addiction, and more.

Now imagine combining the asana of yoga with the joy your pup brings you - what a match!

Incorporating your furry friend with your at home yoga practice is a great way to get moving - for both of you.

Pups tend to enjoy the stretching, massage and soothing energy.

Here are some of the benefits to practicing yoga with your pup:

BONDING

Yoga with your pup is a fantastic way to bond. You can align your interactions through assisted poses in which you and your canine work together, as partners. This can help your dog learn how to trust you and strengthen your relationship. When you improve the bond you have with your dog, you also improve the potential for their behavior correction and training. Yoga requires relaxation and deep focus from both parties which can only help the bond grow, which becomes deeper and more authentic over time.

PHYSICAL HEALTH & WELLNESS

Exercise is always great for both you and your pup. Build muscle and strength by practicing regularly. Yoga for pups already connects to their natural instinct to stretch, which can help them improve their flexibility and range of motion. Regular exercise and massage can also help your pup prevent arthritis and injuries and relieve muscle tension. At the root of it all, movement creates endorphins, dopamine, adrenaline, all of which help create happiness!

RELAXATION

Relaxation and breathing exercises are the cornerstone of Yoga. Being in the practice of yoga and meditation with your pup can work wonders for hyperactive dogs as it can calm them down and mellow them out. Physical and mental exercises can help your pup burn built up energy stemming from stress and anxiety. Dogs can learn how to become still and relaxed. While it takes time to achieve this, making yoga a regular part of your routine will help achieve your goals.

SOCIALIZATION

Yoga with pups is a great way to meet new people and socialize at the park. For your pup, being surrounded by other dogs as well as people in a controlled and soothing environment can be the best way to get him or her used to being around others. Some dogs are shy and anxious and they don't react well in social situations. For those dogs, yoga can do wonders to help them with their social skills. This can also help them on walks or anywhere else in public.

ENTERTAINMENT

For most dog lovers out there, everything is more enjoyable when your pup joins you, and yoga is not an exception! Dogs are super curious love to be included in the fun. Beyond the bonding, the laughter and happiness that stems from attempting yoga with your pup is enough to turn any frown upside-down. Puppy Yoga is also an event often hosted to help introduce you to animals up for adoption! What a great way to meet your future pupper!

Whether you are eager to practice yoga with your pup or simply browsing our blog, we love connecting and sharing new ways to get you and your pup moving together!

For additional ideas, contact one of our trainers today to learn about movement and agility training!