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It's Doga Time!

I don't know about you, but I have to do some sort of meditation/ movement/exercise every day to keep the crazy away since we're supposed to be staying at home these days.  Sure, I have times where I need to "go on strike" as I call it and eat a whole bowl of popcorn while watching movies with my quarantine dog buddies, Ruby & Max.   My husband is a RN and is at the hospital all day, so now that I'm a stay-at-home-dog-mom (which I LOVE!), I have to get creative with all of this alone time.

So, I thought I'd share a simple Doga pose with you in case you've never given it a try, plus it's a great way to bond with your dog!

I've found it helpful to do this when your dogs are already in a calm state of mind.

Since downward dog seems to be a favorite of our fur friends, let's start with this one.  It's helpful to prepare your dog ahead of time and teach a new command like "stretch" and reward them whenever you see them doing the downward dog stretch.  Keep your treats ready for when they wake up from their naps and naturally go into this pose, use the command and reward. Start with using the "lay down" command and start in the child's pose on the floor with your dog.  The child's pose begins with you on sitting on your knees, take a few deep breaths and stretch your arms forward, if possible, allow your forehead to touch the ground.  Breathe here for a while, smile at your dog and get ready for the next pose. Some of you may have a dog that loves to imitate your positions, depending on the dog and how treat motivated they are.  With your dog laying down next to you, move into the downward dog pose that you see in the picture above.  Use the "stretch" command or wait to see if your dog will imitate you.  You may also gently lift their backside to try to encourage them into the pose, but never use force and if your dog isn't into it and you end up laughing on the floor while they jump on you and lick your face (which is about 50% of all of my Doga sessions) consider this a win plus it's a great stress reliever! Have fun!

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