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Today's #Dogaddictive Tip No. 3 for Easy Seated #Yoga Pose: Practice 'Do as I do' to engage your dog in the fun. Watch for more Easy Seated Pose modifications this week and visit our blog post to view more: http://goo.gl/cAHOLc #dogaddiction #doga #dogadogs #dogadogsofInstagram #Yoga #yogadogs #yogapartners #dogs
- If outdoor activities are not an option at this time of year, try getting your dog involved in our #doga workouts by using the short, instructional videos I have developed with yoga instructor, Jess Wilson. You can see above that Tanner and I have had a #FidoSeeFidoDo moment in that photo posted on Instagram.
- Attach a long leash to your dog or work in a traffic- and distraction-safe area, like a large fenced back yard.
- Start by changing up your pace--walk, run, skip, or tip toe. Whatever provides a variation that will cause your pup to have to change his pace to match yours. I'm guessing your Fido won't be skipping or tip toeing, but certainly he can learn to speed up or slow down. Learning the "Slow" command is a good thing for most younger dogs.
- When your dog masters this easy version, try walking or running backwards while calling your dog toward you. If your dog knows the back up command, be sure to give him a chance to mimic your activity. This is a wonderful brain game for both of you! Tanner has mastered this, but seems a bit confused by doing it for longer distances. Oliver, not so much. He seems to want to turn around and face me. Whatever works for your dog, keep it fun.
- Next I tried squats moving left, then right. Both dogs moved back and forth when it was their turn, but seemed seriously confused by my goofy walking method. Neither of them tried to squat! No great surprise there. Yours?
- An easier version of the back and forth squat was squat-stepping all the way across the cul-de-sac in one direction, and then going back to the direction from whence we came. Watch your dog's facial expressions as you do this one. It cracked me up to watch Tanner tilt his head as if to say, "What the heck are you doing, Mom?"
- I'm sure I'll come up with some new variations, but for now, feel free to try these or create your own. Ideas? I'd love to hear them in the comments section!
have some good, old-fashioned bonding time with your dog. I'm talking ear rubs, belly scratching, massage and silliness. Whatever your dog enjoys, make it happen. Seal the deal with a yummy treat, and your pup will be looking forward to your next cockamamie exercise session.