I have moved near Harrisburg over a year and a half ago, yet, it is hard for me to call it home. I find myself explaining to strangers that I don’t know where this and that are because “I just moved.” Recently, I had to admit to myself that I did not just move and I better learn what’s around me.

With that goal in mind, I decided to visit “Paws Abilities,” at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. The event benefits Susquehanna Service Dogs (Keystone Human Services

I checked the schedule and what caught my interest (in addition to agility contests)) was a lecture on “doga.”

What could it be? I asked myself, and read on to learn that doga was a special type of yoga for beast and master, exercising together, the master gently massaging the dog, or sometimes, not really recommanded adjusting “gently” the dog’s spine. The speaker showed a slide of a dog stretching its front legs, while its butt was in the air. “Now,” she said, this is a yoga position, they do it naturally!”

No kidding… I thought to myself, but continued to listen and watch.

Meanwhile, someone in a red dog costume sat next to me and the red dog kept pulling its imaginary hairs off the top off its head. Looking at the red dog I almost missed the most important part of the lecture: A slide showing a woman stretched over her dog.

Oh! I knew this pose, Carol just taught it to me, but neither of us knew she was teaching and I was about to practice doga! But we were! Carol, a active dog rescuer, taught me that “pose” to calm my anxious boxer, Duke. She explained to me that I should lean onto him until I feel his body relax and then, without a word or praise to let go. in that way, I show the dog that I am the alpha and he doesn’t have to “worry” about me. I am in control. This move is probably the simplest, best way to calm Duke. It works! Carol doesn’t know how many times I think of her and thank her for this valuable advice,but now, that I realize this is  doga… oh well, the whole activity becomes more important, more sofisticated, more like…

No 🙂 just kidding! If any of my yoga teacher friends practice or teach doga, I appologize if I sound ignorant and am open to learning more about the benefits of taking doga lessons. 



About lifewithbblola

For the love of writing and pets I was inspired to start this new blog, Life with BB Lola (for Beautiful and Brilliant) For more on the author, please visit my book's site, or my other blogs on Word Press.
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