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 www.keystonehumanservices.org).
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.