Happy National Dog day to all our furry friends out there. Although most dog lovers would agree, every day is canine appreciation day, it’s nice to carve out a box on the calendar just for them. Besides the unfiltered happiness and love that they bring, there are so many benefits that come with spending time with a (wo)man’s best friend.
Take your workout beyond the sidewalk by trying new routines with your dog. Go on a hike and discover a new trail. Your dog will enjoy the outdoors, the new sights and smells, and you will get your heart rate up at the same time.
Or how about Doga? Yep, according to Google, it’s a thing. And it’s not a coincidence that one of the practice’s primary poses is named Downward Facing Dog. Since Yoga is about connecting with yourself and others, focus this time to foster your relationship with your pooch. We all know dogs are inherently connected to our emotions, so this should come naturally. Discover new positions, and let them take the place as a prop to your own poses!
SO LONG, STRESS:
Therapy dogs are a major force in helping people overcome PTSD, illness, and more commonly, stress. We may equate these warm, fuzzy feelings with cuddles and licks, but it actually comes down to hard science. Playing with your pooch releases a feel-good hormone called oxytocin and decreases stress-inducing cortisol levels. Your pup can also pull at your heart strings (quite literally) by lowering your blood pressure significantly.
PARTNER IN CRIME:
Netflix and chill has never been better. If your energy is waning, or if you want to log in some good quality hours with your hound, staying home and having fun is not just a dog’s life, it can be yours too. Find a fun movie (avoid: Marly & Me), lay out some treats (popcorn for you, Pupperoni for him/her) and sprawl out on the couch for a cozy and cuddly night in.
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