I recently stumbled across the doga hashtag on Twitter and decided to do a little digging into this rather fun new practice. During my research, I found that Carrie Bokyo of All Things Dog Blog doled out some of the best advice on the subject:

“For starters, are you asking yourself “What the heck is D-O-G-A? The short and simple answer is it is Yoga practice with your dog as a companion. While some brave and experienced Yogis may balance their dog in precarious ways, I recommend you stick to allowing your dog to enjoy this time relaxing with you, just as you see Jess and Nikki B. doing above, or Toni, my daughter, in the photo below with Oliver.”

“Now that I’ve said the relax word, you may look back at that and tell me I’m nuts. Here’s the thing. Yoga may not relax you immediately if you’re new to it, or have done little in the way of balance and stretching work during your life. Dancers, gymnasts, cheerleaders and the like may find these activities quite natural. The rest of us will take

Summer is in full swing and that means there are all kinds of fun outdoor activities to do with your friends, both furry and human. If you’re looking to unwind after a long day at the office, then there is nothing more relaxing than taking a nice quiet stroll through the neighborhood with your dog. But before you hit the streets, it’s important to keep a few things in mind for both you and your dog’s safety!

Be Visible

Even if you’re not running at night or in the dark, it is still very important to be visible, especially in the city. Thankfully, there are products out there which alleviate that problem. For example, there are several companies that make dog-sized reflective vests. If you decide to purchase one of these for your furred friend, then make sure that it’s made from some kind of breathable material, like cotton, in order to prevent your dog from overheating.

Make Sure It’s Not Too Hot

Speaking of heat, try to get your walks done either in the morning or evening in order to avoid the hottest part …

Leaving our furry friends alone at home can be heartbreaking and stressful. But it is also stressful coming home to find the garbage all over the floor, the couch legs in splinters and an angry note from the neighbors on the door (‘Your dog was howling again!’).

Even the most sweet-tempered, well-behaved dog can suffer from separation anxiety. So what’s the deal?

Why Do Dogs Suffer from Separation Anxiety?

Dogs are pack animals. Therefore, when they are separated from their families, they’re deprived of important social interaction. Particularly, dogs that are apprehensive or fearful to begin with (or have been re-homed) are at risk of developing the destructive symptoms of separation anxiety.

It’s important to note that separation anxiety can manifest after a traumatic event: an injury, death of a loved one, or even bringing a new baby home. All of these disrupt the daily routine of doggy life and can trigger excessive attachment to their humans.

Recognizing the Symptoms

The most common sign that a dog is experiencing separation anxiety is the destruction of objects within the home. This might be accompanied by howling, …

We all know that pets make us happier. We feel it in our gut whenever we give their ears a scratch and see an answering wagging tail or hear a contented purr. But it isn’t just a gut feeling at all! Behold an infographic of empirically-supported facts that confirms what we already know in our hearts — our lives are made better by our furry friends. You might even learn something new (check out the surprising tidbit about robot dogs — I didn’t know that!), so have a look!

Thanks to the fine minds at Happify for sharing this with us!

Why Pets Make Us Happy

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