Dog Yoga

Is your dog: busy, busy, busy… super hyper, can’t settle down, stressed, anxious?

Your dog (and you!) could find relief in Real Dog Yoga™, as developed by Jo-Rosie Haffenden.
(Yes! Yoga for dogs. Not Doga!)
Dog Yoga is based on the idea, supported by research, that physical posturing and expressions can influence a dog’s emotional state.

During this unique program, your dog will learn how to practise a set of postures, movements and expressions, in order to relax, calm down and cope with the inevitable stressors of modern dog life.

All the behaviours we teach in Dog Yoga class, our dogs do naturally. However, the benefit of Dog Yoga lies in how and when your dog learns to apply them: the sets become your dog’s “go-to” behaviours in times of stress, because they experience them as self-soothing, relaxing and calming.

Check out our full program below.

What Will Your Dog Learn

Over 4 weeks your dog will learn:

  • How to do Dog Yoga calming behaviours.
  • How to communicate with you.
  • Dog Yoga base postures.
  • Dog Yoga movements and expressions.
  • When to apply these calming cues.

Course Fees & Inclusions

The upfront course fee is $229.00 and includes:

  • A copy of Jo-Rosie Haffenden’s book:
    The Real Dog Yoga (RRP $40.00, incl. shipping)
  • FREE phone and email support for the duration of the 4-week Dog Yoga Class

Enquiries & Enrolment

Option 1: ENROL NOW using our web form below.

Option 2: call 0423 623 302
or email us at woof@themindfuldog.com.au.

Option 3: visit our Dog Yoga Class venue
Paw Republic, 47 Alexander Street in Crows Nest, and book on the spot!

Prerequisites

Age: Your dog is older than 6 months.

Health: Your dog is in good health, parasite free, and either up-to-date with their C5 vaccinations (DHP: Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus; Kennel Cough: Parainfluenza, Bordatella), or has recently had a positive titre test result for the above.

Behaviour: Your dog does not display aggressive behaviour towards unfamiliar dogs or people. If you are unsure if your dog can attend, give us a call to discuss or book a Private Dog Yoga Session.

When & Where

Our 4-Week Dog Yoga Class runs for 1 hour,
on 4 consecutive Sundays, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, at: Paw Republic, 47 Alexander Street in Crows Nest, (laneway access)

Upcoming dates: DOG YOGA CLASS TIMETABLE

Small class sizes - Limited availability!

What to bring

  • a copy of your dog's most recent vaccination certificate or titre test result
  • a yoga mat or a beach towel
  • soft, moist treats, in tiny pieces
  • a doggy treat pouch for your dog's treats
  • your own doggy poo bags


Week by Week Overview

Week1

The Dog Yoga Environment & Protocol - Option-Based Training

Our focus for week 1 will be: understanding the underlying concepts and principles of Dog Yoga, and developing the necessary techniques to teach our dog this unique training program.

Jo-Rosie Haffenden specifically developed the Real Dog Yoga™ training protocol to be as force free as possible. Her option-based training approach, by design, immediately lowers stress levels in dogs, because it establishes a clear and consistent mode of two-way, non-verbal communication between the dog and their person.

As a result of being able to “speak their mind”, dogs feel more and more empowered and less frustrated and stressed. They can now express themselves clearly using the following options:

  • I come onto the mat = I want to join in
  • I move out of position or off of the mat = I want to take a break
  • I walk away = I’ve had enough and want to end this session

We’ll also discuss basic dog body language, practise techniques such as clicker training and discuss other ways to “Cultivate Calmness” in our dogs. And, finally, you’ll learn how to set up your Dog Yoga training environment at home, so you can continue to practise throughout the coming 4 weeks and thereafter.

Week2

Dog Yoga Base Postures

This week our focus will be on further developing our dog's’ ability to take and hold the 3 Dog Yoga base positions or postures:

  • Sit for 3 breaths
  • Down for 3 breaths
  • Stand for 3 breaths

We will then progress to teach a specific movement related to the “Sit” base posture.

Depending on the level of progress of our canine and human students during class, we might teach additional movements in relation to this or other base postures.

In order to get the benefits of Real Dog Yoga™: always work at your dog’s pace to avoid frustration and stress, and keep the sessions enjoyable and relaxing.

To close off our week 2 session, we’ll invite our dogs to enjoy a relaxing massage.

Week3

Dog Yoga Movements & Applications

This week our entire focus will be on how we teach a set of movements related to a specific Dog Yoga base posture, and how we can apply these going forward, to help our dogs relax and be calm when faced with a stressful situation.

Again, we always practise at the pace of our dogs, so criteria will vary depending on where we are up to as a team, in relation to the Real Dog Yoga™ course curriculum:

  • Set of Movements from Sit base posture
  • Set of Movements from Down base posture
  • Set of Movements from Stand base posture

To close off our week 3 session, we’ll have a brief discussion (while we massage our puppies ;-), about other factors that could possibly influence our dog’s behaviour (nutrition, exercise, environment, social referencing… etc.).

Week4

Dog Yoga Expressions & Applications

In our final week of Dog Yoga Class, our focus will be on how we can best teach the most challenging elements of Real Dog Yoga™, the expressions. These can be difficult to capture and shape, and usually take a while for our dogs to learn to do on cue.
How do we do it?

  • How do we capture an expression
  • How do we shape an expression
  • How do we put it all together: postures, movements and expressions

To close off our final week, we’ll have a Q&A session about how we can best manage our dogs lives so they can experience more calm and relaxing moments, to further minimise the potential for stress and anxiety. We’ll also discuss: “Where we go from here?”

And last but not least, we’ll be acknowledging and celebrating our team’s achievements over these past 4 weeks, by handing out your Dog Yoga Class Certificates!


Dog Yoga Class Timetable & Enrolment

Your Instructor

Radica made a big shift from the IT world to the animal industry in 2012, when she decided to join Mosman Vet as a full-time Veterinary Receptionist. During her five years there, one of her responsibilities was to coordinate Vicki Austin’s puppy class bookings. Always keen to improve things, Radica took the initiative to make some changes: she streamlined the booking process and email confirmations, designed a Puppy Class Certificate, purchased new stools for the attendees, printed educational posters for the classroom.

But, it was not until she observed the very experienced dog trainer, Vicki Austin at work; that Radica’s early childhood passion for dog training was reignited. She started taking dog training courses and reading only the best science-based resources and books on dog training and behaviour she could find - this included "devouring" Steven R. Lindsay's tomes (Handbook of Applied Dog Behavior & Training, Vol I, II and III).

In 2014 Radica completed Vicki Austin’s Puppy Class Instructor Course and was given the incredible opportunity to assist Vicki for 6 months during her puppy classes at Mosman Vet.

She has since gained much hands-on experience, training both puppies and adult dogs, and likes to keep her dog training skills up-to-date by taking online courses, attending seminars, workshops and industry events. She has also successfully applied to attain the globally recognised professional dog trainer certification (CPDT-KA) through the independent organisation, The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.

Radica currently lives in Crows Nest NSW Australia, with her husband and Pet Photographer, Jean-Jacques Halans. They share their lives with the always happy and gorgeous Nero, a Belgian Mechelaar (Malinois) x Kelpie rescue dog; and the ever suave, adopted feline, Mr. Mauro.