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Doga class

I’ve been busy over the last couple of weeks promoting my new doga class.

Greyhound doga

After years of trying, I have found a yoga studio that is willing to give doga (yoga with your dog) a try.  And it’s a bit of a joint venture – with me responsible for the dog aspects of the class, such as writing the class registration rules, and with my partner, MoveWell, handling the professional yoga instruction.

Last Saturday was our first class and it went without a hitch.   We’re starting with greyhounds because they are easy going dogs and will enable us to fine tune the operation of the class.  The intention is that we will offer an all-breeds class after that, paying particular attention to the sociability of the dogs, interaction and parent responsibility.

Dogs enjoy the relaxing music of yoga and the positive energy.  A few bursts of play in the studio (by the dogs) happened, too.

Doga will offer an all-weather, all-seasons option for dog parents wanting to spend quality time with their dogs while getting exercise.  We aim to offer information sessions after the classes with guest speakers on human and dog health topics, too.

So finding our feet (or should I say paws?) with this initial run of 4 classes and looking forward to our larger classes.


Kathleen Crisley, Fear-Free certified professional and specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand

The benefits of stretching

Dog doing morning stretches

Vera does her morning yoga (photo by Jenny Hamilton)

I remember watching a yoga video years ago where the instructor described the act of stretching as ‘making space in the joints.’

As a canine massage therapist, I think stretching is essential.  It lengthens muscles in a controlled and safe way to ensure good range of motion in the limbs and it helps to maintain blood flow to essential soft tissues.

As our dogs age, or when they are injured, then often need help with stretching (the same is true of people).  That’s where professional massage comes in – someone to help warm and stretch the muscles, tendons and ligaments.

Owners can also learn to stretch their dogs; it’s something I include in special massage workshops for greyhound owners.  I’ve found that greyhounds, with their sleek builds and racing instinct, often tighten up when in a pet home or when they don’t get regular off-lead exercise.

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand


Favorite Video Friday – What happens when you have a dog and you do yoga

No Dog About It Blog

I’m not really a “gym” person, but if I could work out at home without interruption, I would love to do so. My sister has been doing her workouts at home, and her dedication and hard work are really starting to show. My fear is that my workouts would end up looking something like the ones featured in this week’s video selection.

You’ve got to admire a woman who can maintain some semblance of zen while a dog is licking her face incessantly or crawling under her and putting his butt up in her face, wagging tail and all.

I might not have the same issues with my dogs as she has with Otis, but I have no doubt that there would be something dropped in front of me, over and over again.

Jasper really does think I was put on this earth to throw his ball for him.


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The Lamb and Lion Inn

Located in Barnstable, on Cape Cod, is the Lamb and Lion Inn.  Build in 1740 as a farmhouse, the old barn in the back is now accommodation with further additions to the property dating from the 1800s through to the 1960s.  Some say it is a cross between a bed and breakfast and a small luxury hotel.

Speaking of cross-breeds, the best part is that the Inn is dog-friendly.

Guests are offered a package with dog sheets to cover the furniture and a towel for when their dog goes to the beach.  They also receive a flashlight for  taking their dog for a walk during the night.

The Inn sports a yoga and massage studio on the property; the massage therapist also offers dog massage to relax and treat your dog during your vacation.

Of course, like all dog-friendly establishments, there are some rules.

The house rules are:

1. We accept dogs year-round, however in the summer months there is a 25-pound pet weight restriction.

2. Aggressive dogs need not apply! If you’re remotely concerned with your dog around other, sometimes smaller pets, or children, please leave him or her behind.

3. Dogs cannot be left in the room unattended. We ask that you take Fido with you when you leave the property. An in-room pet sitter may be arranged with advanced notice. There is also a wonderful doggie day care with a “doggie cam” 5 minutes away (they require papers)

4. All dogs must be leashed while on the property.

5. There is a $25/night per pet fee (with a $100 maximum per pet).

6. Our Inn will only accept 3 pets at a time. Please inquire before booking yours.

7. We ask that all dogs (and guests) be well groomed prior to arrival. A $30 cleaning fee will be applied for excessive fur left behind.

8. Bring bedding or a portable carrier for your pet to sleep in if you have any.

9. Pet sheets, towels, and water bowls are available free of charge at the Inn.

10. Please don’t leave any Cape Cod souvenirs! We have 4 acres for your pooch to walk on and ask that you please pick up after them.