Dog meditation can be a great way to calm your dog’s mind and make you more connected with them. Research shows that it can help reduce stress, anxiety and improve your pet’s overall wellbeing.
Start by creating a quiet space in your home where you can sit with your dog. Choose a comfortable spot, like a cushion or blanket, that is out of the way and doesn’t have too much noise or foot traffic. It could be in your bedroom, a corner of the living room or even outside in a garden, depending on where you and your dog like to spend their time together.
Get your dog used to sitting still and meditating by introducing a commencement word like "namaste" or "om". If they stay sat down and silently meditating, give them praise and treat.
Over time, decrease the amount of positive reinforcement so that your dog will be able to meditate without your encouragement. You can then gradually increase the length of time that you are meditating with your pup each session, until they have become accustomed to sitting for 20 or 30 minutes.
Try meditating while walking your dog, especially on walks where there aren’t many distractions. This practice can help you and your dog focus on each other while the stress of a long walk dissipates in a matter of minutes.
It can also be a great way to connect to the people, animals and things in your life for which you are grateful. Just a few minutes of focused attention can shift your mind and heart into a place where you are thankful for the joys of everyday life.