Our mission in Dogamahny ™ method is to aid with the rehabilitation, fostering and adoption process in rescue dogs.
New owners who have just adopted a dog can benefit from a weekly Doga class in which the new dog can get the chance to socialise with his peers and different breeds in a calm , safe and relaxed environment. Of course this may be impossible in the first 6 months of rehabilitation as the dog may suffer from severe trauma , separation anxiety or may have trouble getting attached however the long term goal of Doga is to integrate the rescue dog into larger size class.
Doga offers private paw to paw classes which are suited for the rehoming process of a new dog. A Doga teacher will come to the owner’s house and conduct a private yoga session focusing on the new owner rather than the dog. The Dogamahny ™ Method is based on the attachment theory which is often used in psychotherapy.
The primary aim is to “ignore” the new dog by focusing on meditation and breathing. Easier said then done and probably one of the hardest process a new owner has to undergo , however long term it helps to create a safer more trusting bond between the new dog and new owner. The act of ignoring helps the new dog to find his place in the “pack” and to trust humans without being coaxed into the relationship through treats , sound or voice control but simply allowing the breathe to take care of the relationship. It’s important that the new owner doesn’t manipulate, or transfer their anxiety onto a rescue dog as they are already anxious enough and weary of humans ( especially as it reinforces the dogs anxiety of attachment and separation. )
We can influence our new dogs nervous system by simply becoming calm.
We choose not to touch our new dog during the session ..only if and when the dogs comes to us .
Canine massage and gentle strokes may apply ….(See Above , Mahny with Bali rescue dog Ella, Bali 2016 )
Doga with rescue dogs can be a long term effort and there are no quick fixes. The work remains within the owner to dedicate himself to Doga over a period of six months. After this a group class is highly recommended