The benefits of meditation with dogs are plentiful. They not only benefit the dog parent, but also the dog. You might be thinking this sounds a bit nutty. But just hold on a minute. Have you heard or experienced the benefits of meditation by itself? Do you know meditation benefits are so positive that many doctors recommend their patients meditate? Interesting, huh? But where do dogs fit into all this meditation stuff? Fair enough. Today let’s dig in and learn about meditation with dogs.
*Updated: August 19, 2023
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Benefits of Meditation
The benefits of traditional meditation can be very individualized. Here are the most common benefits of meditation.
1. Great for reducing stress and controlling anxiety
2. Improves emotional health
3. Better self-awareness (more positive thought patterns)
4. Improved focus and memory
5. Better sleep
6. Decreases blood pressure
7. Could reduce pain
If you don’t meditate already, I bet your interest is at least piqued a bit. Let me take this to the next level. Let’s add in a dog, your dog, to your meditation session.
What does it mean to meditate with your dog? Petitation is a word that was coined a few years ago, by Elizabeth Paige. Traditional meditation means you’re focusing on yourself, your breathing, or a higher plane of energy. Petitation means you focus on petting your dog for extended periods of time during your meditation time. This is certainly one method of mediation with dogs. This method seems to help those that have a difficult time with traditional mediation.
In fact, a woman diagnosed as bipolar had tried several times to meditate at her therapist’s recommendation. Each time she failed to be able to calm herself enough to meditate. However, when she brought her dog into the picture in a “petitation”, she finally received the benefits of being calm. This woman was Elizabeth Paige. She later went on to write the book, The Petitation Companion.
Forms of Meditation with Dogs
Is petitation the only method of meditation with dogs?
No. The methods of meditation with dogs are as varied as the styles of traditional meditation.
1. Room – You can simply be in the same room with your dog
2. Lap – Have your dog on your lap
3. Touching – Be touching your dog
4. Combo – Any combination of any of these works
The point is to involve your dog in the meditation process. By doing so, you and your dog benefit from meditation. So, what are the benefits of meditating with dogs?
There have been scientific studies on the benefits of meditating with dogs. This is the most recent study. The result is remarkably positive.
Why should I meditate with my dog?
1. Deeper bond and build trust
Both you and your dog will feel connected energy as you meditate in the same space. You will both trust each other more as you continue to meditate with your dog over a period of time.
2. Helps with anxiety
If your dog suffers from anxiety (or you do), you will probably want to pet your dog or have a physical connection of some sort to your dog during your meditation. The point is to increase your bond/trust quotient while decreasing your anxiety/stress quotient, which ultimately results in relaxation.
3. Improves overall health
In the same way, traditional meditation is good for your physical health, meditation with your dog is as well. It helps to reduce stress, improve emotional health, and increase heart health.
4. Easier to meditate
As Elizabeth Paige demonstrated with her petitation, petting in a rhythmic motion with your dog can allow you to relax in a safe space place, which is easier to meditate for many. However, just having your dog nearby during meditation can be enough to make it easy to move into a space of meditation and allow your dog to receive the meditation benefits.
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Summary of benefits of meditation with dogs
Meditation with dogs can be very easy with a petitation. This method allows people who have a difficult time with traditional meditation, to more easily reach a space of meditation and reap the benefits. However, meditation with your dog can take any form as long as you have a connection with your dog.
I start every day with meditation. Henry is always included. It helps to calm me and set my intentions for the day. I’m glad it’s good for both my health as well as Henry’s health. But the knowledge that it’s free is the icing on the cake, or maybe that’s the doggie cookie.