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Pets and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Man’s Best Friend

Pets and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Man’s Best Friend

Authored By Victor Ochoa 0 Comment(s)
If you are a fellow practitioner of the gentle art known as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu then you can likely identify with wanting to practice as much as possible with as many training partners as possible. The gentle art can be incredibly addicting so we often find ourselves looking for any opportunity to participate and to hone our jiu jitsu techniques.

It seems that it's no longer just humans and inanimate objects that have become the focus for these attentions.

As BJJ has grown in popularity via social media we have begun to see more examples of videos where people are training Jiu Jitsu and practicing moves with their dogs.

As long as this is done in a safe fashion, it appears to be a great way to spend time with your pup while also working on your favorite jiu jitsu techniques.

You'll even see in many of these videos that these spoiled pooches have their own gi. It's hard not to enjoy seeing a dog wear his own gi. These dogs just seem to absolutely love grappling and wearing their own gi.

It is worth noting that if you wish to practice your Brazilian jiu-jitsu technique with your canine sidekick that you should make sure to keep a few things in mind for their safety.

- Dogs have different anatomy
Please keep in mind that the joints and bone structure of a dog are very different than that of a human. While practicing different submissions make sure to be very gentle as their limbs have less mobility than our own.

- Dogs cannot tap out
Your dog may look like he's having a blast, but please remember that he does not understand the concept of tapping out. If you are applying a choke make sure to do so very lightly and listen to your precious training partners breathing to make sure that you are not putting your dog anywhere near danger.

- Make sure it's fun!
It's obvious when you are having fun and your dog can tell. Your dog is far more likely to enjoy the experience if your dog associates pleasant memories and has fun when it comes time to train. Think of the way most dogs react when you mention going for a walk or going for a ride. Now imagine seeing that kind of positive reaction whenever you pull out your dog's gi.

Considering the fact that many younger dogs have boundless energy and absolutely adore attention from you, they can make great training partners that don't mind going at it for long periods of time. Dogs can be great BJJ training partners by helping you increase your cardio, become more creative in your movements, and allow you to work on some finer details of certain submission techniques.

Should you choose to begin supplementing your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training routine by including sessions with your dog then you should also consider thoroughly washing your gi afterwards or even having a separate gi that you only use when training BJJ with your dog. It is always important to keep the health of your training partners in mind, whether they are human or dog. As some people are allergic to dog hair and dander it is considerate to take steps that ensure you are not causing allergic reactions for your training partners.

Now before you go ahead and start shopping for a gi for your dog please keep in mind that not all dogs are the same. Dogs, like people, have different temperaments, personalities, physical limitations, and more. Not all dogs might enjoy playing in this fashion. It is important to make sure that you're Jiu-Jitsu training partner Pooch is also having a good time.

It is also fair to give extra treats if your dog manages to pass your guard.

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