Downward facing bulldog! Persistent pooch sabotages owner’s yoga session – even humping her leg

This lazy bulldog roused from his ‘coma-like slumber’ to sabotage his owner’s yoga session – before going on to master a few poses himself.

Rufus, a four-year-old English bulldog, will snooze for up to 20 hours a day but always wakes just in time to interfere with owner Jenelle Stafford’s yoga regime.

The podgy pooch climbs up her legs while she’s doing the Cobra pose, mimics her in the Downward Facing Dog and tries to sneak a kiss while she’s lunging.

Frustrated photographer Jenelle, 26, is regularly forced to adapt her practice to accommodate Rufus, who even runs off with her equipment.

Jenelle from Queensland, Australia, said: “Rufus actually does an excellent Downward Facing Dog pose. It’s better than mine, which I find offensive.

“It was the end of the day last Sunday [June 3] and I was feeling a bit stiff, so I decided to have a good stretch and get some movement happening.

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“Rufus, with all his glorious bulldog logic, somehow awakened from a coma-like slumber and saw that I was on his level which he presumes means playtime.

“This happens every single time. He’ll be asleep in a whole other part of the house, completely dead to the world and as soon as I get on the ground to start training, Sleeping Beauty magically receives an invisible kiss and up he gets.

“I heard his movement and thought ‘how did he possibly wake up as soon as I got on the ground?’ He was in a coma. He’d been asleep for hours.

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“When I tell him to go away he straight up sasses me, he barks as if to say ‘go away, I do what I want’.

Raring to go, Rufus can be seen humping Jenelle’s leg and generally getting in the way as she desperately tries to be zen.

During the session he even tried to offer his owner a toy to use before chewing it happily, desperate to play fetch.

Jenelle said: “He likes to be involved in whatever is going on, regardless of how inconvenient that may be.

“He was ranging from chewing his toy on me, attempting to sneakily hump my extremities, yowling at me to throw his toy, or just sitting directly in my way.

“Bulldogs also have to chew their toys on you, as you can see him doing throughout the video.

“The ring is his favourite toy, which I somehow threw into an alternate dimension last night because it’s gone and he is devastated.”

“It’s like he’s a koala. He was shuffling up and down my legs trying to get attention.”

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Jenelle has been practicing yoga for three years and says that although Rufus does get in the way of her yoga training she can’t stay mad at him for long.

Jenelle said: “On this occasion, my session was about 30 minutes long and he was trying to join in the entire time.

“I’ve been doing general stretching and yoga training on and off for a few years now. I think people can benefit from yoga and movement training mentally and physically.

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“It can be tiring mentally to train consistently but when you have a doggo training partner you just can’t help smiling and laughing at their little quirks and how their personality comes through as they try decipher what on earth you’re doing.

“Depending on how ‘helpful’ your dog is you may not get a solid workout in, but either way you’re going to be happy at the end.”