The power of ‘Doga’: How doing yoga with your dog ‘can help it overcome bad behaviour’

Veterinarian Dr Danni Shemanski says that a ‘doga’ session leaves dogs feeling happy and ‘important’, and help them avoid bad behaviour

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 April, 2018, 1:39am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 03 April, 2018, 2:11am

A quirky US exercise class is bringing new meaning to the phrase “downward-facing dog”.

A veterinarian in Rochester, a city in northwest New York state, is teaching a dog-and-human class called “doga” – pronounced to rhyme with “yoga”.

Dr Danni Shemanski of the Hilton Veterinary Hospital told WHEC that doga can improve a dog’s posture. It also provides a chance for dogs to socialise – and, perhaps more importantly, a way for dogs to bond with their owners.

“This is one creative way to spend time with your dog and make them happy and make them feel important,” she said.

She added that it can also help overcome bad behaviour that can occur when dogs – which are very social animals – spend too much time alone and become anxious.

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“So many behavioural issues come from attention-seeking behaviours, so this is a great way that both the owner and the dog can benefit,” she said.

The classes are free but humans are invited to donate to a local animal shelter.