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Dog yoga classes improve canine posture and behavior, veterinarian says

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Doggie yoga classes — or "doga" classes — are now being offered at a Rochester veterinary office.

Doggie yoga classes — or "doga" classes — are now being offered at a Rochester veterinary office.  (iStock)

A New York exercise class is bringing new meaning to the phrase "downward-facing dog."

A Rochester-area veterinarian is teaching a dog-and-human class called doga (DOH'-guh).

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Dr. Danni Shemanski of the Hilton Veterinary Hospital tells WHEC that doga can improve dogs' posture. It also provides people-pet bonding time and a chance for dogs to socialize.

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Dr. Shemanski, of the Hilton Veterinary Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., says dog yoga helps to make dogs feel happy and "important."  (Google Street View)

Shemanski says a doga session leaves dogs feeling happy and "important." She says that can help resolve attention-seeking behavioral issues.

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

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