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Doga - Yoga class for dogs

LAST year a yoga teacher named Suzette Ackermann went to Hong Kong to not only teach mothers and kids yoga, but also to give the dogs of Hong Kong a chance to relax and meet other dogs.

Yoga students can take their dogs with them to enjoy relaxation. When the owners do a sitting pose, the dogs will lie down in front of their owners and maybe also stretch out with them. When the owners do a standing pose, they will have their little pets in their arms. When owners are done with their own lessons, Suzette teaches them how to make the dog relax too by giving them massages.

In Hong Kong, dogs are not allowed in parks and there's hardly any space for them. So to let the dogs socialize with others, Suzette gives them a chance with doga classes. They can communicate with each other during their massage. Before, after, and during breaks they can play. Not only does it affect the dogs, doga also improves relationships between owners and dogs. At home, some dogs growl but at doga classes, they relax and seem to understand their owners. "It's like your body was the dog, the dog listens to you more. They are better behaved when we do yoga together," says Harty Baleros, one of the doga students.

Doga is really good to do with your pets, they relax and meet new friends, and it's a way for you to know more about your pets. You don't have to only take doga classes, you might even start yoga classes with other pets such as cats.

(Jane Xia, 11, is ET6C student at SMIC School, Shanghai)


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