Chicago has seen a surge in popularity for puppy yoga classes, which combine yoga and animal-assisted therapy. According to Danielle Kerr, owner of Goat Yoga Chicago in South Barrington, the experience is truly one-of-a-kind. Through these classes, adoptable puppies from Second City Canine Rescue are given exposure to potential forever homes.
Christina Morrison, Development Director for Second City Canine Rescue, notes that the puppies participating in the yoga classes are brand new babies who need socialization before they can be placed in their forever homes. The schedule for puppy yoga classes is irregular and depends on when the puppies are cleared for adoption. Updates on when the classes will take place are sent out through a newsletter, allowing people to sign up for notifications.
Morrison highlights that the combination of yoga and playing with puppies has numerous positive effects on people’s mental and physical health. In fact, according to the American Heart Association, playing with a dog has been shown to improve a person’s overall wellbeing.
Lastly, Kerr emphasizes that participating in these yoga classes contributes to the socialization of the puppies as they prepare for life in their forever homes. Overall, puppy yoga classes provide an enjoyable and unique experience for both people and animals alike while also promoting positive mental and physical health benefits.