In recent years, puppy yoga classes have gained popularity in Chicago, combining the benefits of yoga and animal-assisted therapy. According to Danielle Kerr, owner of Goat Yoga Chicago in South Barrington, these classes offer a unique experience that exposes adoptable puppies from Second City Canine Rescue to potential owners.
Christina Morrison, Development Director for Second City Canine Rescue, notes that the puppies participating in the yoga classes are brand new babies that need socialization before they can go to their forever homes. The schedule for puppy yoga classes is irregular and depends on when the puppies are cleared for adoption. Updates are sent out through a newsletter, allowing people to sign up for notifications on when the classes will take place.
Morrison explains that the combination of yoga and playing with puppies has a positive effect on people, as they tend to leave the classes feeling more relaxed and less stressed. In fact, according to the American Heart Association, playing with a dog has been shown to have positive effects on a person’s mental and physical health.
Kerr adds that participating in the yoga classes also contributes to the socialization of the puppies, who are preparing for life in a forever home. This all makes the puppy yoga classes a unique and beneficial experience for everyone involved.