The animal protection group Husky Rescue Ireland has raised concerns over a new Puppy Yoga trend that has arrived in Ireland and says they are worried about the welfare of the dogs. The organisation added that dogs should not be used as a “marketing” tool. 

During Puppy Yoga, a 30-minute yoga class is followed by 30 minutes of “cuddling” puppies, but these animals come from breeders and therefore this is not only considered problematic from an animal welfare point of view but is a form of animal exploitation against animal rights values that is contributing to the problem of abandoned companion animals. This trend is already popular in the US, is already happening in the UK, and now is making its way to Ireland. 

A spokeswoman for Puppy Yoga Dublin said to Evoke, “We already have several studios in Europe and are accustomed to working with, and selecting, responsible breeders. The puppies that come to our studios are all weaned and vaccinated, ready to leave the breeding environment and their mother…In our studios, the puppies have their own space to chill and sleep and have access to water and food. The breeder is present during the sessions, along with two employees tasked with overseeing the puppies.”

A spokeswoman for the Husky Rescue Ireland wrote on social media, “Apparently, Doggy Yoga is coming to Dublin, with puppies from ethical breeders. Please know this is not right, puppies should not be used as a marketing tool or a piece of equipment. Not to mention the fallout of this issue will put more pressure on pounds and rescues who are already full and struggling to stay open. Please remember to adopt, don’t shop, avoid this if it does come, spread the word, and make sure to read the responses in the photos.”

Jordi Casamitjana
“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.