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Dogs in Pilates classes

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NightCzar Wed 29-Mar-17 23:20:48

I go to reformer Pilates about 3 times a week. It's a small studio with only 10 reformer beds so I seem the same faces regularly and know all the instructors on a nod and say hi type basis.

There's one participant who has always brought her dog to the class. She walks her on the way there, I guess. The dog just sleeps in a corner, near the door, about 5 metres from the class.

However more and more people are starting to bring their dogs. On Mondays class, the instructor had two poodles (also near the door), and two participants had dogs next to their reformers, one at each end of the room (which is about 10 metres x 10 metres)

They're not really bothering me, I suppose. I'm a bit allergic but if I don't stroke them then I don't sneeze (whereas I couldn't be in the same room as a cat). But I just find it really annoying. All the instructors seem to love them and one was taking selfies with an enormous bull mastiff the other day.

I've got a great, cheap membership because I signed up when the studio opened. Loads of the instructors are excellent, so I don't want to go elsewhere. Should I say something and risk bad feeling?

thenightsky Wed 29-Mar-17 23:27:13

That's weird. I cannot imagine a dog being okay in my pilates class. confused

thenightsky Wed 29-Mar-17 23:28:15

We have just broken up for the Easter break, but I'll ask my instructor when we get back. I suspect she'll think I'm joking.

QueenArseClangers Wed 29-Mar-17 23:31:46

I much prefer ferrets at yoga personally.

DonaldStott Wed 29-Mar-17 23:55:33

As long as they're doing the downward dog grin

Seriously though, this would do my head in.

Everyone with pets assume that everyone else loves their pets as much as they do. This is simply not true.

There must be some kind of policy regarding this

123rd Thu 30-Mar-17 00:06:14

Why can't they be left outside? V odd. It would Defo put me off going to that class. & I don't mind dogs

Chippednailvarnishing Thu 30-Mar-17 00:15:22

Bring a turd with you, drop it on the floor and blame a dog grin

Rainatnight Thu 30-Mar-17 00:18:38

Definitely weird. Unless it's advertised as some sort of 'doggy pilates' class, like mother and baby yoga. I think you're perfectly entitled to raise it with the instructor.

MiniAlphaBravo Thu 30-Mar-17 00:18:58

Someone had a very small dog in a
Yoga class with me once and he peed right next to my mat. They cleaned it up but it wasn't very nice. I don't think they should be allowed in personally.

bigtapdancingpimp Thu 30-Mar-17 00:32:35

Bollocks to that. I love pilates and I love dogs but no way!

What's next, can I bring my cat to power yoga? grumpycat says no

NightCzar Thu 30-Mar-17 03:51:50

Thanks for the responses. I'm glad you think it's odd and I'm not being curmudgeonly. None of them have ever pooed or weed and they are almost always completely silent (except when a dog comes in with its owner for the next class and then they bark in greeting).

I suppose they can't be outside because it's on a main road.

It's definitely not advertised as bringing a dog. But because people do, others think they can. It's tacitly encouraged by the instructors being so dog friendly.

Ok. I'll email the owners.

KoalaDownUnder Thu 30-Mar-17 04:02:57

Yeah, I love my dog to bits, but she's not coming to my fitness class.


ToesInWater Thu 30-Mar-17 05:16:13

That is really bizarre - there has been the odd child old enough to read/play on iPad for the length of the class at our studio - but never a dog! I'm pretty sure dog related incidents wouldn't be covered by the studio's insurance grin

NightCzar Thu 30-Mar-17 06:09:09

I've emailed the owners and asked if perhaps they could have only some pooch dedicated classes where dogs might be present, so that I could choose to avoid them.

They have allowed me to bring a child with an iPad in the distant past, but it was an "emergency" I need to exercise and her school holiday activity fell through situation. I only brought her once and she didn't make a sound, poo, wee or cause anyone to sneeze.

monkeysox Thu 30-Mar-17 06:38:58

Wtf. Why would they take pets. I am allergic and this would make me leave.

Mummyoflittledragon Thu 30-Mar-17 06:41:45

I love dogs. But this is totally inappropriate.

Falafelings Thu 30-Mar-17 06:50:05

Weird thing to bring to a yoga class. I can understand bringing a kid in an emergency. But a dog?

Babymamamama Thu 30-Mar-17 06:56:29

I wouldn't like that at all.

murphys Thu 30-Mar-17 06:57:24

I am just trying to picture if I had taken my Lab puppy to class with me.... grin There wouldn't be a ball without a hole in it that is for certain....

I do pilates, but I have no clue what a reformer bed is?

Really not appropriate at all. You will probably find that as one person took their dog everyone else is jumping on the bandwagon for a pilates aka 'show off your dog' class.

I would have just had a word with the instructor though.

Iamastonished Thu 30-Mar-17 07:08:35

What is a reformer bed? I do Pilates on a yoga mat.

NightCzar Thu 30-Mar-17 07:49:15

Here's a photo. The principles of Pilates are the same (I think) but the machine gives you resistance to work against. It's brilliant.

NightCzar Thu 30-Mar-17 07:49:54

It's a photo from google obv. Not of me (or you'd see dogs in the background)

Sallygoroundthemoon Thu 30-Mar-17 07:51:57

How weird. I love animals but this isn't acceptable and will also invalidate the instructors and the owners insurance.

toolonglurking Thu 30-Mar-17 08:02:07

I'd absolutely bloody LOVE to take my dog to Pilates! I don't imagine for a second she'd be as well behaved as the dogs you are describing though.
I think if you don't like the way they operate you can go elsewhere. Everyone else there seems happy with the set up, they are clearly unusual, so it wouldn't be hard at all for you to find another Pilates studio that doesn't let dogs in.
Don't be such a fun sponge!

Iamastonished Thu 30-Mar-17 08:07:33

"Don't be such a fun sponge!"

That's a bit harsh. Not everyone loves dogs as much as you do.

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