Featured by The Oregonian on OregonLive.com – Feb 14, 2018

It begins like a normal yoga class. Students settle on to their mats and the teacher asks everyone to find a comfortable seat. But then, in a rush of joyful barking, a pack of French bulldog puppies enters the room. If you’re looking for a new way to exercise, while also combating the existential dread that has become a byproduct of being alive in 2018, you might want to try Forest Grove’s puppy yoga classes, where students stretch, build strength and laugh as puppies gnaw on their socks. Kristin Tarnowski, the creator of PuppYoga, is a professional dog trainer and breeder in Forest Grove whose main focus is diabetic training service dogs. Along with training animals, she also breeds French bulldogs and Labrador retrievers. “People are always asking if they can come play with my puppies,” Tarnowski said, as a group of students cuddle puppies on Wednesday. Now, they can… [Click here to finish reading the rest of this news story from OregonLive.com entitled “You can do yoga surrounded by puppies in Oregon” by Lizzy Read More …

Featured on KGW8 – Feb 9, 2018

A local dog trainer created “PuppYoga” to help socialize her medical alert service dogs in training. “The laughing, it’s so fun and contagious,” said Kristin Tarnowski, carrying an armload of French bulldog puppies. Tarnowski hosts PuppYoga at her home studio in Forest Grove. She brought in yoga instructor MaryBeth Stuver to teach the class. “Everybody needs to laugh, everybody needs to cuddle,” said Stuver. “The puppies make it fun!” During class, five Frenchie puppies tumble over each other and onto the mats, as up to nine yoga students stretch and pose. Sometimes the dogs lick students’ faces. “You can’t be around a group of puppies and not laugh and think it’s the best time,” said Tarnowski. Tarnowski breeds and trains medical alert service dogs. Her latest litter of Frenchies will grow up to be diabetic alert dogs. “Until they’re about 20 weeks old, we want to get them exposed to as many people and environmental changes and all of that as possible,” said Tarnowski. While the dogs sniff, lick, and otherwise socialize, Stuver Read More …

Featured in Gales Creek Journal – Feb 9, 2018

“What do yoga and puppies have in common? At PuppYoga, everything. PuppYoga is a new yoga-meets-animal venture where hour-long yoga sessions are punctuated with laughter, puppies, and, in the case of this reporter, having your shoe untied by 5 French Bulldog puppies. The idea came about last summer – Goat yoga had already become a popular combination, so why not puppies and yoga? That was the thought that dog trainer Kristin Tarnowski had, and she soon found a partner in yoga instructor Mary Beth Stuver. They ran a trial yoga session in September 2017, and five months later, opened up a home studio at the same property on Stringtown Road where Tarnowski raises and trains diabetic alert service dogs and dogs to assist with a variety of other conditions, including PTSD, autism, and hearing and sight conditions. Tarnowski, who hails from Gaston, trained guide dogs for the blind for more than a decade before starting her own business, Pieces of the Universe. The puppies at PuppYoga eventually are trained as medniical service dogs, Read More …