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Four things to do in London if you love dogs but can't have one

Kayleigh Rattle

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Dogs are brilliant. However, chances are your tenancy agreement (and busy schedule, and post-work cocktail soirées, and lack of money) just won’t allow for it. But fear not – here are four ways to get puppy-induced highs in London without having to actually own one. Yes, really. 

Become a Doga teacher

So you’ve mastered the cobra and lotus positions, but have you tried downward-facing dog… with a dog? If you love pups, you can train to become a qualified Hatha 'Dogahmy' Yoga teacher with Doga in Camden. Said to increase the bond between canines and humans, Doga will give you all of the benefits of the usual endorphin-releasing yoga class, plus a cuddle or too with your class's pooches. 

Meet Doris the dog at L'Escargot

Head to The Upstairs Club at L’Escargot in Soho and you’ll feel like you’re on the film set of 'Hotel for Dogs'. Not only are dogs allowed to eat for free but you’ll be able to meet Doris, the resident English bulldog, too.


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Walk someone else's dog

Sign up to BorrowMyDoggy or Bark'N'Borrow and you’ll find no shortage of wagging tails looking for dogwalkers or sitters. Each pet has a unique profile, so you can also choose your favourite breed if you have one. Think of it as Tinder for dogs, but much more rewarding (and with far fewer weirdos). 


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Get a ticket for Discover Dogs

Discover Dogs is taking place on October 22 and 23 at the ExCel Centre. With over 200 breeds of dogs all under one roof, you'll find everything from Rhodesian ridgebacks to pugs. The hardest thing will be deciding which breed is your favourite. And no, you can't keep them all.

Check out some of London's top dogs on Instagram.

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