Hilton, NY(AP) – A New York exercise class is bringing new meaning to the phrase “downward-facing dog.’’

A Rochester-area veterinarian is teaching a dog-and-human class called doga (DOH’-guh).

Dr. Danni Shemanski of the Hilton Veterinary Hospital tells WHEC that doga can improve dogs’ posture. It also provides people-pet bonding time and a chance for dogs to socialize.

Shemanski says a doga session leaves dogs feeling happy and “important.’’ She says that can help resolve attention-seeking behavioral issues.

The classes are free but humans are invited to donate to a local animal shelter.