Dancing with the Stars's Kym Johnson: My Dog Dances, Too!

04/03/2013 at 02:20 PM EDT

Dancing with the Stars' Kym Johnson on Dog Lola
Kym Johnson and dog Lola
Courtesy LIFE+DOG magazine
Looks like Lola is taking after mommy!

When Dancing with the Stars pro Kym Johnson hits the studio to perfect her choreography, she brings her Bichon Frise-Pomeranian mix along for company.

"She's used to me dancing around. She actually sort of follows me," Johnson, 36, tells PEOPLE. "She prances around with the music, and then when it stops, she'll go and sit down."

A gift from her mother, Lola has been with Johnson for more than two years and first joined her when she was performing on Broadway.



"I call her my Broadway baby," Johnson says. "She used to come to the show with me and sit in my dressing room. I named her after Barry Manilow's 'Copacabana.'"

When not visiting mom at work, the 4-year-old pooch likes to kick back with Johnson on visits to Palm Springs, Calif., or just relax at home.

"She'll sit by the pool with me," the pro says. "I love also just cuddling up watching a movie. She'll cuddle up on the couch with me, which is the best."

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