Dog Freestyle Dance – dance with your dog!

Dog Freestyle Dance – dance with your dog!

One of the biggest trends taking over the world today is dog dancing, also known as Canine Freestyle Dancing or the art of dancing with your dog. It is quickly becoming popular with dog owners as a form of exercise and entertainment, but it is also a highly competitive sport.

If you like to dance, take your dog with you. Instead of just taking him for a walk, you can have a lot more fun dancing canine freestyle in a controlled environment. Qualified dog training instructors will show you how to train your dog and you will incorporate the commands into your chosen dance program.

Freestyle is a dance performed to music (Heelwork to Music). A dance routine is created and the dog is taught moves that blend with those of the dog’s handler. Musical free dance steps with your dog can easily be integrated with basic dog obedience commands.

Grooming is a form of command given by slight movements of the hand and hardly noticeable to the observer. While learning the musical dance routine, your dog can also learn basic obedience commands as well as advanced obedience commands while incorporating the use of dressage.

Dog owners meet once or twice a week, usually at a dog training facility, and spend an hour or more figuring out moves and interacting with their dog as a form of aerobic exercise for both dog and handler. Freestyle means it all comes down to the movements chosen to perform.

Floor movement, spins, backflips, leg lifts and jumps are just some of the steps used in the dance routines. For professionals, the dance is carefully choreographed. The handler, and sometimes the dog, are dressed in a dance costume and participate in a competition.

Brenda Steox, owner of Canine Country Day School in Manchester, Connecticut, dances weekly with her Australian Shepherd, Luna, at the Tails U Win Dog Training Center, also in Manchester, Connecticut. Aussies can’t easily walk forward when standing on their hind legs, so Brenda works with Luna in her dance routine to strengthen the muscles needed for this movement. Luna is also capable of high-fiving with both front paws as she continuously walks on the floor next to Brenda.

The art of Dog dance is sanctioned by the World Canine Freestyle Organization, founded by Pattie Ventre. Although it has been around since the 1980s, it has only recently become very popular as a form of entertainment and exercise rather than just competition. Other organizations in the United States include the Canine Freestyle Federation and The Musical Dog Sport Association.

Anyone can join in on the fun. It sure beats hopping around the living room floor to a DVD or TV exercise program. Check with local dog training centers for information on programs in your area.

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