Dog Dancing – Contest and Entertainment Equally

Hello Dog Fanciers!

dog-dancing-appearanceI do imagine that many people become surprised by hearing the two words: dog dancing. This was also the reaction of the lady (beyond her middle-ages) I talked to recently. And really, based on the title she imagined beautifully trimmed and combed, tulle dress-wearing pooches are turning around on two legs on the stage. So, I explained her broadly how the reality is different than her vision.

What About the Dog Dancing

To correct any possible misunderstanding, the canines don’t start dance upon their own. Actually, the dogs and handlers collectively present distinctive and wisely choreographed steps under music. The handlers have the opportunity to use certain devices. I mean – for example – balls or ribbons, which colored the presented program.

The dog dancing (also known as canine freestyle) is not about the beauty of the dog. But, about the skillfulness, accordance of the dog and the handler, the teaching capabilities and creativity. Fortunately, those dogs also can practice it, which hasn’t been renowned ancestors. They don’t rule out those species too which are currently wrong color, or their teeth angled.

Moreover, the street-mixes, also known “blends” have the same chance of starting at a single event, like any purebred counterparts. There are of course more successful types of dogs in this sport. The most widespread are the various collies, for example, the fast-moving Border Collie, excellent in agility.

And, I should mention the Hungarian Mudi as another frequent partaker in these events organized in Europe. He’s a less known herding dog and devoted companion, but he’s excellent in the sports like agility or dog dancing. The Mudi is fantastic for strait and technical terrains in addition to slaloms resulting from his size and spin ability.

How the Canine Freestyle Developed

Canine freestyle – started developing relatively later, in the early nineties. Several trainers worldwide began using a music while training heel work and other obedience exercise. With music taking part in the background, it was finally natural to desire to make doggie boogie and begin choreographing their action steps to suit the music.

Originally, it was merely heel work to music. The canine moves near the handler’s side as they simply take a walk around the show ring doing fundamental obedience movements. Carolyn Scott from the States and Mary Rae from UK were the primary well-known dog trainers to begin doing their heel work to music.

After that, individuals began getting extra inventive and started borrowing concepts and elements from dressage. As started expert in, the motion grew to become more creative and free. The handlers developed new elements along with their animals in diagonal, lateral, round and backward moving.

Today’s Situation

Today, entire stories unfold in a free exercise, and all handlers are busy to invent more spectacular elements. They pursue to season their performance with more difficult to be taught, unusual movement. Consequently, a dancer dog can do often more than 50 tricks.

And it’s not a little thing that the dog produces them at the time when necessary and mostly for sound signal only. This is the slalom among legs, going backwards, different turns, leaps, rolling and, yes, lighter dogs walking on two legs as well.

The trainers grown their heel work to incorporate five positions; the left heel, right heel, front heel, and follow position. The fifth is the center heel wherein your canine is between your legs. Individuals discovered dog dancing becoming a liberating zone in which anything might go in contrast to the stringent obedience.

And, in rally and agility areas, certain movements are anticipated in specific places at particular moments. Dog dancing coaching develops a more balanced, joyful and agile dog compared to other canine sports. In reality, owning a pleased doggie which has a good relation to its handler is the necessities and judging elements no matter what the sport is.

Heel work to music, dog musical freestyle, dog freestyle, freestyle dance. These are some of the categories of dog dance that participants take part in. Some do it strictly as a hobby, some for the thrill of competition, but always for fun.

And freestyle dancing as a competitive sport is catching on worldwide. Agility elements had been launched as individuals developed many inventive leaping tricks like jumping through your arms, leaping above your back, rebounding off your waistline.

Folks additionally began having their canines weave via their legs, first ahead then backward. And during crawling they are making figure 8. The weaving turned into a basic element in canine freestyle.

Some Terms of Contest Participation

Competition is open to all healthy, 12 months old, breed and mixed-breed dog that have a valid vaccination certificate. Bitches are only allowed to end the contest. In the same class, the handler can run more dogs. But, one dog may step into the ring in one class at one race day.

In case the denominator is less than six, organizers will decide whether the competition will be held or not. You need to log in at the administrative table for a certain time before the start of the race. You must deliver the captions (full name and title of the song with) a CD or cassette.

The cartridge may contain only the music necessary for the production. And this should be added to the “A” side to use for the presentation of freestyle music. The handler can bring along a security copy about the song.

Competition Classes

– Individual (one dog handler + 1) Music Length: 1.5-3.5 min

– Tandem (2 + 1 handler dog leash used) Music Length: 1.5-2.5 minutes

– Doubles (Brace) (2 + 2 handler dog leash used) Music Length: 2-3 minutes

– Group (many handler + more dog) Music Length: 3-4.5 min

Dog Dancing Is Sport or Circus

Everyone who has seen a canine freestyle competition is impressed by the enthusiasm with which the dogs produce themselves on the field. I’ve been lucky to see more of these races. These animals pay no attention to the surrounding barking, speak, clapping, only focus on their handler.

And the relationship and consistency between the pair are enviable. The competing dogs are almost exclusively taught by positive reinforcement method (with a reward or retrieving games). And this is the sport where the clicker method use is most widespread, which is without any constraint.

At first glance, people may think that it’s just a circus and regret the participating dogs. But, once you get to know more closely the dog dancing, looking behind the scenes, in fact, are trying to assemble a freestyle, to prepare your dog… then you should come to the conclusion this is certainly the finest sport. Even a sport, which has a pleasant side effect; the perfect harmony between the dog and its host in all areas of life.

Until next time,

Alex Sparrow

Alex Sparrow

Alex Sparrow

Alex Sparrow is a nature enthusiastic for more than six decades. He was writing nearly 400 articles, reports so far about how to live with your dogs harmoniously.
Alex Sparrow