This is soooo fun. It's simple and EVERYONE has a part NO MATTER what level you and your dog can do WE NEED YOU! Take the class or do home-study and join us for our holiday visits to senior citizen facilities with your Dancing Dawg.
Dancing with your dog is called Canine Freestyle, Dog Dancing, or Heelwork to Music (HTM). Simply put, you train your dog to do a series of tricks and moves using verbal praise, clicker training or food rewards. Then you choreograph a routine from the tricks and moves and perform it in time to music where you dance together. Anyone who has a dog and likes music and moving around with the music can do this with their dog.
The routine involves handling, obedience and agility, and creates a bond between you and your dog. It is a very popular dog sport. Heelwork to Music generally has you and your dog remaining close together. Canine Freestyle and Doggy Dancing routines are more sophisticated and your dog doesn't have to be in the heelwork position throughout the routine.
Cues are given with your hands, legs, or the way your body moves. Many owners start with marching music and move on to other styles such as Rock and Roll, Disco, Latin Dance, Roaring 20's, Country Western, Polka, or Classical upbeat music.