Dog Dancing

dog dancing

So you think your dog’s pretty well trained? Yeah it can sit, stay or even roll over, but can it dance? Dog dancing is a new canine sport where the dog and trainer perform a choreographed dance together to demonstrate obedience, creativity and a joyful relationship.

Origins

Although the practice of teaching dogs to dance can be traced to ancient civilisations, the competitive sport of dog dancing only emerged out of the UK in 1989. It then very quickly spread to Canada, the US and the Netherlands.

The first official dog dancing group was founded in 1991 in British Columbia, Canada. The international body, the Canine Freestyle Federation, Inc. (CFF), was formed in 1995.  Dog dancing has now spread to all corners of the world, including Australia, though only very recently.The Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC) approved dog dancing as an official sport in Australia as of 1 January 2009.

Rules

There are two types of dog dancing: heel to music and canine freestyle.

In heel to music, the dog must perform one or more of the prescribed heelwork positions for at  least 60% of the routine.

Canine freestyle, on the other hand, is, as the name suggests, a more open format. Here dogs and trainers are more marked on creativity and flair rather than pure technique.

Dog dancing in Australia

The main dog dancing organisation in Australia is called Dances with Dogs. They have branches in ACT, NSW, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia and even Tassie (everywhere but the Northern Territory).

 

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