For those of you looking for a new hobby or sport that will include your doberman, you may want to consider dancing dog or canine freestyle training.
When choosing an activity to do with your dog, you may be familiar with the more traditional dog activities like: obedience trials, therapy dog training, search & rescue and dog showing. Other common dog sports include agility, flyball, tracking, Schutzhund and now the lesser known canine freestyle or dancing dog sport (sometimes also called heel work to music).
Canine freestyle is growing in popularity worldwide. It’s a fun demonstration of obedience or heelwork that is set to music. The first freestyle competition was held in Canada in 1992. Musical Canine Sports International was formed that established judging criteria. Other groups include the Canine Freestyle GB and Paws N Music Association of the United Kingdom. In the U.S. groups representing the sport include: World Canine Freestyle Organization, Canine Freestyle Federation, Paws 2 Dance and Musical Dog Sports Association.
While it seems like a silly idea, this dancing dog sport requires complex training. Freestyle dogs will need to learn a dance routine that may include at least 20 different commands which is comparable to advanced obedience competitions. An advanced dog dancing routine may include 30-40 different commands. Not only will the dog be challenged mentally and physically by learning freestyle moves but the dog will also need to keep to the beat of the music with his owner.
Here are two videos of dobermans doing canine freestyle.
What do you think of this new dancing dog sport?