Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
Not just a show, canine freestyle is a competitive sport demonstrating the training and bond between dogs and their owners. Teamwork is of the utmost importance during a canine freestyle showing.
Movements should showcase the dog’s athleticism, flexibility, attentiveness, and training. Handler movements also need to complement and flow naturally with the dog’s movements.
Setting the Stage
Along with their own movements and choreography, handlers need to choose the accompanying music with care and consideration as well. The music they select must be appropriate and suit the rhythm of their dog’s movements. More than anything, every dog is considered a performer and an equal contributor to the team.
Canine freestyle mandates that a dog must always be treated with respect, love, and dignity during the performance. Movements must reflect the close relationship between the dog and its handler.
The Element of Surprise
What sets the competition apart from others like agility is its element of surprise. Freestyle has owners and dogs always doing something new. It takes obedience training and attention to different levels since your dog has to always pay attention to new cues, both physical and verbal. For dog lovers, canine freestyle is a beautiful way to witness the beauty of not only a trained dog, but one that moves to music. The competitions effortlessly bring together canine athleticism and their incredible spiritual relationship with humans.