Canine Musical Freestyle

Canine Freestyle is a modern dog sport that is a mixture of obedience training, tricks, and dance that allows for creative interaction between dogs and their owners.

A variation of canine musical freestyle is called Heelwork to Music. Heelwork routines emphasize the partnership of owner and dog walking/moving at the heel and choreographing the heelwork to the music.

Freestyle routines demonstrate the partnership by both owner and dog interpreting music using moves and linked behaviors.

Teaching a dog to be able to work on both sides of your body, not just the left side as in standard obedience heeling, is the first step to doing freestyle. In musical freestyle, heel work can be combined with other moves such as leg weaving, sending the dog away, moving together at a distance, and more dramatic tricks such as jumping, spinning, bowing and rolling over.

Dancing in place, and other innovative actions where the dog plays off the dance moves of the trainer are encouraged. A popular finishing trick for some routines is for the dog to jump into the trainer's arms, or over his or her back.

In our classes, you will learn how to train the building-block behaviors of routines and how to put it all together with your canine partner.

Class Requirements:

  • One handler per dog in class but entire family welcome to attend
  • Well-behaved children over the age of 6 are welcome to attend. Any child under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. No more than 2 children per family allowed.
  • No out of control, aggressive, or wild dogs
  • Instructor/student ratio is 1:8
  • No Choke Chains or Electronic Collars allowed on site
  • Prerequisite: Puppy, Level 1 Obedience OR Pre-approval by Instructor required
  • The class is 5 weeks and is $125.