What is Canine Freestyle?

By Jennifer Lueck

Canine-Freestyle.org defines it as “a choreographed performance organized with music, illustrating the training and joyful relationship of a dog and handler team.” I decided to learn Canine Freestyle after watching a YouTube video of Carolyn Scott dancing with her Golden Retriever Rookie to “You’re the one I Want” from Greece. I loved the way they moved together and the fun they were obviously having. I borrowed a book from Laura and quickly realized
Casey already knew a lot of the moves from her puppy classes! Heel, back, through, over, spin, twist, shake, high five, down, roll over, around. These are the types of moves a dog does in Canine Freestyle. Sound familiar? You probably learned a lot of them in your class, too! Ok, so here’s what everyone’s worried about: Do you have to know how to dance to learn to Canine Freestyle? No! I can’t dance! In fact, I’m terrible at it. But I can move my feet to music and ask Casey to perform some behaviors at the same time. That’s all you have to do! Casey and I will never perform in competitions or in front of large audiences, but we sure have a great time together in our living room! If you ever hear Paul Simon’s “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard” coming from my house and you look in my living room window, there’s a good chance you’ll see me and Casey dancing our hearts out.

If you are interested in learning Canine Freestyle with your dog, please contact Laura. Classes will be taught to music so they should be a lot of fun.


Carolyn Scott and Rookie from youtube.com videos.