These are dog sports that are not yet recognized by the AKC to allow titles applied to the dogs name. However you can still have fun and bond with your dog while participating in these sports.
Please click on the links to learn more information about the organizations and their guidelines for the sport.
If you would like to see a short video of Aussies doing freestyle, please go here: https://youtu.be/k-jPboXpC38
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World Canine freestyle Organization (WCFO)
WCFO, INC. is a non-profit corporation, founded to globally promote the joys and fun of responsible pet ownership through musical canine freestyle, both as a sport and an entertainment medium.
Includes Musical Canine Freestyle, Heelwork to Music, Proficiency tests, and Skits (with guidelines).
Canine Freestyle DogWork® is a choreographed performance with music, illustrating the training and joyful relationship of a dog and handler team.
The objective of CanineFreestyle DogWork® is to present the dog to his best advantage in a creative and artistic manner. A DogWork presentation is always accompanied by music selected to suit the rhythms of the dog. DogWork should demonstrate, with appropriate music, the grace, beauty and intelligence of the dog working in harmony with the handler. The presentation should show the dog’s athleticism, attentiveness, flexibility and training. Handler movements should complement and enhance the dog’s movements. Teamwork is essential. The dog should always be treated with honor and respect.
Rally-FrEe is a unique sport combining trick behaviors of Canine Musical Freestyle with the format of Rally-Obedience. It emphasizes the precise execution of fundamental freestyle and obedience skills while encouraging creative and novel behaviors on a Rally-Obedience style course.
Paws 2 Dance is the governing body for Canine Freestyle in British Columbia and Western Canada. We have members from the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, Alberta, Washington and Oregon.
What is Canine Freestyle? Often referred to as “Dog Dancing”, Canine Freestyle is actually a pretty challenging sport! Dogs and Handlers move in time to music to a choreographed set of moves. It can be dance-like, or tell a story, and/or encompass some pretty interesting tricks!