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Zen and I have been training for a year for our first competition in a Canine Freestyle Federation titling event which is this weekend in Virginia. I think we have an awesome routine (no I DON'T wear a costume) and we will have fun doing the dance together. CFF does not focus on glitz. Here is a nice description of the sport from their website:

What is Canine Freestyle?

Canine Freestyle is a choreographed performance organized with music, illustrating the training and joyful relationship of a dog and handler team.

Watch for the dog to be moving to the beat of the music and look for the relationship between the dog and handler. You will see graceful and intricate movements performed with precision and artistry. Every movement is accomplished through the subtle use of verbal cues and body language. The emphasis is always on the dog, with the handler completing the team creating a harmonious whole. In Freestyle the performance of every team will be different, presented to different music and sharing an intimate view of the working relationship between dog and handler.

Freestyle is also an excellent discipline to illustrate the conformation and movement of the dog. The reach, drive and beauty of an athletic, trained dog moving to music can take one’s breath away.


You will love the videos on the website; they are all moving. Membership

Here is Zen's new kangaroo leather collar I got for him to wear in the competition. We will have a blast!





 

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Nice collar - Beautiful boy - I loveee the last picture, such a cute DOBE Grin!!
 

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I have to ask - how in the world do you teach the dog rythmn? Or do you have to find a dog to start with that kinda already has it? Or is it all timing of cues on your end?

He looks terribly dapper in his new collar! Hope y'all have a blast!

:dancing_3: :dan2: :dancing_b04:
 

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Wow, love the look of this collar and the look of your dog!

Go Team!
 

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Very handsome!

So what's your song?
"Celebration" - artist is John Adorney (new age music). We don't use music that has lyrics or is too well-known because you want the audience involved in the "picture" of the choreography that is being presented, not singing along with the music! Also, the music is chosen for the rhythm of the dog's gaits and the purpose of your choreography. I designed my choreography for Zen to showcase his elegance, grace, and flexibility.
 

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Good luck. Handsome boy and a beautiful collar!!:clap:
 

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I have to ask - how in the world do you teach the dog rythmn? Or do you have to find a dog to start with that kinda already has it? Or is it all timing of cues on your end?

He looks terribly dapper in his new collar! Hope y'all have a blast!

:dancing_3: :dan2: :dancing_b04:
Good question! Actually, everything (choreography, music choice, purpose) is designed around the individual dog's innate rhythm at the various gaits, especially the extended trot. This sport can easily be compared to dressage with horses, where you showcase the beauty of the dog's natural movement. There is a lot of training just as there is in dressage but there is much more creativity than in dressage. If you watch some of the videos (see the link in my original post) you will see what I mean. I am not good at explaining it!
 
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