Frequently asked questions about canine freestyle

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Who can do canine freestyle? You and your dog can! No matter what your ages or physical condition, as long as your dog is well-socialized to people and other dogs, and has basic obedience skills, you can both enjoy freestyle. You design your routines to fit you and your dog’s own style. There are no required moves in most freestyle venues.

What if I have two left feet when it comes to dancing? Handlers do not have to know how to dance. In fact, most canine freestylers have little dance experience. You pick your music and moves, so your routine can be as active (and intricate!) as you wish.
Can handlers and dogs with physical challenges do canine freestyle? Yes. Handlers in wheelchairs or dogs who have physical limitations are encouraged to participate, developing moves and routines that work for them. One of the many fun aspects of this sport is that YOU design routines to suit you and your dog. Our group supports each other in designing routines and sharing ideas. We are there to help.
Does training canine freestyle complement training for other dog sports and activities? Definitely yes! Many of our club members also enjoy agility, conformation, and competitive obedience. Canine freestyle is a sport that enhances performance in other dog sports through the physical conditioning the dog and handler experience as well as the attention and bonding that occurs.
Nationally, many of the top freestylers have upper division titles in obedience, agility and other dog sports. And when it's time to retire a dog from the obedience or agility ring, canine freestyle can still be enjoyed, since the handler determines the level of physical effort needed for their routine.

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