What is dances with dogs?
This sport is essentially dancing with a dog. It has two streams: freestyle and heelwork to music where the dog and handler work as a team. This sport combines obedience, tricks, and dance with music. Routines typically involve the dog performing twists & turns, weaving through the handler’s legs, walking backwards, jumping, and moving in sync with the handler.
According to Dogs Victoria both freestyle and heelwork are technically challenging. They can draw on skills from both obedience and agility to increase the technical merit of a routine. These can be combined with a repertoire of moves varying from leg weaves and spins to reversing around props and walking backwards on hind legs.
Check out this brilliant and entertaining example of dances with dogs/heelwork, Crufts 2017.
What Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC)’s titles can be attained?
Each stream has four separate levels and titles to each level. The levels are starters, novice, intermediate and advanced.
Is my dog suitable for dances with dogs?
There is no restriction on dog breeds. According to Dogs NSW, the Dances with Dogs workshops are open to anyone who has an interest in dancing with their dog.
Age restriction: the dog must be over 12 months of age on the day of competition.
Where can I do dances with dogs?
Find a dog club near you by contacting ANKC‘s State member bodies…and start practicing your dance moves!