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What is Canine Freestyle?
Canine Freestyle is a choreographed performance 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 bond between the dog and handler. You will see graceful and intricate maneuvers 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. The artistic freedom of choreography to music represents a significant change from the structure of traditional obedience competition and allows the handler to focus on the dog’s strengths. 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.
Reprinted with permission from the Canine Freestyle Federation Home Page. Visit them for more information about Freestyle.
The Canine Freestyle Federation competition in Alexandria, Virginia hosted dogs from considerable distance. In a tie for second place Laurel Rabschutz of Willington, CT, and her ‘beau’ Gus, ( Ebunyzar’s Gustav Mauler, CD, WRD) proved definitively that Newfs can dance. They performed ‘Classical Gas’ as their competition number, and for their creative interpretation, their huge crowd-pleaser, ‘Rescue Me’, which has entertained audiences throughout New England. Since we have no photos of the ‘Rescue Me’ piece, FYI, Laurel wears a rubber-duckie headed child’s inner tube around her waist, and Gus hauls her around by carrying his bumper, with Laurel clutching the end of its rope.
If you are getting the idea from this that Freestyle is just about the most fun you can have with your dog, and dress-up too, then you’ve got the picture.