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The Value of Improvs

Ann with her dogs (L-R) Aiden, Doodle & Lacy.
Photo by Wendy Keighley.
Ann Holder, First Florida Freestylers Guild I am the first to admit that in my early freestyle days, the idea of creating an improv absolutely terrified me.  Getting up in front of a class with a beginner dog had me shaking in my shoes.  I had no confidence or trust in my dog’s ability to…
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The DogWork Toolbox & This Thing Called Improv

Play with the Joy of Improv: Trish & Boon
Photo by The Dog Sport Photographers
By Patricia Koontz, Carolina Canine Freestyle Guild Creative studies, called "improv" in DogWork, seem to be the biggest challenge for many folks in our sport, including me. I feel like I am only now becoming a bit fluent in using the skill of improv and I know exactly why that is. It's because I had a…
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What is Artistry?

By Joan Tennille Artistry in Canine Freestyle is about movement and choices.  Movement is the technical skill trained in CanineFreestyle DogWork®; specifically, the dog's movement enhanced by the human's movement in a team relationship. Teams train technically for accuracy in all possible directions, levels and speeds in three positions heel, front and thunder.  For executed movement…
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The Birth of Teamwork

Gaea with Second Freestyle Partner, PeliAnn
Photo: Tom Wiegand
by Gaea Mitchel, Carolina Canine Freestyle Guild Recently I have heard several Federation friends voicing concern that, trying to start again with a new dog, they are not feeling a connection.  Some question the dog’s aptitude for the sport, some feel the dog is unmotivated, still others doubt their ability to choreograph or perform, fearing…
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