Category Archives: CanineFreestyle DogWork

CanineFreestyle Dogwork®

Photo: Dogsport Photographers
by Joan Tennille CanineFreestyle DogWork® is a discipline in the Sport of Dogs. Teams train movement in 3 reference positions: * Heel and thunder on the right and left sides (see below) Movement in CanineFreestyle DogWork ® is defined as: * The dog's movement enhanced by the human's movement * In a team relationship *…
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Movement, the Language of CanineFreestyle DogWork©

Photo by Jim Poor
by Joan Tennille The objective of CanineFreestyle DogWork® is to show the dog to his best advantage in a creative and artistic manner. The emphasis is on the team's training in movement and the artistic expression of the unique behavior that develops when working and training as one. CanineFreestyle DogWork®, as a competitive discipline in the…
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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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