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Show Me Something Different

Shari and Jace
Photo by The Dog Sport Photographers
by Shari Bryant, North Carolina Canine Freestyle Guild CanineFreestyle DogWork® is about being creative and letting your dog be an equal part of the team. I used lure and reward to teach behaviors to my previous dogs. It worked well, but it did not allow them to be a full partner in developing their freestyle…
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Enrich Your DogWork in Surprising Ways!

Trish Koontz and Boone
Photo: Trish Koontz
Trish Koontz, Carolina Canine Freestyle Guild What is this thing about RHYTHM that's so important to our sport? Hmmm... Try to really soften your focus while you watch this video. Use all of your senses to see, hear, feel, taste, smell the rhythms! How many meshing rhythms can you perceive with ALL of your senses?…
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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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