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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.

Excerpts from the "Musical Canine Sports International competition scoresheet:

Technical Execution - Precision Execution (Dog, Handler), Dog's Attention, Degree of Difficulty (Dog, Handler).

Artistic Impression - Choreography, Synchronization, Handler's Attire/Costume.


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