Enriching the lives of our dogs, ourselves and others through the sport of Canine Musical Freestyle
Dogs Gone Dancin' (DGD) is a Canine Musical Freestyle club that is based in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Members are located in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. We host two titling events each year and get together regularly for practices and enjoying each others company! We host workshops, fun meets, titling events and perform demos at pet days, parades, nursing homes and other dog related events to showcase this fun sport in the Pacific Northwest.
What is Canine Musical Freestyle?
Some (not us) call it doggy dancing, but that conjures up images of cartoon dogs boogieing solo. That's not what happens. What actually happens is that freestyle dogs perform alongside their humans as a team, with the human partner cueing the canine partner to perform a sequence of trained behaviors (tricks) that have been choreographed to music.
We begin with basic obedience behaviors our dogs may already know, such as 'heel' and 'come'. We then teach our dogs foundation freestyle behaviors like right side heeling, spinning, and weaving between our legs. A dozen or so solidly trained bahviors is all it takes to create a beginners routine.
We are always adding to our dogs repertoire of behaviors to create more expressive routines. There is no limit to freestyle creativity!
Most importantly, our bond with our canine partners strengthens the more we 'dance' with them. Because we use positive training methods, our dogs look forward to working with us and often will 'think up' new behviors themselves.