Dogdancing is a dog sport in which dog and owner together perform a choreography to the music. It is suitable for numerous dog-human teams, and also for the human partner there are no restrictions regarding age and freedom of movement. The focus is on the playful learning of individual elements and on the harmonious interaction of humans and dogs.
Basics of dog dancing
Dogdancing, the “dance” with the dog, is based on various tricks and elements that are combined to the most harmonious choreography in time with the music. The selection of the individual elements depends on the skills of the dog. Both the creativity and difficulty of the choreography as well as the harmonious and clean execution are evaluated.
The self-chosen choreography is performed in a ring with predetermined dimensions that differ depending on the competition. The basic figures include, for example, an eight, a star or two staggered triangles, which are run by dog and human at the same time.
One of the basic elements is the dog’s circular rotation, which can be done left or right and in front of, behind or next to the human. The backward or sideways run as well as the slalom run through the human legs can also be installed. Popular tricks also include figures such as the male, the bow, standing on the hind legs and the role.
Different forms of jumping can also be integrated into the choreography depending on the music and the agility of the dog. The dog jumps over or into the partner’s arms, over one leg or the back. The prerequisite for such jumps is the physical fitness of both partners.
Development of a choreography
The design of the choreography depends on two factors: it must follow the rhythm of the music in a harmonious manner and may only contain elements that the dog masters. The agility of the dog should already be taken into account when selecting music, so slow music is more suitable for a rather calm dog. Basically, the dog should be able to walk in step with the selected music. A change to the trot can help loosen up in faster places.
Then, depending on the music, a basic figure is determined, whereby the eight is particularly well suited to optimally use the available space. The position of judges and audience can already be taken into account here. The selected exercises are now arranged according to the music on the basic form. Depending on the skill of the dog, an abrupt or slow entry is possible, popular beginnings are, for example, the start from a crouch or from a bow, with a male or with a paw.
The best way to build a tension arc is to choose the middle of the song for the most spectacular elements. Even at the end of the choreography, a difficult element leaves an impression again. For all elements used, it is important to take into account the second time that is required for execution.
Rules for dog dancing
Dogdancing competitions are allowed for dogs of all breeds and for people of all ages. A possible disability is also not a limitation. Music and choreography can be chosen according to your own taste, but they should take into account the taste of the audience and above all the well-being of the dog. A suitable costume is welcomed, but is limited to a suitable collar for the dog.
Dogdancing tournaments are held in official classes and fun classes. While no supporting toys, treats or similar aids are permitted in the official classes, these can be used without restriction in the fun classes. In all classes, however, it is prohibited to use force on the dog.
The fun classes are open to dogs from the age of 6 months, the official classes from the age of 12 months. In young animals up to 9 months old there are restrictions on jumping and similarly stressful elements.