Looking for ways to keep fit? Musical canine freestyle is a modern dog sport that can be a really fun way to exercise and bond with your dog.
It combines obedience training like heeling, tricks and dance. Dancing with your dog regularly should help build fitness, balance, strength and focus and allows for creative interaction with your dog. Moving to music in a choreographed performance can be really rewarding and entertaining, in fact dancing dogs have done very well on Britain’s Got Talent and other Talent Shows and I confess I love watching- check out videos of Canadian Trainer Cassandra Hartman, of Cassandra’s Canines, a dancer who teaches and competes in the sport with her beautiful dogs including Twyla Tharp below.
We also took part in great fun classes at All About Dogs in Toronto and at The Red Barn Event Centre in Barrie Let us know more teachers in your area and share your videos and photos.
A good tip I heard this week: when getting fit and training with treats, to reduce risk of weight gain, take a measured amount in a little bag for your workout, break into small pieces and use natural, high protein, low fat treats without additives.
Check out the rest of the FitDog posts and get some fun ideas for keeping your pup in shape. Thanks SlimDoggy and co-hosts Peggy’s Pet Place and To Dog With Love for hosting the hop!
And thanks to Heart Like a Dog and co-host Hound Girl for the Follow-up Friday hop!