What is Dances with Dogs?
Dances with Dogs (DWD) takes traditional heelwork to a new level by integrating it with trick behaviours such as spins, leg weaves, sit pretty, roll-overs, bows, and paw movements as well as the use of props such as canes, hoops and platforms to develop a skillful, choreographed routine performed to music.
In competition the routine must last between 1 and 4 minutes (depending on the level of experience). The sport is suitable for dogs of any type, and allows handlers to develop innovative and creative routines appropriate to the age, conformation and natural movement of their dogs.
You and your dog learn the moves, choose the music and put it all together in a routine
Am I eligible to participate?
You and your dog must satisfactorily complete the entry-level Starters class in the Club’s Trick Dog program to commence DWD training unless you have had prior experience in the sport.
A love of music, sense of humour, willingness to experiment and the desire to have a great time with your dog is essential.
When are classes held?
Classes are held on Monday or Tuesday evenings during ACT school terms.
They are usually held indoors at the Pavilion at the Queanbeyan Showgrounds (off Glebe Ave) and occasionally on the Club grounds. Participants are encouraged to provide peer support during classes.
What is involved in competing?
DWD is an Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC) sanctioned sport and you and your dog must be registered with the relevant state body (eg Dogs ACT or Dogs NSW depending on your place of residence) in order to enter a DWD competition.
The entry level for trialling is ‘Starters’ and your instructor can help you decide when you are ready to compete and how to enter a competition. Visit the ANKC website for the rules for competing in DWD.
The Club and other local training clubs host DWD competitions several times a year. Competitions are also offered in Sydney. See our calendar for dates.
How do I enrol in classes?
Send an email to the Club Office to be put in touch with the DWD Convenor.
You do not need to be a member of the Club to register your interest but you will need to join the Club if you are invited to begin classes.