Canine Freestyle is a choreographed performance of a dog and handler team with music, to illustrate the training and joyful relationship of the dog and handler team. The objective is to present the dog to his or her best advantage in a creative and artistic manner. A Freestyle presentation is always accompanied by music selected to suit the natural rhythms of the dog. Freestyle should demonstrate, with appropriate music, the grace, beauty and intelligence of the dog working in harmony with the handler. A Freestyle presentation should clearly show the dog’s athleticism, attentiveness, flexibility and training. All handler movements should complement and enhance the dog's movements. Teamwork is essential. Canine freestyle combines technical skill and creativity. Focus must always be on this particular unique DOG, who is being skillfully showcased to his or her best advantage by the handler. If you are not familiar with CanineFreestyle DogWork, and the Canine Freestyle Federation, go to www.canine-freestyle.org.
Durham Kennel Club offers a two hour drop-in Freestyle Class at the DKC Building one Saturday a month, beginning at 2 pm. The cost is $15 for each class. The DKC classes will be aimed toward newcomers who have not shown in Freestyle before. However, experienced handlers do participate and there will be time after class for practicing and run-throughs. If you are interested in attending, contact Dee Wallis, Deewallis@aol.com , Shari Bryant, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Trish Koontz, email@example.com for more information. We welcome newcomers and visitors!
The DKC Freestyle Classes are planned for the following dates in 2017: January 21, 2017; February 11; March 4; April 1; May 20; June 24; July 29; Aug 26; Sept 9; Oct 14; Nov 18. Please put these dates on your calendar now, so you can be a regular participant and get as much as possible out of the classes. Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in being on the list to receive notices and reminders.
We will meet three weeks out of every six weeks so that we can leave the club available as needed for rentals and events. Registration for all 3 classes/session is required (it is NOT a drop-in per class). Dogs must be a minimum of 10 months of age and must have, at minimum, completed two puppy obedience classes and/or have a Canine Good Citizen title. Note that basic heeling is a necessary skill to begin. The class can accommodate both novices and dogs with advanced titles. Dogs who are limited physically in minor ways can find great joy in doing Freestyle; any age dog can do it (we have amazing veteran presentations at titling events) but the dog must be completely sound at a dynamic trot. The class is not suitable for highly reactive dogs as there is a lot of work off leash.
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|Note: Application are still accepted when class is full. Students will be added to the wait list.|
|Dates 5/12, 5/26, & 6/2
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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|Cost $60 per student , DKC member meeting service requirements $45|