Freestyle is a new canine sport with roots in obedience, but requiring many more movements from the dog and handler, in a routine set to music. There are several styles of freestyle in the US. CFF is more oriented towards showcasing the dog and their movements, with the handler being as inconspicuous as possible, similar to equine dressage. WCFO and MCSI are more flamboyant, with more emphasis on handler costuming and movement and a variety of moves from the dog. Both types have many supporters and are great fun for you and your dog!
Introductions to Freestyle
If you're new
to freestyle, here's information to get you started.
Here's an introduction to the sport from Dog-Play, specifically on MCSI Freestyle, so a bit out of date.
A little bit of history on the evolution of this new canine sport, from WFDF.
Started With Freestyle
Article from CFF on how to get started in Freestyle.
Links to articles
on training your dog to do musical freestyle.
Rhythm and Freestyle
A nice article from CFF on choosing music.
of Freestyle Music
An excellent, comprehensive article on choosing music from Caroline Levin.
How to Begin
How to start putting your routine together.
- Kur Design Tips
A monthly column on designing a musical kur routine (equine freestyle).
Direction and movement's effect on your routine.
Development of Movement
CFF's movement-oriented approach.
Articles on freestyle training translated to Finnish and Swedish. Also some wonderful photos of dogs performing.
Freestyle News and Photos
Links to online
news articles or photos on freestyle.
Article on Laurel Rabschutz and Gus from the Show Dog Super Site.
- Woofing it!
Article featuring Diane Battis and Cassi. Also visit Diane's homepage.
Photos and a slide show.
- The Canine Freestyle Federation, Inc.
Like to see dogs performing freestyle? Here are some online videos.
cha cha with your Chihuahua
Link to the CNN video on Freestyle. Requires the Microsoft video plugin for your browser.
Freestyle Discussion Forums
Need more interactive help for your freestyle training? Here are ways to get help.
Here are the archives and subscription information for the WorldFreestyle email list.
- Dancing with Dogs List
A new list specifically for UK Heelwork to Music.
Pages online for the various freestyle groups.
The home page for CFF features articles from their newsletter, upcoming and past events, etc.
Canine Freestyle Organization
Newest organization, they incorporate classes for both Heelwork to Music and Musical Freestyle.
A canine freestyle organization serving Iowa and Nebraska.
Info and pictures from this UK club.
Dog Sport Association
Information on the British version of Freestyle.
Information on upcoming events.
Upcoming events, classes and seminars.
Where to order books and videos on training freestyle.
Don't miss Sandra Davis' new website with information on her training videos and new book!
MP3 sites have full-length music you can download and enjoy, and CDs to order that are half the price of regular music CDs.
Probably the most popular MP3 site, you can listen to the music over streaming Real Audio before downloading the full CD-quality MP3.
Use the box at the top center of this page to search for artists similar to your popular favorites.
Another good MP3 site.
And more MPs (as well as other formats).
- MP3 Players
Thinking of getting a portable MP3 player? Check here for lowest prices, reviews, tips, etc.
I'm a big fan of the Minidisc format, and feel it offers a lot to freestyle enthusiasts.
- Why should I buy a MiniDisc recorder/player?
Introduction to Minidiscs and why you should even bother with them.
The minidisc format was created by Sony and they are still leaders in the technology.
- The MiniDisc Community Page
HUGE site will all kinds of information on minidiscs.
Online CD Stores
These are places you can go online to listen to clips of music and order CDs.
About 30 second Real Audio clips on many albums.
Amazon is now a great source for music as well, and features lots of sound clips.
Sources on the web to help you get that perfect freestyle costume.
More costume links.
Wonderful online source for costumes. Lots of photos, and good selection and prices.
- Rubie's Costume Co.
Wide variety of halloween costumes and accessories.
- Discount Dance Supply
Dance supplies, shoes, dresses, etc.
- NY Dancewear Company
More dance supplies.
- Just For Kix
The usual dance stuff, plus videos on various dance styles.
Lots of dance costumes, separates, etc.
Good for props and mylar decorations.
- Dancer Online
Visit the Mall for more dance costumes.