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to the Canine Freestyle Federation’s Site The original Canine Freestyle, incorporated in 1994. Home of CanineFreestyle DogWork®.
Getting Serious Joan Tennille, president and co-founder of the Canine Freestyle Federation (CFF), claims she defined canine freestyle as a competitive sport rather than as just entertainment. In 1993, four dog trainers approached Tennille, at the time, a professional dancer-choreographer, to help them create what would be the first canine freestyle demo. They wanted to showcase their dogs’ advanced obedience training by setting it to music and treating human and dog as equal partners.
Currently, there are several organizations regulating competitive freestyle, such as the World Canine Freestyle Organization, Canine Freestyle Federation, and the Musical Dog Sport Association in the United States, Paws 2 Dance Canine Freestyle Organization in Canada, Canine Freestyle GB in Great Britain, and Pawfect K9 Freestyle Club in Japan. In the UK, the sport is called Heelwork to Music and is an officially recognized sport of the Kennel club.
Currently, there are several organization regulating competitive freestyle, such as the World Canine Freestyle Organization and Canine Freestyle Federation in North America, and Canine Freestyle GB and Pawfect K9 Freestyle Club (Japan) internationally. Competition Competition rules vary from group to group, and from country to country, but most are based on a variety of technical and artistic merit points.
Brian became somewhat disillusioned when he saw the direction in which the “doggy dancing” was going in some areas. In 1994, with the sport progressing, Sandra Davies joined the Canadian organisation and began to train her dog Pepper in some of the moves. Since that time, Sandra has probably become the most well known of the US Freestylers, having made several videos and published several books along the way. In the early days, the main organisation in the USA, guided by Joan Tennille and Alison Jaskiewicz, was the Canine Freestyle Federation.
The Canine Freestyle Federation competition in Alexandria, Virginia hosted dogs from considerable distance. In a tie for second place Laurel Rabschutz of Willington, CT, and her 'beau' Gus, ( Ebunyzar's Gustav Mauler, CD, WRD) proved definitively that Newfs can dance. They performed 'Classical Gas' as their competition number, and for their creative interpretation, their huge crowd-pleaser, 'Rescue Me', which has entertained audiences throughout New England.