The Dogs Can Dance Challenge® embraces and expands upon the musical canine freestyle world by offering titling opportunities, not competition. Each performance earns points toward the division title of their choice. A handler may register an individual dog or an entire team of dogs as their freestyle partner. All handlers will pass the Entry Level, demonstrating the skills necessary to succeed in the Challenge. Comments and scoring by a panel of five judges encourages growth and education with each performance. There is a place for you within the Dogs Can Dance Challenge®
The goal of the Entry level is to introduce the handler to the expectations of the skill level needed to perform a successful musical canine freestyle performance. The entry level tests the handler’s basic training foundation in the sport. All handlers will pass the Entry Level prior to submitting a performance in any Freestyle Division. For handlers who have registered as a “team”, only one dog is required to perform the Entry Level components, however, multiple registered dogs from the team may also be used. Entry level submissions are accepted daily. Refer to the Dogs Can Dance Challenge™ Guide for instructions on how to perform the Entry Level Components.
Musical Canine Freestyle Divisions
The Dogs Can Dance Challenge is proud to offer three uniquely different divisions in the sport of canine freestyle.
The three divisions offered are:
• Classical Freestyle
• Music Interpretation
The three divisions allow the handler the choice to earn titles where their interests lie, or to become well rounded by completing all three divisions as required to earn the title of “Dogs Can Dance Champion”. For a definition of each division, please refer to the Dogs Can Dance Challenge® Guide.
The Dogs Can Dance Challenge® encourages training and performing from the young stages of puppyhood to advanced senior age. If you have a disabled dog, the Dogs Can Dance Challenge® welcomes you as well.
The Dogs Can Dance Challenge Judging Guidelines are available to help guide you to success. See the criteria that the judges are looking for and the questions they will be asking themselves as they view your performance.
Recognizing the amazing accomplishments of
DCD-CH Monica Nolan and Team Nolan
A Message from Monica:
"Team Nolan is an all Aussie team consisting of Cinna & Bodie (my two original dancers who are now cheering me on from the other side of the rainbow bridge), 9 year old Mikko (seen above as a puppy) and Augie Doggy, my lively and precocious two year old.
What does the sport of freestyle mean to you and your pups?
I started Freestyle over 15 years ago with Cinna, a very active Aussie who had to retire from agility early in life due to hip issues. I found freestyle a great way to keep her happy and active. From there I’ve grown to love the sport for the freedom it gives me to move and play with my pups. And the challenge it presents to choreograph those moves into entertaining dance routines.
Augie and I currently compete in obedience, rally and agility. Freestyle bridges all these sports by re-applying the skills we need for the above in fun, “free form” ways. It’s the break that refreshes and rewarding in and of itself! Augie recently earned his AKC Rally Master title with a perfect score of 100. In giving me the award the judge commented that we looked like we were dancing through the course. Little did she know that we were."
Register to campaign an individual handler and dog toward a championship, or register an individual handler and multiple dogs to campaign as a team! The Dogs Can Dance Challenge offers handlers all the options. A handler always has the option to upgrade to a “team” without losing points earned while campaigning as an individual dog and handler. As the handler of a “team”, you can select the dog of your choice to perform with in any division. Mix and match any of your dogs for any performance. The entire “team” earns the points from each performance. Even if one of the dogs passes away, video performances from the past can earn points for your team! Submit your Registration form and enter the Challenge today!
Download Upgrade Registration Form
(use this form to add a dog or to upgrade to a team)
2019 Summer Fun Titling Event
View the video of the highest scoring performance
Le-La-Ru Award Winning Performance from DCD-CH2 Team Brunswick