Dances with Dogs (DWD) is a Canine sport, approved by the ANKC as an official competition sport in Australia with competitions commencing in 2009.
DWD provides handlers and their dogs with an opportunity to demonstrate a skilful, choreographed routine, performed to music. Whilst having its foundation in obedience heelwork, DWD enables the handler to include innovative and creative moves and movement in time to music, giving the illusion of dance.
Dances With Dogs encompasses two separate divisions:
Dances With Dogs Freestyle
Heelwork to Music
Find out more here.
Our club is very lucky to have Sharon to train DWD classes at our club as she is very willing to share her extensive knowledge gained from training and competing in DWD competitions with four of her border collies. Her first dog, Murphy, had already achieved an Obedience Championship title in 2006 so when DWD was introduced as a competitive sport in 2009 she was a senior dog but still achieved the proficiency to compete successfully and gain titles in both HTM and Freestyle.
Sharon’s next two dogs where also converts from Obedience and both Casey and Cian went on to earn their Championship titles in both Heelwork to Music and Freestyle. Holly is Sharon’s youngest dog and has been the only one of Sharon’s dogs to be taught DWD foundation work from 8 weeks of age. This has paid off as Holly has her Heelwork to Music Advanced title and is currently working towards her Heelwork to Music Champion title. In Freestyle, Holly has already achieved her Freestyle Champion title and on the way to this title she won the Qld Freestyle Dog of the Year Award in 2016.
If your instructor – Sharon Clark, is unable to attend, classes are not covered by another instructor but participants are welcome to attend a regular obedience session at RDOC. Sharon will send an email to regular participants as early as possible confirming she is unable take the class. You can contact Sharon at firstname.lastname@example.org.