What is Dances with Dogs?
Dances with Dogs (DWD) is a fun canine sport where a dog and handler demonstrate a skillful, choreographed routine, performed to music. It enables competitors to exhibit innovative and creative moves which highlight the performance capabilities of their dog (and themselves) whilst providing entertainment for the audience. The handler chooses the music, creates costumes and choreographs a routine which is in time with and interpretive of the music.
Is my dog suitable?
Any dog can take part in Dancing with Dogs. Dogs that love to perform tricks and show off are encouraged. As a participant of DWD you need to have a love of music, the desire to have a great time with your dog and The requirements to start in a DWD class are: you, your dog, a love of music and the desire to have a great time with your dog.
The CDC Behaviour Training classes offer fantastic foundations which are expanded on during DWD classes.
How do I get involved?
To attend classes, you will need to become a member of the club. For more information on this great sport and to register your interest, please email the club's office.
In order to compete in DWD events, you will need to join your state canine control body (Dogs ACT or Dogs NSW), and register your dog with them. Any dog can be registered for obedience trials: your dog's parents, and whether he/she is purebred or not, doesn't matter.
When and where are classes held?
Classes are held on Wednesday evenings. Introductory classes run from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, and continuing classes are held 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Class participants are encouraged to arrive ten minutes before classes to set up and toilet their dogs.
Classes are held inside the Queanbeyan Showground Pavilion (the "Shed"). Entrance to the Shed is through the big gates off Glebe Ave.
Participants in Introductory classes are welcome to stay after class for a cuppa, socialisation with classmates outside the pavilion or to observe the continuing classes.