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.
"Dance Into Spring"
Video Titling Opportunity
Recognizing the amazing accomplishments of
DCD-CH Team Plucker
A Message from Stephanie:
Thank you Judy. We couldn't have done it without you. I started in this sport many years ago with my first Doberman, Drucilla. We started because of my involvement in Animal Assisted Pet Therapy . I thought it would be a fun way to provide entertainment for seniors and children we visited. It was a big hit at our visits. When I got Willow, I continued with the sport. At first we just did it for fun, but Willow really seemed to like to learn new dances so we decided to go forward with the actual competition levels. It took about five years between my full-time job and volunteer work to complete the eight categories. Willow finished it at 11 years of age. I think it is what helped her survive a slipped disk in her neck, arthritis in her knee, and DCM. Although she has retired from competition, she still does her moves at therapy visits.
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