Clicker Train Your dog to Crawl

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Learn How to Teach your dog to Crawl. This is an excellent video on how to teach the creeping crawl.

Doggie Dancing

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I love the wide variety of dogs dancing and having fun. This really showcases musical canine freestyle and trick training for fun. I am especially impressed with the handstands so many dogs are doing at the end.

Doggie Dancing is a place for people to come and be entertained,educated and to promote Musical Canine Freestyle and other doggie performance arts. Please feel free to leave comments. Tell about upcoming events in the doggie world and connect with friends. If you love dogs like I do, Click our Like button for Facebook and help us spread the joy of Doggie Dancing.

Hello, my name is Melanie McClure and I am the founder of the number one fan club for Doggie Dancing.

I’m here today to share with you a little bit about the next big thing in dog sports to sweep the nation! Doggie Dancing! Already Doggie Dancing also known as Musical Canine Freestyle has rocked the house in Britain’s Got Talent several times over. Now thousands of dog owners across the world are turning on the music and dancing with their dogs! Doggie Dancing is the Fun way to train and spend time with your dog in an activity that engages mind, body and soul!

One of the things that makes Doggie Dancing so popular is that anyone young or old can do it. And any dog of any age, size or breed can enjoy and excel is this awesome sport!

You don’t need any specific equipment or space to practice in. Your own living room, yard and park are sufficient. It can be done on leash or off leash and is a great training method for developing off leash and distance control.

I got involved with Doggie Dancing when I got my first two Australian Shepherds. The were smart and full of energy. I wanted to find an activity that did not require any special equipment or space requirements to do. I wanted to more fully interact and play with my dogs. And I wanted to be able to do that activity in the comfort of my own living room. After in-depth research, I found out about Musical Canine Freestyle, a sport that combines musical creativity and dancing with trick training and agility training with my canine partners. I knew that this was the sport for me. I have been a dancer all my life and I have had dogs all my life, but now I have discovered dancing with dogs and it has proved to be a super fun activity that me and my dogs enjoy doing together.

I created this site to share with you some of the best doggie dancing and creative dog performance videos and tutorials I have found and enjoy.

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Happy Dancing,

Melanie McClure


The History of Canine Freestyle

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The History of Canine Freestyle


Canine Freestyle also known as doggie dancing began developing recently in the early 1990s when several dog trainers from around the world started practicing their obedience routines and heelwork to music. With music playing in the background, it was natural to want to do the doggie boogie and start choreographing their movements to fit the music.

At first it was simply heelwork to music in which the dog and handler move as one with the dog close to the handler’s side as they walk around the ring performing some basic obedience moves. Mary Rae from England, and Carolyn Scott from the United States were two of the first more famous dog trainers to start performing their heelwork to music. Today heelwork to music is still a category of doggie dancing.

From there people started getting more creative and began borrowing ideas and movements from dressage. Movement became more free and creative. Handlers began moving with their dogs in lateral, diagonal, circular and backward movements. Trainers opened up their heelwork to include five positions, the right heel, left heel, front heel, follow position and middle heel where the dog is between your legs. People found canine freestyle to be a liberating space where anything could go unlike the strict obedience, rally and agility areas where certain moves were expected at certain spots at certain times. Canine Freestyle training develops a more balanced, agile and happy dog than other dog sports. In fact having a happy dog that has a good connection with the handler is one of the requirements and judging aspects of the sport. Doggie Dancing is the sport where tails wag.

Agility movements were introduced as people developed a wide variety of creative jumping tricks such as jumping thru your arms, jumping over your back, rebounding off your waist. People also started having their dogs weave thru their legs. First forward then backward, while crawling and even doing figure eights. Weaving became a foundational move in canine freestyle.

Carolyn Scott and Rookie, her golden retriever, awed the audiences with their very musical style of dancing together. Their most popular routine being performed to Grease. Then other trainers started telling stories and being comedic or dramatic with their routines. Attila and Fly will always be remembered for their Charlie Chapman routine and their Gladiator routine. Both are quite classics.

Canine Freestyle is such an awesome sport because any dog of any age any breed and even handicapped dogs can participate and compete. This sport allows dog and handlers to choose movements and songs that suit them with no strict requirements of what you must do. You can easily train in the comfort of your own home, yard or park. No special equipment is needed. There is no special need to train in a class. Although training with others always helps with overcoming distractions and helping you to develop ideas better. People of all ages can enjoy this sport from young children to elderly people in wheelchairs, or walkers. It is great exercise for the dog and handler but easy to do with whatever physical limitations one might have.

Whether you are training to dance for your friends and show off all the cool tricks and moves you know, or volunteering at a nursing home or entertaining people at a park. You can take your show to the road and compete in a variety of different competitive organizations or just enjoy performing your dance routines. Doggie Dancing is the fun dog sport to train.

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Melanie McClure


Happy Easter Dog Video

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Here is a wonderful doggie Easter video. It showcases  a lot of basic and advanced fun moves anyone can learn.

It is produced by Busy Bee Dogs

Canine Freestyle Tina Chandi

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Tina and Chandi perform wonderful Musical Canine Freestyle Routine

Clicker Train Dog Dancing

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Clicker Training – Train Your Dog To Dance

Canine freestyle dance is a fantastic way to train your dog. I started training dogs when I got my first two Australian shepherds. I enjoyed starting them with basic obedience, but then I wanted to know what more could I teach my smart dogs. I wanted something more advanced I could teach them at such a young age and teaching basic obedience was easy and fun. Also, I needed something I could teach from the comfort of our own home. I thought about agility training, but my dogs needed to be past the age of one to really get into that and it requires a special field with special equipment.


Then, I finally discovered a combination the best of obedience, agility and trick training and adds in some musical creativity and dance – freestyle dance! My dogs loved it from the start. Musical canine freestyle is a dog sport in which you do heelwork to music and add in all sorts of creative and basic tricks like sit, lay, spin, jumps, leg weaves, and circle around, etc. There are two types, Musical Canine Freestyle and Heelwork to Music, the main difference being that Heelwork to Music focuses on a dog’s ability to stay in variations of the heel position while the handler moves to music, whereas Musical Canine Freestyle puts less demand on heelwork and focuses on the dog performing a variety of tricks and other obedience talents, and places a greater focus on the trainer’s dance abilities and creativity.The choreography of the routine is up to you to create and has very few restrictions. You get to chose what moves work well for you and your dog and select music that compliments your dogs’ movement so it looks like he is dancing to the music.


Clicker training is the fastest and easiest way to train your dog to dance. Trainers have found they can teach their dogs in a matter of minutes and weeks what it used to take months and years to teach using clicker training methods. Clicker training is a positive reward based training method. When training your dog to dance never give any punishments or use negative reinforcement. You want your dog to look and be happy about his training time. Learning tricks and cool moves is always an optional thing for your dog to do. Some moves and tricks might be hard for him to do and may not be well suited for your dog. Listen to your dog and if you think that something is not right for him, move on to something else. Remember many moves and tricks can tax your dog’s body so be sure they are age appropriate and stop when you’re ahead. You don’t want your dog to be sore after training. It might dampen his enthusiasm in the future.


When clicker training your dog to dance, use good rewards. Food works best for most dogs. Use something that is really smelly and tasty like real chicken, hot dogs, liver, turkey, and cheese. The treats need to be cut up into small bite size easy to swallow bits. It’s best to use real food, for two main reasons: for one it is soft and easy to swallow, the second is it is healthier, cheaper, and tastier than store bought dog treats. Don’t skimp on the treats either. Keep the rewards coming to keep your dog engaged and to be giving him as much positive feedback for what he is doing as possible. For dogs not motivated by food rewards use what works for them. It may be playing with their favorite toy such as a tug toy, squeaky toy or Frisbee. He may love working for your praise and attention alone. It is good to have a variety of foods and toys to keep the treat basket interesting longer and keep your dog engaged longer.


The clicker training formula for training tricks is lure, mark, reward. We use the clicker to mark each behavior we desire. You can also use a marker word such as “yes” to mark good behaviors. It is recommended using the praise, pet, treat reward system. By using this system, we are being highly rewarding for our dogs during training and it is easier to transition to praise and petting rewards in the future.


Your marker word needs to be a word you do not normally use except to mark desired behaviors. I use a marker word for behaviors and moves my dog already knows when we are practicing. He does not always receive a treat immediately during these practices. My marker word is “yes”. My reward and praise word is “good”. I use “good” as positive encouragement when training as well. Your dog picks up on your energy and feeds it back to you. Remember to be happy and enthusiastic during dog training sessions.


I use the clicker as my marker when training new skills or working to make moves more precise. The benefit of a clicker is that it is not produced naturally in nature, so the dog is not already desensitized to it. It is a unique sound easy to hear and recognize by your dog. We charge the clicker by clicking and treating a few times to get the dog’s attention and get him excited about the clicker. We do this by clicking and treating several times. Now, your dog is ready to respond well to the clicker. Timing is critical when clicker training in that you want to click on the exact behavior you want, if you are slow you may click once the behavior has passed and your dog thinks you are rewarding him for a different often undesired behavior. You don’t want your dog thinking he has to make you click multiple times in order to get a treat. Be sure to reward after every click, even accidental ones.


Once you get more advanced, you can train behaviors using the shaping methods. With this method you click and reward for each behavior that is a closer approximation to the end behavior you desire. For example, if you are teaching your dog to bow, you may first click and treat for his head going down, then his head moving down further, then his body stretching back, then for a slight bow, etc.. until the dog is bowing in the correct position. With the shaping method, you are not luring the dog, but marking the dog for doing the behavior on his own and getting closer and closer to the end goal. This method takes more patience and knowledge about what successive approximations to go for when teaching new behaviors. I personally use a combination of luring and shaping depending upon the behaviors. Many trainers think using this method gets your dog thinking more and results in an easier to train and more solidly trained dog down the line.


With clicker training methods, you will have your dog dancing in no time.


Written by,

Melanie McClure