For owners

Dances With Dogs

Dances with Dogs involves owners/handlers and their dogs working together as a team to perform choreographed movements accompanied by music.

Owners/handlers can choose the music, moves, costume and props for their routines.

In respect for both the sport and dogs, the dogs must be safe and treated with respect. Attention must be paid to the moves chosen to not cause injury or harm to the dogs and they are not to be dressed up. The dogs may only wear a decorative collar.

The two separate divisions in dancing with dogs are freestyle and heelwork to music. Heelwork to music does require that at least 70 per cent of the routine performed with the dog close to the handler’s leg. Owners can choose from eight heelwork to music positions.

Freestyle, as the name suggests, is less structured and includes any safe move that owners that reflect the theme of the music.

How long has Dances with Dogs been in Australia?

Dances with Dogs became a Dogs Australia sport in January 2009.

What natural instinct does Dances with Dogs bring out?

As dogs love to play and interact with their owners, training for Dances with Dogs builds strong connections and creates enjoyment and satisfaction for owners and dogs.

What States/Territories is Dances with Dogs available in?

Dances with Dogs competitions are available in all states except Tasmania and the Northern Territory. To find a Dances with Dogs event near you, check out the show and trial guide on your states Dogs Australia affiliated state body webpage.

How many Dancing with Dogs clubs are there in Australia?

There are seven Dancing with Dogs training clubs throughout Australia.

Why get into Dances with Dogs?

Dances with Dogs is a great training opportunity and provides both mental stimulation and physical activity, improving the connection between owners and their dog. They are able to channel their energy into something that is mutually enjoyable and beneficial.

Dances with Dogs offers flexibility allowing a particular level of freedom and creativity unique to this sport.

More information

To find out more please visit your local state or territory website: