Canine Freestyle is a choreographed
performance organized with music, illustrating the training and joyful
relationship of a dog and handler team.
Watch for the dog to be moving to the beat of the music and look for the relationship
between the dog and handler. You will see graceful and intricate movements performed
with precision and artistry. Every movement is accomplished through the subtle
use of verbal cues and body language. The emphasis is always on the dog, with
the handler completing the team creating a harmonious whole. In Freestyle the
performance of every team will be different, presented to different music and
sharing an intimate view of the working relationship between dog and handler.
Freestyle is also an excellent
discipline to illustrate the conformation and movement of the
dog. The reach, drive and beauty of an athletic, trained dog
moving to music can take one’s breath away.
The Canine Freestyle Federation,
Inc. (CFF) is an international organization dedicated to defining
and developing the sport of Canine Freestyle and providing
the structure necessary to offer competitions and demonstrations.
Canine Freestyle has evolved from traditional obedience and
the musical kur (freestyle) of equine dressage. Freestyle expands
the sport of obedience by broadening the scope of dog training
and adding an artistic element through the inclusion of music
and choreography. Freestyle encourages originality and creativity,
and develops audiences through spectator appeal. Freestyle
promotes responsible dog ownership by presenting a positive
image to the general public and encourages and promotes the
value of dog training. CFF will:
Develop and maintain rules and
Publish a newsletter to disseminate
Offer individual memberships
Provide educational materials
and support for competitors, management and judges
event and placement records Promote demonstrations for
their entertainment and therapy value
Encourage the formation of local
Freestyle clubs or groups
The Canine Freestyle Federation Inc (CFF)
is an international not-for-profit organization run by volunteers
and is in no way associated with any other canine freestyle organization
or group. The use, reproduction, copying, transmission or dissemination
of articles, descriptions, pictures or other material on this web
site is prohibited without the express written permission of CFF.
Request for permission to use this material should be sent to the
CFF Directors. CFF was Founded 1995, and Incorporated 1996.