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DogWork® is meant: “to show the dog to his best advantage in a creative and artistic manner.”

Experience the magic of DogWork®

CanineFreestyle DogWork

Canine Freestyle  DogWork® is a choreographed performance with music, illustrating the training and joyful relationship of a dog and handler team.

The objective of CanineFreestyle DogWork® is to present the dog to his best advantage in a creative and artistic manner.  A DogWork presentation is always accompanied by music selected to suit the rhythms of the dog.  DogWork should demonstrate, with appropriate music, the grace, beauty and intelligence of the dog working in harmony with the handler. The presentation should show the dog’s athleticism, attentiveness, flexibility and training. Handler movements should complement and enhance the dog’s movements. Teamwork is essential. The dog should always be treated with honor and respect.

Combine the Federation’s training discipline, based on mutual respect and teamwork, with creativity and artistry, and experience the magic of DogWork. It provides an excellent medium 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.


To see more examples, visit our Hall of Fame or check out our Facebook page.

Upcoming Events/Classes

Classes are generally offered by our local groups called “Guilds.” There are currently guilds in Tennessee, the Mid-Atlantic, Minnesota, North Carolina and Ohio.  There are also classes offered in Sarasota, Florida.

Go to our Guilds page for more contact information, or check the calendar for upcoming classes, events and competitions.

Special Events

Titling Event at Canine Affair Center

Join us for our early summer event June 1 and 2 in Chesterland, Ohio. 

Click to reach the Event Page and to access the premium.

In Memoriam

A Tribute to Joan Tennille, CFF Founder

Canine Freestyle Federation Founder, Joan Tennille, left us on February 8, 2019.  She was our Mothership and Guru, our teacher, friend, mentor and inspiration.  CFF members past and present will miss her humor and passion for creativity.

Thank You Joan
Kristin Sicotte
   I hold
my dogs close, cherishing the bond and excited about the endless possibilities on our journey together…thank you
   I look out onto our frozen northern landscape and see contrast and flow and marvel at God’s artistry and sense of humor…thank you   
  I watch my son grow and can’t help but see his beautiful uniqueness, knowing that where ever life takes him will be okay because its his life…thank you
   I understand that a good partnership has great value and requires continued effort so never stop nurturing it…thank you
   I feel the support of a unique community that is united in the common language of DogWork…thank you
   I am humbled by the creative process, and awed at how it comes and where it takes me…thank you
   I am heavyhearted at the loss of a larger than life mentor, who changed my life forever…thank you
   I embrace life long learning and continue to stretch myself in all ways—even when its uncomfortable…thank you

Joan Tennille, CFF Founder