I had a great time researching your question. :)
This might be the show you saw... if not - I'm posting the video for
your enjoyment. It's hard to say who is having more fun... the
dancing dog or the woman!
The newest craze in dog training is Dog Dancing. Witness one of the
best exhibitions of this training you'll ever see.
Or click here first:
Dutch go heel to heel with dancing dogs
9 January 2004
"AMSTERDAM - Pet owners in the north of the Netherlands are getting
into step with the rest of the country as a local obedience school has
announced the start of dog dancing lessons later in January.
The craze has already won devotees in the rest of the Netherlands and
is sweeping the globe, with dozens of British, American, German and
Dutch websites devoted to dog dancing techniques and sporting
photographs of masters and animals making like Fred Astaire and Ginger
"A lot of people want to do nice things with their dogs, but they want
something new as they have already done all the exercises, for agility
and stuff like that," Annette Helder of the pet obedience school
Quiraing said on Friday.
On its own website Quiraing in Haren, located in the Groningen
Province, says to compliment its obedience classes in 2004 it will
also be running a special course in dog dancing. The classes begin on
17 January, but as of Friday there were still some places on the dog
A new trainer, Caren Appelmans, who has herself undertaken special
"doggy dancing" courses, will teach the skill at Quiraing.
And what exactly is dog dancing?
Website caninefreestyle.com explains that the discipline originated
from Britain and the US and mass interest was sparked worldwide by a
performance by a Mary Gray and her dog at the Crufts International Dog
show in Britain.
"This performance revealed numbers of supporters all over the world.
Thus, many 'canine dance schools' opened their doors to the partisans
of this new sport."
It is mainly a pleasant (feminine) and very creative sport, the website says.
Based on an obedience system, it is centered on giving rewards such as
a piece of cheese, a ball or a cookie to help train a dog and invite
it to unveil its artistic talents to music, which in turn reflects the
The first official competition was held in Belgium in March 2001.
"You can teach dogs anything, but on their own they are not musical.
Following instructions from their owner, they can however make the
right movement at the right time," Helder said.
"Crawling, backwards crawling, slaloming, stretching out their paws,
frolicking, rolling. You name it!"
Helder said the dogs love the attention from their owners: "If they do
their best, they get a treat and even more attention".
She said the musical genre is entirely dependant on the owner's taste.
She said it could be classical or for instance, the song by amazingly
popular Dutch folk singer Frans Bauer entitled Heb je even voor mij?
(Have you a moment for me?).
"Anything goes. Group dancing, with several dogs and their owners, is
also possible," Helder said.
The good news is that all dog breeds, the fat, thin, big or small, can
[Copyright Expatica News 2004 + Novum Nieuws]
You can contact Annette Helder at:
Quiraing Border Collies®
Onnerweg 42, 9751 VE Haren (gn) Holland
Tel: 0031-50-5348389 Mobile: 0031-6-26904345
Or send an e-mail to: Quiraing@wanadoo.nl
The following 3 links reference Eric Ferguson from Dunblane,
Scotland... however I was unable to find any contact information.
Those Dancin? Dogs
Animal welfare officer Eric Ferguson thinks if people go to class with
their dogs, both human and canine will benefit. Fido learns to be more
obedient and people learn to be more responsible dog owners. So Eric
has started a new kind of class that a person can take with a canine
companion: dance class. In an interview with the Daily Record, he
"If a dog and its owners are participating in a worthwhile activity,
then you can be sure the dog will be well looked after. It takes time
to teach the animals steps, but if owners can be proud of their pets,
they will care for them responsibly."
According to Eric, dancing is a natural extension of agility training.
He has even taken his own collie Toby to class, where the 3-year-old
jumps on his back legs to the music of Dire Straits. Eric lives in
Dunblane, in the heart of Scotland."
Another reference to Eric Ferguson
"Dog dancing classes launched to help pets. A Scotsman is setting up
classes to teach dogs how to dance. Eric Ferguson, of Dunblane,
believes canine dance classes will improve dogs' learning skills. He
says dance classes are a natural extension of agility courses designed
to make pets more obedient..."
Ananova: Dog dancing classes launched to help pets
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Unfortunately I don't read German, but the following sites have
information on dog dancing and some sell videos and possibly have
information on classes or workshops.
Heelwork to Music
Articles can be found at the following links.
Dogs put best paws forward - Freestyle advocates say dancing is good
for them, their pets
Dancing with Dogs, The New Sport of Canine Musical Freestyle
Musical Freestyle - Dancing with Your Dog
Wags, Waltzes, Wock n' Woll
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