Choosing Music in Canine Freestyle

The question is: How do you choose music?

People’s responses:

Anne says:

I look for music that rhythm fits the rhythm of my dogs movement. For
me that is when the magic happens and the illusion of dance is created.

A lot of beautiful, exciting music has titles that would have nothing
to do with a dog handler relationship when it comes to titles or lyrics.

If someone limits themselves to titles and lyrics than that is their
choice but they may risk always being stuck in the same genre of
freestyle. I am not personally into acting out the lyrics.
But that is the good thing about freestyle its up to you to choose.

Choosing by title or lyrics is not a road I choose to take.

Charm is working on Minor Swing. A great song wit great phrasing and
tempo changes. It is snappy, sharp and bright. Like Charm

We also love Forrest Gump Suite. It gives us a chance to paint a
lyrical flowing picture. Another side of Charm

Neither title says anything about my relationship with my dog. That is
up to the performance. I think the audience is smart enough to see
that if I can carry off a successful routine.

I just choose not to be limited in my choices.

Diana says:

Like Ann I too choose not to be limited by my music preferences when choosing music. I listen to everything and anything…and do try just about anything! Including anything I can edit out some of the lyrics if the words or phrases are offensive and the rest of the song is fine! I use what ever type of music fits them for their age and movement!

Basically it’s, know your dog, figure out if you can move to it, figure out if your dog likes the music and be willing to try something different. 🙂

Some You-Tube to check out

Dog tricks.   The handler is double World Agility Champion Silvia Trkman and the “funny”
merle dog is her amazing Pyrenean Sheepdog La, the BC is the puppy Bu.

Tricks Show – great free style from a world team agility champion

 Mary Ray on the Underdog Show.  It’s a good brace (two dogs)  routine

okay, not a dog, but a seal, still a bit of dance.  🙂

it is a French equestrienne rider and her Andalusian horse. Note that she is not using the reins at any point. So all moves are either done verbally or with other parts of her body. Exquisite presentation by both the horse and the person. It is about five minutes
long, but worth the time.  Check it out here.

and a made at home production (not my home) from Scout for Christmas.

Anyways, for all you canine freestylers out there, hope you get some ideas for training, and otherwise just enjoy them.  🙂