canine freestyle moves database

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This database is a "work in progress". It attempts to define the basic elements comprising Canine Freestyle and includes various training techniques that can be used to teach a dog to assume positions and perform 'moves' / 'behaviors' on cue.

It is assumed the dog knows basic obedience and the handler knows how to train using positive reinforcement; luring, clicker and/or bridge word and targeting. No attempt is made to describe the training techniques in any exact detail because each exercise needs to be split into small increments of criteria according to the dog’s needs.

Any time you see the cursor shaped like a hand, clicking will take you down to the next level of information of that subject.

Throughout this database the dog will be referred to as "he" instead of "it".

The information is categorized as follows:

Describes which way the dog is facing relative to the handler

Common “heel” positions (where the term “heel” is an orientation)

At any time the handler and dog can be moving in the same direction or in different directions

What the dog can do. These are independent of direction and orientation. Also referred to as "moves".


Describes various handler-dog orientations and handler movements in relation to the dog moving in a weaving pattern.

Transition Moves

Describing common methods of moving a dog from one orientation to another with the purpose of maintaining smoothness and continuity of movement.


Choreography, Music, Dance Information, Classes, etc

Table of Contents

This is a table of contents of the information contained in this Canine Freestyle Moves Database. It is in alphabetical order and can also be used as a quick cue reference guide.

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The information rendered here is by no means exhaustive.

MDSA takes no responsibility for any injury to handler or dog through the use of the suggested training methods contained here-in.

All training methods described here are suggestions only. All training methods are positive and can be done off lead in a safe place. No one training technique suits all dogs. If the suggested training method does not suit your dog, MDSA takes no responsibility for this.

All written cues are suggestions only. No liability is accepted by MDSA if the suggested cues conflict with cues used in other dog sports.

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