Benefits of Dances with Dogs
- It's FUN for both the handler and the dog.
- Handlers have the opportunity to develop and utilise their creative skills, and to train and showcase their dogs in a unique way.
- The safety and welfare of the dog is of primary importance. There is no need to include moves which are not suitable or appropriate for the individual dog, whether due to his age, conformation or any previously sustained injury.
- Dogs and handlers develop great rapport, through teaching/learning the various moves, which are best taught using positive training methods; use of compulsive methods is unlikely to produce the enjoyment and display of spirit by the dog which is inherent in DWD.
- Dogs are active and their fitness improves; they develop greater flexibility and, by working on both sides of the handler, avoid stiffness that can be caused by working only on one side.
- Training DWD doesn't require special equipment or a lot of space, and most of it can be undertaken at home.
- Members of the public love it.
- It's FUN!