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Here is one of my favorite videos. It’s from the Dog Dancing World Championship Finals in Salzburg from 2012.

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Meet Tina

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TinaHere is me and my dog Tina! Rescue Tina from farm about four years ago. When I rescued her, she wasn’t in the best of shape. Her owners neglected her because they didn’t have the energy to deal with her. It was a rather unfortunate scene, as her owners were both very nice, they just had no business owning this dog.

Naturally, being the dog lover that I am, I took her on. She is the reason I was able to get the dog dancing. I knew that she had way too much energy you need to harness energy into something positive. I began by doing simple agility tricks. I saw that she absolutely love to go on our hind legs. I would reward this behavior with a treat.

Next thing I knew, were starting to do routines where we were dancing together. I think the first dancing routine that we did was a simple salsa. I know that may not sound simple to a lot of people, but for some reason it came naturally to us.

Ever since then we have been dancing together. Actually one several large dancing competitions across the world. Very thankful for the success that I’ve had because of this dog.

Aside from the competing though, she truly is my best friend. I cannot imagine my life without this dog. I’ve never been happier since I have had her. The really really cannot imagine my life without her. I favorite part of the days when she wakes me up in the morning with a lick across the face. And then my second favorite part of the day is coming home to her where she is all hyper and excited to see me. It’s as if I was her long-lost friend that she had seen in 15 years.

I hope the wake up with her every day for the rest of my life.

Meet Harold and Jimmy

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harold jimmy

I never trained to dogs at once before. So when the owner approached me in order to do this task, I was a bit worried. I didn’t know what it would be like to train two at once. Normally, training one dog at a time is hard enough.

However, when the dog owner told me how much he was going to pay me, I knew I had to take it on.

I was going to be teaching a pair of twin Australian Shepherds how to dance. As you all know, those are very very energetic dogs. However, there are also very intelligent dogs. I knew that if I was gonna be able to find their motivational secret very quickly I went to have much of a trouble training them.

Luckily for me, the dogs were very very motivated by food. Whenever dog is motivated by food, makes my life so much easier.

Harold was the quicker of the two to learn the initial stand up on their hind legs. For some reason, my money was on Jimmy. I sure lost that bet.

But, as training progressed, Jimmy actually performed a bit better than Harold. I’m not sure why this is, given that they should be at the same development stage in their lives.

There was a bit of aggression problem when they were both competing for treats at the same time. At one point I had to put them in our dog crates. Luckily our dog crate supplier, Best Dog Crates and Beds, hooked us up with some sturdy dog crates. We were able to wait it out until they both calmed down and then we resumed our training.

Needless to say, the end result was the exact same. Dogs were able to dance by the end of our training.

I heard back from the owner a couple months ago and he was very delighted with the results. He said that both dogs were very well behaved in 10 attire themselves out much quicker. This reduced the owner stress and he said that was well worth the money. I’m glad I was able to have another happy client.

Meet Bubbles

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BubblesWhen I met bubbles, I had no idea if I was can be able to train her. She was an absolutely off-the-wall very hyper Chihuahua. I had never met a dog this energetic in my life.

What’s more confusing, is that the owner was an 80-year-old Irish man. I had expected that this dog would’ve along to a more energetic person, such as someone in their early 20s. Little did I know it would belong to a very energetic 80-year-old Irishman.

It was actually a blast training the both of them. I don’t know who had more of a good time, bubbles or the owner. The owner would always mimic all the moves that I was doing. It was kind of charming.

Bubbles learned the initial training fairly quickly. It was hard to get her to concentrate at times. I learned very quickly that she wasn’t motivated by treats. Very rarely will you find a dog that is in motivated by food. Instead we found that bubbles was motivated by socialization.

This actually worked out better for me, as I was able to save a lot of money on treats.

I worked with bubbles for about four months. It took a little longer than Roger, but that’s because bubbles was much younger and much more energetic. However, I will say that bubbles actually learn to dance much much better in the very end. It was a pleasure working with them and now I have more challenges like bubbles in the future.

Meet Roger

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rogerRoger was one of the first dog that I ended up working with. His owner and brought them in because she was frustrated that she was unable to control his hyper energy. She figured that maybe doing some agility work would end up getting him to be tired and more disciplined.

When I first met Roger he was about three years old. Use a beautiful golden retriever. Seriously, he was one of the most beautiful dogs I have ever met. The owner said that she had gotten them off of Petfinder, which I found quite surprising since beautiful dogs like him are not often on there. I don’t know what owner would not have wanted him.

Roger was pretty quick to learn all the basic dance moves. We usually start off by having the dog it very comfortable on their high mics. We do this by dangling a treat above their heads. After about 30 repetitions, the dog will usually end up getting the command.

Next, we end up having the dogs to a spinning routine. We do this by dangling the treat above their head again as we did before. Instead, we also spin the tree around in front of their face. This forces the dog to have to turn in order to keep their eyes on the treat. This usually isn’t much of a problem is dogs absolutely love treats. Very rarely will they ever take their has off the prize.

I worked with Roger for about three months. It was truly a pleasurable experience. As he could see, he absolutely loves dancing.