Dances with Dogs competitions provide handlers and their dogs with an opportunity to demonstrate a skilful choreographed routine to music. It encompasses two separate divisions: (a) Freestyle and (b) Heelwork to Music.
The activity has its foundation in traditional obedience heelwork. However, in Dances with Dogs, the inclusion of innovative and creative moves and movement in time to, and interpretation of, the music are expected.
The discipline requires a good rapport between dog and handler, reflected in a high level of teamwork. Dances with Dogs performances should have spectator appeal
See the ANKC Rules for Dances with Dogs.