Why Strictly Fun dog dancing?
Mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression are on the rise. Likewise in dogs, Battersea reports have shown an increase in behaviours such as hyperactivity. I have suffered with mental illness and there is no way I would have coped without my rescue dog Fred; he has been my best kind of therapy. It is my training sessions with Fred that inspired me to set up Strictly fun dog dancing to help other owners and dogs boost their bond and their mental health.
Dog dancing can be adapted to any dog, any size, age or breed. (Always get a vet check before starting any new activity.)
It is all positive based, positive reinforcement, force-free training. Training needs to be enjoyable and non-stressful for both owner and dog. SFDD uses rewards such as treats to motivate the dog. Not to mention their favourite thing is spending time with their favourite person- YOU- so what could be better for them?
A lot of the tricks in the program are not just great for dog dancing, but are also great ‘life skills.’ For example, the Touch trick is great for nervous dogs for building confidence and getting them to bond with you. You are giving them choice and rewarding them for touching your hand. It is also a great ‘go to’ trick for reactive dogs when out and about if you see a potential trigger coming in your direction.
Strictly fun dog dancing is an online program teaching the basics of dog dancing. It is comprised of four parts emailed out weekly and also includes membership to a private Facebook group which has a library of guest speakers. We have a webinar about Terriers from ‘Rewards dog training.’ We have a webinar from a Veterinary physiotherapist about Conditioning and avoiding injuries, just to name a few!