Just wanted to post, how much FUN i am having working on some amateur doggie dancing routines with Buddy. I think i was getting in a lil rut, after years of almost daily training , i was starting to zone out a bit..........and this has helped make it sort of new again. Maybe it's not for everyone, but, it's something to consider trying, just for your own self, and for your dog. It's really jazzed up training for me, (my dog is ALWAYS ready to train, always, 24/7) cuz i do love dancing and music so so much anyway. I have been studying up doggie "freestyle" dancing videos, and feel really super proud of Buddy's heelwork, his turns, doing circles with me, his spins, he compares very very well to the pro's heelwork, imo. And a few, i felt Buddy does even better than a few of the pro's heelwork, cuz someone here on DTA taught me to try to avoid having the dog "forging" while doing heelwork... but, i might be biased. I first made a list of songs, that i think are okay for doggie dancing, right speed for me, and words i like, etc. Making this list was fun for me, cuz i love so many kinds of music. It was fun to think of lyrics that go with dogs. then, i watched tons of videos, to make list of tricks the pro's use. I kept hitting pause on the videos, and jotting down names of tricks i saw used. I SAW SOME GREAT STUFF online. Really great stuff..such a variety of doggie dancing, from funny stuff to wow stuff. Then i took the song we are working on, and copied the lyrics onto a page, and inserted a few ideas of good moves for each line. and went from there. Over past few weeks, i am still tweaking the tricks being included for *this* song, (it's our first one) cuz some moves take longer or faster than i'd thought, compared to the beat of the music, etc, etc etc. Some tricks that i thought went great with the lyric but, don't seem to fit, or too similar to last move, etc. I keep having to remove tricks off the list i began with, to get a more smoother routine going...... I'M ENJOYING THE WHOLE PROCESS, anyway. I'm sort of making it up as i go along...no idea what i'm doing really. I am not following any "rules", cuz this is just something fun to do, and i don't much know the rules anyway. BUDDY LOVES IT, but, he loves anything to do with tricks anyway. I am learning a lot, doing this, more new stuff to learn. For example, some cues, i am teaching to do TWO cues back to back, for ONE signal, to help the transitions, so there isn't a pause. I'm also learning, teaching Buddy to add in a left-side stance at end of most of these trick, really helps keep the whole thing moving nicely...imo. downside----i am having to take tricks he DOES know, and try to get him to now add in a "left side" finish as final step of trick. ..i am still figuring it all out anyway... but, i find this all fun to do all over again!! I am having to develop some signals for some cues that Buddy only has a verbal cue for, which is not that hard to do at all. Most of Buddy's tricks DO have a signal, but, i am changing some to be less obvious or MORE obvious signals for freestyle work. I'm also developing an appreciation for how it's not as easy as it looks to transition from doing Trick#1, to doing Trick #2!! without looking obviously clumsy... Figuring out a nice transition between two tricks, is almost a whole "extra" trick right there!! ANYWAY, it's lots of fun!! imo, anyway. Buddy's trick list is so long, i may have to make several routines to use up even half of his tricks. Buddy already knows enough tricks now, to do a whole routine, for a whole song!! but, i want to teach a few new tricks for this one song we are working on, to make it even cuter. I THINK SEVERAL MEMBERS HERE ON DTA WOULD PROBABLY ENJOY TRYING THIS OUT, TOO.