Freestyle Title Listings

Freestyle is a dog sport that involves creative heeling, intricate movements and maneuvers, tricks, and dance, all choreographed to music. It is not just heeling with music playing in the background. Teamwork and focus between dog and handler are major elements, as is originality, showmanship, and artistry. Costumes and props are often used to add visual appeal, fun, and interest; and to accentuate a routine’s theme, story, or music. Freestyle is also known as canine musical freestyle, musical freestyle, or canine freestyle.

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Musical Dog Sport Association (MDSA)

The MDSA offers Novice (beginner), Standard (intermediate), and Premier (advanced) titling classes, as well as a Brace titling class where two dogs and one handler work together in Novice-level routines. There are no placements, so performances are noncompetitive in nature. Many nontitling classes are also available. The Rookie class offers an opportunity to gain performance experience and ring exposure prior to entering Novice freestyle. However, the Rookie class is not a prerequisite for competing at the Novice level. At the Novice, Standard, and Premier levels, it is possible to perform for exhibition only; and in Novice and Standard, nontitling options include routines with props. There is a Veteran class for dogs 7 years old and over and a Team event. At all levels, each qualifying leg must be earned with a new routine, new choreography, and new music. The same elements may only be reused or reworked if they were previously used in a nontitling class, or if the previous performance did not receive a qualifying score. Legs may be earned at video and/or live events. For more information, contact the MDSA at http://musicaldogsport.org; musicaldogsport@gmail.com; or P.O. Box 143, Bozeman, MT 59771-0143.


Title Title Name Titling Requirements
NFD Novice Freestyle Dog The entry-level MDSA title. Requires three qualifying legs (scores).
SFD Standard Freestyle Dog Requires three qualifying legs.
PFD Premier Freestyle Dog Requires three qualifying legs.
BFD Brace Freestyle Dog Requires three qualifying legs.

 

 

World Canine Freestyle OrganizatioN (WCFO)

The World Canine Freestyle Organization (WCFO) offers an international canine freestyle program that includes numerous competitive divisions, class types, and levels. Exhibitors can compete in two different style categories: Musical Freestyle (MF) and Heelwork-to-Music (HTM), although Heelwork-to-Music titles are only available in the Adult and Junior Singles divisions (which will be discussed below). Live and video titling events are available. In the Junior division, there is a quarterly, worldwide Junior Specialty Video Competition. In addition to its Adult division for handlers age 19 and over, the WCFO offers an extensive Junior program for handlers age 18 and under, as well as a Sassy Senior program for handlers age 65 and over and/or dogs age 9 and over. The Handi-Dandi program (available to adults and juniors) is geared toward physically and/or mentally challenged handlers and dogs. The Adult and Junior divisions offer Singles (one handler/one dog); Brace (one handler/two dogs); Pairs (two handlers/two dogs; and Team (equal numbers of handlers and dogs, but greater than two). In the Sassy Senior and Handi-Dandi programs, only Singles Musical Freestyle titles are available. Within each class type, several different titling levels are available: Beginners A & B, Intermediate, and Advanced (Champion). If applicable, title acronyms indicate the class type in which a particular title was earned. Beyond the standard titling levels for adults, Champion Perfect Dance Partners offers opportunities for post-championship competition. Dance Dog (a combination of competition and proficiency tests) also recognizes the highest level of excellence in WCFO freestyle. Along with four titles, it is possible to earn Bronze, Silver, and Gold bars and medals. Each year, juniors who have earned HTM or MF junior championships have the option of competing for National Junior Champion and World Junior Champion. For more information, contact WCFO at www.worldcaninefreestyle.org/; wcfodogs@aol.com; PO Box 350122. Brooklyn, NY 11235-2525; or 718-332-8336.

Adult Division

In the Adult division, as in all divisions, Heelwork-to-Music (HTM) titles can only be earned in Singles classes. Musical Freestyle (MF) titles can be earned in all classes and at all levels.

 

Level Title* Title Name Titling Requirements
Beginners A or B W-FD/HTM Freestyle Dog/ Heelwork-to-Music Only available in Singles classes. Requires two shows with minimum average scores of 7.3 in both technical merit and artistic impression. Routines must be between 1:30 – 2:15 minutes.
Beginners A or B W-FD/MF Freestyle Dog/  Musical Freestyle Requires two shows with minimum average scores of 7.3 in both technical merit and artistic impression. Routines must be between   1:30 – 2:15 minutes.
Novice W-FDX/HTM Freestyle Dog Excellent/Heelwork-to-Music Only available in Singles classes. Requires a  W-FD/HTM and three shows with minimum average scores of 8.0 in both technical merit and artistic impression. Routines must be between 1:45 – 2:30 minutes.
Novice W-FDX/MF Freestyle Dog Excellent/Musical Freestyle Requires a W-FD/MF and three shows with minimum average scores of 8.0 in both technical merit and artistic impression. Routines must be between 1:45 – 2:30 minutes.
Intermediate W-FDM/HTM Freestyle Dog Master/Heelwork-to-Music Only available in Singles classes. Requires a  W-FDX/HTM and three shows with minimum average scores of 8.5 in both technical merit and artistic impression. Routines must be between 2:00 – 2:45 minutes.
Intermediate W-FDM/MF Freestyle Dog Master/Musical Freestyle Requires a W-FDX/MF and three shows with minimum average scores of 8.5 in both technical merit and artistic impression. Routines must be between 2:00 – 2:45 minutes.
Advanced W-CHFD/HTM Champion Freestyle Dog/Heelwork –to- Music A championship title. Only available in Singles classes. Requires a W-FDM/HTM and three shows with minimum average scores of 9.2 in both technical merit and artistic impression. Routines must be between 2:15 – 3:15 minutes.
Advanced W-CHFD/MF Champion Freestyle Dog/ Musical Freestyle A championship title. Requires a W-FDM/MF and three shows with minimum average scores of 9.2 in both technical merit and artistic impression. Routines must be between   2:15 – 3:15 minutes.
Champion Perfect Dance Partners W-CH.PDP Champion Perfect Dance Partners Only available in Singles classes. Requires a   W-CHFD or W-CHPFD plus five shows with minimum average scores of 9.5 in both technical merit and artistic impression. Routines must be between 3:00 – 4:00 minutes.
Level Title Title Name Titling Requirements
Champion Perfect Dance Partners W-PCH.PDP Pairs Champion Perfect Dance Partners Only available in Pairs classes. Requires a   W-CHFD or W-CHPFD plus five shows with minimum average scores of 9.5 in both technical merit and artistic impression. Routines must be between 3:00 – 4:00 minutes.

*Although only Singles titles are shown, Musical Freestyle titles can also be earned in Brace, Pairs, and Team classes. To identify the class in which one of the above titles was earned, B is used to indicate Brace (e.g., W-BFD/MF); P – Pairs (e.g., W-PFD/MF); and T – Team (e.g., W-TFD/MF). Singles class titles do not include identifiers, so the absence of such means that a title was earned in a Singles class. Perfect Dance Partners titles are only available in Singles and Pairs.

Junior Division

In the Junior Division, as in all divisions, Heelwork-to-Music (HTM) titles can only be earned in Singles classes. Musical Freestyle (MF) titles can be earned in all classes and at all levels.


Level Title* Title Name Titling Requirements
First (1) Level  Class A or B W-JFD/HTM Freestyle Dog/ Heelwork-to-Music Only available in Singles classes. Requires two shows with minimum average scores of 5.5 in both technical merit and artistic impression. Routines must be between 1:30 – 2:15 minutes.
First (1) Level  Class A or B W-JFD/MF Freestyle Dog/  Musical Freestyle Requires two shows with minimum average scores of 5.5 in both technical merit and artistic impression. Routines must be between 1:30 – 2:15 minutes.
Second (2) Level  Class B W-JFDX/HTM Freestyle Dog Excellent/Heelwork-to-Music Only available in Singles classes. Requires a W-JFD/HTM and two shows with minimum average scores of 6.0 in both technical merit and artistic impression. Routines must be between 1:30 – 2:15 minutes.
Second (2) Level Class B W-JFDX/MF Freestyle Dog Excellent/Musical Freestyle Requires a W-JFD/MF and two shows with minimum average scores of 6.0 in both technical merit and artistic impression. Routines must be between 1:30 – 2:15 minutes.
Third (3) Level  Class B W-JFDM/HTM Freestyle Dog Master/Heelwork-to-Music Only available in Singles classes. Requires a W-JFDX/HTM and two shows with minimum average scores of 6.5 in both technical merit and artistic impression. Routines must be between 1:30 – 2:15 minutes.
Level Title Title Name Titling Requirements
Third (3) Level  Class B W-JFDM/MF Freestyle Dog Master/Musical Freestyle Requires a W-JFDX/MF and two shows with minimum average scores of 6.5 in both technical merit and artistic impression. Routines must be between 1:30 – 2:15 minutes.
Fourth (4) Level  Class B W-JCHFD/HTM Champion Freestyle Dog/Heelwork –to- Music Only available in Singles classes. Requires a W-JFDM/HTM and two shows with minimum average scores of 7.0 in both technical merit and artistic impression. Routines must be between 1:30 – 2:15 minutes.
Fourth (4) Level  Class B W-JCHFD/MF Champion Freestyle Dog/ Musical Freestyle Requires a W-JFDM/MF and two shows with minimum average scores of 7.0 in both technical merit and artistic impression. Routines must be between 1:30 – 2:15 minutes.
Junior Handi-Dandi W-JHDFD Freestyle Dog/  Musical Freestyle Rules for Junior A (Level 1) classes apply. Requires two shows with minimum average scores of 5.5 in both technical merit and artistic impression. Routines must be between 1:30 – 2:15 minutes.

Although only Singles titles are shown, Musical Freestyle titles can also be earned in Pairs, Brace, and Team classes. To identify the class in which one of the above titles was earned, B is used to indicate Brace (e.g., W- BFD/MF); P – Pairs (e.g., W-PFD/MF); and T – Team (e.g., W-TFD/MF). Singles class titles do not include identifiers, so the absence of such means that a title was earned in a Singles class.

Sassy Senior Division

Sassy Senior Musical Freestyle Singles titles can be earned in all Adult classes. The letters SS (e.g., W-SSFD/MF) will be added to indicate that these titles were earned in the Sassy Senior division. Titles are sequential, starting with Beginners A or B.


Level Title Title Name Titling Requirements
Beginners A or B W-SSFD/MF Freestyle Dog/  Musical Freestyle Requires two shows with minimum average scores of 6.7 in both technical merit and artistic impression. Routines must be between 1:30 – 2:15 minutes.
Novice W-SSFDX/MF Freestyle Dog Excellent/Musical Freestyle Requires two shows with minimum average scores of 7.5 in both technical merit and artistic impression. Routines must be between 1:30 – 2:15 minutes.
Intermediate W-SSFDM/MF Freestyle Dog Master/Musical Freestyle Requires three shows with minimum average scores of 8.2 in both technical merit and artistic impression. Routines must be between   1:45 – 2:30 minutes.
Advanced W-SSCH.FD Champion Freestyle Dog/Musical Freestyle Requires three shows with minimum average scores of 9.0 in both technical merit and artistic impression. Routines must be between   1:45 – 2:30 minutes.
Handi-Dandi Division

Handi-Dandi Musical Freestyle Singles titles can be earned in all Adult classes. The letters HD (e.g., W-HDFD/MF) will be added to indicate that these titles were earned in the Handi-Dandi division. Titles are sequential, starting with Beginners A or B.


Level Title Title Name Titling Requirements
Beginners A or B W-HDFD/MF Freestyle Dog/  Musical Freestyle Requires two shows with minimum average scores of 6.0 in both technical merit and artistic impression. Routines must be between 1:30 – 2:15 minutes.
Novice W-HDFDX/MF Freestyle Dog Excellent/Musical Freestyle Requires two shows with minimum average scores of 7.2 in both technical merit and artistic impression. Routines must be between 1:30 – 2:15 minutes.
Intermediate W-HDFDM/MF Freestyle Dog Master/Musical Freestyle Requires three shows with minimum average scores of 8.0 in both technical merit and artistic impression. Routines must be between 1:45 – 2:30 minutes.
Advanced W-HDCH.FD Champion Freestyle Dog/Musical Freestyle Requires three shows with minimum average scores of 8.5 in both technical merit and artistic impression. Routines must be between 1:45 – 2:30 minutes.

 

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