Don’t you get a kick out of those videos featuring dancing dogs? While searching for a particular clip, I stumbled upon a video of the Dogdancing World Championship Finals in Saltzburg, Austria from last year. It turns out that dog dancing is a serious competitive activity. The biggest competitions I found are held in Europe and the United States. There are many organizations and kennel clubs that teach the sport.
To the uninitiated dog dancing probably looks silly. It's not as straight up entertaining as say a dog shimmying the mambo or dancing to merengue with her owner. In dog dancing, dogs spin in circles, walk on their hindlegs or crawl around to music with their owners who are usually dressed in costume.
There is a reason for this. These movements are how the dogs are scored. The music and presentation are part of the package too. As the U.K.’s Telegraph explains, the routines need to fall into two categories: