This discipline, which emphasizes quality heeling, was developed by Paws 2 Dance as an adjunct to freestyle to improve the quality of dog movement. It has proven very popular with members who enjoy heeling or who may not be as comfortable with dancing. Recently, pair and team divisions have been added and they, too, have become very popular.
At each successive level, dogs are required to execute progressively more difficult moves – for example, heeling backward, sideways, in a pivot, or on the right side. Regardless of the element, the emphasis is always on precise, quality heeling.
The creativity comes in choreographing routines that cover the floor with interesting patterns, that use a variety of speeds and dog positions, and that utilize the changes and highlights in the music. Freestyle moves such as weaves are used only as transitions moves – for example, to move the dog from one side of the handler to the other.