Thursday, October 12, 2006

Canine Lover Teaches Pups To Bust A Move

BEAVERDAM, VA (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – You might not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but you can teach them how to freestyle boogie.

That’s one dancer teacher’s specialty in Beaverdam, Virginia.

Joan Tennille is the founder of the “Canine Freestyle Federation,” where she teaches dogs and their owners how to move rhythmically to music, in an artistic dance-type fashion.

Tennille has been groovin’ with pups for over 13 years and says she has taught over 300 dogs and their handlers how to express themselves through music.

Says Tennille: “We use music that will go along with dogs’ trotting movements because that’s what dogs do best.”

Tennille adds that with dog owners participating in the freestyle classes with their dogs, a stronger owner-dog relationship is built.

While bigger dogs may seem necessary for this type of physical activity, Tennille assures that any dog no matter breed or size can be taught the freestyle musical movements.

Says Tennille: “I once showed a little two-and-a-half pound yorkie dog how to jig and he was great at it!”

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