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Favorite Links

On this page we'd like to introduce you to some of our favorite people in the dog world.

Dog movies, stories and more

Charlene Dunlap has put together one of the most fascinating dog sites on the web. Here you'll find articles and videos about dog training, photos, and thoughtful commentary. Charlene also makes professional quality movies featuring her parti-colored standard poodles. Be sure to check out "Paws to Dance" which features top dog dancing pros, Sandra Davis and Attila Szkukalek and also Joan, Tucker, Sam and me. "The Fuzzy Fairy Incident" is not about dancing, but it has a cute story and Sam as a four-month-old puppy.

Our Instructors:

Diane Kowalski is one of the best -- if not the best -- freestyle instructor in the U.S. Joan and I studied under her for three or four years. She's the one who gave us inspiration, encouragement, and skills to dance with our dogs. She gives workshops nationwide as well as classes in her hometown of Altoona, PA And she's put together an excellent freestyle training DVD.

We've also studied under U.K.freestyler Attila Szkukalek, who is one of the best dog trainers in the world -- and also one of the nicest. If you click on his name, you'll be taken to a page where you can view videos of some of his incredibly difficult routines. Attila choreographs skits rather than dances; his Charlie Chaplain routine has become a classic. Attila's training videos are excellent.

Donelda Guy is another fellow traveler in the U.K. She was one of the very first dog trainers to add dance steps to her routines. You can see one of her routines on Attila's site. Friendly, outgoing, and creative, Donelda is a joy to be with. We really appreciate her encouragement with "Hit the Road Jack." Her book is one of the best and she's also put out a DVD for beginners in dog dancing.

Both Donelda and Attila occasionally give workshops in the U.S., and they are well worth attending. Check their web sites often for dates.

Organizations:

The Chesapeake Kennel Club has been our hometown guardian angel. They've scheduled us to perform at their events and have been amazingly supportive. They offer many different classes, so if you live in the area, please check them out.

The World Canine Freestyle Organization offers workshops, books, videos, and competitions worldwide. This is where Sam and Tucker earned their titles and gold medals. Make sure you check out the books and videos produced by our three instructors above.

 

 
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