Features July 2011 Issue

K9 Drill and Demo Teams

Members of the Santa Cruz Dog Training Club perform a drill routine with dogs of all sizes and types at the “Fetch a Wave Coastal Dogs Festival” this year.

K9 Drill and Demo Teams

K9 drill and demo teams can increase the fun of training – and socialize dogs and humans!

What brings together heelwork, tricks, music, a little high school nostalgia, and takes it all to a whole new level? K9 drill, display, and demonstration teams are not new, but as more of us are looking for different ways to showcase the rewards of positive training to the larger dog community, the concept of drill and demo teams is gathering steam. The term “drill team” may evoke images of military marching routines (historically, military drill teams did occasionally include dogs), but today’s K9 drill and demo teams take many forms that involve dog/handler pairs. “I define it as a group of dog/handler teams, moving in unison to create a changing picture of shapes and lines, with or without music,” says Doris Herber, a retired dog trainer and behavior consultant who participated for several years in a drill team with her Basenji, Kodi.

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