Looking for another fun way to interact and spend time with your dog?
Trick training is becoming increasingly popular and is a great way to learn how to shape, lure and chain behaviors using 100% positive reinforcement. Tricks are simply behaviors that can be done for entertainment (roll over, play dead) or as useful practical skills (lift leg to prepare for blood draw, go lay down on a matt when the doorbell rings).
Do you work with shelter dogs?
Tricks can make a shelter dog more attractive to the public. Potential adopter's often see dogs who can perform tricks as smart, friendly and a good companion. Further, tricks can empower a scared dog and build confidence.
Trick training is also great for pre-teens and teens who are interested in dog training.
Got a Therapy Dog?
Tricks are a great way to help brighten a patient's day!
"AKC Trick Dog" Title Program
AKC Trick Dog titles are official AKC titles listed on the dog's title record. Dogs must have an AKC, PAL, or AKC Canine Partners number to earn a title. However, all dogs can get a number including purebreds and mixed breeds.
The AKC has 4 levels of trick dog titles - Novice Trick Dog (TKN), Intermediate Trick Dog (TKI), Advanced Trick Dog (TKA), and Trick Dog Performer (TKP).
"Do More with your Dog" Certificate/Title Program
The Trick Dog program allows you to earn your title on your own time, in front of any witness or certified trick dog instructor (CTDI). When you demonstrate tricks in front of a witness you are eligible for the Trick Dog Certificate. To receive the Trick Dog Title, you need to have a Certified Trick Dog Instructor be the witness.
Do More with your Dog has 5 levels of trick dog titles - Novice (NTD), Intermediate (ITD), Advanced (ATD), Expert (ETD), Champion (TDCH).
Need an Evaluator to Sign Off on your Tricks?
No course required! If your K9 is already efficient in the appropriate level of tricks I'm happy to have you demonstrate your tricks and provide sign off for your AKC Trick Dog title or your Do More with Your Dog Certificate.