Join the Fun!
"Do More With Your Dog!" is the motto of founder Kyra Sundance. Whether through sport, tricks, or companionship, she encourages the integration of your dog into more areas of your life. Dogs have a way of making the activities we share with them more fun, and by giving them training, we allow them to participate in more areas of our life. Earn your Trick Dog title or your Instructor certification; do live shows as a member of the All-Star Performance Dog Team; or attend a Dog Sports Camp. Come join the fun!
Founded by Kyra Sundance
Founded in 2005 by Kyra Sundance, Do More With Your Dog!® was originally a dog training curriculum program which focused on teaching tricks in a step-by-step method utilizing positive reinforcement techniques. This curriculum was so popular amongst trainers, that Kyra wrote a book based on these techniques. 101 Dog Tricks became an international bestseller, and has been translated into 15 languages. Kyra followed with many more books and DVDs which expanded upon the original Do More With Your Dog!® curriculum.
With the fast growing interest in dog tricks and positive training techniques, Kyra recognized the need to have a certification program which vetted instructors. Do More With Your Dog!® now has several arms:
Do More With Your Dog!® is the official sanctioning and organizing body for the sport of Dog Tricks
Do More With Your Dog!® established guidelines for instructor certification, to ensure that standards of excellence are met when teaching the sport to handler/dog teams. Certified Trick Dog Instructors may use the acronym CTDI after their name to indicate they have achieved the requirements. A current listing of Certified Trick Dog Instructors is available here.
Do More With Your Dog!® is more than a training program… it’s a lifestyle.
Participants in Do More With Your Dog!® programs (trick dog titles, CTDI instructor certification, All-Star team, Workshops) agree to train in accordance with this positive training philosophy.
The Do More With Your Dog!® positive training philosophy is committed to helping dogs and their owners develop joyful relationships based on trust and built through positive reinforcement training techniques.
As trainers, our goal is not to suppress behavior and teach subservience. Our goal is to develop joyful relationships with dogs who balance enthusiasm and self control. We foster confident, happy dogs who are motivated to do the right thing rather than fearful of making a mistake. By cultivating a foundation of a loving, trusting, and respectful relationship, we develop our dog’s motivation to be our willing partner.
There are many types of collars, harnesses, and head halters available today, and they can be the source of controversy amongst dog trainers. We realize that it is not the collar but the trainer that defines the humaneness of a training relationship, but we also recognize that in the hands of a novice or misguided dog owner some collars have more potential than others to harm a dog. Do More With Your Dog!® requires that dog tricks be trained through positive methods which do not utilize chain, prong, or remote (electronic) collars, as these types of collars are associated with compulsion training techniques which do not, in any way, represent the Do More With Your Dog!® positive training philosophy. It is our hope that as trainers gain more knowledge about positive techniques and become more experienced in their use, they will incorporate more positive methods in all areas of their training.
Positive Training Philosophy
"If you aren't having fun, you aren't doing it correctly."
Positive reinforcement is the easiest, most effective, and most humane way to teach a behavior: you get your dog to do a behavior, you give him a treat/reward, and he learns to repeat the behavior. Positive reinforcement training methods strengthen and enhance the relationship between you and your dog as you work collaboratively toward a mutual goal in an encouraging, stress-free and fear-free environment. The dog participates in the learning process with a positive attitude, and enjoys working and interacting with the trainer. By utilizing positive training techniques, we raise a dog who is confident, communicative, and eager to please.Successful dog trainers today do not view training in isolation of the totality of the dog/owner relationship. We look at training not as something that happens during a specified session, but rather as something that occurs with every interaction with your dog. We recognize the core of dog training as the dog/owner bond.
- training by rewarding desireable behaviors
- rewards of treats, toys, praise, play
- marker/ clicker training
- luring, capturing, and shaping
- discipline through non-violent consequences such as time-outs, attention removal, or the removal of something the dog likes
- lots of patience
Does NOT Include
- violence, intimidation, confrontation, domination behaviors, frightening, teasing, significant stress
- force-based techniques / forced physical manipulation
- compulsion techniques
- unrealistic or unattainable training goals
- frustration or anger