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About Trick Dog Titles

Trick Dog Certificate

 

Work Towards a Goal

Do More With Your Dog!® is the only official sanctioning and organizing body for the sport of Dog Tricks. Dog trainers tend to train the hardest when working toward a goal—it keeps them motivated, and focused. A Trick Dog title can motivate you by giving you a goal. 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). Keep in mind when you demonstrate tricks in front of a witness you are eligible for the Trick Dog Certificate. You will need to have a CTDI witness in order to receive a Trick Dog Title. If you cannot find a CTDI in your area, our free online classes are coached by designated CTDIs, who will be happy to witness your tricks and sign off on them. View a list of our Spark Teams here.

Teaching tricks establishes a pattern of learning, teaches skills and focus, is a positive method of training, and promotes a bond between canine and human.

   

 


  • Versatility Title >

    Your Trick Dog title may count toward your national breed club Versatility title. — Natl. Poodle Club Read More
  • Disabled Dogs / Senior Dogs >

    We encourage disabled dogs to participate in the Trick Dog title program. We will work with you to establish alternate criteria for your disabled or very senior dog. Check out this video of Treasure, a totally blind and deaf dog who earned her Novice Trick Dog title by demonstrating 15 tricks.
  • Service Dogs >

    Service Dogs and their handlers may need to alter the trick to work within their unique needs. This is fine.
  • Register Of Merit (TD-ROM) Qualifications >

    The primary purpose of the TD-ROM is to recognize those sires and dams which produce fine offspring. Points are earned towards a dogs TD-ROM by their offspring earning trick titles. There is no cost for earning the TD-ROM title. Earn the TD-ROM when the dog and its offspring earned a combined total of 10 titles. Read More
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What Does a Trick Dog Title Mean?

A trick dog title honors the dog, recognizing him as an intelligent and willing partner. It means that your dog loved you enough to work with you and try to understand you, no matter how crazy your requests and how clumsy your attempts.

A trick dog title honors your commitment to your dog, showing that he was important enough in your life to receive your time, your energy, and your undivided attention. You loved your dog enough to engage him, challenge him, bond with him, and help him achieve a goal.

You believed in your dog even when he failed; and you gave him another chance even when nobody else would have; and in the end your faith in him was justified.

You are an owner who did more with your dog. And that makes your dog the luckiest dog in the world.

—Kyra Sundance
Owner, Do More With Your Dog!

Trick Dog title requirements; at a Glance

  • Novice Trick Dog (NTD): >

    Demonstrate 15 tricks. (Adv. and Expert tricks count as two tricks)
  • Intermediate Trick Dog (ITD): >

    Novice title plus 12 tricks of intermediate or higher skill level. (Adv. and Expert tricks count as two tricks)
  • Advanced Trick Dog (ATD): >

    Intermediate title plus 5 advanced or expert tricks.
  • Expert Trick Dog (ETD): >

    Advanced title plus 5 tricks of expert skill level.
  • Trick Dog Champion (TDCH) >

    First earn your ETD title. A video application demonstrating exceptional skill in 9 defined areas.
  • Everyone is Welcome >

    Application is open to anyone interested in promoting, teaching or training dog tricks.
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