What is a Spark team? >Each Spark team is a free Facebook group that runs for one month, with the goal of teaching enough new dog tricks for students to earn their Trick Dog title. A Spark team is beneficial for all dogs, and especially for dogs which do not thrive in class environments such as shy dogs and reactive dogs. The Spark format is a great option for CTDIs who aren't in a populated area, or are in an area that is not interested in positive training.
Who can coach a Spark Team? >Each team is coached by a CTDI. The coach sets the curriculum and films and posts instructional videos every week for their students. The CTDI earns credits as the students earn their titles.
How do I get students to join my team? >We will list your team on our website and publicize it on Facebook. You will reach out to your friendship base and publicize it to your community.
Tips for starting an Intermediate or higher level team: Check their pre-req's
We have noticed that it really helps the titling process to be strict about the pre-reqs in the Spark groups. Check the title holders list... If they aren't on there, send them a message asking for a picture of their title and giving them a link to your Novice Spark group. Here is a sample message you can send:
Hi XXXX, I see that you requested to join the Intermediate Trick Dog Class. There is a pre-req of the the Novice Trick Dog Title. I looked through the list and did not see you; this may be because your name is displayed differently. If you could send me a picture of your trick dog title I can admit you to the class. If you do not have the novice title yet, you may join my novice class at... https://www.facebook.com/groups/CloudK9SparkTeam2/