CTDI Handbook for Setting Up a Dog Tricks Spark Team

 

 

  • 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.
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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/