Quick Overview of Titles


There is a long history of horses and dogs being judged and recognized on structure and performance. Initially, purebred dogs competed in conformation contests with the ones possessing the very best body structure being awarded titles, such as a Champion title. Titles expanded to become awarded for performance sports such as hunting, and then later  for sports such as agility, obedience, herding, flying disc, dancing, tricks, and more.


What is a Title?

Titles are displayed as suffixes appended to your dog’s formal name. For example, a dog may have the formal name of “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner” and the call name “Winnie”. When the dog achieves his Novice Trick Dog title, the suffix of NTD is appended to the end of his formal name. Champion titles appear as a prefix to his name. A dog may rack up a whole series of prefixes and suffixes on his name. (If your dog does not yet have a formal name, you may assign him one!)


Prefix and Suffix 

 

With over 80,000 titles awarded in over 60 countries 🌐, Do More With Your Dog! is the largest trick and fitness titling organization in the world. Below are descriptions of the different titles you can achieve, and helpful links to get you started. (Most people start with the Novice Trick Dog title.)


We are Worldwide; Purebred and Mixed Breed (and other species!)

 

Recognized by Kennel Clubs worldwide.

American Kennel Club (AKC) officially recognizes our standard trick titles. Submit the PDF certificate you receive from us to AKC along with their fee, to have your trick titles added to their registry.  AKC will change the suffix in their records. NTD > TKN, ITD>TKI, ATD>TKA, ETD>TKP, TDCH>TKP.

Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) officially recognizes our trick titles. Submit the PDF certificate you receive from us to CKC along with their fee, to have your trick titles added to their registry. CKC recognizes our standard titles (NTD, ITD, ATD, ETD), Masters titles (NTD-M, ITD-M, ATD-M, ETD-M), Champion (TDCH), Grand Champion (TDGCH), and Register of Merit (TD-ROM) titles. We hope that the agenda for the CKC Sept. 2021 board meeting will discuss recognizing our Specialty titles.

Dansk Kennel Klub (DKK) officially recognizes the standard Trick Dog titles (NTD, ITD, ATD, ETD). Submit the PDF certificate you receive from us to DKK along with their fee, to have your trick titles added to their registry.

Trick Dog Titles

Trick titles are the most popular titles. You can earn your Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, and Expert Trick Dog title, and then go on to Champion and Grand Champion. Each title must be earned consecutively. Earn each title by choosing and demonstrating a certain number of tricks from a long list of tricks. Each trick on the list is assigned a difficulty level (novice through expert). Show your tricks to a Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI) either live, or via video. Most people choose to show their tricks to a CTDI by posting their video in one of our a free Facebook groups called a Spark Teams. We are worldwide; chose a Spark Team in any of over 20 languages.

In addition to standard titles (Novice through Grand Champion), you can earn optional Masters titles (Novice Masters, etc.) by performing more tricks for each level (see purple bar below for more info).

Specialty titles are fun, stand-along titles which keep you challenged and motivated (such as the Alphabet Challenge title). They have no pre-requisites. (More info below yellow bar below).

 

 

NTD

Novice Trick Dog

  • 15 tricks  (Advanced and Expert tricks count as 2 tricks)
  • For the Novice title, tricks do not have to be perfect. 
  • Handler may not physically manipulate the dog into a trick.
  • Treats and toys may be used as a lure, but on no more than 50% of the tricks.

Not sure what a trick is? Our free online course has video and descriptions of each:

Novice Checklist Application Form

Pay for your title

ITD

Intermediate Trick Dog

  • 12 Intermediate or higher tricks (Adv/Exp tricks count as 2 tricks
  • You may re-use a trick for multiple titles.
  • Treats/toys may be used as a lure on no more than 25% of tricks.

Not sure what a trick is? Our free online course has video and descriptions of each:

Intermediate/ Advanced/ Expert Checklist Application Form

Pay for your title

ATD

Advanced Trick Dog

  • 5 Advanced or higher tricks
  • All off-leash.
  • A pointed finger is OK, but no treat or toy lures.
  • Handler may give multiple cues, but may not badger the dog, nor hover over or crowd the dog.

Not sure what a trick is? Our free online course has video and descriptions of each:

Intermediate/ Advanced/ Expert Checklist Application Form

Pay for your title

ETD

Expert Trick Dog

  • 5 Expert tricks

Not sure what a trick is? Our free online course has video and descriptions of each:

Intermediate/ Advanced/ Expert Checklist Application Form

Pay for your title

TDCH

Trick Dog Champion

First, earn your Expert Trick Dog (ETD) title.

Because of the esteem of a Champion title, we require a video submission to be reviewed by Do More With Your Dog! staff evaluators. 

To earn their TDCH, the dog must demonstrate skill in every foundational behavior category, including retrieving, targeting, distance work, etc.

The Champion title is different than the lower titles in that it is judged as a “work as a whole.” If a dog is exceptional in some categories, and a little below par in another, they may still pass. We want to see a well trained, versatile, happy dog.

Our free online course has sample video:

Champion Rules and Application Form

Pay for your title

TDGCH

Trick Dog Grand Champion

First, earn your Trick Dog Champion (TDCH) title. Next, film a video including the required tricks.

Our free online course has sample video:

Grand Champion Rules and Application Form

Pay for your title

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trick Dog Masters Titles

Masters  titles are optional titles and are not required in your pathway toward earning your standard titles. Instead, they are additional honors to show further mastery of each level. Each optional title must be earned consecutively, and each Masters title may be earned only after you’ve earned the corresponding standard title. Use the same checklist form as the Novice/Int/Adv/Exp titles.

 

NTD-M

Novice Trick Dog Masters

Prerequisite is your dog’s Novice Trick Dog (NTD) title

Demonstrate 30 Novice level tricks for a Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI). They must be Novice tricks, and not other levels.

The same guidelines apply as stated in the NTD application.

Not sure what a trick is? Our free online course has video and descriptions of each:

Pay for your title

ITD-M

Intermediate Trick Dog Masters

Demonstrate 20 Intermediate level tricks. They must be Intermediate tricks, and not other levels.

Not sure what a trick is? Our free online course has video and descriptions of each:

Pay for your title

ATD-M

Advanced Trick Dog Masters

Demonstrate 10 Advanced level tricks. They must be Advanced tricks, and not other levels. 

Not sure what a trick is? Our free online course has video and descriptions of each:

Pay for your title

ETD-M

Expert Trick Dog Masters

Demonstrate 10 Expert level tricks. They must be Expert tricks, and not other levels.

Not sure what a trick is? Our free online course has video and descriptions of each:

Pay for your title  

Specialty Titles

Trick specialty titles are fun projects engineered to reinvigorate your training! Utilize your dog’s skills and your creativity to complete the challenge. There are no pre-requisites and the criteria is less defined than the standard titles. Let’s get excited!

SSH

Summer Scavenger Hunt

Let the Adventure Begin! Join us on our Summer Scavenger Hunt and earn your title by performing 15 of the 20 challenges. Submit photos or video. There are no prerequisites.

Pay for your title Print the Gameboard

AtoZ

Alphabet Challenge

Submit 26 tricks, starting with each letter of the alphabet, in any language. (If your language has more than 26 letters, then you should do more than 26 tricks). There are no official criteria for difficulty or trick description. Use your dogs skills and your creativity to fulfill the challenge. You can make up your own tricks. There are no prerequisites.

Need ideas? Check out our free online list of tricks:

Pay for your title See example videosDownload Graphics of Cute Letters

20:1

20 Dog Tricks: One Prop

Submit 20 tricks using one prop (such as a ball, flying disc, or hoop). You can use different versions of the prop (such as a tennis ball and soccer ball) in for the title. Your title certificate will list the prop. You may get multiple titles (one for Ball, and  one for Hoop). There are no prerequisites.

Need ideas? Check out our free online list of tricks:

Pay for your title See example videosDownload video to put at intro of your video

Trick Dog Register of Merit

The primary purpose of the TD-ROM is to recognize those sires and dams which produce fine offspring.

TD-ROM

Trick Dog Register of Merit

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 themselves and their offspring earning trick titles. Earn the TD-ROM when the dog and its offspring earned a combined total of 10 titles. The Sire or Dam does not need a title of their own. Each title counts as a point; if the offspring has their NTD and NTD-M, that equals 2 points. Titles that count toward the TD-ROM include standard trick titles (NTD, etc.), optional trick titles (NTD-M, etc.), but not specialty trick titles (Alphabet, etc). Stunt dog titles do count as points toward the TD-ROM.

 

Apply for your TD-ROM  

Canine Conditioning Fitness Title

Earn your Fitness title by demonstrating all of the exercises for a level. Demonstrate live or via video for a Canine Conditioning Fitness Coach (CCFC). Most people chose to demonstrate their exercises to a CCFC coach by posting video in one of our free Facebook Spark Teams. There are approximately 15 exercises in each level, spanning the five components of fitness: Flexibility, Balance, Stamina, Coordination, Strength. Fitness is about doing the best we can at the level we are at. The CCF title is a symbol of committing to a fitness lifestyle. Senior, disabled, and overweight dogs can commit to their individual fitness goals and be rewarded for it. Each title must be earned consecutively. 

 

CCF1

Canine Conditioning Fitness 1

Complete the 15 exercises in the level 1 category to earn your CCF 1 title.

Demonstrate the exercises for a Canine Conditioning Fitness Coach (CCFC).

Dog will be evaluated that he understands the exercise, actively participates, challenges himself, and improves.

The title is awarded to the dog; any handler may work the dog.

If a particular skill is unfeasible, the coach may specify a substitution.

Not sure what an exercise is? Our free online course has video and descriptions of each:

CCF 1-4 Checklist Application Form

Pay for your title

 

CCF2

Canine Conditioning Fitness 2

Complete the 15 exercises in the level 2 category to earn your CCF 2 title.

Not sure what an exercise is? Our free online course has video and descriptions of each:

CCF 1-4 Checklist Application Form

Pay for your title

CCF3

Canine Conditioning Fitness 3

Complete the 14 exercises in the level 3 category to earn your CCF 3 title.

Not sure what an exercise is? Our free online course has video and descriptions of each:

CCF 1-4 Checklist Application Form

Pay for your title

CCF4

Canine Conditioning Fitness 4

Complete the 14 exercises in the level 4 category to earn your CCF 4 title.

Not sure what an exercise is? Our free online course has video and descriptions of each:

CCF 1-4 Checklist Application Form

Pay for your title

CCF-CH

Canine Conditioning Fitness Champion

You and your Coach will work together to identify 14 exercises from a list. These exercises shall be performed with excellent form.

Not sure what an exercise is? Our free online course has video and descriptions of each:

CCF Champion Application

Pay for your title

Fitness Specialty Titles

Fitness specialty title challenges are fun projects engineered to reinvigorate your training!  There are no pre-requisites. Let’s get excited!

2K9

2K-9 Ruff Run

To earn your 2K-9 title and medal:

1. Run or speed-walk 2 kilometers (1.24 miles) with your dog. That is 5 laps around a track.

2. Show proof to a certified Canine Conditioning Fitness Coach (CCFC) in a Facebook Spark Team. Proof can be a photo, video, stopwatch, GPS, written statement from a spectator, etc.

3. SUBMIT the info here. Your coach will be contacted for verification.

Pay for your title

 

QUESTION: Do we have to RUN?
ANSWER: You can run or walk. You and/or your dog should be exerting yourselves with effort. If either the person or the dog is only capable of a slow walk, they they should do the slow walk. Fitness is for everyone.
QUESTION: Can I submit a run/walk that we did a long time ago?
ANSWER: You should have completed the 2K within the past 30 days
QUESTION: My dog is very old and walks slowly. Can he still do it?
ANSWER: Fitness is just as important for senior dogs as for younger dogs, and we applaud your attention to his health. Go get ’em!

Stunt Dog Title

Stunt Dog Ring Trials are live trick dog performances. Tricks are meant to inspire and entertain audiences, and we want to give you the skills and the forum to do so successfully.  Over 40,000 Trick Dog titles have been awarded to dogs who successfully demonstrated a required number of qualifying tricks to a judge.

Now, we allow Zoom live video ring trials. Stunt Dog titles are awarded through live ring trials. It is a structured rule-set where every competitor follows the same 9 exercises (except for the Champion level, which allows creativity). Titles are also recognized by AKC. Each title must be earned cosecutively.

NSD

Novice Stunt Dog

  1. Perimeter Circle Salute On leash, counter-clockwise
  2. Mount Pedestal, assume Ready Position On leash Remove leash
  3. “Stay” on Pedi Handler backs up 6 feet, 5 seconds
  4. Handler Circles Pedi 2 feet distance
  5. Trick on Pedestal 1 trick Relocate to Stage Front
  6. Send to Pedestal From 10 feet distance Steward places Target Mark. Dog and Handler go to Stage Back.
  7. Send to Target Mark From 6 feet distance, stay on mark 5 seconds Relocate to Pedi. Steward removes Target. Steward gives hoops to Handler.
  8. Hoop Jump 4 jumps/interactions Relocate to Pedi
  9. Perimeter Circle Exit On leash

 

Our online course has several free preview lessons:

Stunt Dog Judge

Stunt Dog Rule Book

Purchase a trial ticket

 

OSD

Open Stunt Dog

  1. Perimeter Circle Entrance On leash, counter-clockwise
  2. Mount Pedestal, assume Ready Position On leash Remove leash
  3. “Stay” on Pedi, Handler Backs Up 6 feet, 15 seconds
  4. “Stay” on Pedi, Handler Circles it 6 feet distance
  5. Tricks on Pedestal 2 tricks, at least one at Intermediate difficulty level Relocate to Stage Front
  6. Send to Pedestal From distance of perimeter fence Steward places target mark. Dog and Handler go to Stage back
  7. Send to Target Mark From 10 feet distance, stay on mark for 10 seconds Relocate to Pedi. Steward removes Target. Steward hands hoops to Handler.
  8. Hoop Jump 4 jumps/interactions Relocate to Pedi
  9. Tricks on the Floor 2 tricks, at least one at Intermediate difficulty level Relocate to Pedi
  10. Perimeter Circle Exit On leash

Our online course has several free preview lessons:

Stunt Dog Judge

Stunt Dog Rule Book

Purchase a trial ticket

PSD

Proven Stunt Dog

  1. Perimeter Circle Entrance Off-leash, counter-clockwise
  2. Mount Pedestal, assume Ready Position Off-leash
  3. “Stay” on Pedi, Handler Circles it 10 feet distance
  4. Tricks on Pedestal 3 tricks, at least one at Intermediate difficulty level
  5. Distance Trick on Pedestal 1 trick, 6 feet distance Steward places Target Mark. Dog and Handler go to Stage Back.
  6. Distance Trick on Target Mark 1 trick, 6 feet distance Relocate to Pedi. Steward removes Target. Steward hands hoops to Handler.
  7. Hoop Jump 4 jumps/interactions Relocate to Pedi, and then to Stage Front for floor
  8. Tricks on the Floor 3 tricks; one of Advanced difficulty, one using a prop Relocate to Pedi
  9. Perimeter Circle Exit Off-leash

Our online course has several free preview lessons:

Stunt Dog Judge

Stunt Dog Rule Book

Purchase a trial ticket

SDPRO

Stunt Dog Professional

  1. Perimeter Circle Entrance Off-leash, 2 pauses to perform a trick to audience
  2. Mount Pedestal, assume Ready Position Send from distance of fence
  3. “Stay” on Pedi, Handler Circles it At distance of fence
  4. Tricks on Pedestal 4 tricks, at least one at Intermediate difficulty level
  5. Distance Trick on Pedestal 4 tricks, 12 feet distance Steward places Target Mark. Dog and Handler go to Stage Back
  6. Distance Trick on Target Mark 3 tricks in a row, 6 feet distance Relocate to Pedi. Steward removes Target. Steward hands hoops to Handler.
  7. Hoop Jump 4 jumps/interactions Relocate to Pedi, and then to Stage Front for floor
  8. Tricks on the Floor 3 tricks; one of Expert difficulty, one using a prop Relocate to Pedi
  9. Silent Cues 3 tricks, either all on pedi or all on floor
  10. Perimeter Circle Exit Off-leash, 2 pauses to perform a trick to audience

Our online course has several free preview lessons:

Stunt Dog Judge

Stunt Dog Rule Book

Purchase a trial ticket

SDCH

Stunt Dog Champion

The Champion performance is to be 4 to 7 minutes in length. The judge can periodically announce the time for the competitor. The performance routine is completely up to the competitors. They may perform as many tricks they wish, of whatever kind they wish, so long as the required elements are included.

Required Elements:

  1. Perimeter Circle Entrance (off-leash) and Mount Pedestal
  2. Perimeter Circle Exit
  3. Intro to the audience (on Pedi)
  4. Distance work 5. Behavior Chain

The performance must utilize these props:

  1. Pedestal
  2. Target Mark
  3. Hoop

Scoring:

  1. Showmanship
  2. Variety of Tricks
  3. Technical Difficulty
  4. Unique Act
  5. Pace
  6. Entertaining
  7. Use of Entire Stage
  8. Interesting Props
  9. Teamwork
  10. Likability/Happiness

Our online course has several free preview lessons:

Stunt Dog Judge

Stunt Dog Rule Book

Purchase a trial ticket

SDGCH

Stunt Dog Grand Champion

Pass your SDCH 6 times to earn your Grand Champion title. These passes must occur with at least 3 different judges.

Stunt Dog Rule Book

Purchase a trial ticket

Triple Crown Title

A dog earns their Triple Crown title by titling in three sports: Stunt Dog, Trick Dog, and Canine Conditioning Fitness.

A dog earns Triple Crown-1 by achieving the novice level in all three sports. Triple Crown-2 is earned by achieving the second level of all three sports, and so on. The top title is the Triple Crown Champion, for dogs who earn their Champion titles in all three sports. Way to go!

 

TC1

Triple Crown 1

Earn your TC1 when your dog achieves:

  1. Novice Trick Dog (NTD)
  2. Canine Conditioning Fitness 1 (CCF1)
  3. Novice Stunt Dog (NSD)

See the list of title holders Order your Triple Crown Sash

TC2

Triple Crown 2

Earn your TC2 when your dog achieves:

  1. Intermediate Trick Dog (ITD)
  2. Canine Conditioning Fitness 2 (CCF2)
  3. Open Stunt Dog (OSD)

See the list of title holders Order your Triple Crown Sash

TC3

Triple Crown 3

Earn your TC3 when your dog achieves:

  1. Advanced Trick Dog (ATD)
  2. Canine Conditioning Fitness 3 (CCF3)
  3. Proven Stunt Dog (PSD)

See the list of title holders Order your Triple Crown Sash

TC4

Triple Crown 4

Earn your TC4 when your dog achieves:

  1. Expert Trick Dog (ETD)
  2. Canine Conditioning Fitness 4 (CCF4)
  3. Stunt Dog Professional (SDPRO)

See the list of title holders Order your Triple Crown Sash

TC-CH

Triple Crown Champion

Earn your TC-CH when your dog achieves:

  1. Trick Dog Champion (TDCH)
  2. Canine Conditioning Fitness Champion (CCF-CH)
  3. Stunt Dog Champion (SDCH)

See the list of title holders Order your Triple Crown Sash

Instructor Titles

CTDI

Certified Trick Dog Instructor

As a CTDI you can evaluate student trick titles. You’ll earn credits for every student title. Credits can be redeemed for free stuff.

Enroll in the CTDI Course 

Learn the correct techniques of training with online, self-paced, step-by-step video curriculum presented by a world-renowned dog tricks expert.

This course contains all four levels of the curriculum  geared toward teaching you the skills to become certified as a trick dog instructor (CTDI).

CCFC

Canine Conditioning Fitness Coach

Learn the Right Way to do Canine Conditioning Fitness with online, self-paced, step-by-step video curriculum presented by a world-renowned canine fitness expert. Four course levels are geared toward teaching you the skills to earn your titles, or to becoming certified as a Canine Conditioning Fitness Coach (CCFC).

Enroll in the Fitness Coach Course

SDJ

Stunt Dog Judge

Stunt Dog is an AKC-recognized titling sport based on live trick dog performance. This workshop will familiarize you with the logistics and rules of competition. Stunt Dog Judges can host their own trials and are eligible to be selected to judge at the National Trick Dog Expo hosted annually at Purina Farms.

Stunt Dog Judge

Enroll in the SD Judge Course

TCT

Triple Crown Trainer

These versatile trainers are credentialed instructors in all three sports: dog tricks, canine fitness, and stunt dog.

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