Why is Trick Training Useful?
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.
Dog trainers tend to train the hardest when working toward a goal— it keeps them motivated, and focused. The process of teaching dog tricks puts into play the foundational concepts and techniques of animal training: operant conditioning, marker training, consistency, timing, and motivation. In teaching tricks, we get to practice these techniques and immediately see the results. Each new trick presents a unique challenge that we can address with creativity and the insight of our previous experience. A Trick Dog title gives trainers this goal, while allowing them to earn their title at their own pace.
Earn Your Trick Dog Titles
To earn a title, the dog demonstrates a minimum number of tricks from a list for a Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI). The tricks may be demonstrated on different days, in person, or via video. Each level of title needs to be earned before you can progress to the next level. Once earned, your dog’s name and title will be listed on the official title holders webpage; you will receive a certificate and ribbon; and you may add the corresponding suffix to your dog’s name.
- Novice Trick Dog (NTD)
- Intermediate Trick Dog (ITD)
- Advanced Trick Dog (ATD)
- Expert Trick Dog (ETD)
- Trick Dog Champion (TDCH)
Do More With Your Dog! — The Official Sanctioning Body for the Sport of Dog Tricks
Whether it be a sit, or a roll over, or fetch a soda from fridge… a Trick is just another word for a cued behavior.
Founded by world-renowned trainer and NY Times bestselling author, Kyra Sundance, Do More With Your Dog!® is the sanctioning body for the sport of dog tricks. With over 35,000 titles awarded, Dog Tricks is the fastest growing dog sport in the world, and with good reason! Dog Tricks are taught with positive reinforcement methods which enhance the owner/dog bond, while challenging the dog to figure out puzzles and develop new skills.
Also Recognized by AKC
(Effective January 1, 2017)
For your dog to obtain AKC recognition for this title, your dog must be registered with AKC. Novice Trick Dog (NTD), Intermediate Trick Dog (ITD), and Advanced Trick Dog (ATD) titles will be added to your AKC registry with the suffixes TKN, TKI, and TKA. Expert Trick Dog (ETD) and Champion titles (TDCH) will be added to your AKC registry with the suffix of TKP. Submit your Do More With Your Dog!® Title certificate and a fee to AKC.
Also Recognized by CKC
(Effective January 1, 2020)
For your dog to obtain CKC recognition for this title, your dog must have the following (mixed breeds welcome): A CKC Registration Number, a Performance Event Number, a Canine Companion Number, a Miscellaneous Certification Number or an Event Registration Number. Submit your Do More With Your Dog!® Title certificate and a fee to CKC.
Join a Free Online Spark Team
Looking for some guidance? Our free Facebook Spark Teams are month long classes with the goal of teaching you enough tricks to earn your Trick title. Each Spark Team is coached by a certified CTDI who posts weekly video trick tutorials. Post your finished trick videos to the group to have them verified.
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 people who aren’t in a populated area, or are in an area that is not interested in positive training.
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: Read More
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. Earn the TD-ROM when the dog and its offspring earned a combined total of 10 titles. Click here to apply for the TD-ROM title. Read More