How to earn your Trick Dog Champion (TDCH) title
Hooray… you’ve set a goal on becoming a Champion! The rules and examples are below. The orange button below is a printable PDF list of this same information.
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|1||1||Be a Champion!||The esteemed title of Trick Dog Champion is awarded to exceptional dogs who demonstrate outstanding skill in performing a large number of difficult tricks, and who also demonstrate skill in every category of foundation behaviors. As with all Champion titles, this title (noted as TDCH) is appended to the prefix of your dog’s name. The Trick Dog Champion title is recognized by CKC.|
|2||2||How do I earn the TDCH title?||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.
The primary venue for dog tricks is in performances, demos, therapy visits, musical canine freestyle, and animal acting. The tricks will be judged in the context of these applications. The dog should be confident, consistent, happy, and able to work at a distance from you.
• Video submitted to staff evaluators; not CTDI
• The TDCH title has 9 categories.
• Make a video (or videos) of your tricks according to the application form.
• The TDCH title is evaluated by Do More With Your Dog staff, and not by a CTDI.
• If any of the videos do not pass, we will contact you and tell you specifically what we need redone, and you can submit a new video for that skill when you are ready (at no additional cost). We want you to succeed!
• Minimum age requirement for this title is 6 months.
• Collars/Leashes: Aversive collars are not permitted. Tricks shall be off-leash. An exception may be permitted if necessary to comply with leash laws while outdoors. In such a case an unrestrictive harness shall be used with a long-line.
• CUES: The handler may give multiple cues within reason (about 3 cues). Praise and encouragement at any time is fine.
• Service dogs/Disabled/Senior dogs: We commend your endeavor. We recognize that these dogs may have unique needs and are happy to work with you to establish alternate criteria.
• Substitutions: At the champion level, we allow you to substitute similar tricks which demonstrate the same skill being tested. Email us with your questions.
• Treats: Treats and toys may be used as a reward after the trick is finished, but may not be used to lure the dog into the behavior. Keep treats hidden from the dog, in a pocket or treat bag, during the trick.
• Helpers: The dog shall be handled by only one trainer. No other person may help with the trick (except as specified for a particular trick).
• Physical Manipulation / Pressure: Handler may not physically manipulate the dog. Petting is fine. Pressuring the dog (which may include stern voice, stern eye-contact, crowding or hovering over the dog, or putting your face or hands close to the dog’s head) is not permitted.
• Qualifying: Applicant has 3 months to resubmit any portion of the test that did not qualify, at no additional cost. Application fee will not be refunded.
|4||4||Video Tips for Success!||• We accommodate most video formats, including YouTube and Facebook
• If possible, compile tricks into one video
• Check your surroundings and attire
• Remove slip collar
• Give your little champ a kiss on the head 😉
For the Champion title, there should be no luring and no treats in your hands, so make that clear in your video.
Questions? Email our friendly and knowledgeable evaluator team: email@example.com
|5||5||Watch a Sample Champion Submission Video||Clear and well lighted video—easy to see the team perform the tricks. No treats out or in hands. Very clear and precise trick performance with minimal cues. Handler allows dog to work at a little distance. Expert tricks are performed flawlessly.
Clear and well lighted video—easy to see the team perform the tricks. No treats out or in hands. Very clear and precise trick performance with minimal cues. Handler allows dog to work at a little distance. Expert tricks are performed flawlessly.