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 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. 

Prefix and Suffix 


Are you ready to get your first title? Most people start with the Novice Trick Dog title, but you can start with any title that does not have a pre-requisite. See a list of titles you can earn here: Titles you can earn

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Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) 
Submit the PDF certificate you receive from us to CKC along with their fee. CKC recognizes our standard titles (NTD, ITD, ATD, ETD), Masters titles (NTD-M, ITD-M, ATD-M, ETD-M, TDCH-M), Champion (TDCH), Grand Champion (TDGCH), and Register of Merit (TD-ROM) titles. 


 American Kennel Club (AKC) 
Titles through Jan. 2022:  NTD > TKN, ITD>TKI, ATD>TKA, ETD>TKP, TDCH>TKP. 

Association of Working Shetland Sheepdogs (AWSS)

 Dansk Kennel Klub (DKK) 
Recognizes the standard Trick Dog titles (NTD, ITD, ATD, ETD). Submit the PDF certificate you receive from us to DKK along with their fee.

🇩🇪DMWYD titles accepted by Germany’s Australian Shepherd Club and by Germany’s Miniature American Shepherd Club.


Kennel Clubs