Which Title(s) Will You Earn?

Earn your AKC/CKC recognized title by demonstrating a set number of tricks

from a checklist of many tricks.

As a CTDI, you may demonstrate your tricks for me

live or via video to qualify to earn your title.

Trick Dog Titles

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Novice Trick Dog

Earn your NTD title by performing 15 tricks

for a Certified Trick Dog Instructor.

For the Novice title, tricks do not have to be perfect.

Do 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.

Advanced and Expert tricks count as two tricks. 

List of Novice Tricks

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Intermediate Trick Dog

Earn your ITD title by performing 12 tricks (Adv/Exp tricks count as

2 tricks) for a Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI),

either in-person or by video.

CTDIs have discretion to take into account

the dog’s age and characteristics.

You may re-use a trick for multiple titles.

Tricks must be taught with positive methods.

Handler may not physically manipulate the dog into a trick.

Each title must be earned in order; NTD is the prerequisite to ITD.

Titles are recognized by AKC and CKC.

Disabled/Senior/ Service Dogs: We support your goal and

are happy to work with you to establish alternate criteria. 

Treats/toys may be used as a lure on no more than 25% of tricks.

Advanced and Expert tricks count as two tricks.

List of Intermediate Tricks

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Advanced Trick Dog

Earn your ATD title by performing 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. 

List of Advanced Tricks

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Expert Trick Dog

Earn your ETD title by performing 5 Expert 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.

List of Expert Tricks 

Trick Dog Masters Titles

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Novice Trick Dog Masters

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Intermediate 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.

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Advanced Trick Dog Masters

Demonstrate 20 Intermediate level tricks. They must be

Intermediate tricks and not other levels.

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Expert Trick Dog Masters

Demonstrate 10 Expert level tricks.

They must be Expert tricks and not other levels.

Demonstrate 10 Advanced level tricks.

They must be Advanced tricks and not other levels.

Specialty Titles

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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 dog's skills and your creativity to fulfill the challenge. You can make up your own tricks. There are no prerequisites.

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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.