Trick Dog Titling Info

These are things to keep in mind as you fill out your Trick Dog journal & practice the tricks you'd like to do for your title.

 

Novice Trick Dog Testing:

This applies to those of you taking Trick Dog for the first time & have not titled outside of TTK9.

  • 15 tricks to earn your Novice title.
  • You can click & reward 100% of tricks.
  • You can lure (with a treat/toy) 50% of tricks.

 

Intermediate Title Testing:

  • 12 tricks to earn your Intermediate title.
  • You can click & reward 100% of tricks.
  • You can lure (with a treat/toy) 25% of tricks.

 

Advanced & Expert

  • 5 tricks to earn your advanced title.
  • Dog must be off-leash.
  • No luring.
  • You can click & reward 100% of tricks.

Warmups!

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Warmups are twice as important when you're not in a class setting! All dogs know when they are coming to class. They get super excited when it's "that time" and you get in the car to go to the facility. Their brain is in training mode and their body is warmed up from the excitement. However, at home it's harder, especially turning the brain on, just like working from home can be difficult for you too! Take the time to do warmups. Perhaps even extend them!

  • Warmup Heeling
  • Stretches [watch video]
  • Charge clicker, then add sits & downs.
  • Focus Trees
  • Finger/hand touch; 5 times easy, then around the room at nose height or below, keeping it easy.
  • Target stick touch. Same as above, but perhaps make it easier for your dog if the stick is harder than the hand touch.
  • Foot target with pivots in both directions, both in front and heel position.

 

Additional foot target exercise:
Expose your dog to multiple kinds of things to use as foot targets. Stove pots are a good go-to, but get creative and try to perch your dog on several safe & low things that kinda resemble a foot target in both height and width.

Peek-a-boo

 

Supplies needed
Foot target.

Tips
Always force free & using lures for all exercises. Do not throw your leg over your dog like you are mounting a horse. This could cause fear. Additionally, this is a fantastic handling activity which shows your dog how to work around your legs, resulting in less tripping over your dog!

Hoop Jump to Platform

Exercise

  1. Place a platform about 8' away from a foot target (bucket). Your dog should have plenty of space to go from the foot target, take a couple steps, then jump onto the platform. Repeat that several times, to show your dog what game you're playing now.
  2. Now, place the hoop on the edge of the platform. Have your dog start at the foot target, take a couple steps, then jump through the hoop & onto the platform. Then back again & repeat. Do not lift the hoop off the platform.

Supplies
Hoop, foot target, platform.

Tips
This exercise will help get your dog used to the idea of jumping up through the hoop when it's lifted more than 2" off the ground. This may seem like an unnecessary step, however, dogs have a surprisingly difficult time with jumping hoops. Therefore, we'll break it down for them so they don't get tangled or miss a step which could be a safety issue.

This is not like jumping up onto the bed or couch for your dog, though it would seem that way to humans. The great news is that since jumping onto a flat surface is so easy for them, we will use that concept (with a platform) to help them understand to jump up through a hoop.

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Nose Touch with mini frisbee

Supplies
Mini frisbee, clicker.

Tips
You're going to teach this just like you did the finger touch and stick target. Start super easy & at nose height. Slowly increase difficulty by moving it to different areas, but be very cautious about moving it higher than their nose as that's very difficult. 

Bang Game

Supplies
Tippy board. A wood plank with something under the middle can work!

Tips
Be careful & keep safety in mind. Additionally, be very cautious of scaring your dog, as that can have very negative fallout which can be extremely difficult to overcome. Introduce this slowly and work your way up to the actual banging part.

Cavaletties & Ladder

Supplies

  • Cavaletties. These can be as simple as broom handles on the floor. They do not have to be high off the ground to show dogs where to put their feet. Should you wish to purchase a set, you can find them here at the link provided. 
  • Ladder. A climbing ladder will work! (not shown in video, but same concept)

 

Tips
Your goal is to teach rear-end awareness as well as full body awareness. As your dog slowly goes over the objects they learn to focus more on their feet than clumsily tromping forward. The more body awareness your dog has, the more technical activities you can do with them, including backing up through a ladder!

Rollover

Rollover with Batman

Bonsai's first session. He did not complete the rollover; This is difficult task & will take time, and that's okay!

Bonsai Outtake

Supplies
Your dog! And extremely high value treats, even at home, because this puppy is hard!

Tips
It is unlikely you will be able to lure your dog into a full rollover in the first training session. PLEASE don't force it to the point your dog loses interest or isn't having fun. Set a 2 minute timer if needed to keep it short. I have included a video of Bonsai's (8month old huge gangly puppy) first training session with rollover. It will likely take him until he's closer to 18months before he has full control over his body, and that's okay! We will casually keep working on it to strengthen his body. When he's ready, it will happen organically.

The hardest part is luring over the rump/back. Give a LOT of rewards for stretching to get the treat. This is rewarding effort, which will result in your dog trying harder and harder to roll to get the treat.

Muffin-Tin Game

Supplies
Muffin Tin, 2+ balls.

Tips
This is a great rainy day activity! It also serves to wear out the mind, which will in turn wear out the body. This has a great advantage over throwing a ball for 20 minutes, because that serves also to build stamina which results in it taking longer and longer to wear out our dogs. Wearing out the mind doesn't have that fallout.

Shell Game

Supplies
2+ cups (not glass), treats (kibble will work!).

Tips
This is another great rainy day activity just like the muffin tin game! You can make this game as easy or hard as you'd like, to keep it fun and interesting for your dog! 

Rear-end awareness

 

Supplies
A park-it like object, the size of your dog and no more than 1/2 to 2" high.

Tip
This is another foundation exercise that we will build on in later weeks! Rear-end awareness can turn into extraordinary things, such as the handstand

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