This class is designed for handlers and dogs to have fun together and transition from a Basic Obedience or S.T.A.R. Puppy Class toward higher levels of obedience, agility, scentwork, therapy dog or whatever activities you choose to engage with your dog. The level of the tricks introduced helps to build bonding, confidence and trust between you and your dog.
During the first three weeks of the six-week session, 10 AKC Novice Tricks will be taught. Once the handler and dog are able to successfully demonstrate 10 Novice Tricks, they will be eligible to apply for an AKC Novice Trick Dog Title. Instructors for this class are AKC-Approved Trick Dog Evaluators.
Only positive training techniques will be used. These include training treats and/or toys along with verbal and physical praise for your dog.
The last three weeks of the six-week session will be devoted to AKC Intermediate Tricks. Each handler will be given a list of tricks and may choose which ones to work on, with assistance and guidance from the instructors.
Many of the Novice and Intermediate Tricks taught in this class are considered groundwork for obedience, agility, scentwork and other dog activities. A few examples are:
- Balance beam (agility)
- Fetch (obedience)
- Find a hidden treat under an object (scentwork)
- Hand signals (obedience)
- Shell game (scentwork)
- Teeter-totter (agiliity)
- Weave poles (agility)
The primary goal of this class is to have fun with your dog while building communication skills and improving your relationship together as a team.
It is highly recommended that dogs complete a Puppy or Basic Obedience Class prior to registering for the Tricks Class.
Many students choose to repeat this class to learn additional tricks to earn higher-level AKC Trick Dog titles.