Dog Trick Classes
Looking for a way to show off your dog's smarts? Trick training is a great way to have fun with your dog. With the American Kennel Club's new Trick Dog titling program, your dog can earn official AKC titles for learning fun new things!
Benefits of Dog Tricks
Trick training provides both physical exercise and mental stimulation. This means your dog will be tired and content after practicing in class.
Teaching tricks is a great way to bond and have fun with your dog.
Many owners find that trick training improves their dog's focus. You and your dog will learn how to work together.
Your skills will grow! Many great dog trainers got started with trick training. The process will bring you from "newbie" to "expert" in no time!
Working toward the goal of AKC Trick Dog titles will help keep you training on a regular basis and focused on your progress. But if titles aren't your thing, you can still have a great time teaching your dog something new and fun.
The best way to get started is our Intro to Dog Tricks group training class. In this class, we teach most of the tricks at the Novice and Intermediate levels of AKC Trick Dog testing. Owners are required to attend an Orientation class before bringing their dog to a trick class, and we recommend taking at least two manners classes together first. (Some of the skills, such as hand signals and push ups, are covered in manners classes!) Each test level requires you and your dog to demonstrate 10 tricks. At the lower levels, you can use treats and your clicker during the test. It's easy to get started, so come join us!
AKC Trick Dog Information:
- Novice Checklist
- Intermediate Checklist
- Advanced Checklist
- Performer Checklist
- Evaluator Guide (contains a description of each trick)
If your dog is not already AKC registered, you will need to apply for a Canine Partners listing number when you send in your Trick Dog test form. Canine Partners registration is available to all dogs, including mixed breeds!
AKC Trick Dog Testing
We offer testing on a regular basis so your dog can earn official AKC Trick Dog titles! Current students and non-students are welcome to join us for these events. Click here for information on upcoming tests!