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Tricks Class Description


Tricks 101

Tricks class is for anyone who wants to have fun with their dog learning new things!  Tricks class is organized to allow you to work at your own pace with your dog.  We can tailor the program to suit your needs.  You can teach the tricks needed for an AKC Trick Dog title or you can come and just have fun teaching your dog new tricks.   Be creative - your dog can do more than you think if you are willing to take the time to work with him!

​Any puppy or adult dog that meets the vaccination requirements may take this class.  No experience is needed.

Tricks 102

Canine Freestyle & Advanced Tricks


Canine Freestyle and tricks is a creative activity for dog and human teams. Create a show stopping routine with your 4 legged star! Learn how to train your dog performance heeling to music, leg weaves, high kicks, backing around, and tricks such as hold a flag and "achoo" trick (bring a tissue). This course includes training to participate in the Truckee Meadows Drill Team/Tricks Troupe. Canine Drill Team consists of a group of handlers and dogs performing synchronized heeling and trick behaviors to music. 


Prerequisite: Dogs must be at least 6 months of age, have completed any single class at TMDTC, and be able to work around other dogs. Exceptions can be made with trainers approval. 


Why teach your dog tricks?


Teaching tricks establishes a pattern of learning, teaches skills and focus, is a positive method of training, and promotes a bond between canine and human.   And it's fun!

Our tricks class uses a gentle, motivation based approach that will help you build a closer more communicative bond with your dog.   Teaching your dog tricks will improve both your teaching skills and your dog's ability to learn.  This means the more tricks you teach your dog, the quicker he will learn new tricks!

Trick training also improves your dog's overall obedience and manners since your dog will learn how to focus on and interact with you.  Not only will you have a dog who has fun tricks to show family and friends, your dog will be better behaved  and more pleasant to be around overall.  

Some tricks also improve your dogs health as they require muscle tone, flexibility, balance and concentration.   Tricks training boosts your dogs confidence in both himself and you.   Dogs of any age can learn tricks - yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks!

AKC Trick Dog Program

Tricks is a newer AKC program with lists of skills working toward 5 levels of certification.

The AKC now offers the following titles:

  • AKC Novice Trick Dog (TKN) - Tricks List

  • AKC Intermediate Trick Dog (TKI) - Tricks List

  • AKC Advanced Trick Dog (TKA) - Tricks List

  • AKC Trick Dog Performer (TKP) - Info

  • AKC Trick Dog Elite Performer (TKE) - Info

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