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marshies 02-09-2013 09:24 PM

Trick Dog Challenge 2013!
Puppy and I are doing her Trick Dog titles. My lack of work-life balance makes it impossible for me to do any classes with her this year, or get into any sports that require regular, committed practice. But this is highly doable. I've always been jealous of all the fabulous dogs on this board with a string of titles behind their names, so we want to join them this year!

It's really a very easy title to receive - you just need to do some tricks with your dog at home, have a witness sign them, and send the form in. The cost per title is $20 with the form.

I want to challenge everyone who isn't engaged in a sport with their GSD on this board to join me. We can keep each other accountable, and give each other advice as we progress towards our titles.

For the first title, the Trick Dog Novice, all you need to do is 15 easy tricks in the pdf below.

To Join:

Please reply to the poll. The results are public to the poll, so that we can keep each other accountable, and know who signed up. Please reply to the thread to state what the title you intend to achieve is.

At a minimum of once every two weeks, please post an update (text or video) or your progress!

Good luck everyone! Happy Tricking.

Here is an example I stole from Falon, who is a member of this board. This is her dog Eden demonstrating the Trick Dog Novice tricks.

marshies 02-09-2013 09:33 PM

Puppy and I intend to try for her Trick Dog Novice title!

glinny 02-09-2013 10:36 PM

Do you need at least one of the books shown? Are they commonly available or just on line?

wildo 02-09-2013 10:44 PM


Originally Posted by glinny (Post 2931042)
Do you need at least one of the books shown? Are they commonly available or just on line?

I have seen the books at big box pet stores (pet smart, petco).

marshies 02-09-2013 11:23 PM


Originally Posted by glinny (Post 2931042)
Do you need at least one of the books shown? Are they commonly available or just on line?


Originally Posted by wildo (Post 2931074)
I have seen the books at big box pet stores (pet smart, petco).

If you look through the list, many of the tricks can be googled online!

For example, today I was trying to teach the figure 8 weave, and found a video just by goolging.

I do plan to get the book though, to help with some of the more difficult behaviors.

marshies 02-21-2013 12:06 PM

2 week update for Puppy and I

Yesterday we made a breakthrough in our figure 8 weave, which was the trick we have been working on these past two weeks. I had been luring her, and gradually fading out the lure. But yesterday, she only looped around one of my legs before running to grab a piece of food from the floor in front. I had given up on that repetition of the trick, when she ran back and completed the second weave by herself. After that, I knew she clearly understood what I am asking of her, and our repetitions following have been much better!

I would say our Figure 8 is almost ready!

Merciel 05-03-2013 08:46 PM

Oh fun!

My crazy mutt puppy Pongu has his TDCH. It's a very fun program and a great option for people who feel intimidated by other sports, have reactive/fearful dogs who don't do well in the competition-ring environment, or who are just plain looking for something new to do with their furry friends.

Plus once you have all the foundations done, you can use that as a springboard to invent new goofy things to amuse yourself and your dog. In that sense, it's a superb investment of training time -- you might not be able to make it out to the agility field on a busy day, but you can sure spend a few minutes teaching a new trick.

I really like the program and am all for more people giving it a try. :)

Cheyanna 05-03-2013 11:55 PM

Does this go on the akc paperwork? This sounds like fun.

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Merciel 05-04-2013 03:21 PM

It's not an AKC title, if that's what you're asking. The organization is totally separate.

I think it counts toward Versatility titles, but that may be dependent on your breed club. Sorry, I don't know much about that!

Here are a few of Pongu's "expert" tricks.

Backward stairs:

Easter Egg hunt:

Margarita trick for my dad's birthday (we did a video compilation for his 60th; the joke here is that he likes margaritas but frequently forgets how to make them), co-starring my Akita mix Crookytail:

DJEtzel 05-07-2013 10:40 AM

I've seen this before on another thread. Frag could easily get a few of the titles, but I just don't have the money for it. :(

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