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Tricks Classes

Do you want to impress your friends with your dog’s clever party tricks?
Do you want to build a stronger bond with your dog?
Do you want to pick up an AKC title or just prove to the world how smart your dog really is?

Our Trick Dog class can help you achieve all of the above and so much more! We will introduce you to training your dog to do basic tricks in a way that will not only be fun and engaging, but that can then be applied to other tricks in the future so there will be no limit to what you and your dog can accomplish as a team.

Show off your polished tricks in the final week of class to qualify for a Trick Dog Title.

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Class Pre-Registration is Required. Visit the Registration Page for costs and how to sign-up.

Unless otherwise noted, the following are 7 week, one hour a week classes.

Novice Tricks

Would you like a fun class that develops team work and communication skills between you and your pup? Tricks is a delightful way to engage your dog mentally and physically. If you would like to earn titles for your dog as well, this class does it all!!

The American Kennel Club now recognizes the sport of trick training. Treats are allowed while you earn your title. This class will cover 20 tricks and you can choose 10 to earn your Novice AKC Trick Dog Title and entertain and impress your family and friends!

Every dog will find 10 tricks needed for the title in the curriculum. Your dog doesn't fetch? No problem. Teach Crawl, kiss, spin and walking on a balance beam instead! Below you will find the list of tricks covered in the class. At the end of class the Trick Dog AKC form will be filled out and signed by Jo Huxel, your CGC certified instructor, and you are on the road to titles and fun!

Pre-requisite for this class is STAR puppy or Beginning Obedience. No Reactive dogs.

10 Tricks Required to Title

  • Balance Beam
  • Bark on Cue
  • Crawl
  • Fetch
  • Find (treat under cup)
  • Get your ___ toy, leash, name of item
  • Get in the box
  • Hand signals for down, sit, or come
  • Get on item with 4 paws
  • High five
  • Hold item in mouth 3 seconds
  • Jump thru hoop or over bar
  • Kennel up - go to crate
  • Kiss
  • Paws up - 2 on item
  • Push-ups - sit, down, sit, down, sit, down
  • Shake hands
  • Spin in Circle
  • Touch it - hand or target
  • Tunnel
  • Can add two tricks of your choice!


Intermeadiate Tricks

Continue the Tricks journey with the Intermediate Tricks class! Add 10 additional tricks to your performance for more fun and another title! This class adds more complex tricks and skills and improves the tricks already covered! Come join us!

Pre-requisite - Novice Tricks title or ability to perform 10 novice tricks. No reactive dogs.

10 More Tricks Required to Title

  • Balance Treat on Nose
  • Carry (a basket or ? in mouth)
  • Catch - toy or ball
  • Crawl
  • Fetch it (20 feet)
  • Game - dog works interactive dog game
  • Go find - Handler that has hidden
  • Go to your mat
  • Hand signals - sit/down/stand/come - 3
  • Jump thru handler's arms
  • Leg weave
  • Paws up on handler's arm
  • Pull a toy by string
  • Push button on sound toy
  • Roll over
  • Shell game - treat under 1 of 3 cups
  • Sit up or Sit w Head Tilt
  • Wave good-bye
  • Weave poles
  • Wobble Board
  • Two Tricks of Your Choice!

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Advanced and Performer Tricks - Combined in one class

The ultimate Trick Dogs! The fun never ends!! This class takes tricks to a new level! Check the list below.

Advanced - 5 Tricks Required

  • Back up
  • Balance treat on nose, flip and catch
  • Barrel - Roll with two paws or stand on it
  • Bow
  • Circle right, Circle Left
  • Cover your Eyes
  • Cover Up with a blanket
  • Go Hide - under table, in box
  • Head Down
  • Hide your head (under blanket or paw)
  • Jump into handler's arms
  • Light - turn on light
  • Open door of mailbox, toy fridge, get item
  • Play Dead
  • Scent Articles - Choose from 5
  • Tissue out of box and bring to handler
  • Toys - pick up and put away
  • Weave poles
  • 2 Tricks of Handler's Choice

Performer - 10 Tricks from Novice/Intermediate/Advanced

Team performs a trick routine of 10 tricks that includes at least 2 Intermediate and 2 Advanced tricks. The routine may have a story line. No food lures..can give cookie after behavior as a reward. Provide a video for AKC.

For the schedule of upcoming classes visit the Class Schedule Page
For costs and how to sign-up visit the Registration Page.