Earning His Novice Trick Dog Title

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Mr. N waiting for his certificate paperwork to be filled out

Mr. N earned his Novice Trick Dog title recently! I blogged about it previously as a good option for reactive dogs to earn titles.

A flyball team was sponsoring a trick dog tournament as a fundraiser where they set up props and had a certified trick instructor supervising and witnessing. It took place in a warehouse so I thought the dogs would have a lot of space but that wasn’t the case. Mr. N had to do his tricks with  strange dogs five feet away from him on three sides and he was super distracted. He managed to pull it together long enough to earn his first trick dog title by doing tricks like high five, pray and play dead.

The dogs have to earn a certain amount of points for each title with advanced tricks counting for more points. For the lower titles, you just need a witness to sign off (there’s rumors that this is changing) but for the champion title, you need to send in a video. So you can do them all at home normally.

The novice tricks were not challenging for Mr. N but I was proud that he was able to do them in an extremely distracting environment for him. As a recovering reactive dog, he finds working around other dogs difficult. There was a time when he couldn’t have done it. Good boy!

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  1. K-Koira

    December 4, 2015 5:33 pm

    Awesome. I was supposed to go to that and ended up having to work. Which in the long run ended up being a good thing, because Koira came down with kennel cough that evening, and I would have hated to spread it to all the dogs there!

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  2. Emma

    December 5, 2015 12:37 pm

    He obviously knows he has a job and he takes it seriously, not letting things distract him. That is one reason reactive dogs improve their behavior in nose work so much because they have to learn to work in all kinds of environments with dogs all around. Good for Mr. N.

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  3. Janet Keefe

    December 6, 2015 5:12 pm

    Congratulations, Mr. N! That is especially impressive with those distractions! When things settle down here I really hope to do this with Luke. You inspire us!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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  4. KB Bear

    December 9, 2015 2:53 am

    That is so cool!!! I've looked into trick titles before. Maybe we should do that someday. Mainly, however, I am so impressed that Mr. N could do his tricks with all the other dogs around!

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