Earning Your Novice Trick Dog Tile

Are you ready for some Seriously Pawsome Fun?

I'm really excited that you've at least gotten as far as looking at this page!  That means you really want to start working on fun things with your dog and are looking to work on your bond together!  If you aren't in Our Spark Group already, please join and I can't wait for you to get started on earning your
Novice Trick Dog Title with us!

To earn your NTD Title, you must demonstrate 15 tricks on the trick list!

Novice Title Guidelines: 

Leashes - tricks can be done with or without

Treats - allowed during the tricks & as lures

Attempts - handler may give multiple cues and have 4 attempts

Helpers - No other person can help with the trick unless needed for a particular trick 

Physical Manipulation - handler cannot physically manipulate or force a dog into a trick

(choke, prong, e-collar)

Modifications - may be made for service dogs, physically limited dogs,
very young (think low impact), and very senior dogs 

Extra Credit Trick - your dog can demonstrate a UNIQUE trick not on the list

Advanced & Expert Tricks count as 2 tricks!

***Tricks may be re-used for higher titles if of a higher skill level***

How To Get Started!

1. Join Our Online Trick Spark Group 

2. Download the Rules & Complete Trick Lists For All the Titles

3. Get Practicing!  Watch the Instructional Videos, Watch Others' Videos, Support Others Progress, Ask Questions

4. Show Off Your Skills!

You have a few options:

*** Make a single post for your pup and post all your videos in the comments.

***Make an album of trick videos on your personal profile and post a link to the album in the group

*** Make a single video of all your tricks

*** Post your videos for tricks as you accomplish them!

5. Tag Colleen in the post so she can officially witness your awesomeness

6. Once your tricks have been witnessed, you can submit for your official title on the DMWYD website!

When you submit your tricks:

You'll purchase your Title Certificate and Optional Ribbon

You will get your official Certificate in the mail

You and your dog's name will be added to the Official Title Holder's Registry

Your dog will have earned the NTD suffix for their name

And you'll be off to earning your Intermediate Title!

Only For K9 Manners Matter Clients & Spark Team Members:

If you send me a photo of your dog from the day your pup completed his/her last trick (or your in person title graduation photo) I will put the title patch on the photo and post it to the group!


We will list your trick title and photo on our website!

                                           Novice Trick List                                           

  1. Balance Beam / Ramp

  2. Bang Game

  3. Cavalettis

  4. Chase: lunge line, laser light, soap bubbles, RC Car

  5. Come

  6. Crawl

  7. Doggy Push-Ups (sit, down, stand)

  8. Down

  9. Drop it / Give it

  10. Fetch (not to hand)

  11. Find Hidden Treats

  12. Flying Disc

  13. Follow Pointed Finger

  14. Food Refusal / Leave It

  15. Get Your Leash

  16. Hand Signals (any 3 behaviors with no verbal cue)

  17. Head Cock

  18. Hide and Seek

  19. Hockey Goalie / Catch

  20. Hoop Jump

  21. Jump For Joy

  22. Jump Over a Bar

  23. Jump Over my Knee

  24. Kennel Up

  25. Kisses

  26. Laundry Basket (upturned)

  27. Memory Game

  28. Muffin Tin Game

  29. Paws Up On An Object

  30. Peekaboo! (I call this Middle or Protect Me)

  31. Platform Jump

  32. Ring a Bell to go Outside

  33. Roll Out a Carpet With Nose

  34. Shake Hands (either paw)

  35. Sing / Howl

  36. Sit

  37. Speak / Bark

  38. Spin Circles

  39. Stay

  40. Take a Bow

  41. Pedestal

  42. Touch my Hand / Target Stick

  43. Tunnel / Chute

  44. Volleyball

  45. Walk on a Loose Leash

  46. Wenie Bobbing

  47. Which Hand Holds the Treat?

  48. Wobble Board, Donut

All of the tricks on the lists can be found explained in Kyra's books!

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Please note our disclaimer: I am NOT a veterinarian!  The information contained on this site is not intended or delivered as medical advice, fact, or opinion; nor is it in any way a recommendation to not follow the advice of a trained veterinary professional.  K9 Manners Matter recommends a consultation with a veterinarian about any information provided. Thank you.

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