Earning Your Champion Trick Dog Tile

Are you ready for some Seriously Pawsome Fun?

The TDCH is the highest tier title, and is awarded to exceptional dogs who demonstrate outstanding skill in performing a large number of difficult tricks, and who also demonstrate skill in every facet of foundation behaviors. 

To earn your TDCH Title, you must demonstrate skills in 9 behavior areas

and have earned your NTD, ITD, ATD, & ETD Titles

Champion Title Guidelines: 


Leashes - No Leashes
 

Treats / Hands / Toys - No Luring or Guiding Into a Trick.  

Rewards may be given at the end of a behavior 

 

Attempts - handler may give up to 3 cues  
 

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

Pressure - Pressuring the dog is discouraged. Pressure may include a stern voice, stern eye-contact, crowding or hovering over the dog, or putting your face or hands close to the dog’s head. (You can be close to your dog, but keep it lighthearted.) 

NO ADVERSIVE OR COMPULISVE METHODS ALLOWED
(choke, prong, e-collar)

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

Substitutions: At the champion level, we allow you to substitute similar tricks which demonstrate the same skill being tested. Email us with questions about a particular trick. 

Champion Behaviors

Leashes - No Leashes
 

 1. Coordination 

Choose 1
 

  • Double Beam 
    Dog walks across double beams, with two paws on each beam

     

  • Horizontal Ladder / Cavalettis
    Dog trots through a ladder of at least 6 feet in length

     

  • Skateboard
    Dog pushes skateboard (alone) with 2, 3, or 4 feet on the board

     

  • Push a Shopping Cart
    Front paws on cart, walk with hind legs.

     

  • Barrel
    Dog rolls a barrel or inflatable peanut with his front feet, or stands on barrel and walks

     

  • Back Up
    Dog backs up 5 feet.  Trainer may start next to dog, but not move.

     

  • Other

     

 2. Mouth Target 

Choose 2
 

  • Hold an Object / Carry an Object
    Hold object (such as dumbbell) or carry an object (such as purse/bag) while walking with you.  Release object to your hand.

     

  • Retrieve Object to Hand
    Dog fetches an object 12 feet away and releases to your hand.

     

  • Pull a Rope
    Dog pulls a rope to move an object. Ex: pull open a door, cabinet, or crate door; pull a wagon

 3. Paw Target 

Choose 1
 

  • Ground Target
    Dog places paw deliberately on a small object or mark.
    Example: step on a tap light, desk bell, or "easy button"

     

  • Raised Mark
    Dog paw touches a raised object.
    Example: close a door with a paw; bat a bell hanging from a doorknob; flip a light switch on the wall.

 Nose Target 

Choose 1
 

  • Target Stick
    Dog nose-touches target stick. Show several times in a row, unedited, moving the target each time and varying its height and location

     

  • Handheld Target
    Same as target stick but using a handheld target (ex: jar lid)

     

  • Hand Target
    Same as target stick but using a hand target (such as 2 fingers)

     

  • Soccer / Treibball
    Nose touch and move ball. Repeat several times, showing that the dog is following the moving target

 4. Nose Target 

Choose 1
 

  • Target Stick
    Dog nose-touches target stick. Show several times in a row, unedited, moving the target each time and varying its height and location

     

  • Handheld Target
    Same as target stick but using a handheld target (ex: jar lid)

     

  • Hand Target
    Same as target stick but using a hand target (such as 2 fingers)

     

  • Soccer / Treibball
    Nose touch and move ball. Repeat several times, showing that the dog is following the moving target

 5. Scent 

Choose 1
 

  • Shell Game
    Perform twice in a row, unedited, with the scented shell in a different position each time

     

  • Nose-Work Box Search
    Dog searches 5 boxes and indicates the one with the hot scent

     

  • Scent Articles
    Dog searches 5 Identical Objects (ie dumbbells or tennis balls) and retrieves the one with his owner's scent

 6. Distance 

Perform Both
 

  • Go to a Mark / Pedestal
    Send dog 20 feet away to a raised platform or mark (such as a mat)

     

  • Cued Behaviors at a Distance
    Dog on pedestal/mark 12 feet away.  Performs any 6 cued behaviors

 7. Signals 


 

  • Perform Any 6 Behaviors With Only Silent Cues 
    List the 6 Tricks

 8. Chain 

  • Demonstrate a Behavior Chain
    When given a single cue, the dog performs a chain of a minimum of two behaviors.  

    Examples: 
    Roll yourself in a blanket
    Open door and get soda from fridge
    Fetch litter and drop in step can
    Fetch basketball and drop in net
    Open mailbox and fetch mail
    Paint with a paintbrush and return brush to bucket
    Tidy toy into toy box and close lid
    Open crate door and go inside and close crate door

 8. Expert Tricks 

  • Demonstrate 5 of your best tricks
    Choose tricks from the ETD list, or invent your own of comparable difficulty.  Tricks should be difficult and also entertaining. 

Download the Rules & Complete Trick Lists PDF

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

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