AKC Trick Dog Novice And Intermediate Titles

Yesterday you read about “What Was Up Gambler’s Paw” if you missed it you can read it here. Today you will find out the results of Gambler and Josey’s trick dog tests and see a reenactment of Gambler’s testing.

What is Trick Dog?       from AKC website

From the 1920’s and 1940’s when trick dogs such as Rin Tin Tin and Lassie won peoples’ hearts, trick dog training has become one of the most exciting new areas in dog training today.

Title info:

AKC Trick Dog titles are official AKC titles listed on the dog’s title record.

The processing fee for each title is $20. Multiple titles for the same dog can be sent in together, each one will be processed in succession after each previous title has been added and printed.

Dogs must have an AKC, PAL, or AKC Canine Partners number to earn a title.

All dogs can get a number including purebreds and mixed breeds.

4 Trick Dog Titles


The dog performs 10 skills from the Novice list. (see link to “Application” below for lists of skills). If a dog has a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certificate or title on record at AKC, it can do 5 Novice tricks (CGC + 5) to earn the Novice title.


The dog must have the Novice title, plus perform 10 Intermediate tricks.


The dog must have the Intermediate title, plus perform 5 tricks from the Advanced list.


I​n this title, handlers perform a short routine with at least 10 tricks previously learned.

Both Josey and Gambler performed Trick Dog Novice and Intermediate at the end of April. They both passes the Novice test so they then performed tricks at the Intermediate level. Here are the tricks that Gambler performed.

Now for the reenactment:

Novice – Gambler got 5 points because he has has CGC (Canine Good Citizen) title, here are the other 5 tricks.

Fetch It

Get on platform

Hand signals



Intermediate –

Balance treat

Carry a basket


Fetch It

Hand signals

Paws up

Sit pretty

Wobble board

Who says I can’t be a trick dog?

Gambler showing off his titles

Josey and Gambler both received their AKC Trick Dog Novice and Intermediate titles, they now sport the TKI after their registered names.

A big thanks to Polly at Canine Solutions LLC for doing the test!


What Was Up Gamblers Paw?

Back in the end of April I wrote a post on “Gambler Has Something Up His Paw And Rally O” if you missed it you can read it here. Basically Gambler attended his first Rally O training class with his pal Josey from Crawfish Chesapeakes. He attended this class because at the end of the class he was going to get tested on a new AKC title. In May AKC started taking completed tests for AKC Trick Dog titles so we needed to get our completed tests done and in the mail by May.

So this is what was up Gamblers paw!

Gambler showing his trick dog skills.

Both Josey and Gambler completed two levels of Trick Dog. You need to start out at the Novice level and if you pass that level you can move up in levels, you need to pass each level before moving on. There are four levels, Novice, Intermediate, Advance and Performer. This night the dogs were tested in Novice and Intermediate.

Josey performing her tricks.

We had a lot of fun this night, something definitely fun to do, the first two levels were no problem for our dogs, in Novice you needed to do 10 tricks, if your dog already has their CGC (Canine Good Citizen) title you automatically got 5 points so you only had to perform 5 more tricks. In the intermediate level you needed to do all 10 tricks, advance you need to do 5 tricks but the tricks are pretty hard, last but not least the performer level you need to put a routine together with 10 tricks.   Now advance we might need some practicing and performer for sure we would need some practice since in performer you need to put a routine together and I’m not good with choreographing routines.

Stop back tomorrow to find out how Josey and Gambler did and see a reenactment of the tricks Gambler performed.


2017 UKC Premier – Dock Diving With Ultimate Air Dogs

Last week Josey’s family and I along with Guilty attended the 2017 UKC Premier. We went to the Premier because Josey was invited to the Top Ten competition for Conformation. While there Guilty and Josey were entered in different events. One of the events that they were entered in was dock diving. Ultimate Air Dogs hosted this event, neither of our dogs have gotten a title in this event. Josey has jumped with them before but never had 5 consistent jumps for a title. Guilty has never jumped off a dock before so we knew it would be interesting.

The dock crew Willow the Crawfish.

Willow was our dock crew, she was the best Crawfish up on the dock. She threw for Josey and Guilty. She did a excellent job placing that bumper just right so that the dogs could maintain their jumps into one category.

Go Josey you want to jump 15-20 feet.

Josey going for another splash.

Guilty’s turn at a splash, we were aiming for anything under 10 ft.

Josey going strong.

Guilty finally lifting off the dock but still belly flopping.

Of course I had to take a video from the backside.

Josey having fun!

Oh no what’s this? A baby head in the pool? Save it Guilty!

For Guilty’s title jump she got to retrieve the creepy baby head. She loved it! Showing off to the crowd as she swam out of the pool.

Here are the categories for the jumps, you need 5 jumps in one category to receive a title.

United Novice Jumper (UNJ): 1″ to 9’11”
United Junior Jumper (UJJ): 10′ to 14’11”
United Senior Jumper (USJ): 15′ to 19’11”
United Master Jumper (UMJ): 20′ to 22′ 5″
United Ultimate Jumper (UUJ): 22’6″ and up

We have 2 new dock diving titles in the Sand Spring gang. Guilty has her United Novice Jumper title and Josey has her United Senior Jumper title. Way to go girls, what a fun Saturday!

2 HRC Started Passes For Riggs

This past weekend while I was away at the UKC Premier with Guilty and Josey along with her family Riggs and John went to an UKC HRC hunt test. John signed up Riggs each day to run Horicon Marsh’s HRC started test. Riggs and John did an excellent job by passing each test. He has 10 points that will go towards his 100 points he will be needing to get his finished title in the future.

Riggs will be two in a few weeks, he has only been training for hunt tests the past 4 months so he is doing great in the different venues he has been running in.

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Gman’s Prezzie’s From France

Last month Gman had a Birthday, he turned 6 years old on the 13th of May. He was a Friday the 13th puppy which explains a lot why he is the way he is. His pal Phenny from across the pond send him a Birthday Prezzie and I finally found this half done post in my box so I thought it was time to finish it up and share the goodies Gman got.

Gman and Phenny’s older brother Easy who is now passed 🙁 would always see who could open their prezzie’s the fastest. Gman didn’t let Easy down with this prezzie and he is teaching his new pal Phenny how it is done. If you don’t know Phenny you can hop on over to his blog and follow along with his antics which are some pretty good ones for an 9 month old weim puppy. Gman thanks Phenny and his staff very very much for always remembering his Birthday and for sending such cool stuff!

Have a great day!

ACC WI Chessie Day Thank You To Our Donors

Through out the year of 2016 into 2017 I contacted various dog related companies to ask if they would be willing to donate an item(s) to our Second Annual ACC WI Chessie Fun Day. I got some really great donations that made up some pretty nice baskets for the chessie peeps to win. I wanted to take time to thank all of our donors. The event was a huge success and everyone was happy with what they won. 

Mud River Dog Products www.mudriverdogproducts.com





The gift bags with the poop bags.


Jill from Midwest Veterinary Supply



Finest For Pets

sand spring paracord

Thanks again to all our donors!

Have a great day!


Summer G

Summer G strutting his pose.

First day of the UKC Premier, Tom and Josey will be in the Top Ten Conformation ring. This was by invite only. Josey accumulated enough points from her Conformation shows last year to end up in the Top Ten dog and breed standings.

Good luck to Team Crawfish!

Josey and Guilty will also participate in lure coursing today.

Have a great day all!

Plato’s Hundur’s Crunch Fish Jerky ~ #ChewyInfluencer

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What do you like to do for summer fun? Gambler likes to grab his scuba gear some tasty treats and hit the pool.

Doesn’t take him long to dive into the summer fun. Put your paw on the computer key pad and press away at Chewy.com for some tasty morsels. Today Gambler is trying out Plato Hundur’s Crunch Fish Jerky.

What do we have here, the smell is over powering I just want to eat this whole bag.


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  • Fish are sustainably sourced from the clean and cold waters of Iceland
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  • Jerky Minis help to safely clean teeth by removing tartar build up for optimal dental health

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We would like to thank out hosts Sugar The Golden Retriever and Oz The Terrier for this Chewy Hop.