AKC Trick Dog titles are official AKC titles listed on the dog's title record Dogs must have an AKC, PAL, or AKC Canine Partners number to earn a title. There are 5 Trick Dog titles:
Novice Trick Dog (TKN) - the dog performs 10 skills from the Novice list. If a dog has a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certificate or title on record at AKC, it can do 5 Novice tricks to earn the Novice title.
Intermediate Trick Dog (TKI) - dog must have the Novice title plus perform 10 skills from the Intermediate list.
Advanced Trick Dog (TKA) - dog must have the Intermediate title plus perform 10 skills from the Advanced list.
Trick Dog Performer (TKP) - handlers perform a short routine with at least 10 tricks previously learned. See the list of Performer list.
Trick Dog Elite Performer (TKE) - dog performs 10 tricks with at least 5 props and there must be a story. See the Elite Performer list.
Canine Good Citizen Program
CGC is a core part of the AKC Family Dog Program. This Program is designed to help dogs and their owners develop a lifelong bond an become well-socialized members of the community. There are 4 levels of the Canine Good Citizen program: AKC S.T.A.R Puppy, Canine Good Citizen, AKC Community Canine and AKC Urban CGC.
You can learn more about the skills required to earn titles in the CGC Program on the AKC CGC web page.
The AKC Temperament Test was developed to bring focus and provide a meaningful evaluation to assess the temperament of our canine companions. The test evaluates how a dog reacts to a variety of stimuli.
Desirable traits are that the dog will be emotionally stable, inquisitive, cooperative, appropriately social for the breed, biddable an demonstrates the ability to recover from a startling situation in a reasonable amount of time.
Undesirable traits are fear, shyness, lack of cooperation and and inability to recover from unfamiliar or unexpected situations.
In the ATT, dogs are tested in 6 categories of stimuli that include:
Dock Diving is a fun, exciting but easy to do sport. You throw your dog's favorite toy into a pool while the dog waits on a dock about 40 feet long. On your command, the dog runs along the dock, flings himself off the end of the dock, lands in the water and grabs his toy. The goal is to have the longest jump possible.
Titles earned through the North America Diving Dogs (NADD) will be recognized by the AKC.
In Barn Hunt, dogs and their handlers work as a team to locate and mark rats (which are always safely held in aerated tubes) hidden in a maze of straw or hay bales.
Barn Hunt events include a pass/fail instinct class for owners who want to familiarize their dog with the test. Course are made increasingly difficult by adding more obstacles, additional diversions and more rats to find. There are several types of Barn Hunt titles your dog can earn.