“Tricks and Games” is a workshop offering

Have more fun with your dog and amaze your family and friends with your canine superstar’s cool tricks! Trick training builds a great bond with your dog and gives your dog mental and physical exercise. In addition to being great fun, trick training is useful for dog sports like Rally-Obedience, Rally Freestyle Elements and Musical Freestyle. If you plan to do therapy visits with your dog, your visits will be memorable when your dog shows off its tricks.

As well as experimenting with positive reinforcement methods for training tricks, you will also have fun learning how to use training games to help create a willing and focused canine working partner. Training games reduce stress during learning for your dog, provide mental and physical exercise and often serve to enhance crate training and desirable doggy manners.

Tricks and Games Level One

For dogs four months and older. In this class, you will learn a variety of training methods to teach each your dog simple tricks for showing off, fun and competition. Using games as part of your overall training program is one of the best ways to develop a deep bond with your dog. Through playing games, your dog may discover interaction with you can be even more rewarding than food and toys.

Tricks and Games Level Two

Successful completion of Puppy Perfectors “Tricks and Games Level One” class or have have instructor permission. In this class, you will combine basic trick behaviors to create behavior chains for complex tricks such as “mail a letter,” “roll up in a blanket,” “clean up toys,” and more. You and your dog will play positively reinforced games similar to those used in “Control Unleashed” classes to help your dog ignore difficult distractions and focus on you.

20 Uses for Dog Tricks:

  1. Tricks engage your dog’s mind and provide mental exercise.
  2. Tricks make the learning process for children (and adults!) more enjoyable.
  3. Tricks can make breeds with a “bad reputation” look friendlier.
  4. Tricks can help make shelter dogs more adoptable.
  5. Tricks can be used to solve barking: A dog who barks at visitors could be taught to go get a toy and hold it in his mouth instead.
  6. Tricks can be used to solving jumping on people: A dog who jumps to greet people could be taught to sit and wave instead.
  7. Tricks are a great way to strengthen the dog-owner bond. People are relaxed when teaching tricks and it’s great fun for dog and owner.
  8. Tricks add variety to training.
  9. Tricks allow you to “show off” what you’ve accomplished with your dog.
  10. Tricks can be practiced indoors or out, regardless of the weather.
  11. Tricks can be used to help endear your dog to someone not traditionally a dog lover.
  12. Tricks increase your dog’s repertoire of behaviors. The more your dog learns, the better your dog
    learns and the more mentally engaged he will be.
  13. Tricks are more fun to teach for people “put off” by obedience: “Bang you’re dead” is the same
    behavior to your dog as “down”—but you have fun with it!
  14. Tricks provide a way to practice your dog’s “manners.”
  15. Tricks are entertaining and they can make people think you and your dog are both geniuses!
  16. Tricks can be useful. For example, teach your dog to get your slippers or bring in the newspaper on rainy days.
  17. Tricks engage the entire family, particularly children.
  18. Tricks make you laugh!
  19. Tricks can be entertaining for people on therapy visits at places like hospitals.
  20. Tricks can distract a reactive dog from something that scares him.