Classes, Tricks, Workshops

“What can you learn in K9 Trickstas Beginners and Advanced Tricks Classes/Workshops?”

This is one of the most frequently asked questions about K9 Trickstas tricks classes/workshops. So, I would like to explain them briefly for you.

Beginners Classes/Workshops

Beginners Classes/Workshops are aimed to teach your dog Novice and Intermediate tricks such as:

  • touch my hand
  • spin (360 degree turn) / circle (circle around you)
  • peekaboo!
  • shake hands
  • take a bow
  • roll over
  • sit pretty
  • leg weaves/figure 8’s
  • paws up on an object/arm
  • jump over a bar

Click here for other examples of Novice and Intermediate tricks.

In addition to how to teach specific tricks in those levels, you will learn:

  • How to get your dog focused on you so that you can your dog can start working
  • How to mark and reward for correct behaviours (clicker training)
  • Simple methods of teaching your dog new behaviours, such as luring
  • Effective use of reinforcers/motivators, such as food and toys

The Prerequisite to attend our Beginners classes/workshops is that your dog can work in a group without interfering with other dogs. Please let us know in advance if your dog can be nervous around other dogs. Nervous dogs can attend our classes/workshops as long as they are not threatening to other dogs. Also, your dog needs to be up to date with vaccinations.

Advanced Classes/Workshops

Advanced Classes/Workshops are aimed to teach your dog Advanced and Expert tricks such as:

  • say your players
  • cross your paws
  • back up
  • footsie (cop-cop)
  • shy (cover your eyes)
  • reverse circle
  • limp (walk with front leg lifted)
  • roll a barrel
  • wipe your paws
  • skateboard
  • distance work

Click here for other examples of Intermediate, Advanced, and Expert tricks.

In addition to how to teach specific tricks in those levels, you will learn:

  • How to reduce the use of food as a lure
  • How to get the duration/distance in behaviours
  • Advanced methods of teaching your dog new behaviours, such as shaping

The Prerequisite to attend our Advanced classes/workshops is that your dog has some understanding of clickers and/or marker words. Please let us know in advance if your dog can be nervous around other dogs. Nervous dogs can attend our classes/workshops as long as they are not threatening to other dogs. Also, your dog needs to be up to date with vaccinations