To earn the AKC Trick Dog Performer title, the dog must demonstrate 10 tricks. The handler/dog will perform a total of 10 previously learned or new tricks from the Novice, Intermediate and Advanced titles. Of these, there must be at least 2 Intermediate and 2 Advanced Tricks. For the Performer title, handlers may not use food/toys as lures. May use food rewards/clickers.
For the Performer level, tricks may be done as either
- 10 unrelated tricks done one after the other.
- As a part of a routine with a theme/story.
- An example of a theme is “Bruno plays sports”.
- An example of a tricks routine with a story is,
“This is Princess. Princess loves to go to school.
When she goes to school she 1) takes a nap, 2) gets a book, 3) goes outside and plays ball,” etc.
A helper may be used to read/narrate the story as a way of prompting the tricks for the handler, or the handler may tell the story as the routine proceeds.
A theme or story is not required, however, these can be very entertaining and useful for dogs who are working in schools and therapy settings.
– NEW –
AKC has announced that you can choose to have your routine evaluated
in place of submitting a video.
Upcoming Trick Dog Evaluations