The AKC Family Dog Program announced that dog owners may teach their dogs tricks at home and submit a video to an AKC CGC Evaluator for review and approval. This applies to all levels of AKC Trick Dog training.
If you are interested in having me evaluate your trick video, below is more information as provided by the AKC. There are a few new steps for video submission so please read all documents carefully.
To start, print out the usual Trick Test Application form as well as the Trick Checklist for the level you are testing (found HERE), make note of the tricks you want to use, if you have a CGC or not, your dog’s name and dog’s registered AKC number.
If you plan on doing multiple level titles, it is a good idea to print out all three forms and mark out the tricks as you can only reuse a few tricks (with specific variation criteria as noted on each form) for different levels. My recommendation is always to “save” your more elaborate tricks for the more advanced titles 🙂 If you have any questions, or need ideas of tricks, please let me know. AKC has a whole list of tricks on their page, and of course, the internet is a great resource for trick ideas.
You will need to record a video of your dog performing the tricks. You will then need to get the video(s) to me either by Messenger, What’sApp, or by posting to YouTube and sending me the link. Once, I have evaluated the video I send a form to AKC, and you send in your paperwork (see below). I won’t need to set up any form of appointment, unless you need help with the paperwork, need ideas for tricks to use, or help teaching any specific tricks. If you are just interested in Testing, please send payment for each level test you would like me to evaluate. You will need to make a separate video for each level. If you need help with the forms, email me your questions. If you would like help with training tricks, we can setup a time for a phone or online consult. Cost for the consult will be discussed prior to it on a case by case basis, as it will depend on your specific needs.
These new procedures apply to all levels of AKC Trick Dog training. AKC Trick Dog resources can be found here.
How It Works:
- Dog owners teach tricks to their dogs at home
- When the dog has learned the tricks for the title, the dog owner sends a video (via a youtube link, etc) of the dog performing the tricks to the AKC CGC Evaluator.
- The Evaluator reviews the video. (Any fee arrangements for the Evaluator’s time are between the Evaluator and the dog owner.)
- Once the Evaluator reviews and approves the video, the Evaluator sends a copy of the Tricks Checklist and Video Verification Form
- to the DOG OWNER confirming that the dog passed the test, and
- to AKC at email@example.com
Then, to apply for the title, the DOG OWNER must send to AKC:
- a copy of the Tricks Checklist and Video Verification Form from the Evaluator (the Evaluator will also send a copy to AKC)
- the Trick Dog Title Application, and
- applicable TRICKS CHECKLIST (for each title level submitted).
I hope this covers all, but like I said, let me know if you have any questions!!!!!
AKC Trick Dog Video Evaluation
$11 per level: AKC Novice Trick Dog (TKN), AKC Intermediate Trick Dog (TKI), AKC Advanced Trick Dog (TKA), AKC Trick Dog Performer (TKP), AKC Trick Dog Elite Performer (TKE)