Miles’ Trick Dog Story
Last year, The American Kennel Club debuted a new Trick Dog titling path. Over the winter holidays, Miles and I were itching for something fun to put our minds to, so I decided to check it out. Miles and I really enjoy both the fun and challenge of trick training, so it was a perfect match for our winter blues. Miles knows a lot of tricks, so we had an evaluator judge the first levels all at once. When we sent the final Champion documentation to the AKC, I received a personal note from the director of AKC Canine Good Citizen and now Trick Dog:
Great working dog and great tricks. What a nice attitude!
– Mary Burch, AKC
Tricks are all about entertainment, but make no mistake, a skilled Trick Dog is a working dog! Introductory tricks are an fantastic way to realize how you and your dog learn. At the advanced levels, Trick dogs learn tasks that don’t come naturally or intuitively to their species. Learning complex tricks for a dog is akin to a human learning high-level math. If you can focus and exercise your brain, bit by bit, a new language on a different plane will unfold. This kind of learning takes patience and perseverance from both the dog and the person, and working through the compensatory brain cramping. Thank you to AKC for recognizing the value and working nature of Trick Dogs.
Wow! Great Job! Fantastic Teamwork!
Jorgi Martin, DMWYD
After that experience, I discovered that the AKC path began in partnership with the founding Trick Dog organization, Do More With Your Dog. The DMWYD path is directly based on the type of skills necessary for working dogs in the film and TV industries. To earn the DMWYD Championship, the dog must show proficiency in 9 skill areas, including: balancing and coordination, ability to carry objects or go to marks on cue, working from a distance or from only silent cues, or performing sequences from only one cue. This path was challenging, and we learned a great deal through the self-directed process. Miles is now the first Welsh Terrier to earn the founding Trick Dog organization’s Trick Dog Champion title! Who says terriers can’t do it all?
Welsh Terrier Trick Dog Videos
Miles’ Pacific Northwest Workout – Here is a fun themed video, which is shortened from our AKC Trick Dog Champion application routine. Things that make this video special: I took the footage myself while one-handedly moving around and instructing Miles to do tricks; it is shot on my phone in the pouring rain, and the raw footage was shot in ONE take! It is edited to remove me tripping a few times and car noises. That was nuts. I will never do guerrilla style filming of tricks again, so enjoy it! 😉
Miles’ Crate Trick – With a one-word verbal cue, Miles will open his crate door, rush inside, shut the door, and then lie down. This is a fun demonstration that tricks can be very useful! The cutest part is that if the crate door gets caught on the ground, I’ve taught Miles to make sure to keep trying until the door is shut.
Welsh Terrier Trick Dog Photographs
Tricks aren’t the easiest to photograph, but heck, why not try?
Tricks are impressive because they are not natural or intuitive to a dog. Learning tricks for a dog is akin to a human learning a complex language such as math. Tricks happen through a language that is unique to each dog and human team.
Sit pretty is clearly the most photogenic trick! It requires trained and practiced strength-building to hold safely. Missing from the above photo are the 50+ tourists standing behind us screeching and taking photos and cellphone videos!
Miles Celebrates His Achievement
What better way than playing around in the park with his Trick Dog medal?
Thank you for being a part of our Trick Dog journey!
What do you think about Trick Dogs?