Set a goal - become a CTDI!

Learn the correct techniques of training with online, self-paced, step-by-step video curriculum presented by a world-renowned dog tricks expert. This course contains all four levels of the curriculum and is geared toward teaching you the skills to become certified as a trick dog instructor (CTDI).

*NOTE: The accompanying workbook, study material, class curriculums, and instructor handbook will be mailed to you.


About the CTDI Program

  • What is a CTDI?

    Do More With Your Dog!®, as the official sanctioning and organizing body for the sport of Dog Tricks, has established guidelines for instructor certification in order to ensure that standards of excellence are met when teaching the sport. Certified Trick Dog Instructors may use the acronym CTDI after their name to indicate they have demonstrated the knowledge and hands-on training techniques applicable to this sport.

  • How do I get certified?

    Application is open to anyone interested in promoting, teaching or training dog tricks. Take this course at your own pace. At the end will be an online exam. You will also be asked to submit several short videos demonstrating how you would teach a trick. Other criteria: In addition to submitting the online and video exams, you must also agree to abide by a Code of Conduct (detailed at the bottom of this page). Before becoming fully certified, applicant must earn an "Intermediate Trick Dog" title on his/her own dog. (You can order your CTDI pack before you have earned your ITD title.)

  • What can I do with a CTDI credential?

    A CTDI is empowered to evaluate and award student Trick Dog titles. These titles are recognized by both the AKC and the CKC. By evaluating titles, a CTDI earns credits which can be redeemed for free merchandise. A CTDI is also eligible to become a Stunt Dog Judge and a Spark Team Coach.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    👩🏼 Welcome to the course!

  • 2

    📙Level 1: Timing [The Core Concepts of Trick Training]

    • Level 1: Timing (page 16) 🎥
    • Timing (page 18) 🎥 FREE PREVIEW
    • Trick 1: Sit (page 19) 🎥 FREE PREVIEW
    • Quiz 📝
    • Cue, Action, Reward (page 20) 🎥
    • Trick 2: Paws Up (page 21) 🎥
    • Quiz 📝
    • Reward in Correct Position (page 22) 🎥
    • Trick 3: Take a Bow (page 23) 🎥
    • Quiz 📝
    • Learning Occurs with Successes (page 24) 🎥
    • Cue is the First Hint (page 25) 🎥
    • Quiz 📝
    • Build on Behaviors (page 26) 🎥
    • Trick 4: Say Your Prayers (page 27) 🎥
    • Quiz 📝
    • Up the Ante (page 28) 🎥
    • Trick 5: Shake Hands (page 29) 🎥
    • Quiz 📝
    • Reward Markers (page 30) 🎥
    • Trick 6: Hoop Jump (page 31) 🎥
    • Quiz 📝
    • Clickers (page 32) 🎥
    • Quiz 📝
    • Regression (page 34) 🎥
    • Trick 7: Jump Through My Arms (page 35) 🎥
    • Quiz 📝
    • Use All Your Skills (page 36) 🎥
    • Trick 8: Wave Goodbye (page 37) 🎥
    • Quiz 📝
    • Review (page 38) 🎥
    • Re-evaluation (page 40) 🎥
    • Quiz 📝
  • 3

    📗Level 2: Technique [The Five Teaching Tools]

    • Technique (page 42) 🎥
    • Luring (page 44) 🎥
    • Trick 9: Spin in Circles (page 45) 🎥
    • Quiz 📝
    • Modeling (page 46) 🎥
    • Trick 10: Sit Pretty or Beg (page 47) 🎥
    • Quiz 📝
    • Molding (page 48) 🎥
    • Trick 11: Cover Your Eyes (page 49) 🎥
    • Quiz 📝
    • Consistency (page 50) 🎥
    • Quiz 📝
    • Mimicking (page 52) 🎥
    • Trick 12: Sing (page 53) 🎥
    • Quiz 📝
    • Capturing (page 54) 🎥
    • Trick 13: Speak (page 55) 🎥
    • Quiz 📝
    • Shaping (page 56) 🎥
    • Trick 14: Soccer (page 57) 🎥
    • Quiz 📝
    • Verbal Cues (page 58) 🎥
    • Hand Signals (page 59) 🎥
    • Quiz 📝
    • Use All Your Skills (page 60) 🎥
    • Trick 15: Crawl (page 61) 🎥
    • Quiz 📝
    • Review (page 62) 🎥
    • Re-evaluation (page 64) 🎥
    • Quiz 📝
  • 4

    📘Level 3: Motivation [Get the Most from Training Sessions]

    • Motivation (page 66) 🎥
    • Positive Reinforcement (page 68) 🎥
    • Trick 16: Which Hand Holds the Treat (page 69) 🎥
    • Quiz 📝
    • Reward Success, Ignore the Rest (page 70) 🎥
    • Trick 17: Shell Game (page 71) 🎥
    • Quiz 📝
    • Jackpot (page 72) 🎥 FREE PREVIEW
    • Trick 18: Turn Off the Light (page 73) 🎥 FREE PREVIEW
    • Quiz 📝 FREE PREVIEW
    • Build Drive (page 74) 🎥
    • Quiz 📝
    • Understand Your Breed (page 76) 🎥
    • Trick 19: Fetch (page 77) 🎥
    • Quiz 📝
    • Playtraining (page 78) 🎥
    • Trick 20: Pull a Wagon (page 79) 🎥
    • Quiz 📝
    • Nonfood Rewards (page 80) 🎥
    • Trick 21: Get Your Leash (page 81) 🎥
    • Quiz 📝
    • 20 Minutes a Day (page 82) 🎥
    • Three Enrichment Activities (page 83) 🎥
    • Quiz 📝
    • Training Session Goals (page 84) 🎥
    • Trick 22: Hide Your Head (page 85) 🎥
    • Quiz 📝
    • Use All Your Skills (page 86) 🎥
    • Trick 23: Ring a Bell to Go Outside (page 87) 🎥
    • Quiz 📝
    • Review (page 88) 🎥
    • Re-evaluation (page 90) 🎥
    • Quiz 📝
  • 5

    📕Level 4: Building [Build on Known Behaviors]

    • Building (page 92) 🎥
    • Daily Chores (page 94) 🎥
    • Trick 24: Newspaper Delivery (page 95) 🎥
    • Quiz 📝
    • Schedule of Reinforcement (page 96) 🎥
    • Trick 25: Leg Weave (page 97) 🎥
    • Quiz 📝
    • Communication (page 98) 🎥
    • Quiz 📝
    • Eye Contact (page 100) 🎥
    • Trick 26: Balance and Catch (page 101) 🎥
    • Quiz 📝
    • Praise, Touch, Treat (page 102) 🎥
    • Trick 27: Kennel Up (page 103) 🎥
    • Quiz 📝
    • Read Dog Language (page 104) 🎥
    • Quiz 📝
    • Chaining (page 106) 🎥
    • Trick 28: Soda from the Fridge (page 107) 🎥
    • Quiz 📝
    • Back-Chaining (page 108) 🎥
    • Trick 29: Roll Over (page 109) 🎥
    • Quiz 📝
    • Use All Your Skills (page 110) 🎥
    • Trick 30: Tidy up Your Toys (page 111) 🎥
    • Quiz 📝
    • Review (page 112) 🎥
    • Re-evaluation (page 114) 🎥
    • Quiz 📝
  • 6

    ✏️CTDI Final Exam

    • CTDI Final Exam 🎥
    • Certified Trick Dog Instructor Final Exam
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