Become a Stunt Dog Judge!

Stunt Dog is an AKC-recognized titling sport based on live trick dog performance. This workshop will familiarize you with the logistics and rules of competition. Stunt Dog Judges can host their own trials and are eligible to be selected to judge at the National Trick Dog Expo hosted annually at Purina Farms.

Comes with Free Stunt Dog Kit!

Kit includes: • Stunt duffel • 20 Scorecards • Judge's clipboard • Rule book • Judge's lapel pin
Comes with Free Stunt Dog Kit!

Course Curriculum

Here's what you'll learn!

  • 1
    Welcome to the course!
    • Before you start...
    • Download a PDF of the Stunt Dog Rulebook
    • Introduction and Competition Protocol
    • Let's review!
  • 2
    Novice Stunt Dog
    • Exercise 1: Perimeter Circle Entrance (On Leash)
    • Let's review!
    • Exercise 2: Mount Pedestal, Assume Ready Position (On Leash)
    • Let's review!
    • Exercise 3: "Stay" on Pedestal (Handler Backs Up 6 Ft., 5 Sec.)
    • Let's review!
    • Exercise 4: "Stay" on Pedestal, Handler Circles it (at a 2 Feet Distance)
    • Let's review!
    • Exercise 5: Trick on the Pedestal (1 Trick)
    • Let's review!
    • Exercise 6: Send to Pedestal (from 10 Feet Distance)
    • Let's review!
    • Exercise 7: Send to Target Mark (from 6 Feet Distance, Stay for 5 Sec.)
    • Let's review!
    • Exercise 8: Hoop Jump (4 Jumps/Interactions)
    • Let's review!
    • Exercise 9: Perimeter Circle Exit (On Leash)
    • Let's review!
    • Florenza Pizanis-Novice Stunt Dog Trial, TriDEx 2018
  • 3
    Open Stunt Dog
    • Exercise 1: Perimeter Circle Entrance (On Leash)
    • Let's review!
    • Exercise 2: Mount Pedestal, Assume Ready Position (On Leash)
    • Let's review!
    • Exercise 3: "Stay" on Pedestal (Handler Backs Up 6 Ft., 15 Sec.)
    • Let's review!
    • Exercise 4: "Stay" on Pedestal, Handler Circles it (at a 6 Feet Distance)
    • Let's review!
    • Exercise 5: Tricks on the Pedestal (2 Tricks, at least 1 of Intermediate Difficulty)
    • Let's review!
    • Exercise 6: Send to Pedestal (from Distance of Perimeter Fence)
    • Let's review!
    • Exercise 7: Send to Target Mark (from 10 Feet Distance, Stay on Mark for 10 Sec.)
    • Let's review!
    • Exercise 8: Hoop Jump (4 Jumps/Interactions)
    • Let's review!
    • Exercise 9: Tricks on the Floor (2 Tricks, at least 1 of Intermediate Difficulty)
    • Let's review!
    • Exercise 10: Perimeter Circle Exit (On Leash)
    • Let's review!
  • 4
    Proven Stunt Dog
    • Exercise 1: Perimeter Circle Entrance (Off Leash)
    • Let's review!
    • Exercise 2: Mount Pedestal, Assume Ready Position (Off Leash)
    • Let's review!
    • Exercise 3: "Stay" on Pedestal, Handler Circles it (at a 10 Feet Distance)
    • Let's review!
    • Exercise 4: Tricks on the Pedestal (3 Tricks, at least 1 of Intermediate Difficulty)
    • Let's review!
    • Exercise 5: Distance Trick on Pedestal (1 Trick, 6 Feet Distance)
    • Let's review!
    • Exercise 6: Distance Trick on Target Mark (1 Trick, 6 Feet Distance)
    • Let's review!
    • Exercise 7: Hoop Jump (4 Jumps/Interactions)
    • Let's review!
    • Exercise 8: Tricks on the Floor (3 Tricks, at least 1 of Advanced Difficulty, 1 Using a Prop)
    • Let's review!
    • Exercise 9: Perimeter Circle Exit (Off Leash)
    • Let's review!
  • 5
    Professional Stunt Dog
    • Exercise 1: Perimeter Circle Entrance (Off Leash, 2 Pauses to Perform a Trick)
    • Let's review!
    • Exercise 2: Mount Pedestal, Assume Ready Position (Send from Distance of Fence)
    • Let's review!
    • Exercise 3: "Stay" on Pedestal (Handler Circles it at Distance of Fence)
    • Let's review!
    • Exercise 4: Tricks on the Pedestal (4 Tricks, at least 1 of Intermediate Difficulty)
    • Let's review!
    • Exercise 5: Distance Tricks on Pedestal (4 Tricks, 12 Feet Distance)
    • Let's review!
    • Exercise 6: Distance Tricks on Target Mark (3 Tricks, 6 Feet Distance)
    • Let's review!
    • Exercise 7: Hoop Jump (4 Jumps/Interactions)
    • Let's review!
    • Exercise 8: Tricks on the Floor (3 Tricks, at least 1 of Expert Difficulty, 1 Using a Prop)
    • Let's review!
    • Exercise 9: Silent Cues (3 Tricks, Either all on Pedestal or all on Floor)
    • Let's review!
    • Exercise 10: Perimeter Circle Exit (Off Leash, 2 Pauses to Perform a Trick)
    • Let's review!
  • 6
    Champion Stunt Dog
    • Champion Stunt Dog
    • Let's review!
    • Chrissy Joy & Beasley - TriDEx 2018 Champions
    • Debbie Bickford & Ludo - TriDEx 2018
    • Nita Gandara & Scott - TriDEx 2018
    • Vicki Brown & Kate - TriDEx 2018
  • 7
    Goodbye :)
    • Credits
    • More resources for you

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  • Inspire & Entertain

    Judges will be able to host their own "Intro to Stunt Dog Competition" classes, and will be eligible to hold trials as long as they have their CTDI (Certified trick Dog Instructor) credential. Not a CTDI yet? Don't worry, you can still take this course and earn your CTDI certificate at a later time.

Sample Video


5-Star Average Rating

  • Educational and Entertaining!

    Lisa Lanser Rose

    Having found the CDTI Certification Course to be well designed, substantive, and effective, I expected nothing less from this course, and I wasn't disappointed. I didn't expect the course to be as much fun as it is. The videos perfectly align with...

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    Having found the CDTI Certification Course to be well designed, substantive, and effective, I expected nothing less from this course, and I wasn't disappointed. I didn't expect the course to be as much fun as it is. The videos perfectly align with the Stunt Dog Rule Book, which you can download so you can get to work on the course right away. The videos give you a great sense of what you'd do as a contestant and what you'd evaluate as a judge, and the whole thing is delivered with such warmth and good humor, you can't help but have a great time learning. I loved it, and I'm ready to judge!

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  • Wonderful Course for New Juges and Refresher for Current Judges

    Diana Squicciarini

    Even as an already certified Stunt Dog Judge with actual ring experience judging, I found this course with its videos and explanations very informative, and it helped clarify many of the rules. Being able to complete it at my own pace is a big plu...

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    Even as an already certified Stunt Dog Judge with actual ring experience judging, I found this course with its videos and explanations very informative, and it helped clarify many of the rules. Being able to complete it at my own pace is a big plus. The quizes are well constructed and help solidify the information in my head. It was well scripted and presented. I would recommend this course for those who want to become SD Judges, and for current Judges who want a refresher.

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