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There’s no prerequisite for this fun filled class and it’s open to dogs of all ages and skill levels.

Learn how to teach your dog a variety of fun tricks with our certified tricks instructor whom will guide through teaching tricks using positive reinforcement, which in turn will strengthen the bond with your dog and improve your overall training techniques by the use of marker training. This fun based class will not only be useful for relationship building with your dog, but you can also dazzle your friends and family by showing them
what you learned! Teaching tricks is one way to help you become a better trainer overall as you develop crucial timing & communication skills through the process.

The CKC now offers Trick Dog Titles – Our skilled Certified Do More With Your Dog Instructor can put you on the path to trick dog success.  Click to learn more about the variety of tricks you can teach and titles you can earn.

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Level 1 Tricks

Do More With Your Dog – Trick Level Legend
N = Novice | I = Intermediate | A = Advanced | E = Expert

  • Hand-Target (N)
  • Paw Target (N)
  • Shake a Paw (I)
  • Wave (A)
  • Focus ( 6 sec.) (N)
  • Sit Pretty (I)
  • Chin Rest / Head Down (A)
  • Peek a Boo – Part 1 (N)
  • Intro to Marks / Disk
  • Say Prayers (A)
  • Balance Cookie  (N)
  • Ring Bell (N)
  • Peek a Boo (Part 2) (I)
  • Paws up on Object (N)
  • Send to Mark / Move up to Mark (I)
  • Easy Button (A)
  • Back up 5 feet (with chute (N) no chute (A))
  • Roll Over (I)
  • Sent to a Pedestal or Platform (N)
  • Leg weave (I)
  • Take a Bow (A)
  • Peak a Book – Part 3 Footsies  (A)
  • Barrel Race (I)
  • Play Dead (A)
  • Soccer / Push Ball (I)
  • Cover your eyes (E)
  • Figure 8’s (through your legs) (I)
  • Lick
  • Barrel Role (A)
  • Tunnel (N)
  • Teeter (I)
  • Wobble Board (N)
  • Balance Beam (N)
  • Peanut (2 on (I) or 4 on (I)
  • Roll out Carpet (N)
Do More With Your Dog - Tricks Training

Students may choose to have their dog tested at the end of class to try to earn  the CKC recognized title associated with that class level. An additional fee would apply.

This class teaches not only various tricks and techniques but also how to train your dog using a clicker.

Clickers help to accelerate the learning process for your dog. The precision of the clicking noise helps the dog know exactly what he is being rewarded for.  Your instructor will be gearing the class towards the AKC/CKC & Do More with your Dog Trick Dog Title requirements.

TNT has clickers available. They are $3 each or $5 with a wristband

Tricks Dog Instructor Certificate for Kelly Thorburn
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Classes Include Online Access to Step-by-Step Homework Instructions with How-To Videos that reinforce in-class learning

Tricks Class Information


Length: 5 Weeks – 1 hour class
Class Size:  Max. 6 per class
Price: $189.00 + GST
Prerequisite: None

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  • When the weather is suitable, we will hold classes outdoors
  • Masks are required indoors


COVID- 19 Policies

  • Masks are not required outdoors but please, always have one available for indoor classes. For our Covid policies visit COVID Policies Page

Group classes are not appropriate for dogs that are overly fearful, anxious, or bark/lunge at other dogs or people.   We suggest you seek out private training to get this under control prior to a group class. We are not able to offer private training at TNT 

Tricks Class Schedule

ClassInstructorDayTimeDates (Start date in bold)
Level 1 & 2Kelly ThorburnThursdays1:00 pmOct 28, Nov 4, 18, 25 & Dec 2, 2021  Note: No Class Nov 11, 2021 – FULL

In Progress Classes

These classes are no longer open for registration.
We leave them posted so students can check dates and times.

ClassInstructorDayTimeDates (Start date in bold)
Level 1Kelly ThorburnMondays8:30 pmSep 13, 20, 27, Oct 4 & 18, 2021  Note: No Class Oct 11 – Thanksgiving

Tricks Video Gallery

Watch instructor Kelly put her dog Rush through his paces as they practice for upcoming shows.

This is one of Kelly’s student’s pups demonstrating Say your Prayers – this puppy is only 4 months old!

Positive Training Methodology

TNT Training teaches using positive reinforcement and motivational methods. To help your dog understand what we are trying to teach them, we use food rewards. This method of teaching is proven to accelerate the learning process for dogs. The alternative to positive training, is to use compulsion and adversive methods and this type of training is not only old-fashioned and highly outdated, but also produces dogs that work out of fear and not because they “want” to. At TNT we want both yourselves AND your dogs to enjoy the learning and training process.