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Find Your Passion — Become a CTDI!

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).

Course curriculum

  • 1

    👩🏼 Welcome to the course!

  • 2

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

    • Level 1: Timing (page 16) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra's Quick Tip: Training Gear (page 17)

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Timing (page 18) 🎥

      FREE PREVIEW
    • 👩🏼 Kyra's Quick Tip: Patience

    • Trick 1: Sit (page 19) 🎥

      FREE PREVIEW
    • 👩🏼 Kyra teaches Sit

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Quiz 📝

    • Cue, Action, Reward (page 20) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra's Quick Tip: Treat Bag

    • Trick 2: Paws Up (page 21) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra teaches Paws Up

    • Quiz 📝

    • Reward in Correct Position (page 22) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra's Quick Tip: Top 3 Training Tips

    • Trick 3: Take a Bow (page 23) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra teaches Take a Bow

    • Quiz 📝

    • Learning Occurs with Successes (page 24) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra's Quick Tip: Tasty Treats

    • Cue is the First Hint (page 25) 🎥

    • Quiz 📝

    • Build on Behaviors (page 26) 🎥

    • Trick 4: Say Your Prayers (page 27) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra teaches Say Your Prayers

    • Quiz 📝

    • Up the Ante (page 28) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra's Quick Tip: Up the Ante (page 28)

    • Trick 5: Shake Hands (page 29) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra teaches Shake Hands

    • 👩🏼 Kyra's Quick Tip: Right or Left Handed? (page 29)

    • Quiz 📝

    • Reward Markers (page 30) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra's Quick Tip: Reward Markers

    • Trick 6: Hoop Jump (page 31) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra teaches Hoop Jump

    • Quiz 📝

    • Clickers (page 32) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra's Quick Tip: Clicker Train

    • 👩🏼 Kyra teaches Respond to a Clicker

    • Quiz 📝

    • Regression (page 34) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra's Quick Tip: Regression (page 34)

    • Trick 7: Jump Through My Arms (page 35) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra teaches Jump Through My Arms

    • Quiz 📝

    • Use All Your Skills (page 36) 🎥

    • Trick 8: Wave Goodbye (page 37) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra shows Wave

    • Quiz 📝

    • Review (page 38) 🎥

    • Re-evaluation (page 40) 🎥

    • Quiz 📝

  • 3

    📗Level 2: Technique [The Five Teaching Tools]

    • Technique (page 42) 🎥

    • Luring (page 44) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra's Quick Tip: Luring Method

    • Trick 9: Spin in Circles (page 45) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra teaches Spin Circles

    • Quiz 📝

    • Modeling (page 46) 🎥

    • Trick 10: Sit Pretty or Beg (page 47) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra teaches Beg

    • Quiz 📝

    • Molding (page 48) 🎥

    • Trick 11: Cover Your Eyes (page 49) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra teaches Cover Your Eyes

    • Quiz 📝

    • Consistency (page 50) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra's Quick Tip: Be Consistent and Patient

    • Quiz 📝

    • Mimicking (page 52) 🎥

    • Trick 12: Sing (page 53) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra shows - Teeter Totter

    • Quiz 📝

    • Capturing (page 54) 🎥

    • Trick 13: Speak (page 55) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra shows - Tunnel

    • Quiz 📝

    • Shaping (page 56) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra's Quick Tip: Shaping Method

    • Trick 14: Soccer (page 57) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra shows - Soccer

    • Quiz 📝

    • Verbal Cues (page 58) 🎥

    • Hand Signals (page 59) 🎥

    • Quiz 📝

    • Use All Your Skills (page 60) 🎥

    • Trick 15: Crawl (page 61) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra teaches Crawl

    • Quiz 📝

    • Review (page 62) 🎥

    • Re-evaluation (page 64) 🎥

    • Quiz 📝

  • 4

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

    • Motivation (page 66) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra's Quick Tip: Happy Voice (page 67)

    • 👩🏼 Kyra's Quick Tip: Quit with Him Wanting More (page 67)

    • 👩🏼 Kyra's Quick Tip: End on a High Note (page 67)

    • Positive Reinforcement (page 68) 🎥

    • Trick 16: Which Hand Holds the Treat (page 69) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra's Quick Tip: Top 10 Training Tips

    • Quiz 📝

    • Reward Success, Ignore the Rest (page 70) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra's Quick Tip: Reward Success, Ignore the Rest

    • Trick 17: Shell Game (page 71) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra teaches Shell Game

    • Quiz 📝

    • Jackpot (page 72) 🎥

      FREE PREVIEW
    • 👩🏼 Kyra's Quick Tip: Jackpot

    • Trick 18: Turn Off the Light (page 73) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra teaches Turn on the Light

    • Quiz 📝

      FREE PREVIEW
    • 👩🏼 Kyra shows - Stepcan

    • 👩🏼 Kyra shows - Puppy Step Can

    • Build Drive (page 74) 🎥

    • Quiz 📝

    • Understand Your Breed (page 76) 🎥

    • Trick 19: Fetch (page 77) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra teaches Hold

    • 👩🏼 Kyra teaches Fetch

    • Quiz 📝

    • Playtraining (page 78) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra's Quick Tip: Be a Fun Person to be Around!

    • Trick 20: Pull a Wagon (page 79) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra shows - Pull a Wagon

    • 👩🏼 Kyra teaches Pull a Wagon/Open a Door

    • Quiz 📝

    • Nonfood Rewards (page 80) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra's Quick Tip: Daily Attention

    • Trick 21: Get Your Leash (page 81) 🎥

    • Quiz 📝

    • 20 Minutes a Day (page 82) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra's Quick Tip: Game - Find the Hidden Veggies

    • Three Enrichment Activities (page 83) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra's Quick Tip: 3 Enrichment Activities

    • Quiz 📝

    • Training Session Goals (page 84) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra shows Intermission - Volleyball

    • Trick 22: Hide Your Head (page 85) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra shows - Hide Your Head (Bow)

    • Quiz 📝

    • Use All Your Skills (page 86) 🎥

    • Trick 23: Ring a Bell to Go Outside (page 87) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra teaches Ring a Bell to Go Outside

    • Quiz 📝

    • Review (page 88) 🎥

    • Re-evaluation (page 90) 🎥

    • Quiz 📝

  • 5

    📕Level 4: Building [Build on Known Behaviors]

    • Building (page 92) 🎥

    • Daily Chores (page 94) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra's Quick Tip: Chores

    • Trick 24: Newspaper Delivery (page 95) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra shows - Get the Mail

    • Quiz 📝

    • Schedule of Reinforcement (page 96) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra shows - Weave Poles

    • Trick 25: Leg Weave (page 97) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra teaches Leg Weave

    • 👩🏼 Kyra teaches Figure-8's Through My Legs

    • Quiz 📝

    • Communication (page 98) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra shows - Jump Rope

    • Quiz 📝

    • Eye Contact (page 100) 🎥

    • Trick 26: Balance and Catch (page 101) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra shows - Skateboard

    • Quiz 📝

    • Praise, Touch, Treat (page 102) 🎥

    • Trick 27: Kennel Up (page 103) 🎥

    • Quiz 📝

    • Read Dog Language (page 104) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra's Quick Tip: Socialization

    • Quiz 📝

    • 👩🏼 Kyra shows - Piano

    • Chaining (page 106) 🎥

    • Trick 28: Soda from the Fridge (page 107) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra teaches Bring Me a Soda from the Fridge

    • 👩🏼 Kyra shows - Puppy Brings Soda

    • Quiz 📝

    • Back-Chaining (page 108) 🎥

    • Trick 29: Roll Over (page 109) 🎥

    • Quiz 📝

    • 👩🏼 Kyra teaches Roll Over

    • 👩🏼 Kyra teaches Roll Yourself in a Blanket

    • Use All Your Skills (page 110) 🎥

    • Trick 30: Tidy up Your Toys (page 111) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra teaches Litter in the Wastebasket

    • 👩🏼 Kyra teaches Tidy Up Your Toys

    • 👩🏼 Kyra shows - Puppy Tidies Up

    • Quiz 📝

    • 👩🏼 Kyra shows - Honk Horn

    • Review (page 112) 🎥

    • Re-evaluation (page 114) 🎥

    • 👩🏼 Kyra shows - Hoop Tricks

    • Quiz 📝

  • 6

    ✏️CTDI Final Exam

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5 star rating

Very Organized with great teaching structure

Anita Tate

Very Organized with great teaching structure. Since Structure dictates behavior and behavior dictates results, we are off to a good start. Just need time to improve my skills. I love the teaching cards and 100 Repetitions log sheet. I've alwa...

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Very Organized with great teaching structure. Since Structure dictates behavior and behavior dictates results, we are off to a good start. Just need time to improve my skills. I love the teaching cards and 100 Repetitions log sheet. I've always loved marker training and trick training.

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5 star rating

Awesome and engaging course. Easy to follow!

Catherine Vanclieaf

Loved the course

Loved the course

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5 star rating

Welcome to the course

Lyne Trott

Nice to meet Kyra

Nice to meet Kyra

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5 star rating

Fabulous and Refreshing

Ashley Escobar

This was a great course with well placed and practical content. I love her approach and it is aligned perfectly with my current teaching methods.

This was a great course with well placed and practical content. I love her approach and it is aligned perfectly with my current teaching methods.

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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 are certified to teach Trick Dog classes, and 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 licensed to evaluate and award student Trick Dog titles. Titles are recognized by AKC and 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.

Accredited Program

Recognized by AKC and CKC. 21 CCPDT CEU credits.

Instructor(s)

Kyra Sundance

Instructor

Kyra Sundance is an award-winning and internationally best-selling author. As CEO of “Do More With Your Dog!”, the certifying body for Canine Conditioning Coaches, Kyra leads widely popular fitness workshops which train students to develop their dog’s physical abilities. Kyra is nationally ranked in competitive dog sports and an ultramarathoner.