Loving Paws

Tricks Program

Casey balancing toys

Tricks classes at Loving Paws Dog Training in Kenosha, WI, are taught by Certified Trick Dog Instructor Jennifer Lueck.

We offer three levels:

In Tricks I we'll start with the basics like shake, play dead, roll over and sit up and work our way up to teaching the dogs to wipe their paws, say their prayers, hide in a box, take a selfie and ring a call bell. Our goal is that every dog who graduates from Tricks Class can perform the tricks needed to earn a Novice Trick Dog (NTD) title from Do More With Your Dog.

In Tricks II we’ll build on what we learned in Tricks I and learn more advanced tricks like fetching things, opening doors, and carrying mail and other objects as well as learning tricks that build confidence and body awareness like ladder work and perch work. Our goal is that every dog who graduates from Tricks Class can perform the tricks needed to earn an Intermediate Trick Dog (ITD) title from Do More With Your Dog.

In Tricks III we'll work on the tricks you'll need to earn your Advanced and Expert titles from Do More With Your Dog. Some of these include pulling a wagon, ring toss, playing basketball, getting the newspaper, fetching the mail, putting toys away, distance work and rolling yourself in a blanket.

The Connect 4 Master Class taught by Smarty Pants Branson

Our goal in teaching tricks is to challenge your dog, enhance the bond between you and your dog, enable you to earn a title for your dog and have fun doing it. (See the Why Title page for why we feel titles are something worth doing.)

Why Tricks?

A trick dog title honors the dog, recognizing him as an intelligent and willing partner. It means that your dog loved you enough to work with you no matter how crazy your requests and how clumsy your attempts.

A trick dog title honors your commitment to your dog, showing that he was important enough in your life to receive your time, your energy, and your undivided attention. You loved your dog enough to engage him, challenge him, bond with him, and help him achieve a goal.

You belived in your dog even when he failed; and you gave him another chance even when nobody else would have; and in the end your faith in him was justified.

You are an owner who did more with your dog. And that makes your dog the luckiest dog in the world.

-Kyra Sundance

Owner, Do More With Your Dog