Tricks for Dog Sports

Tricks for Dog Sports

Instructor: Jordan Biggs
Course Type: Self-Study Course

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This course is very beneficial for dogs competing in any dog sport because it focuses on tricks that involve strength building, body awareness, balance, coordination, and thinking skills.

Tricks are a great way to build a bond with our dogs, and work on our timing when training new behaviors. We can also learn a lot about our dogs by teaching them tricks. We can learn how they think and how they learn new behaviors. This comes in handy when we need to teach any new behavior for sport, such as weaves or contacts in agility. If you're training tricks with a puppy, they will learn how to learn, and they will learn faster with each new trick. See the Outline for a list of the many tricks covered.

You can start this self-study lesson whenever you like. It includes 8 lessons that you can compete at your own pace. There are no fixed deadlines or due dates.

What is included with your purchase?

  • Access to all course materials on both mobile devices and your computer
  • Downloadable content for off-line access when you're out training
  • Keep what you buy—No expiring content; you can go back any time to read and watch lessons. There is no time limit.



Equipment and space needed

  • Most of the tricks can be done with items you can find around the house.  A few tricks are more specialized and require things that everyone might not have, like a second dog (Hug Your Friend), stairs (Backing Up the Stairs), or a skateboard (Skateboarding). But otherwise, the tricks require basic items like treats, a clicker (optional), objects for targeting (lids, plates, random around-the-house items), a dog bed or rolled-up towel, varied sizes of bowls or boxes and other containers, a pole, a bottle,  a low object for dog to back up on, a piece of Plexiglass or smooth glass (a shelf from your fridge would work!), sticky notes, spoons,  a stool or coffee table, and a hand towel.
  • Most training can be done in the living room or a similar space

How do I access my Learning Center purchase?

After you complete your purchase using your credit card or PayPal, you will receive 2 email confirmations: the first is a receipt acknowledging that your order has been received and the second email contains the link for your Clean Run Learning Center program. Just click on the link in the email to complete enrollment. If you already have a Learning Center account, then you will go directly to your educational program. If you do not, then you will enter your email address and a password to use for this Learning Center program and any future ones your purchase. Please be aware that this is a separate account you are establishing on and it is not the same as your Clean Run website account (although you can use the same email and password for both accounts). 

If you have a Clean Run website account, then you can also access your program at anytime by signing in at and selecting Classes/Webinars from the My Account menu. 

Refund Policy

Please be aware that there are no refunds for on-demand/self-study courses, on-demand lessons, or webinars.

We suggest that you read the information provided carefully before making your purchase. If you have any questions about whether the content is right for you, please email us.

Lesson 1: Why Teach Tricks?

  • Targeting
  • Paw Target
  • Nose Target
  • Shape Back Up
  • Wave
  • Sit Up
  • Shaping Sit Up
  • Sit Up Using a Paw Target
  • Frog
  • Feet in the Box

Lesson 2

  • Limping
  • Hug a Pole
  • Backing into Two-on/Two-off Position
  • Feet on Feet
  • Face Smash!

Lesson 3

  • Backing Up the Stairs
  • Put Your Toys Away
  • Independent Rear Leg Lifts
  • Drumming
  • Wind
  • Crawling Forward
  • Crawling Backward

Lesson 4

  • Hug a Bottle
  • Handstand
  • Cover Your Face "Are you Embarrassed?"
  • Side Legs

Lesson 5

  • Foot Stall – Part 1
  • Crawling Sideways
  • Sit Up to Down Back to Sit Up
  • Hug a Pole – Pick Up and Hold the Bottle
  • Bite the Tail

Lesson 6

  • Hug a Pole – Catch the Bottle
  • Bite your Leg
  • Sit Up to Stand Up to Sit Up
  • Head Bang

Lesson 7

  • Foot Stall – Part 2
  • Walking in Slippers or Shoes
  • Penguin
  • Hug Your Friend
  • Vaulting Off Your Body

Lesson 8

  • Skateboarding
  • Flip a Towel over your Head
  • Sit Up and Cover Your Face

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