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Have you heard of the AKC Trick Dog program?  You can now earn AKC Trick Dog titles right here at WAGD. Each level of Trick Dog class will cover training at least 12 of the tricks from that level’s Tricks Checklist. Each week you’ll get a chance to demonstrate the tricks your dog mastered. If you’ve demonstrated 10 of the tricks by the end of class, you’ll earn your official AKC Trick Dog title!

Checkout the AKC Trick Dog webpage to learn more about the awesome new program and to see the Tricks Checklist for each level. Training tricks is a GREAT way to hone your training skills, while building your dog’s enthusiasm for training at the same time!

  • Manners 1 (or equivalent) to get started in the first level, Trick Dog Novice.
  • Dogs must be current on vaccinations.
  • If your dog is younger than 1 year, and they haven’t been in facility in 2 months or more, a new Class Readiness Evaluation is required. 
  • If your dog is older than 1 year, and they haven’t been in the facility in 6 months or more, a new Class Readiness Evaluation is required.
  • Review Be Ready for Group Class and WAGD Policies prior to enrollment.
  • Class Fee
    • Novice Tricks – 4 weeks, $120
    • Intermediate Tricks – 6 weeks, $180
    • Advanced Tricks – 6 weeks, $180
  • Consecutive weekly 50-minute class meetings at your designated day/time

If you’re unabe to find an in-facility class that works for you, checkout our online training Tricks class options. 

Your Instructors

  • Specialty & Pet Manners Trainer

    Gabi Vannini CPDT-KA
    Gabi Vannini CPDT-KA joined the WAGD staff in fall 2018. She teaches barn hunt, agility, conformation, rally and manners. She is an AKC CGC, trick, ACT test, temperament test and farm dog evaluator. Gabi competes in a variety of dog sports with her own dogs and has titled in obedience, agility, rally, conformation, lure coursing, dock diving, barn hunt, tricks […]
  • Senior Pet Manners Trainer

    Kristi Bass CPDT-KA
    Kristi joined the What a Great Dog! team in 2016. She is a Senior Trainer, teaching Pet Manners in both group classes and private lessons at our Frisco location. While working with dog playgroups in the daycare setting, she became fascinated by canine behavior. After 8 years in banking, she decided it was time to change careers.  She completed the Karen […]
  • Agility & Senior Pet Manners Trainer

    Meagan Johnson FDM, CPDT-KA
    Meagan Johnson is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (Knowledge Assessed)  through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and a Certified Family Dog Mediator (FDM). Meagan joined the WAGD staff in 2018. Meagan has worked with families and their dogs around North Texas and virtually since 2012. She teaches Agility, Tricks, Rally, and Pet Manners classes, while also working one […]