I have to admit that I never ever thought I'd care about titles. I didn't get a dog to get those letters after her name or certificates that say she can do something. I originally only got her CGC (Canine Good Citizen) because I knew we'd move at some point and I thought it would be a good thing to show to future landlords ("Look! My dog really is well-behaved!").
So when I got that first agility title, the fact that it thrilled me so much that I wanted to add more letters after her name surprised me.
Recently I was looking at the Trick Dog titles a dog could get and realized that Dahlia had enough tricks to get her the novice title. So off I sent the paperwork and money and what did we get in the mail earlier this week? This:
Dahlia officially has her Novice Trick Dog title!
What did she do to get it? Well, here's the list:
Balance beam (aka the dog walk)
Food Refusal/Leave it
Jump over a bar
Touch my hand/target stick
Plus three commands (sit, down, and spin) with only hand signals
Not too shabby! We only need a handful of tricks to get her Intermediate title so we may be working on those soon!