This supplemental guide outlines all of the video requirements for each Title Level
The Apprentice Team Title is the first TrickMeister title. At this level you will be expected to have a good foundation of knowledge and skills, including the ability to use both verbal and visual cues; to appropriately mark and reinforce behaviors; the ability to lure behaviors and fade the lure; use a target stick and hand target with ease and finesse; know how to capture and free shape simple tricks. We will also be looking for evidence that the learner is a willing, enthusiastic partner in the training process!
All of the skills and knowledge learnt in the DogNostics Apprentice Course are put to the test when earning the TrickMeister Apprentice Title!
To help you get started we have put together an A,B,C video guide to the Apprentice Tricks. Please click here if you would like to view the video
The Journeyman Team Title is the second TrickMeister title. At this level you will be expected to have a good knowledge and skill-set, including the ability to use verbal, visual and olfactory cues; to lure, capture and shape behaviors; to use primary and secondary reinforcers; to use various reinforcement strategies; to use various “markers”/bridging stimuli. All of the skills learnt in the DogNostics Journeyman Course are put to the test when earning the Journeyman title! The tricks taught are more demanding than those in the Apprentice title but the main aim is to test the guardian or trainer’s skills, knowledge and ability. We will also be looking for evidence that the learner is a willing, enthusiastic partner in the training process!
Level Three – The Master Team Title is the most advanced title. At this level you will be expected to have mastered the art and craft of teaching and training your companion. You should have a wide repertoire of tricks and be able to teach complex concepts and behaviors. You will need to know how to use all of the training methods and be able to micro-shape, build merges and chains. You will be required to put your creative talents to the test when planning imaginative routines. We will also be looking for evidence that your training companion is a willing, enthusiastic partner in the training process and evidence that they truly understand what is being asked of them. To earn your Master title, you will be expected to demonstrate the highest standard of training skills and all tricks will need to be of the highest quality – consistent, polished, flawless…