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Announce 2020 Virtual Trick Dog Competition


We are pleased to announce the
2020 AKC Trick Dog National Competition

It’s Virtual!!


Last year’s Virtual Trick Dog Competition was a huge success. By popular demand and many requests, we are pleased to announce the AKC Trick Dog National Competition for 2020.

All AKC Trick Dogs who have earned the Elite Performer title by the deadline for entry (October 1, 2020, 5:00 pm, EST) can enter this exciting annual event for trick dogs. Because the competition is virtual (i.e., the judging will be done via video), trick dogs everywhere can participate.

How it works: Submit a video to AKC of your dog’s trick dog routine. The routine must be no longer than 6 minutes and may include props and music. The 6 minutes includes the time for moving props during the routine and performing the tricks.

You may use a new video, or a video previously submitted to AKC for review to earn your title. Videos that were entered in the 2019 Virtual Tricks competition may not be submitted again. The dog must be living at the time of your submission.

As is the case with all Elite Performer routines, there must be a theme or story. For this virtual competition, an audience is not required.

If you have more than one great routine, you may submit up to two videos (per dog) to the competition.

WhenTo enter, submit your video between July 1 and October 1, 2020. Three judges will judge the submissions and the winner will be announced in December 2020.

The winner of the 2020 AKC Trick Dog Competition will receive a cash prize of $500 and two semi-finalists will each receive $250. The winners will be featured in AKC media, their videos will be on the AKC Trick Dog web page, and they will receive a commemorative trophy.

This year, there will be additional prizes for Outstanding Props, Outstanding Scripts, and Outstanding Handling.

For more details and the competition rules, see:

For questions, email: 


ENTRIES OPEN: July 1, 2020