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The 2023 Virtual Trick Dog Competition

The 2023 Virtual Trick Dog Competition

This Years 2023 AKC Trick Dog National Competition
Has Officially Concluded

The AKC is delighted to announce Paula J and her All-American dog, “Rosie,” from Santa Barbara, CA, as the winners of the 2023 AKC Trick Dog Competition. In their routine, titled “The Honky Tonk Café Talent Show,” Rosie showcased the winning tricks for a talent show.

“Cricket” handled by Elizabeth Berthold

“Mindy” handled by April Paulman


What is the 2023 AKC Trick Dog National Competition?: This fully virtual competition invites all AKC Trick Dogs, who have earned the Elite Performer title, to enter their choreographed trick filled routines for a chance to win this national event.

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. If you choose to give a speech at the beginning of your routine, this is counted in the 6 minutes.

You may use a new video, or a video previously submitted to AKC for review to earn your title. Videos that were entered in previous Virtual Tricks competitions may not be submitted again.

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.

When: To enter, submit your video between Tuesday, August 1 and Monday, October 2, 2023. Three judges will judge the submissions and the winner will be announced by November 1, 2023.

The winner and two semi-finalists of the 2023 AKC Trick Dog Competition will receive trophies. The winners will be featured in AKC media, and their videos will be on the AKC Trick Dog web page.

There will also be breed prizes, qualifying rosettes, and a beautiful 2023 AKC National Trick Dog competition medal for every qualifying entry.

Competition rules and details will be posted by June 1 at

Entry forms will be posted by August 1, 2023 at

For questions, email:


ENTRIES OPEN: Tuesday, August 1, 2023

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: Monday, October 2, 2023


Here is the 2022 Competition medal.
All qualifiers in 2023 will receive a 2023 medal.