TrickMeister Titles


This supplemental guide outlines all of the video requirements for each Title Level

 Apprentice

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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 Training Meister Apprentice Course are put to the test when earning the Trick Team Title! 

  • The TrickMeister Apprentice title is a prerequisite for the Journeyman and Master titles.
  • You do not need to apply for the more advanced titles.
  • You do not need to take the Training Meister Apprentice Course in order to submit your application to earn the Apprentice title.  We would, however, highly recommend it!
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


Journeyman

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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 Training Meister 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!

  • The Apprentice Title is a prerequisite for video submission to earn the Journeyman Title.
  • You do not need to apply for the more advanced Master Title.
  • You do not need to take the Training Meister Journeyman Course in order to submit your application to earn the Journeyman Title.  We would, however, highly recommend it!

Master

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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…

  • All TrickMeister Master title holders will have earned the right to call themselves Masters in the art, craft and science of teaching and training companion animals!  Only the very best teams will achieve the Title of TrickMeister Masters!
  • The Apprentice and Journeyman titles are a prerequisite for video submission to earn the TrickMeister Master Title.
  • You do not need to take the Training Meister Master Course in order to submit your application to earn the Master title.  We would, however, highly recommend it!


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