Debbie Snyder and Amos Win the 2020 AKC National Trick Dog Competition

AKC Trick Dog Competition


The American Kennel Club is proud to announce the winners of the 2020 AKC Trick Dog Competition. This 2nd Annual competition was a virtual event, open to Elite Performers, AKC’s highest level of trick dogs. More than 100 competitors from 29 states and Canada submitted videos of performances that were judged by three AKC licensed judges.

The winners were Debbi Snyder and her Border Collie, “Amos” from Lakeland, Florida.  Their routine, “Hairy Pawter and The Sorcerer’s Bone,” was entertaining and featured Amos as Hairy Pawter.

“This performance was fun to watch,” said Mary Burch, AKC Family Dog Director. “Amos performed his routine with joy, and he required minimal cues from his handler. A dog who works consistently and eagerly is ultimately what dog training is all about. We are so proud of the AKC Elite Performer Trick Dogs and their creative, devoted handlers.”

The two semi-finalists in the competition were Sandi Taylor and her Borzoi, Evie, from Tulsa Oklahoma, and Tracy Dulock and her Golden Retriever, Gryffindor from Robinson, Texas. Gryffindor was the 2019 competition winner.

“It was such a pleasure to judge these remarkable dogs and handlers,” said Geralynn Cada-Ragan, one of the competition judges who is an award-winning professional dog trainer, television personality, and PetAge Magazine’s Icon Award Recipient. “There were so many talented dogs in this year’s competition. In the end, we looked at not only tricks but the whole presentation including the team effort and whether or not there was a great team bond.  Teaching tricks is a great way to enhance your relationship with your dog. Congratulations to all of the 2020 competition participants!”

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“Amos” (Holther’s Shepherd With A Message CD BN RA CGCA CGCU TKE)
handled by Debbi Snyder of Lakeland, Florida.


“Evie” (Avalon Perlova Mhd Sweet Fire of Love CGC TKE)
handled by Sandi Taylor of Tulsa, Oklahoma

“Gryffindor” (Watermark’s Brave at Heart RN TD OA AXJ XF CA DS CGC TKE)
handled by Tracy Dulock of Robinson, Texas


All teams that submitted a video will receive a memento trophy.  The three winning teams will receive a personalized trophy and their videos will be posted on the AKC Trick Dog website.

  • Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization, which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred and mixed breed dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit AKC, American Kennel Club, the American Kennel Club seal and design, and all associated marks and logos are trademarks, registered trademarks and service marks of The American Kennel Club, Inc.

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