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Tricks/Dog Contest FAQ by arieneko

Version: 0.5 | Updated: 05/08/2005





                Trick and Dog Contest FAQ


Copyright: 2005 Annissa Wong
Author: Annissa Wong aka arienai
Date: April 30th

Any questions, suggestions please send to: arella@gmail.com.




1. Basic Tricks


2. Dog Contest


3. Advanced Tricks


4. Miscellaneous Tricks


Why do tricks and enter the dog contest? Because they're fun!
Nothing like watching your Nintendog do a backflip when you tell 
him, "Just do it!"

The dog contest can be a pain in the rear-end (ahem), but if you
master them, you will never complain about how you don't have cash
to buy another dog or where to get the yen to upgrade the dog room.
At the time of writing this, I am over 7 million yen so far, 
working towards a 10 million yen upgrade.

This is half a translation of the tricks and dog competition books
that can be found in the Dog Care section of the Items. The other
half consists of advanced tricks which are NOT listed in the trick
book found in the game. If you find any more advanced tricks, please
e-mail me and I can include it in this guide.

You will need to have Japanese text encoding activated to see some 
of the Japanese text in this guide.

From Medwaypvb of GamesFAQ:
"To see Shift-JIS Japanese correctly, make sure you have Japanese 
support installed, then:
Choose the "View" menu in your browser
Choose the "Encoding"/"Character Coding" entry
(or similar, depends on browser)
Find and select "Japanese (Shift-JIS)", you may have to look 
through a few sub-menus.
Now this FAQ should display Japanese characters correctly."


You can only teach your dog 3-4 tricks a day, and he can only
remember a maximum of 15 tricks (less if there are more difficult
tricks). If you train your dog diligently, you could theoretically
pass the Beginner Class of the dog contest in the first day, since
there are only 3 "required" tricks in the game.

Also, there is no SIT command listed in this book because SIT is
the first trick that the AUTOMATIC tutorial that the game make
you teach your dog.

You can find the Trick Book しつけの本 in the Dog Care section of
your item list.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You don't have to teach the dog exactly what the
book says to, its often easier to get the dog to understand the
trick if you teach a long phrase. It won't get confused as easily.

Page 1


It is very important for your dog to be able to hear your voice
clearly so you can communicate with it. There are certain things
you have to be careful of.

The most important thing is to speak clearly, and say the full
word to the last syllable.

Page 2


To make sure that your dog doesn't get confused about the name of
the tricks, make sure that you don't use the same name for different

Say the trick in the same voice all the time to make sure that your
dog can hear it clearly.

Page 3

About the ? Mark

When you have a red ? mark, your dog wasn't able to hear your voice

When the blue ? mark shows up, your dog is confused about the same
name applied to a different trick.

Page 4


Touch your dog's front paw and hold it, and you will be able to lift
his front leg.

Once you've lifted his leg, touch the Training Button and teach him "HAND".

Page 5


Get your dog to sit, then touch his head, and then draw a line straight
down and he will crouch down.

Touch the training button and teach him "DOWN".

Page 6


Have your dog sit, then get him down onto his belly (DOWN), then touch
your dog and draw a straight line horizontally. You dog will go onto his side.

Page 7


Once your dog is on his side, then touch your dog and draw a straight line up.
He will then show his belly (facing up).

Touch the training button and teach him "ROLL OVER".

Page 8


Touch and hold your dog's tail and he will start to run in circles.

Touch the training button and teach your dog "RUN IN A CIRCLE".

Page 9


If your dog is wiggling his butt, it is a guesture to show that he
wants you to play with him.
At this time, touch the space above your dog's head and he'll jump.

Touch the training button and teach him "JUMP".

Page 10


When your dog is standing on all four legs, touch your dog and draw a
straight line up from buttom to top and he'll stand on his hind legs.

Touch the training button and teach him "STAND".

Page 11


However, STAND is a very difficult trick for a dog.

If your dog doesn't like you very much, then he won't do STAND for you.

Page 12


This book introduced the basic tricks, but there are many other tricks
that you can teach your dog.

While you're living with your dog, try to find these tricks on your own!



If you teach your dog to offer his left paw in HAND, you can also teach 
another version offering the right paw. Mirror moves are considered
different tricks, so it could be very easy to fill up the 15 slots
available for tricks.


Don't forget to PET YOUR DOG every time he completes a trick! In the
beginning, pet him every time he completes a trick you told him to do.
He should give off shiny sparkles of happiness. As you progress, it
might be a good idea to give him a few commands to complete, then pet
him afterwards so that he can get used to doing one trick after another
like he would need for the Dog Contest.

Petting your dog is also a sign that you're done with a particular set
of tricks. If you want him to do advanced tricks, you should NOT pet him
in between commands. Please read Advanced Tricks for more info.

These tricks will get you through the dog contests through to Expert stage.
Having some extra tricks for the Free Performance time wouldn't hurt either.

If you want to get through Master or Champion stage, I suggest you also read
through the advanced trick section of this guide.


This is a translation of the dog contest. To get pass the dog contests, it
requires a little bit of studying so you can recognize the Japanese
characters so that you can know right away which trick they want your
dog to do.

Yes, its time to study. Here's what you need to know:

おすわり - SIT
おて     - HAND
ふせ     - DOWN
ゴローン - ROLL OVER
ジャンプ - JUMP
チンチン - STAND
-- を 3秒間  - HOLD -- FOR 3 SECONDS

OK, down to the book:

You can find the Dog Contest Book ドッグコンテストの本 in the Dog Care
section of your item list.

Page 1


The Dog Contest is the place toshow off your dog's tricks and his beauty.

Within the designated time, perform the tricks designated perfectly.

Page 2


For the performance, there are a series of designated tricks and you will
also have some time for a Free Performance.

Once your dog has cleared all the tricks, the judges will judge on a scale
of 10 (10 for perfect).

Page 3


The judges not only judge on the performance, but they also judge your dog's

Before you go to the Dog Contest, make sure your dog is presentable.

Page 4


1) Beginner's Class

おすわり - SIT
おて     - HAND
ふせ     - DOWN

2) Open Class

おすわり - SIT
おて     - HAND
ふせ     - DOWN
ゴローン - ROLL OVER

Page 5


3) Expert Class

おすわり - SIT
おて     - HAND
ふせ     - DOWN
ゴローン - ROLL OVER
ジャンプ - JUMP
チンチン - STAND

Page 6

If you train your dog to do the tricks many times, he'll become
accustomed to the tricks and then he will be able to do them for longer.

Once your dog has done the trick, be sure to praise your dog and you'll
get better results.



If you fail to place at the top 3 in a certain class, then you are sent
back down one class. For example, if you are attempting your Master class,
but you fail to place, then the next time you go for a Dog Contest, you
will be automatically placed in the Expert class.

This works even if you have already won your Championship. If for
whatever reason, your dog fails to place in the Championship, you will
be sent back to the Masters class.

Because of this, they will keep track of how many times that you have 
consecutively won the Championship.


If you have managed to pass Expert class, big congrats! I'm sure you
know all about those "Hold for 3 Second" requirements. Well, from Master
class on, it's another level all together.

For the Master and Champion Stages, they will require you to 2 basic
tricks for a longer time period (10 & 15 sec for Master; 15 & 20 
sec for Champion). It is random each time which trick is picked, but 
some of the tricks that you might train your dog to hold for longer 

To get the dogs to increase their endurance for these tricks is very 
simple, get them to do the trick, then pet continuously them while 
they are doing it. Except for RUN IN A CIRCLE, you are able to 
encourage your dog while they are doing the trick. In the case of 
the CIRCLE move, you will just have to pet the dog after they are 
done. Repeat as necessary.


The prize money from the Dog Contest at some levels are more than DOUBLE
what's offered in the other two contests.

I've forgotten to write it down, but here are what 1st place at the higher
levels can get you:

Expert level, 1st place - 250,000 yen
Master level, 1st place - 500,000 yen
Championship            - 1,000,000 yen

Compared to the disk competition which gets you 300,000 yen for the
Championship, the Dog Contest is well worth your time.

Once you get the championship, you can go back and do it again for another
cool mil. You'll never lack money.


Here comes the fun (and sometimes impossible, really) part.

Advanced tricks are exactly that, advanced and sometimes hard to teach
depending on your breed of dog. For those people who want an easy time of
it I definitely recommend the Shiba breed. It only took me about 6 days
of leisurely play to train my Shiba so that he brought home the Dog
Contest Championship.

The most important thing is to CATCH THE TRAINING BUTTON! The dog can get
disinterested VERY quickly once he does an advanced trick.

It is also useful to think up of a name for the move you are teaching
before you try to teach it. If you are caught by surprise by the dog
actually doing this trick, you could end up teaching the the trick as,
"OMG, what do I do now?"

It is really up to you what you want to call these tricks. As long
as you can remember it for the Dog Contests.

Oh, and be patient. Nintendo was amazing in how realistic they made 
these dogs. If the dog doesn't like you, or they're tired, they won't
do the trick, no matter how much you poke the stylus at them.

FLIP INTO THE AIR FROM BACK (for lack of a better name)

Necessary commands: ROLL OVER & JUMP

Make sure your dog knows how to roll onto his back and jump first.
Command him to be on his back, but DON'T PET HIM, and immediently command
him to jump. If your dog is well fed and watered, then he'll have a better
chance of doing this.

The important thing is DON'T pet him when he is on his back, or else he'll
think the trick is over. Be patient, because if he doesn't feel like it,
then he's only going to get up on all fours to jump.


Necessary commands: SIT & JUMP

Same principle as the flip from being on his back.
Command him to sit, then command him to jump right away. It'll take a few
tries, but he'll get it soon enough. Make sure you have your stylus ready
to push the trick bubble, cuz he looses interest fast after he does it.


Necessary commands: DOWN & STAND

Now have your dog lie on his belly, then tell him to stand, and he'll do a
hand stand on his front 2 paws!!!

Alternative way: While your dog is crouching and shaking his rear-end in
the air in the play position, you can draw a straight line down to up and
he might do a handstand. This way, you don't need to teach him the
necessary commands, but it all depends on if you can get him to do it while
he's in a playful mood.


Necessary commands: STAND & RUN IN A CIRCLE

Make sure your dog knows how to stand, and run in a circle.
Command him to stand, then to run in a circle.
Don't pet him or give him any time in between.


Necessary commands: STAND

Teach your dog how to stand, then take a paw, and help him up so that he's
only on his hind paws and steady him. Then let go of his front paws and he
should start fidgeting (It looks like dancing, so I named it "Shall we dance?")


Necessary commands: DANCING & JUMP

Tell your dog to do the dance move, then command him to jump, he should 
start to hop like a bunny.


Different from the normal jump, its a higher jump and depends on your dog's
mood. Follow the same teaching as for a normal jump. If he's really hyper,
he might jump until he can touch your hand (stylus).


Necessary commands: ROLL OVER & RUN IN A CIRCLE

Tell your dog to roll onto his back, then to run in a circle. He should 
spin on his back (like breakdancing).

That's all the advanced tricks my dog knows at the time of writing. No
doubt there are some other tricks that I haven't been able to get yet.
If you find anything, please email me so I can update the FAQ!


If you filled your dog's head with too many of the miscellaneous tricks
listed below, you might want to delete them so you can teach the
advanced tricks.

To delete a trick, from the Home screen (the saving screen) touch the
spot with your dog's name, and it lists your dog's current statistics.
There are 2 buttons on the bottom. Pick the left one and it should take
you to a list of all the tricks that your dog remembers so far. Pick the
one you want him to forget, then press yes (はい). He'll forget it and
you'll have more space for extras.

If your dog confuse the name of a trick with another one, it might be a
good idea to delete it and teach it again. It'll take some time, but it'll
ensure that you don't mess up during the contest.


As the title of this section implies, this is a section for all those
tricks that aren't actually that hard, but not really in the book

If you're just starting off with your dog, you might want to teach
him these tricks to use in the Free Performance part of the Dog
Contests in the Beginner and Opening Class to net yourself a few
more points.

As you teach your dogs the advanced tricks though, you might want to
delete these, as the advanced tricks give a lot more points in the
Dog Contests.


If you touch the dog's nose at any time, he'll sneeze. Touch the
training button for an easy trick to teach.


When your dog is happy and hyper-active, he'll come to you and stick
his butt in the air, shaking it. He can shake it at you or away from
you, there's 2 tricks right there you can teach him.


This one depends on circumstance. While you're playing with your dog
sometimes, an ambulance/ police car may pass, and your dog MAY howl at
its passing. You just have to catch the trick bubble fast enough.



Thanks to all the great people at the GameFAQ Message Boards!
Thank you to AngelBrain for the Breakdance move!
Thank you to Medwaypvb for instructions for how to view Japanese font

You can also see this guide with Medwaypvb's awesome Japanese gifs
if you don't want to install Japanese fonts:


Fixed Title and Opening message.
Fixed missing category in Page 5 of the Dog Contest translation.
Added information about Class Levels and Holding Basic Tricks in 
    Dog Contests.
Added information to Advanced Tricks.


UPDATE 0.25:
Added instructions for viewing Japanese fonts.
Added Breakdance to advanced moves.
Fixed mistake in category in Page 5 of the Dog Contest translation.
Added Medwaypvb's website links.


Added info, Mirror Moves, and Encouragement section in Basic Tricks.
Added Alternative way to teach the Handstand in Advanced Tricks.
Added Deleting Tricks to Advanced Tricks.
Added Miscellaneous Tricks section, relocated Howling/Singing.
Fixed Credit Section.

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