Last updated on November 3, 2017
Let’s learn dog tricks and give away over $850 in prizes! Yes, it’s tricks for treats time, dog lovers of the highest order! Welcome to the 2017 Tricks for Treats Giveaway with OVER $850 worth of fun and prizes!
Just for stopping by and checking learning about how to teach your dog some tricks we invite you to enter this year’s Trick or Treat Giveaway hop after you see Dexter work his trick magic. It’s well worth it because the prizes are wag-tastic. Your dog is already a winner, so let’s make him or her eligible for swag galore!
Cool beans: This goes on for 10 days of awesome dog tricks, fabulous dog treats, and OVER $850 worth of fun and prizes!
Disclosure: The Trick or Treat Giveaway Hop is sponsored by CleverPet, The Honest Kitchen, Planet Dog, and Health Extension. The opinions and ideas in this post are my own and are uninfluenced by any other person or business. The individual sponsors are responsible for their giveaway prizes including shipping.
Dog Parent Promise: Before Teaching Your Dog a New Trick
Promise yourself two things: You will have patience/never yell at or scold a dog AND you will try this is very short segments. Five minutes once or twice a day. I learned long ago from dog mom who has a trick dog that smaller bursts of trying something new is key AND you should always end on a positive note. Clap and reward your dog. You want the dog to feel good for doing this and not like a robot who must follow orders. If your dog does not want to do these tricks and/or is not feeling well or has health issues, please do not force a dog to do so. This is meant to be a fun, bonding experience to strengthen the relationship you have with your dog. There will be no shouting, yelling, spanking, frustration, or hissy fits on your behalf. Paw-mise? Okay good, let’s learn and win!
My dog is 9 years young, and our practice sessions have ensued over the years. The 15-minute practice sessions were more of a reinforcement, so if you are just starting out, be happy, be joyful, be engaged, and never scold a dog for not ‘getting it right.’ Not every dog is meant to be a trick dog, but every dog can form a loving bond with their human if properly trained, loved upon, and given respect.
My dog is official an AKC trick dog, achieving both the novice and intermediate titles! An AKC trick dog title helps instill confidence and so much more in dogs. I don’t plan to have my dog do television, commercials, or movies; my dog and I worked towards our AKC trick dog titles for other reasons.
I love this trick so much. You put the dog in a sit pose and remind him or her to stay. Place a treat into one hand and allow the dog to see it. You will start by placing your arms in front of the dog so he can smell the treat. You want the dog to know the treat is there. Reward when your dog realizes the treat is in your hand. Yes, give the treat up. For the first day or two, just do this.
On day 2 or 3, start holding the treat in front of your dog’s nose, but the treat needs to be seen and in between two fingers so you can hold it in front of the dog’s nose. You want the dog to be on his haunches as a goal. He will be on his haunches and wrap his paws around your arm while you say beg. In order to do this, work on it a few days at a time. By leaning forward a bit and pushing the treat toward Dexter’s nose, he started to associate the word ‘beg’ with what I wanted him to do. Winning!~
Scroll to the last part of this video on Instagram to see “beg.”
You simply put a treat in both hands, sit in front of your dog and ask him or her ‘which hand?’ The dog will either tap your hand or nudge gently, as Dexter is doing here. You simply reward when they get the hand right. Put both hands in front of you. Obviously I am snapping the photo, and Dex is working his canine magic here: (this is one that most dogs can learn and it’s oh so cute, too)
Indoor Exercise Trick Sets
Combining a series of tasks into a few “sets” allows for dogs to keep fit all winter long and also for rainy days and ‘just because.’ It also keeps the dog’s mind limber because he or she has to think, listen, and react.
As part of our AKC trick title training, Dexter and I learned indoor exercise trick sets. Starting at the 4:30 position below, you can witness our exercise sets in action.
We combined a sit, stay, down, and spin into one set and then repeated it x3. In order to do this, you simply teach each command as listed. It also is a fun game to show your dog loving friends. Dexter loves applause, so this was a fun set to teach and witness.
If your dog isn’t getting it or just simply is not interested, you do not want to end on a sour note. Have the dog do something that he or she is good at, no matter what it is, and then reward, clap, celebrate. The goal of learning anything new is to enhance the relationship between dog parent and dog.
The giveaway is closed and thanks to all who entered. The winners are:
$300 PetSmart gift card: Annamarie V
CleverPet Electronic Dog Puzzle: Ray K
The Honest Kitchen Prize Pack: Melody F
Planet Dog Prize Pack: Darcy K
Health Extension Prize Pack: Karley M
Enter to Win Prizes and Snag More Entries
And now some super fun for you and your dog! Prizes galore, as we shared above. Here is how to enter. Just go through the easy-to-enter form below and visit the different blogs listed for even more entries. Easy peasy, right?! If you visit each of the blogs, you can learn a new trick AND enter for more chances to win. Fun stuff! Give your pawsome dogs a scritch behind the ears from us and good luck!!!
$300 Gift Card to PetSmart
$299 VALUE – SPONSORED BY CLEVERPET
Golden Milk, Eggnog, Pumpkin Spice Latte,
Cuddles, and Smooches
$68 VALUE – SPONSORED BY THE HONEST KITCHEN
Halloween Trick Ball, Halloween Treat Ball,
and Maple Leaf Nook
$50 VALUE – SPONSORED BY PLANET DOG
Duck & Yogurt Bully Puffs, Chicken & Cheddar Bully Puffs,
Lamb & Peanut Butter Bully Puffs, Bacon & Liver Bully Puffs,
and Bacon Chips (1 Bag Each)
$40 VALUE – SPONSORED BY HEALTH EXTENSION
PLUS follow all bloggers on Instagram for a chance to win a SPECIAL SOCIAL MEDIA PRIZE:
$100 Gift Card to PetSmart
WHERE TO ENTER:
Learn to Crawl
by Kol’s Notes
Learn to Calmly Ride in Elevators
by Beagles & Bargains
Learn to Not Freak Out When a Doorbell Rings
by A Dog Walks into a Bar
Learn to Ring a Bell
Learn to be “Sassy”
by Dog Mom Days
Learn Whistle Recall
by Fetch for Me, Human
Learn “Beg”, “Which Hand”, and Indoor Exercise Trick Sets
by Fidose of Reality
Learn to Stand on Your Hind Legs
by Heart Like A Dog
Learn to Kiss
by It’s Dog or Nothing
Learn to Touch
by Life With Beagle
Learn to Pick It Up or Take It
by My Dog Likes
Learn to Crawl Through a Tight Tunnel
by My GBGV Life
Learn to Shake Paws (for Dogs Who Don’t Like Their Paws Touched!)
by Sarcastic Dog
Learn Puppy Push Ups
by Spencer the Goldendoodle
Learn Two Dog Tricks
by Tails from the Road
Learn “Paw” and “Shake Paw”
by Talent Hounds
Learn to Cover Your Eyes
by Tenacious Little Terrier
Learn to Jump Through a Hoop
by The Broke Dog
Learn to Spin
by The Daily Pip
Learn to Open Doors
by Wag ‘n Woof Pets