The Trick or Treat Giveaway Hop is a sponsored event. All brands and bloggers have provided compensation to be included in this giveaway. All content and opinions expressed are 100% my own and may not reflect the values of all brands and blogs involved. Sponsors include Caru, Nature’s Logic, and The Honest Kitchen.”
When I was a kid, the whole premise of Trick or Treat was, you knocked on someone’s door, and said “Trick or Treat.” The idea was the nice person who was at the door, would give you a treat. Those folks that didn’t give you a treat, (or the ones who gave out APPLES and PENNIES) were fair game to have some kind of dirty trick played on them. Like toilet papering their house or something.
Well times change (as we all know) and the devious bloggers at Kol’s Notes, and Beagles & Bargains, decided to put their own evil little spin on Trick or Treating. That’s right, they came up with a Trick or Treat blog hop, the key difference being, participating bloggers will be showing you how to train your dogs with tricks and YOU get the chance to win a $300 gift card to PetSmart and some amazingly awesome treats, by our sponsors at Caru, Nature’s Logic, The Honest Kitchen.
But this isn’t like your traditional blog hop where you link up. Oh no. You don’t have to do anything like that in order to win prizes. All you have to do is visit the participating bloggers and enter using the widgets on their blogs. Sounds easy, right?
I’ll give you the participating bloggers in a minute, right now I’m going to show you how easy it is to teach your dog a trick that I’m calling, “BOO!”
I read somewhere that if you have a dog that is exhibiting a behavior you aren’t particularly fond of, teach the dog to do the trick on command, and the dog will do the behavior less. It sounds good in theory, we’ll see how that works.
So Delilah has a habit of coming up behind me (or Hubby) and shoving her head between your legs. If you follow us on Instagram, you’ll have seen pictures of this. Personally, I think it’s adorable, unless I’m in the middle of bending over, or have, say, a hot cup of tea in my hand. You can see how that might be problematic, no?
I thought, let’s try and teach this on command and see how it goes.
Here’s what I did.
I started out with Delilah in a sit behind me. (When you look at the video you’ll notice I have to redirect her a bit. I told you there were some tasty treats involved.)
I told Delilah to “Stay” and then I took a few steps away from her. (Remember, you want to start off easy and close, you can increase your distance over time.)
Once I was in position, I opened my legs and called her to me, and gave her the treat.
If your dog is hesitant, you can actually bend down and look at them from between your legs, this should be exciting enough for them to come to you. Or you can show them the treat and then toss it a few inches in front of you.
Once your dog has the idea of what you are expecting of them, you can add your cue word.
And that’s how we trained “BOO!”
Check out the video to see how it looks. (I apologize for the darkness and lack of clarity, and then annoying music that doesn’t stop, but I promise, I’m working on getting better!)
I told you the prizes were awesome, and I wasn’t kidding. Check it out.
Grand Prize – $300 Gift Card to PetSmart.