I just LOVE LOVE LOVE the month of October. It’s the month I get to celebrate Luna’s Gotcha Day, Colorado’s first snow of the season, Halloween, falling leaves, and of course… the Annual Trick or Treat Giveaway Hop! This is my fourth year co-hosting this fabulous event with my fun, festive, and a little crazy (the good kind) co-host Jodi of Kol’s Notes.

This year is truly the best yet! This is event is a festive celebration of dog tricks and giveaway treats. Thanks to some amazing sponsors and the 18 spook-tacular participating blogs, we have ALMOST $1500 in prizes to give away and 18 fun, new tricks to learn.

Trick or Treat Giveaway Hop 2018 - Hosted by Kol's Notes and Beagles & Bargains

The Trick or Treat Giveaway Hop is sponsored by KONG, Wellness Pet Food, Petcurean, Only Natural Pet, DOGTV, Caru Pet Food, Treatibles, Noah’s Bark Dog Treats, West Paw, and P.L.A.Y. Affiliate links are used in this post and I may receive a commission if you click and/or purchase from the link to help support this blog. Do not worry, these links do not affect the price of products. 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.

How does the Trick or Treat Giveaway Hop work?

Today (October 18, 2018), 18 amazing pet bloggers including yours truly will each post a dog trick tutorial to encourage you to try some new tricks this Halloween season. Each one is unique ranging from jumping through a hoop to wearing hats, so be sure to check out them all!

When you visit each new blog, you will find an additional chance to enter to win a portion of ALMOST $1,500 in prizes on top of a new fun dog trick tutorial. This year’s prizes are FANTASTIC. We have not one… not two… not even three… but ELEVEN prizes to be won!

This year’s prizes include $150 in Assorted KONG Toys, $100 in Wellness Pet Food Dog Treats, high quality dog treats from our sponsors Petcurean, Only Natural Pet, Caru Pet Food, Treatibles, and Noah’s Bark Dog Treats, a 6 month subscription to DOGTV, and festive dog toys from West Paw and P.L.A.Y.

PLUS a $350 Petco Gift Card that was funded by all the participating blogs! Visit each and every blog for more chances to win!

Get it? Trick AND Treat! For more details, visit our full event page by clicking here!

How to Teach Your Dog to Spin

I’ve always wanted to teach Luna to spin, but just never got around to it. She’s nailed roll over and play dead, so I just knew she’d be able to figure out spin as well. Plus, it’s not too complicated to teach and she’s extremely food motivated (hello… BEAGLE).

We have a fun video that shows Luna going through the training process and learning to spin. Go ahead and give that a watch first (it’s only 26 seconds). Then, you can recap with the steps below!

So How Did We Do It?

1. First, I had Luna sit. She was pretty good at that already!

2. Then I would repeat the word “Spin” along with drawing a horizontal circle with my figure. Hand signals along with verbal commands are super important for us! She was super confused at first, but I wanted to get her used to hearing and seeing the cues.

How to Teach Your Dog to Spin - Trick or Treat Giveaway Hop - Enter to Win!

3. Next I paired the those cues with a tasty treat. We always train with Positive Reinforcement. Training should be a fun (and tasty) experience.

4. Starting from Luna in a siting position, I would draw the treat around her in a circle from front to back. The attraction of the treat would get her to turn around. She got a treat and lots of praise each time!

5. Once she mastered turning around to face backwards, we started going all the way around in a circle until she ended up right back where she started. Again she got her tasty treat and all the positive praise.

6. After what seemed like several hundred tries, she finally got it. Then we started reducing the number of treats while still keeping all the positive love, so that way she could do the trick without a treat each and every time.

7. End with a “Sit”, so that way your pup can spin again and again. Plus, you get to end on something they know well making the experience super positive all the way through until the end.

How to Teach Your Dog to Spin - Trick or Treat Giveaway Hop - Enter to Win!

How to Teach Your Dog to Spin - Trick or Treat Giveaway Hop - Enter to Win!

How to Teach Your Dog to Spin - Trick or Treat Giveaway Hop - Enter to Win!

How to Teach Your Dog to Spin - Trick or Treat Giveaway Hop - Enter to Win!

Right now we’re still working on the final step, but she’s done so well and I’m so proud of my little pup. I bet your dog can even do it too! Let us know in the comments how it goes when you give this new trick a try.

For more trick training tips, visit our post on Tips to Teach Your Dog a New Trick!

…and now for the HALLOWEEN Giveaway Treat!

Each year the prizes have gotten better and better. This year we really upped the ante. We have ALMOST $1,500 in prizes! We have ten fantastic prize packs full of high quality treats, dog toys, and more. I know Ralph & Luna would love to get their paws on each and every one of these prizes. I have to break the news to them that they can’t win, but that means that you better enter this giveaway NOW so that your lucky pups have a chance to bring home delicious and fun treats.

And it doesn’t even end there! Our Grand Prize is a $350 Gift Card to Petco. Just imagine all the treats THAT could buy.

HUGE thank you to all our 2018 sponsors! KONG, Wellness Pet Food, Petcurean, Only Natural Pet, DOGTV, Caru Pet Food, Treatibles, Noah’s Bark Dog Treats, West Paw, and P.L.A.Y.

How to Teach Your Dog to Spin - Trick or Treat Giveaway Hop - Enter to Win!

GRAND PRIZE:

Petco Gift Card

$350 Gift Card to Petco

**PAID FOR BY ALL PARTICIPATING BLOGGERS**
This giveaway is NOT affiliated with Petco.

SECOND PRIZE:

KONG Assortment

Assorted KONG Dog Toys
$150 VALUE – SPONSORED BY KONG

THIRD PRIZE:

Wellness Pet Food Halloween

$100 in Wellness Pet Food Dog Treats
$100 VALUE – SPONSORED BY WELLNESS PET FOOD

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FOURTH PRIZE:

Petcurean Spike Dog Treats

2 Bags of Each Spike Dog Treat Recipe
(8 Bags Total)

$98 VALUE – SPONSORED BY PETCUREAN

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FIFTH PRIZE:

Only Natural Pet Dog Treats

All Meat Bites, Jerky Bites, Chicken Chips,
Jerky Strips, All Meat Crispies, and Jerky Wraps
(1 Bag Each)

$78 VALUE – SPONSORED BY ONLY NATURAL PET

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SIXTH PRIZE:

DOGTV Prize Pack

6 Month Subscription to DOGTV Online
I and Love and You Fresh All Rover Dental Chews

$66 VALUE – SPONSORED BY DOGTV

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SEVENTH PRIZE:

Caru Pet Food Soft n' Tasty Baked Bites

Four Flavors of Soft n’ Tasty Baked Bites,
One Grass Fed Beef Bone Broth,
and One Free Range Chicken Bone Broth

$60 VALUE – SPONSORED BY CARU PET FOOD

Caru Pet Food Logo

EIGHTH PRIZE:

Treatibles Pumpkin Chews

1 Small Bag of 1mg Pumpkin Chews
and 1 Large Bag of 4mg Pumpkin Chews

$56 VALUE – SPONSORED BY TREATIBLES

Treatibles Logo

NINTH PRIZE:

Noah's Bark Dog Treats

Cha Cha Chicken, Bodacious Beef, and Peanutty Perfection
(24 oz Bags – 3 Total)

$56 VALUE – SPONSORED BY NOAH’S BARK DOG TREATS

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TENTH PRIZE:

West Paw Dog Toys

Qwizl Treat Toy and Rowdies Toy
$56 VALUE – SPONSORED BY WEST PAW

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ELEVENTH PRIZE:

PLAY Mutt Hatter Plush Toy Collection

Mutt Hatter Plush Toy Collection
$48 VALUE – SPONSORED BY P.L.A.Y.

PLAY Logo

PLUS follow ALL bloggers on
Facebook & Instagram for a chance to win
one of 13 SPECIAL SOCIAL MEDIA PRIZES!

A new giveaway will be posted each day on either
Facebook or Instagram and will run for 24 hours.
Each giveaway will be posted on the co-hosts’
social media pages along with a select group of bloggers.
You can enter on each participating blog’s account for MORE entries!
You have to enter each day for a chance to win that day’s prize.

Co-Hosts:
Beagles & Bargains – Facebook | Instagram
Kol’s Notes – Facebook | Instagram

 

Blogs To Visit For EVEN MORE Chances to Win!

Kol’s NotesFidose of RealityOh My Dog Blog
Beagles & BargainsIt’s Dog or NothingTenacious Little Terrier
A Dog Walks into a BarMaggie Loves OrbitThe Broke Dog
Boogie the PugMcSquare DoodlesThe Chesnut Mutts
ChiPetsMy GBGV LifeWag ‘n Woof Pets
Dog Mom DaysMy Rescued LifeWear Wag Repeat

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Does your dog know how to spin? Tell us in a comment below!

CONGRATS TO ALL THE WINNERS!
Click here to see the who won.

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No purchase necessary. Giveaway is open to US residents age 18 and older, except where prohibited by law. Giveaway will run from October 18 through October 30, 2018 at 11:59pm ET. Eleven (11) winners will be randomly selected and notified via email. Winners will have 48 hours to claim their prizes; failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Petco do not sponsor, administer, or endorse this promotion. Participants must read and agree to Rafflecopter’s Privacy Policy before entering and participating in this promotion.

Each participating blogger paid an entry fee which will be used to fund the Grand Prize and Flash Giveaway Prize on 10/31/18. The items in the additional prize packages were generously provided by the participating sponsors.

Jessica Shipman

Jessica Shipman

Jessica Shipman is a bargain hunter, food lover, and software engineer figuring out how to be a pet parent for the first time. Jessica has been a long time lover of all animals (especially llamas and manatees) and is happy that she can finally combine that love with technology.
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