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Ruby Learns To Spin – Trick Or Treat Giveaway Hop

We are super excited to be participating along with 19 other bloggers in the third annual Trick or Treat Giveaway Hop.

Ruby is so excited to participating in the Trick or Treat Giveaway Hop

Disclosure: The Trick or Treat Giveaway Hop is sponsored by CleverPet, The Honest Kitchen, Planet Dog, and Health Extension. The individual sponsors are responsible for their giveaway prizes including shipping. The opinions and ideas in this post are my own.

Ruby is excited to participate in the Trick or Treat Giveaway and Hop

The Trick or Treat Giveaway Hop: How It Works

The TRICK: Each blogger teaches their dog a new trick and then posts a tutorial. Each trick is different so be sure to visit all participating blogs.

The TREATS: Readers have a chance to win $850 worth of amazing prizes. You can enter on one or ALL blogs to increase your chances of winning. This year’s prizes are provided and sponsored by CleverPet, The Honest Kitchen, Planet Dog, and Health Extension. There is also a $300 PetSmart Gift Card (funded by participating bloggers) up for grabs.

Ruby worries that tricks are hard in the Trick or Treat Giveaway Hop

Ruby Is Trick-Challenged

When we were first invited to participate in the Trick or Treat Giveaway Hop, we enthusiastically agreed. A few weeks later reality set in. Ruby doesn’t have the best track record for learning new things. New things are hard for her and kind of stress her out.

But we are not quitters so we forged ahead. With the help of my daughter (Mini-Me), we set out to teach Ruby a trick – pretty much any trick that would stick. We started with give paw, but after multiple attempts and bags of chips (for us, not Ruby) we gave up.

Next we tried spin in a circle. I didn’t actually think it would work, but Mini-Me was bound and determined to teach Ruby something – ANYTHING.

Ruby practices sitting as the first step to learning to circle for Trick or Treat Giveaway Hop

Here’s How We Taught Ruby To Spin In A Circle

1. First we had Ruby sit. This is the one thing she actually does quite well.

2. Next I stood in front of her and repeated the word “circle”. She looked at me like I was nuts for the first 100 times.

3. While I repeated “circle”, Mini-Me circled Ruby with a treat.

Ruby learns a half spin almost circle in the Trick or Treat Giveaway Hop

4. During this phase my husband repeatedly walked by shaking his head in disbelief. But we kept our eyes on the prize (and Ruby’s eyes on the treat) and kept going.

5. Ruby eventually started following Mini-Me (and the treat) in a circle. We, of course, praised and rewarded her.

6. And finally, after many more attempts (like 500), Ruby got the idea and started circling on her own. Success!

Ruby learns to circle and spin Trick or Treat Giveaway Hop

I am not sure who is more excited about this accomplishment Mini-Me or Ruby. Mini-Me is now determined to teach Ruby even more tricks and build her confidence so she can come to BlogPaws with us.

Bonus point: Rosie observed the whole process from the sidelines and pretty much taught herself to circle. Like many cats, she’s clearly the smartest and most confident member of the household. She is also hearing impaired so relies on hand signals rather than voice commands. Check out the final results for both Ruby AND Rosie in the video below.

The moral of this story: anything is possible with enough treats, chips, patience and a couple of determined girls who don’t give up (Mini-Me and Rosie). Ruby and I were just along for the ride.

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  1. imbigwillie
    October 20, 2017 / 10:37 am

    My dog does not know this trick.

  2. Mark Muller
    October 20, 2017 / 12:11 pm

    wow that is a super trick… I will try to learn it with the mama, so she can spin around me hehe

  3. Auntie Jodi
    October 20, 2017 / 2:33 pm

    Great job!! The things that challenge us the most, are most often the things that bring the greatest reward. Now that you know she can learn a trick, you will be able to teach more!

  4. Christine Aiello
    October 20, 2017 / 2:50 pm

    My dog does not know this trick. I tried to teach her but she wouldn't do it.

  5. Rachel Monn
    October 20, 2017 / 2:58 pm

    She doesn't know this but I think this is one she could learn

  6. Sherry Butcher
    October 20, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    my dog Blackie is 14 years old and I'm not sure he wants to learn trick. I'm sure this would help both of us. Thanks for sharing you trainning.

  7. Talent Hounds
    October 20, 2017 / 4:27 pm

    Congrats to you mini me and Ruby. I need a mini-me here LOL. Ruby sounds a lot like Kilo. Tricks take a while but he sure enjoys treats and practising. The only thing he could do was "sit" for a long time but now he loves spin as long as he is following a treat.

  8. Frankie Furter and Ernie
    October 20, 2017 / 4:41 pm

    RUBY RUBY… you DID IT. And you looked FANGtastic. OMD… Congratulations to ALL of YOU!! WAY TO GO… or.. CIRCLE.

  9. M. K. Clinton
    October 20, 2017 / 5:08 pm

    We are very impressed with y our trick and it was definitely a treat to watch!

  10. Eastside Cats
    October 20, 2017 / 5:24 pm

    Wonder if I can train The Hubby to make a circle…?!?Hmmm…:::chuckle:::

  11. Heather D
    October 20, 2017 / 5:40 pm

    Ruby is cute. My dog doesn't know this trick but I think she could learn it.

  12. Molly the AireGirl
    October 20, 2017 / 6:00 pm

    You did the perfect spin, Ruby!

  13. Marg
    October 20, 2017 / 7:33 pm

    Good girl Ruby. See you showed them that you can do a trick. Well done. And good for Rosie too. Every one is going in circles.

  14. Rachel
    October 20, 2017 / 8:33 pm

    My dog doesn’t know this trick. However, when she gets really excited she spins in circles.

  15. T
    October 20, 2017 / 9:22 pm

    Yes, my dogs know this trick. (Tammy Horn)

  16. bearsbearsbearswoo
    October 20, 2017 / 9:22 pm

    we do a 1/2 spin then sit down, lol

  17. pilch92 15andmeowing
    October 20, 2017 / 10:41 pm

    Good job Ruby!

  18. Idaho PugRanch
    October 20, 2017 / 10:54 pm

    Great Job Ruby and Rosie!!! I have been learning spin too!! hugsMabelHazel too

  19. steve weber
    October 20, 2017 / 11:22 pm

    She does one spin and that's all!

  20. ♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥
    October 21, 2017 / 12:56 am

    Awesome work!!! We loved the music too. Ciara is the only one of our sibes who would "spin". We just might see if Timber can do that – he is a great high jumper:0Woos – Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  21. allison hoffman
    October 21, 2017 / 1:32 am

    dont know this one

  22. Mama and da DB Boyz
    October 21, 2017 / 2:19 am

    WAHOO! Go Ruby!!!xoxo,Jakey, Arty & Rosy

  23. Cheryl Chervitz
    October 21, 2017 / 3:26 am

    My dogs don't know this trick.

  24. Melissa Storms
    October 21, 2017 / 3:47 am

    My dog doesn't know this trick and my cat, I think with enough treats my cat my learn how to do this.

  25. Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat
    October 21, 2017 / 4:14 am

    Yay, Ruby {and Mini-Kristin!} My cats usually look at me like, "That's a good trick Mom! Do it again!"

  26. Bouncing Bertie
    October 21, 2017 / 5:41 am

    Most impressed by your persistence. My former dog Hamish the Westie, adopted age four, steadfastly refused to learn a single trick during his ten years with me. Oh how I – and others – tried with "paw". He didn't even obey "sit" in any reliable sense!Cheers, Gail.PS Bertie, by contrast, has been quite amenable to training. Two very different terriers.

  27. Susan P.
    October 21, 2017 / 5:53 am

    We are currently working on this trick. It's slow going.

  28. Linda Szymoniak
    October 21, 2017 / 6:02 am

    My current three dogs don't know this trick, but I had a dog a while back – my Beagle/Shepherd mix, Misty – who did. Her command for it was "dance", and she'd spin around so cute. She wasn't a small dog, either, so it was especially fun to watch her.

  29. Emma
    October 21, 2017 / 10:52 am

    Madison does spin and twirl. She learned in puppy Einstein class. Spin is to the right and twirl is to the left. A fun and simple trick to learn. Good work Ruby!

  30. Dianne H.
    October 21, 2017 / 3:10 pm

    My girl does not know this trick, but it has been on my "to try and teach list" 😉 I'll give it a go now that I've seen you demo and instructions. Thanks!

  31. Kathy Kramer Weir
    October 21, 2017 / 6:38 pm

    One of the dogs can do this and the other has no desire or drive

  32. Madi and Mom
    October 21, 2017 / 7:09 pm

    Ruby……………………………OMCs OMCs you are proof positive that one can teach a senior dog tricks you are secure in the 100% unconditional love and TLC anything is possible. WTG Ruby Clapping and stomping.Hugs madi your bfff

  33. Barrie Mac
    October 21, 2017 / 10:23 pm

    Our dog does many spins and he taught himself. Now we just have to tell him to "catch that tail" and he's off!

  34. Carly Daring
    October 22, 2017 / 1:38 am

    Cooper doesnt know this trick either.

  35. Rusthawk
    October 22, 2017 / 1:44 am

    Our dog doesn't know this trick.

  36. Elena
    October 22, 2017 / 1:45 am

    My dogs don't know this trick

  37. Kayla Lussier
    October 22, 2017 / 5:44 am

    My dog hasn't learned this one yet but I am going to try by following these steps!

  38. Misty
    October 22, 2017 / 6:01 am

    Never thought about teaching this trick.

  39. Annie
    October 22, 2017 / 2:50 pm

    Shelties spin naturally…whether you want them to or not! xo

  40. The Adventures of The Bell Fur Zoo
    October 22, 2017 / 3:26 pm

    Wow dat are pawesome. xoxo,Matt & Matilda

  41. Jennifer Allensworth
    October 22, 2017 / 9:53 pm

    We don't know this trick yet, but it's adorable!

  42. Jan K
    October 22, 2017 / 10:13 pm

    Yay…a team effort, I love it! I don't know if I'd be able to join this hop if we didn't have Luke. I'm not sure I could ever get our beagle to do a trick, but you inspire me…maybe I'll try it one of these days!

  43. evie
    October 22, 2017 / 10:25 pm

    Evie could do this, but my 2 girls now cant really, sometimes they can get a half circle. but not full. Evie was so good at everything, she could dance on her hind legs and even won a dancing contest.

  44. Lassiter Chase and Benjamin
    October 22, 2017 / 11:49 pm

    Pawsome trick

  45. Cathy Armato
    October 23, 2017 / 12:27 am

    What a great idea for a blog hop!! I love it. Your video is so great, especially your cat spinning in a circle, LOL!! I guess they both learned this trick. The music is so cute, perfect for your trick. Thanks for sharing.Love & Biscuits,Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  46. molly pitcher
    October 23, 2017 / 1:07 am

    My dog does not know this trick. Love to teach her though.

  47. Natalie Hartmann
    October 23, 2017 / 2:22 am

    No, my dogs can not do this trick.

  48. Nancy
    October 23, 2017 / 3:24 am

    Interesting. I'll give it a shot.

  49. Rick
    October 23, 2017 / 6:53 am

    Yes, we do this.

  50. Rhonda
    October 23, 2017 / 1:04 pm

    I have a "Ruby" too…My dogs don't do this trick though.

  51. Edye Nicole
    October 23, 2017 / 2:11 pm

    My dog does not know this yet.mia2009(at)comcast(dot)net

  52. tammy ta
    October 23, 2017 / 3:48 pm

    My dog does not know this trick-I might try this with him.

  53. Michelle B
    October 23, 2017 / 4:24 pm

    Our pups know spin left and spin right. They also know to do the trick if I spin my finger in a circular motion at the ground. I taught them by putting the treat next to their hindquarters and kept moving it with them until the completed a circle. It kind of forced them to go around in a circle.

  54. Pat Schwab
    October 23, 2017 / 4:56 pm

    No our pup doesn't know this trick but has responded well to treat training so far. Thanks

  55. Denise Gruzensky
    October 23, 2017 / 8:18 pm

    Oh my dog, you had me laughing out loud at the hair salon… go Ruby and Mini-me!! It would be so fun to have Ruby at BlogPaws!!

  56. PAIGE
    October 23, 2017 / 9:46 pm

    Petals the Pug knows no tricks. She is a wild child. Ugh

  57. Three Chatty Cats
    October 23, 2017 / 10:29 pm

    We haven't taught Eddie this trick, but I bet you we could! This is a great giveaway!

  58. Donna
    October 24, 2017 / 12:36 am

    No he doesn't know it.

  59. Marla King
    October 24, 2017 / 1:12 am

    No….my dogs do not know this trick.

  60. Juliet Whitfield
    October 24, 2017 / 3:14 am

    I love spin. Your instructions are great! Such a fun post.

  61. Ang
    October 24, 2017 / 4:05 am

    Grady knows and LOVES this trick

  62. Carolyn
    October 24, 2017 / 4:26 am

    My dog thinks she is supposed to either run in big circles or move her head in little circles….the just circling is a struggle!

  63. tannawings
    October 24, 2017 / 4:45 am

    Odin does not know this trick. I thik it is cute but I had the unfortunate experience of adopting a sheltie whos previous owner kept him crated many hours (most hours) of the day. Rowdy the sheltie spun and spun he wore holes in the carpet, he spun so much so I have avoided his trick. He went to the bridge from old age and never did quite the behavior.

  64. MattieDog
    October 24, 2017 / 10:58 am

    Woowhoo – awesome giveaway and even awesomer trick!

  65. Madison Y
    October 24, 2017 / 12:16 pm

    My dogs know this trick and it was taught the same way but with the command 360

  66. Calvin F.
    October 24, 2017 / 5:44 pm

    My cat liked dog did this trick once, but it was a fluke

  67. Mita
    October 24, 2017 / 7:18 pm

    My dog does not know this trick

  68. Candice
    October 24, 2017 / 7:44 pm

    This looks like a fun trick, but I haven't taught my dog yet.

  69. mmstarla
    October 24, 2017 / 11:29 pm

    Aw, such a cutie you have there! Bentley doesn't know this, and to be honest I don't know why I haven't thought about making him learn this. I will have to try this asap!

  70. kibyluver
    October 25, 2017 / 12:13 am

    My dogs do not know this trick but i really want to teach them it!

  71. Deborah W
    October 25, 2017 / 12:29 am

    My dog doesn't know this trick. She might be able to do it but I think she'd give up before accomplishing it.

  72. LauraJJ
    October 25, 2017 / 12:31 am

    Oh how precious! Our labs do not know this one, I will have to work on it with them!

  73. Jennpup
    October 26, 2017 / 12:47 am

    My dog does not know this one, but it looks cool!

  74. Diane T
    October 26, 2017 / 5:57 pm

    My dog doesn't know this one

  75. SS
    October 26, 2017 / 7:55 pm

    my dog doesn't know this trick.

  76. Helga
    October 27, 2017 / 2:13 am

    My dogs don't know this cool trick.

  77. Karen
    October 27, 2017 / 6:21 am

    My dog know this! 🙂

  78. Tracey W
    October 28, 2017 / 4:16 pm

    My dog doesn't know this trick but I am going to try and teach her.

  79. sarah
    October 28, 2017 / 7:27 pm

    I haven't taught this trick yet but I think it is one that my little guy could learn.

  80. Jessica Whitehouse
    October 29, 2017 / 5:22 am

    My dog doesn't do any tricks.

  81. mary ballerin
    October 29, 2017 / 9:21 am

    My pug Liam does this daily, just chasing his cinnamon tail.

  82. scottsgal
    October 29, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    Maverick my springer spaniel spins – not as much as he's gotten older

  83. Lisa F.
    October 30, 2017 / 2:15 am

    Great efforts in this training! My dogs don't do it, but like you said: With enough treats and patience, anything is possible.

  84. Robyn Bellefleur
    October 30, 2017 / 3:00 am

    None of my dogs know this trick.

  85. Kayla Robison
    October 30, 2017 / 7:47 pm

    My dogs don't know this…but I really want to teach them now!! 🙂

  86. Jonathan
    October 30, 2017 / 8:33 pm

    My dog does not know this trick, but these are great tips!

  87. Sarah Mayer
    October 30, 2017 / 9:08 pm

    Never thought about teaching this trick.

  88. bvice8487
    October 30, 2017 / 9:08 pm

    My dog Roxie doesnt know this trick i might work with her on it though

  89. Kelly Marie
    October 30, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    I'm going to teach my dog this trick

  90. Michelle Corr-Car
    October 30, 2017 / 9:22 pm

    Have not taught my dogs this trick yet.But definitely gonna give it a try.

  91. Jessica Dawn Justice
    October 30, 2017 / 9:38 pm

    Mine is still just a puppy so she doesn't know any tricks yet.

  92. Jerry Marquardt
    October 30, 2017 / 10:21 pm

    No, my pup, Don, is not trick challenged.

  93. Amber
    October 30, 2017 / 10:56 pm

    Nope, But we may give it a try

  94. Laura Porter
    October 30, 2017 / 11:16 pm

    Awesome!My dog doesn't know this trick.

  95. Roxanne Carlson
    October 30, 2017 / 11:25 pm

    No my dogs do not know this trick.

  96. Gretchen kuhns
    October 31, 2017 / 1:18 am

    None of my dogs know this

  97. wen budro
    October 31, 2017 / 3:05 am

    No- my dog only knows how to roll over. I adopted her when she was an older dog……so no new tricks.

  98. Kristen
    October 31, 2017 / 3:19 am

    She *kinda* knows this….we just encourage her with treats.

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