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Trick or Treat Giveaway Hop 2018 – Pretend Obstacle Course

Ruby and I are super excited to be participating in the fourth annual Trick or Treat Giveaway Hop.  Join us for 13 days of awesome dog tricks, fabulous dog treats, and nearly $1500 worth of fun and prizes!

The Trick or Treat Giveaway Hop is a sponsored event. 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.

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 amazing prizes. You can enter on one or ALL blogs to increase your chances of winning. See prizes, participating bloggers, and entry information below.

Ruby’s Trick for Many Treats

Ruby was feeling a little cocky after mastering spin for last year’s Trick or Treat hop. I had to remind her that spin was the first trick she had actually ever learned (besides sit). She kept thinking that this year would be super simple and she could wait until the last minute to start training (or wait, maybe that was me?).

We agreed to participate in this year’s hop back in early September. But life and giant foster cats happen and many weekends passed without practicing anything new. Priorities change or get rearranged because foster cats in dog sweaters.

But finally, we got down to business last Sunday afternoon. I was thinking maybe we might have to make a fake video because there was no way Ruby could learn to weave between cones in one day – NO WAY!

But guess what? She nailed it after only a few tries. We are pretty sure she was just trying to impress Teddy who was watching the whole thing from the front window.

How We Trained Ruby To Do A Mini-Obstacle Course (AKA Weave)

Disclaimer: Feel free to skip steps 1, 2, 4, 5, 8 & 9 if you (or your dog) are on the normal end of the spectrum.

Step 1: Wait until the very last minute. Panic. Eat lots of chips (us, not Ruby).

Step 2: Make husband drive to Home Depot in the middle of the night to buy cones, telling him that they are for a last minute school project.

Step 3: Set cones up in a line in the driveway. Position Ruby at one end.

Step 4: Abandon cones, pick up rake, and do pretend yard work when your neighbor with the fancy (smart as heck) black labs asks what you are doing.

Step 5: Wait until your neighbor and his lovely labs drive away (probably off to climb Mount Everest or solve world hunger) and then resume training.

Step 6: Lead Ruby through the cones holding a treat, repeating the word “weave” 10,000 times.

Step 7: Stand near cone 2 (with Ruby positioned at cone 1) and continue repeating the word “weave” 10,000 more times. Once she weaves around the first two cones, move back to cone 3.

Step 8: Jump up and down like a crazy person when she finally weaves around all three cones on her own.

Step 9: Ask Mini-Me (who fancies herself a filmmaker) if she could maybe edit out the jumping up and down part of the video.


Petco Gift Card

$350 Gift Card to Petco

This giveaway is NOT affiliated with Petco.


KONG Assortment

Assorted KONG Dog Toys


Wellness Pet Food Halloween

$100 in Wellness Pet Food Dog Treats

Wellness Pet Food Logo


Petcurean Spike Dog Treats

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


Petcurean Logo


Only Natural Pet Dog Treats

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


Only Natural Pet Logo


DOGTV Prize Pack

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




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


Caru Pet Food Logo


Treatibles Pumpkin Chews

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


Treatibles Logo


Noah's Bark Dog Treats

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


Noah's Bark Logo


West Paw Dog Toys

Qwizl Treat Toy and Rowdies Toy

West Paw Logo


PLAY Mutt Hatter Plush Toy Collection

Mutt Hatter Plush Toy Collection


PLUS follow ALL bloggers on
Facebook & Instagram for a chance to win

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.

Beagles & Bargains – Facebook | Instagram
Kol’s Notes – Facebook | Instagram

Plus follow us too!
My Rescued Life – Facebook | Instagram


Learn to Jump Through a Hula Hoop
by Kol’s Notes

Learn to Spin
by Beagles & Bargains

Learn to Come
by A Dog Walks into a Bar

Learn to Hug
by Boogie the Pug

Learn to Wear a Hat
by ChiPets

Learn to Hold a Long Down-Stay
by Dog Mom Days

Learn to Play Hide & Seek
by Fidose of Reality

Learn to Show Your Belly
by It’s Dog or Nothing

Learn to Jump Through Hula Hoop Hands
by Maggie Loves Orbit

Learn to Back Up
by McSquare Doodles

Learn to Take a Bow
by My GBGV Life

Learn to Say Your Prayers
by Oh My Dog Blog

Learn to Clean Up Your Toys
by Tenacious Little Terrier

Learn to Leg Weave
by The Broke Dog

Learn to Balance Items on Your Dog’s Head
by The Chesnut Mutts

Learn to Crawl
by Wag ‘n Woof Pets

Learn to Wave
by Wear Wag Repeat

Visit each blog for more chances to win!

Follow #TrickorTreatDogs!


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  1. October 18, 2018 / 7:01 am

    Oh beautiful Ruby, ya did great! That’s some amazing giveaway!

  2. October 18, 2018 / 7:41 am

    we love the part with the chips (specially the mama lol)

  3. October 18, 2018 / 7:53 am

    My favorite part – eating chips and the driving to Home Depot lol. That would be ME lol

  4. October 18, 2018 / 8:35 am

    You are most talented, Ruby. Cute too.

    Have a woof woof day. My best to your mom. ♥

  5. ellen beck
    October 18, 2018 / 10:12 am

    Our dog is blind now, but one trick I would like to teach him is to balance something on his nose.

  6. Cheryl Chervitz
    October 18, 2018 / 10:26 am

    I would like to teach my Boston’s how to bow. I think it is so cute.

  7. Bryan Vice
    October 18, 2018 / 10:47 am

    I’d love to teach my dog how to shake hands it sounds simple but it really isnt at least not with my Roxie just yet

  8. October 18, 2018 / 12:40 pm

    What a pawsome giveaway ! You did great, Ruby ! Purrs

  9. Kelly D
    October 18, 2018 / 12:54 pm

    I would like to teach our dog to heel.

  10. Linda Szymoniak
    October 18, 2018 / 1:12 pm

    My two boys would likely not be interested in doing this, but it would be a great trick to teach my girl, Megumi. She’ll be two in January and has a LOT of extra energy. I need to find creative ways to get her to burn some of her energy off. She’s also very smart and I think could learn this.

  11. October 18, 2018 / 1:13 pm

    Thanks for sharing the wonderful contest with us. We are going to show this to the pet owners that come in here so they can show off their tricks with their little ones. Ruby, we loved the video of you showing off your skills. Great to see you having so much fun. Have a great day and good luck to all.

  12. Jenna Allensworth
    October 18, 2018 / 1:51 pm

    I’d love to teach Dexter to roll over

  13. The OP Pack
    October 18, 2018 / 2:16 pm

    Bravo, Ruby!!! You did great!!! We especially loved the tutorial:)

    Woos – Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  14. Bella, Roxy and Dui
    October 18, 2018 / 2:26 pm

    Well done, Ruby! Looks like lots of competition. Should be fun. However, we’ll just be spectators. BOL!

  15. October 18, 2018 / 4:24 pm

    984 pawz up two ewe ruby ….N theeze R sum awesum give a wayz…kinda wish we waz dawgz…well…..may be !!!!! 🙂 ♥♥♥

  16. October 18, 2018 / 6:23 pm

    I would teach them sit and stay.

  17. bn100
    October 18, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    catch a frisbee

  18. Heather D
    October 18, 2018 / 8:18 pm

    I would like my dog to learn to fetch her kong toy at treat time. I always have to search for it. It would be so much easier.

  19. Sam m
    October 18, 2018 / 8:38 pm

    I would like to teach a dog to dial 911 in case of an emergency.

  20. Sandy Weinstein
    October 18, 2018 / 8:47 pm

    i would like to teach my girls to weave between my legs.

  21. Melody
    October 18, 2018 / 8:51 pm

    This is truly amazing. I would love to teach my two to do a course

  22. 15andmeowing
    October 18, 2018 / 9:02 pm

    You are so clever. I like the 11th prize of all those hats 🙂

  23. Idaho PugRanch
    October 18, 2018 / 9:36 pm

    I have been trying to teach Mabel to weave around my legs! I see one of the bloggers did that!
    Ruby did a great job with the cones
    Hazel & Mabel

  24. Annamarie V
    October 18, 2018 / 9:46 pm

    I really want to teach him to roll over, he will be one on the 19th and he has been really great with training.

  25. October 18, 2018 / 11:12 pm

    My dog passed in June of 2017. Was always happy with the tricks that he knew. My favorite was kisses. Miss him to pieces.

  26. Kayla Lussier
    October 19, 2018 / 2:07 am

    Awesome tips, I definitely want to try it out with my dog Myla

  27. October 19, 2018 / 6:19 am

    Weaves are not easy to learn. We only do agility weaves and have never tried with cones.

  28. Christa Velbel
    October 19, 2018 / 7:48 am

    That is delightful. Ruby learning and looking so proud was wonderful,and the step-by-step instructions were hilarious.

  29. Casey Garvey
    October 19, 2018 / 8:18 am

    My Peachies really smart! I want to teach her how to fetch MY items, not just her toys!

  30. October 19, 2018 / 8:55 am

    Millie & Walter would like to learn to take a bow.

  31. Lisa
    October 19, 2018 / 1:05 pm

    I would love to teach my dog to pick up her toys after playing.

  32. Candice
    October 19, 2018 / 1:35 pm

    I would like to teach my dog to army crawl.

  33. paige chandler
    October 19, 2018 / 4:04 pm

    I just want to teach her STAY. She is wild and crazy. UGH

  34. Steve Weber
    October 19, 2018 / 4:55 pm

    I would love to teach my dog how to use and flush the toilet.

  35. October 19, 2018 / 7:09 pm

    Haha, Mic Drop – love it! Good job, Ruby! I’d like to teach our dog how to ring a bell to tell us he wants to go out. Although, I think he’ be ringing it just for fun!

  36. Molly
    October 19, 2018 / 8:05 pm

    I would like to teach my dog how to play dead.

  37. October 19, 2018 / 11:55 pm

    I’d love to teach my dog to stay. He gets so excited but we’re working on it. He’s learning slowly so we have to keep practicing.

  38. Casey Garvey
    October 20, 2018 / 12:23 am

    I want to teach her how to fetch MY items, not just her toys! A great example would be my hair brush in the mornings! Crawling and jumping thru a hoop would be great tricks too!

  39. October 20, 2018 / 7:39 am

    I would love to teach my dog to sleep in his own dog bed instead of my bed!

  40. October 20, 2018 / 8:45 am

    Yay, Ruby!! What a quick study you are! I thought I was the only one who left everything until the last minute. 🙂
    I like this trick, and I think it would be fun to teach Luke this. I tried it with weave poles once but had limited success.I probably still have them somewhere, but we also have some cones which might work better, so hubby won’t have to run to Home Depot under false pretenses. Not that he’s not used to me asking him to do crazy things. LOL

  41. Serge B
    October 20, 2018 / 10:30 am

    I would like to teach her how to heel properly

  42. meowmeowmans
    October 22, 2018 / 12:03 am

    Ruby, you are so awesome! Great job, sweet girl!

  43. Melissa Storms
    October 22, 2018 / 10:23 am

    I want to teach my Zoe how to ring a bell by the door to go outside.

  44. Jan
    October 22, 2018 / 6:01 pm

    Would love to teach her how to sit and stay!

  45. sarahpluto222gmailcom
    October 23, 2018 / 5:14 pm

    My sister wants to train her dog to take treats nicely from her hand instead of grabbing them from her. 🙂

  46. Colleen Boudreau (Collifornia)
    October 24, 2018 / 5:18 pm

    To play dead!

  47. Barrie
    October 25, 2018 / 12:54 pm

    Looks like your dog had fun! Smart too! I want to teach my dog how to roll over. He loves learning new tricks.

  48. Lisa F.
    October 26, 2018 / 1:29 pm

    I think I would like to try an obstacle course for my dogs. That would be fun.

  49. Amanda Eagan
    October 27, 2018 / 6:29 pm

    I would love to teach otter to play dead

  50. Molli Taylor
    October 28, 2018 / 10:10 pm

    i would like to teach her to shake

  51. Michelle B.
    October 29, 2018 / 8:42 am

    I really would like to teach my pups to roll over. They can do other tricks like pros, but for some reason, anything that involves them getting on their back is the worst thing ever? I guess??

  52. Kyla P
    October 29, 2018 / 9:33 am

    I would like to teach Luma to shake paws 🙂

  53. Leela
    October 29, 2018 / 12:06 pm

    How to roll over.

  54. Chelsea Amanda
    October 29, 2018 / 2:55 pm

    Wanna teach my dogs to crawl

  55. Susan Smith
    October 29, 2018 / 4:16 pm

    I would like to teach my dog how to fetch a frisbee.

  56. Susan Smith
    October 29, 2018 / 4:21 pm

    I’d like to teach my dog to sit and stay.

  57. emily
    October 29, 2018 / 11:11 pm

    I would like to teach her to put away toys

  58. October 30, 2018 / 12:34 am

    I’d like to teach my dog how to roll over and play dead
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  59. Kristen
    October 30, 2018 / 11:18 am

    I’d like to teach my dog to jump through a hoop.

  60. D.B.
    October 30, 2018 / 12:44 pm

    I’d like to teach my dog to roll over.

  61. Laurie Nykaza
    October 30, 2018 / 1:18 pm

    Love to teach my dogs to stay when i tell them too

  62. Tina
    October 30, 2018 / 3:06 pm

    Our dog knows a lot of tricks. but he refuses to learn the trick to “stay”. I would love to teach him that trick.

  63. Celeste Herrin
    October 30, 2018 / 7:53 pm

    I would like to teach mine to roll over. He can do so many different tricks, but he just won’t do that.

  64. Shelley P
    October 30, 2018 / 10:34 pm

    Good work Ruby!! I think my dogs would love to learn this 🙂 I’d like to teach my dogs to hold something in their mouth and to ring a bell.

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