Welcome to the Trick or Treat Giveaway Hop! Starting today and through October 30th, you can visit our hosts, Kol’s Notes and Beagles & Bargains, along with us and 17 other blogs to learn a different trick, and enter to win over $850 worth of prizes! More details on the awesome prizes, and how to enter, at the end of this post.
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This is our second year participating in this hop, and our Lab mix Luke was so excited when he found out he’d be learning a new trick that we could share with you. Last year we trained Luke to close doors, and this year we wanted to try opening doors. Be sure to watch our video after the instructions to see how we tied last year’s in to make a fun little game for Luke!
How To Train Your Dog to Open Doors
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Treats (we use a variety of high and low value treats including kibble)
- Rope toy or rag. Something that you can somehow tie around a handle or cabinet knob.
- Optional: Clicker. You don’t have to use a clicker, you can just use the word “yes” or something like that to mark when your dog performs the action you want. We start out with a clicker because Luke responds well to it (but I also often say “good boy” because I can’t help myself!). Once the trick is learned, we no longer need the clicker.
There are two ways of doing this. If your dog already knows the cues “touch” or “tug”, you may be able to jump right ahead here! Luke likes to tug toys, but we’ve never used the word. I was originally going to do it that way, but he only plays tug when he’s in the mood, so we didn’t have time to do that first! Keep your sessions short and only progress to the next step when you feel confident your dog is ready. If you move too fast, just go back to the previous step!
- Hang toy or rag on cabinet handle. We started with cabinets because they are easier to open. Later on you can try a door left slightly ajar or other handles once you have the basics down. We started with our kitchen cabinets, but when they didn’t open smoothly, I moved to my bedroom bureau.
- Mark with clicker or “yes” if your dog even looks at the toy, then immediately reward with treat.
- Progress to when they actually touch the toy.
- Next you want them to grab the toy. (We actually started at this point, because Luke automatically grabbed the toy at the beginning. I think using a toy that had already been played with was a big help). If your dog already knows “tug” you can start right here!
- Next we want them to hold onto the toy for a length of time. This was our toughest step because Luke wanted to drop it immediately to get his treat. Sometimes you just have to wait for them to figure out exactly what you want.
- Now we want them to pull on the toy!
- Click and reward when the cabinet door actually moves. Keep increasing the amount it moves before rewarding until it opens all the way, and you’ve done it! You can start with the door slightly open if it makes it easier for it to move.
- Once they have it down, move to different locations and different doors. With Luke I often have to start back at the beginning with each location, but it goes more quickly.
Don’t worry that your dog is going to run around the house opening things! As long as you aren’t hanging things on your knobs, I don’t think that will happen (plus they’re not learning to turn knobs!) 😊
I decided to put a treat inside the cabinet to try to get Luke to comprehend he needed to open the door all the way. The other reason I moved from the kitchen to the bedroom was that I wanted to leave the door slightly ajar to make it easier for Luke to pull on. The problem was the cabinet had to be opened a certain amount to do that, and when I did that, Luke would close it (last year’s trick)! My bureau door made it possible to have it not latched but closed enough that Luke didn’t think of it as open.
Now, watch the video to see the little game we started with all this. I wanted to do something a little more than just opening the door (such as dogs who might fetch a beer from the fridge like my nephew’s Lab does), but I wasn’t sure what. We weren’t going to be able to get that far in time for this hop anyway.
Now that you’ve learned our trick, see what you can win! Here’s how it works: enter our giveaway through the widget at the end of this post. Then visit each of the other participating blogs through the links to learn more tricks and enter there for more chances to win! At the end of the event, one winner is drawn from each blog, and those finalists go into a draw to win one of these five prizes:
$300 PETSMART GIFT CARD
SECOND PRIZECleverPet Hub Electronic Dog Puzzle – $299 VALUE – SPONSORED BY CLEVERPET
HONEST KITCHEN PRIZE PACK AS SEEN HERE- $68 VALUE – SPONSORED BY THE HONEST KITCHEN
Halloween Trick Ball, Halloween Treat Ball, and Maple Leaf Nook
$50 VALUE – SPONSORED BY PLANET DOG
HOLISTIC HEALTH EXTENSION PRIZE PACK AS SEEN HERE
$40 VALUE – SPONSORED BY HEALTH EXTENSION
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
Also, follow all of these blogs on Instagram and watch for a chance to win a $100 gift card to PetSmart between October 24th -27th! Follow the hashtag #TrickorTreatDogs.
Giveaway open to residents of USA and Canada only, 18 and over, void where prohibited. Starts October 20th and ends October 30th at 11:59pm PST, winners announced on October 31st. Prizes provided by sponsors and Wag ‘n Woof Pets is not responsible for prize fulfillment. No social media sites have endorsed this promotion.