Trick or Treat? Our Dogs Will Have Both
This time of year, we’ve got tricks and treats on the mind. And who better than our tail-wagging friends to show off the tricks they do for their favorite treats? One sniff of cheese, and suddenly our dogs have all kinds of superpowers – the puppy eyes, the speedy spin. When the Ruffwear Pack busts out the Treat Trader™, here’s what our dogs do.
Natalie & Lola (AKA Lolabeanz)
Trick: Paw... other paw
It may be the original trick for a treat, but Lola is very confident at it and regularly offers complete strangers enjoying their own food a paw for a little nibble (often unsuccessfully).
Treat they go bonkers for: Apple slices
Kate & Millie (AKA Boo Boo Bear)
Trick: Sit ... Down ... Roll Over!
It's a common trick, but Millie sure is good at it! (Let's be honest, it's the only trick in her repertoire.) I tell Millie to sit, then go into a down, and finally say "Roll over!" and she excitedly rolls (always to her right; never left!) then makes her way to me for her reward!
Treat they go bonkers for: Chicken
Kellie & Luna (aka Tuna)
Trick: “Give me a hug”
Who doesn’t love a good hug?! Luna jumps and puts her arms around my shoulders.
Treat they go bonkers for: Cheese
Cristina & Lennon (aka The Soup)
Trick: “Back up”
It's a "Lennon original" that she invented herself. It's kind of like a reverse pounce. She jumps up in the air and backwards and lands in a playful bow. If she's really amped, she lets out a little woof, too. It's very goofy.
Treat they go bonkers for: Cheeeeeeese
Andy & Bodie and Wendell
Trick: “Turn around”
They do a synchronized dance. Look for them on the next season of Dancing with the Stars.
Treat they go bonkers for: Carrots
Jill & Woody
Trick: “Sit on lap”
Woody will come and sit on my lap wherever I am, even if the chair rocks (literally).
Treat they go bonkers for: Hot dogs!
Erin & Odin (aka The Odester)
Trick: “Paws Up”
This started out as one paw to do a shake, but Odin became so enthusiastic (and eager for treats), that he decided to create his own double-paw variation. He adds in some puppy eyes for the full effect!
Treat they go bonkers for: Sliced turkey
More Treats, Please!
Hungry for more treat ideas? Here are other blog posts our dogs drool over: Trick or Treat™ Trader: Dog Treat Recipes, Games, & Ideas and Bone Appétit: DIY Dog Treat Recipes to Make at Home.