Teach Your Dog to Hug: Trick or Treat Giveaway Hop 2018

Learn to Hug

We’re super excited to be a part of this year’s Trick or Treat Giveaway Hop! We’re joining seventeen other dog bloggers to bring you the chance to win almost $1,500 in prizes while teaching your dog eighteen new tricks. 

See how we taught Boogie a new trick, and then scroll all the way to the bottom to enter the contest. Let’s start!

Learn to Hug

Please excuse Boogie’s sock, his paw is hurt!

Our trick of choice is teach your dog to hug! Why? Because it’s easy, super cute, and because who doesn’t want a hug from their dog? I am constantly hugging Boogie, so it’s about time he returned the favor. Here’s how to do it:

Teach Your Dog to Hug

Step 1: Get On Their Level


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Find a surface where you and your dog are on the same level, by either sitting or kneeling. This could be the floor, a stoop, or on the couch like us. 

Step 2: Hands in Position


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With a treat in your palm, place your hand behind your head and around your neck. If it’s easier, you can also just place your hand behind your neck (and not around). 

Step 3: Just a Taste


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The treat will lure your dog in, and they will attempt to grab it. Allow your dog to nibble on the treat to get them in position just over your shoulder, and then finally give them the treat as a reward. Repeat this a few times. 

If you’re using a clicker, make a click every time your dog comes into position on your shoulder. If you don’t have a clicker, no worries, the treat is enough. 

Step 4: Add the Command


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After a few repeats of the previous step, add a command to it. I said the word “hug” and then gave Boogie the treat. Repeat. Increase the duration by treating your dog only after they hold the position for a few seconds.

Step 5: Remove Your Hand


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Once your dog is consistently performing the behavior, say the command without placing your hand behind your head. Once they do it, give them the treat. If your dog won’t “hug” without seeing your hand cue, repeat the hand signal again but for a shorter length of time and continue to reduce the duration of the hand signal until your dog can do the trick with just the verbal signal.


Your pup will be hugging you in no time. This is a great trick to teach your dog if you love hugs, or if you want to prove to friends that your dog loves you more than their dog loves them. Only dogs who love a lot give hugs!! ?

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Extra Tips


  • Keep it fun! Stay positive, so training is a fun exercise that both you and your dog look forward to. 
  • Training sessions should be short and sweet, so no one gets frustrated or bored. 
  • If your dog doesn’t get it, no worries! Boogie isn’t a quick learner. We usually have to try a trick a few different times before he masters it. 
  • Use small treats when training, so your dog doesn’t fill up on snacks. We take our regular dog treats and break them up into even smaller pieces.
  • Training your dog provides intellectual stimulation for them, and strengthens your bond! It’s a win/win. 

Learn to Hug

Want to Win?

Check out the list of prizes below! Enter for your chance to win by scrolling all the way to the bottom. Don’t forget to check out the eighteen other tricks featured in the blog hop – links below! 


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)


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Only Natural Pet Dog Treats

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


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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


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Treatibles Pumpkin Chews

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


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Noah's Bark Dog Treats

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


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West Paw Dog Toys

Qwizl Treat Toy and Rowdies Toy

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PLAY Mutt Hatter Plush Toy Collection

Mutt Hatter Plush Toy Collection


PLUS follow ALL bloggers on
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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.

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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 Do An Obstacle Course
by My Rescued 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 Crawl
by Wag ‘n Woof Pets

Learn to Wave
by Wear Wag Repeat

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About Boogie

Hi! This is our dog Boogie, the traveling pug. He's been on over 20 flights to three continents. We're here to show you how to travel with your dog. Join us as we take planes, trains, and automobiles to different parts of the world.



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72 Comments on “Teach Your Dog to Hug: Trick or Treat Giveaway Hop 2018”

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

  3. My Megumi actually DOES hug me (especially when she wants something). I would love to get my boys, Kenji and Seiji, to hug, too.

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

  9. My dog passed in June of 2017. I miss him dearly. I was always happy with the tricks that he did know. My favorite being kisses and high five.

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

  12. I’d love to teach my dog to lay down. She’s great at sit and stay. For some reason I can’t get her to lay down

    1. We had this same issue with Marcelo! Our trainer had us put a flat dog bed on the floor and he learned it in no time. Turns out he just didn’t want to lay down on the floor ?

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  14. Teaching dogs to hug is cute. I love sitting on the floor and giving my dogs big hugs…and since I’m their mom, they like it. Strangers on the other hand…LOL!

  15. My sister would like to teach her dog to take treats gently from her hand rather than grab them 🙂

  16. Looks very doable. My dog is so treat motivated I’ll be curious to see if she just jumps over my shoulder to over-perform!

  17. That is one of the cutest tricks ever!! I would teach my cat to fetch. Our last cat fetched balls on his own just like a puppy!

  18. I always try to follow this site for learning something new. Thanks to sharing something new tricks about pup hug. I have little affordable morkie and I wanna try to apply this tricks. But my little cute not response. It still claim down and quite.

  19. OOO…I want to teach my dog how to hug! He already snuggles by placing his head under your chin. This is great!

  20. I would love to teach my dog to leave it. He’s stubborn and LOVES his food!

  21. 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 gues??

  22. Tiny is an older dog now very reliable and sweet. I would love to teach her to dial 911 in case of fire or another emergnecy.

  23. I taught mine to give hugs a while back, but I can’t seem to teach him to roll over correctly. Thank you for all the great info and the awesome giveaway!

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